If you say “It doesn’t matter much, it’s only the first game of the season”, you are liar and a fatmouth.
The Jets and The Raiders used to duke it out once upon a time. But I couldn’t care less about that. We have to see something from Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, but mostly Derek Carr.
In a few hours, we can all stop wondering whether or not the Seahawks All-World defense mailed it in during their last preseason game against the Raiders, letting Carr convince us that he is the real deal.
I’m sure some hater is rubbing his palms together and thinking “Derek Carr?? Haha, typical Raider fan delusions.”
But if that’s the case, everybody has to go. Dennis Allen, Reggie McKenzie, and maybe all of us. Because the Raiders front office and personnel aren’t the only ones who are “all in.” We all have to go to work or school tomorrow and deal with the same heckling we’ve been hearing for the last decade if this young man from Bakersfield doesn’t dice up the Jets secondary.
There is so much riding on this young man’s shoulders. So much that it’s almost easy to forget about Khalil Mack, the fifth overall pick in the draft. A guy who some experts had ranked above first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.
It’s easy to forget that Darren McFadden’s NFL legacy is also on the line this season. Will our brittle-back finally turn in a complete season of Pro Bowl caliber play that his talent has always promised?
But none of that will matter if Derek Carr’s performance in the preseason game was just smoke. Carr is the only rookie starting today, and there is no quarterback in the league who has as much hope pinned to him.
This is D-Day, indeed. Derek Day. And don’t fool yourself into thinking any differently.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 7, 2014