With the second half of the 2017 NFL season, it is do-or-die time for several teams with playoff aspirations. The Oakland Raiders have been one of the more inconsistent teams during the 2017 campaign and will need to find their rhythm on both sides if they hope to keep pace with the rest of the league.
Derek Carr has looked like his old self after briefly missing some time with an injured back, a welcomed sign for the team’s struggling offense. According to Matt Schneidman of Mercury News, Carr is confident the Raiders will make soon find their stride:
We’re the same guys waking up at five in the morning and coming into work while other people are still sleeping,” Carr said. “We’re going to continue to be that team, the ones that do the little things right. We’re going to continue to be that because that’s the culture that we’ve built here. Guys had time now to look on the bye week and say, ‘Man, I can do that better or I can do this better.’ Now let’s just go do it.
“I have a number of things that I’ve been trying to do better and hopefully at the end of the day those little things add up. Like you said, we’re going to start this last half of the year and go on a roll.”
Carr has managed to throw 300 or more yards in Oakland’s past three games and has got the offense clicking on almost every cylinder. The Raiders still boast one of the league’s best receiving corps and it will be up to the quarterback to unleash its potential.
Week 11 in Mexico City may be a make-or-break game as the silver and black face off against the formidable New England Patriots. Both defenses have struggled during the 2017 NFL season, so fans should expect a wild shootout.