For the Oakland Raiders, the 2017 NFL season has not been very kind to them as they have struggled on both ends of the football. In Week 11 against the New England Patriots, the Raiders were flat on both ends of the field and were embarrassed, 33-8.
Derek Carr recently stated the team would go on a roll to close out the second half of the 2017 NFL campaign but that is looking less and less likely. However, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, Carr is adamant Oakland still has fight left:
I stood in that huddle, down 30, with my guys, everyone hurting, everyone mad, and we looked at each other,” Carr said breathlessly after the Raiders lost 33-8 to fall to 4-6 on the season.
“Nothing changes for us. We are who we are, and we’re not going to turn on each other, we’re not going to turn on anything about what we do. Obviously, we know that our culture, and everything that we do, works because we’ve seen it work. Mailing it in and those type of things, that will never happen. Not as long as I’m here.”
The quarterback has been playing well as of late, but could not connect with his receivers much all afternoon. Dropped passes and the Patriots’ coverage proved to be too much to overcome and now the Raiders are in real danger of missing the playoffs.
Fortunately for them, the rest of the AFC West minus the Los Angeles Chargers dropped their games, so they are still in contention to take the division title. Their schedule does not get any easier, so Carr and the rest of the Raiders will need to step it up if they hope to recapture last year’s magic.