TAMPA, Fla. – Derek Carr had quite a Sunday. The Raiders quarterback was virtually unstoppable in a 30-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tossing dimes all over Raymond James Stadium.
He completed 40-of-59 passes for 513 yards, four touchdowns, no picks and a 117.4 passer rating.
The single-game yardage total is a franchise record, one that stood over 50 years. Cotton Davidson had the old one, set on Oct. 25, 1964. He is also the third player in NFL history with 500 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. That list includes Ben Roethlisberger in 2014 and 49er Y.A. Tittle in 1962.
Carr doesn’t care much for stats, but he really likes those marks.
“I’m not going to lie to you. I was so overcome with emotion when somebody told be (about the franchise record) I almost started crying,” Carr said. “Not in a weird way, it’s just that stuff is something you dream about as a kid.”
It was just another day in a long line of excellent games this season. Carr turned in yet another clutch performance, bringing the Raiders back in the fourth quarter and winning it all with big plays in overtime.
He hit receiver Seth Roberts in stride for a game-deciding 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime. On fourth down, no less.
“It was an awesome performance,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I’ve seen some good ones from him, and we’ll continue to see good ones from him. He’s very confident. He’s got some weapons that he’s utilizing. He had one heck of a performance today.”
Carr is evolving as a signal caller, someone who is established. He’s no longer considered someone with great potential and a bright future.
“I don’t want to look like a young quarterback,” Carr said. “I want to make sure I get better every game. It’s going to take a while. I’m only 25 years old, so I have a long way to grow but I am trying my best every game to play more confident. I’ve been working hard on that since I got to the NFL. I still have a long ways to go but I am definitely trying.”
Carr feels he has grown from a mental perspective, and is confident in making proper reads and checks at the line of scrimmage.
“Derek is unbelievable,” running back Latavius Murray said. “When you’re out there with him, the plays he makes and his poise, I have a lot of respect for his play. I wouldn’t want anybody else at that quarterback position.”