Lindsay H. Jones.
KANSAS CITY – Derek Carr easily could have had a viable excuse for his worst passing performance of the season Thursday night in a 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Oakland Raiders quarterback wasn’t going to use it.
Carr refused to blame his 17-of-41 passing performance on the dislocated right pinkie finger he suffered two weeks ago, an injury that likely was even more restrictive given the frigid night at Arrowhead Stadium, where the wind chill hovered around 15 degrees throughout the game. Because of the finger injury, Carr was unable to comfortably handle snaps from under center.
“It definitely wasn’t the finger’s fault,” Carr said of his performance.
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Carr had little explanation for what did go wrong, other than to say the Raiders’ limited output was an all-around failure by the offense. He threw for just 117 yards, and Oakland scored only one touchdown in four red zone trips.
The Raiders turned three Chiefs turnovers into just six points, and were stopped on two fourth-down attempts deep in Kansas City territory.
“I feel sick to my stomach when we put something like that out there on film,” Carr said. “It hurts. I can promise you that.”.
Carr fell to 1-5 in his career against the Chiefs, and the two losses to Kansas City this year could ultimately knock him out of the MVP race. But that’s of little concern to him now, right after the Raiders lost control of the AFC West.
“They’ve beaten us twice. They’ve had us. It’s frustrating,” Carr said. “We know what we’re going to get and we didn’t get it done.”.
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