The NFL season is right around the corner. All the offseason moves, all the speculation, all the banter between fan bases it’s all about to be brought to light on the national stage.
The Raiders will start their season with Monday night football against the Baltimore Ravens. Now that’s not news to anybody that is reading this. If you’re anything like me you’ve been counting down the days for Raiders football. While it is exciting for the season to be back, the Ravens are no joke and their QB isn’t either.
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Last Year’s Performances
This portion is going to feature the 2020 stats of both quarterbacks both basic and advanced.
|Basic Stats||Derek Carr||Lamar Jackson|
|Advanced||Derek Carr||Lamar Jackson|
Bad Throws- Throws not catchable with normal effort
All above stats are from Profootballreference.
What does this mean for Monday?
Well to nobody’s surprise the Raiders revamped defense will have to contain Lamar Jackson from running. Lamar was once again the only QB with over 1,000 rushing yards. Luckily, since Lamar started for the Ravens, Gus Bradley’s defense has held him to 398 passing yards, an interception, and three touchdowns, and 93 rushing yards. Again this just means Bradley can gameplan for him. Whether or not our defense can do the same is up in the air.
As for Derek Carr, the Ravens will be without starting corner Marcus Peters after it was announced he tore his ACL on Thursday. Weakening they’re secondary substantially. Last season Peters totaled 52 tackles and four interceptions. Based on the Ravens depth chart Anthony Averett will be replacing him in Monday’s game.
What does this mean exactly? The game plan should be to pass the ball. With it being week one it’s up in the air how well their defense will play, but I have faith in Carr and the offense to make this a fun game.
Personally, I trust Derek Carr to make the plays to get this team to a win. He’s proven it for the entirety of his career and played and beaten some of the best. While I don’t think Carr is the better player between him and Jackson, I do believe he is the better quarterback. I will take all the criticism that entails with no problem. Monday will be a good test for the defense and I hope it ends with a good game.
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Next time, I’ll have a rundown of how the backfields match up against each other, and who has the edge.