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NFL capsule: Raiders 9.5-point underdogs vs. Panthers

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NFL capsule: Raiders 9.5-point underdogs vs. Panthers

OAKLAND (4-10) At CAROLINA (5-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 4-10; Carolina 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Series tied 2-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 30; Panthers No. 21

LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Raiders 17-6, Nov. 9, 2008

LAST WEEK - Raiders beat Chiefs 15-0; Panthers beat Chargers 31-7

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTESCarson Palmer needs 13 yards passing to join Rich Gannon as only Raiders QBs in team history to reach 4,000 in season. ... Palmer 2-0 as starter vs. Carolina. ... RB Darren McFaddenaveraging 89.6 yards rushing per game in past five games vs. NFC foes. He posted third 100-yard rushing game of season last week against Chiefs. ... RB Mike Goodson, who spent three seasons with Panthers, had season-high 89 yards rushing last week. ... Marcel Reece has 478 yards receiving, most among AFC RBs. ... WR Denarius Moore has career-high six TD catches. ... In past three games, rookie WR Rod Streater averaging 21.5 yards per catch on 12 receptions. ... TE Brandon Myers leads AFC TEs with 72 catches. ... LB Phillip Wheeler has team-best 104 tackles and career-high three sacks. ... In past five games, QB Cam Newton has thrown for 10 TDs and run for three TDs with no turnovers. He has not thrown an INT in 152 straight passes, longest such streak in league. ... RB DeAngelo Williams ran for 140 yards and TD in last meeting with Raiders. ... RB Mike Tolbert coming off first two-TD outing for Panthers, scoring on short runs last week against former team (Chargers). ... Panthers WR Steve Smith has 18 catches for 286 yards (95.3 per game) and two TDs in past three games. He has 1,056 yards in 2012, marking seventh 1,000-yard season. ... TE Greg Olsen has four TDs in past six games. He's also played well recently vs. AFC teams with three TDs in past three games. ... DEGreg Hardy has 11 sacks and DE Charles Johnson has 10 1/2 , giving Panthers first sack tandem with double digit totals since 2002. Hardy particularly hot with nine sacks in past eight games. ... Rookie LB Luke Kuechlyleads NFL with 139 tackles.

Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'

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Carr excited to work with Gruden: 'I want him to be tough on me'

Jon Gruden has been interviewed several times since becoming Raiders head coach. Quarterback Derek Carr hasn’t listened to most of those sessions, and certainly doesn’t seek them out.

One landed in Carr’s inbox recently, and something Gruden said really resonated.

Gruden’s message, paraphrased: If Derek Carr is not successful, then I’ve failed as a coach.

There are two comments in that one. Gruden considers Carr extremely talented, and he’s taking responsibility for unlocking the quarterback's vast potential.

Gruden will be hands on in Carr’s development, with all the coaching intensity and fire and eyebrow raises that have become Gruden’s signature.

“He’s going to demand of me. He’s going to push me,” Carr said on this week’s episode of the Raiders Insider Podcast, which will drop Tuesday morning (Subcribe right here). “He’s going to make me be the best version of myself.”

Carr had a direct answer to skeptics wondering aloud whether he can thrive under Gruden’s particular coaching style.

“I want him to be tough on me,” Carr said. “For anyone who thinks I want him to be a different way has no clue about me or how I play football or how I prepare to play this game. I don’t need to tell stories about how I prepare or manage myself.

“(Jon) and I are going to get along great. I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me. I don’t need to know he loves me. He has already told me that about 20 times. I appreciate that and we’ll be friends forever, but I know he’ll be demanding and tell me what I need to do. Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships. Hopefully that will give people some insight and hopefully that’s the story that gets out, because that’s the truth.”

Carr met his new head coach briefly before his introductory press conference, but has known Gruden since filming the Gruden QB Camp segment back in 2014. They got along great then, and in each interaction since.

“We have so much more in common that people realize,” Carr said. “I think it would blow some people’s minds. Him and I are very similar in the way we go about our business and how we carry ourselves. It’s an exciting time.”

Carr’s excited to have some stability in his football life. The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback will start his fifth NFL season with his fourth head coach, fourth go-round with an offensive coordinator and third offensive scheme. Gruden signed a 10-year contract. OC Greg Olson signed a four-year pact. They’ll be here a while, and Carr’s excited about that.

“It’s going to be really nice,” Carr said. “To know Jon signed on for a 10 years and (Olson) signed on for a long time shows me a couple of things. No. 1: that they believe in me. I don’t think Coach Gruden would’ve quit his day job, which I’m thankful he did. To get (Olson) out of a good spot in L.A (with the Rams), shows that they believe in me and that’s awesome. And, No. 2: I’m going to have two people I can talk to in a different language for years to come. We can grow within the relationship, and hopefully we’ll all ride off together. It’s set up that way right now, and we have a lot of work to do to reach that point.”

Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

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Raiders QB Derek Carr named to third straight Pro Bowl

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. He became eligible once New England qualified for the Super Bowl and Tom Brady was out of the running for next week’s NFL all-star game in Orlando.

Carr was the next alternate up, and accepted the invitation to represent the Silver and Black. Khalil Mack, Rodney Hudson, Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn were named to the original roster, though Penn has bowed out with injury.

Carr will join his teammates in Florida for game-week festivities, followed by the inter-conference clash on Sunday at noon at Camping World Stadium. The game can be seen on ABC.

He joins Rich Gannon and Ken Stabler as Raiders quarterbacks with at least three Pro Bowl selections. Carr had a down year relative to his previous two, but still posted standout numbers. He had 3,496 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.

The Raiders finished a disappointing 6-10, and head coach Jack Del Rio was fired in favor of Jon Gruden.

“It was not the year we wanted, but to still be recognized by you, Raider Nation and fans everywhere, and the players and coaches you go against is an extremely high honor I will always be thankful for!” Carr wrote in a note posted on Twitter. “Although I am extremely blessed to be thought of in such a way by my peers, I understand there is more work to do. There is more to achieve and more to accomplish and I will now ret until we get there, Raider Nation!”