Raiders '1,000 percent' believe they should've beaten Texans to end trip

Raiders '1,000 percent' believe they should've beaten Texans to end trip

HOUSTON – The Raiders left Houston on Sunday night believing they lost a game they should have won.

They grabbed an early lead over the Texans and held it all afternoon until Deshaun Watson’s third touchdown pass with 6: 26 remaining established the margin of victory in a 27-24 Raiders Week 8 loss at NRG Stadium.

The Raiders had a comeback try that fell short, with two deep shots to Tyrell Williams that should have been caught. The Silver and Black's defense didn’t get the stops when it was required, allowing four straight scoring drives before Watson kneeled out the win.

The Raiders steadfastly believe that this was an opportunity blown, a game they should have taken to the bank.

“1,000 percent,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “This one hurts my heart so much. I mean, we only had three possessions, I think, in the second half. You know, we got points on two of them. On that third [and final] drive, we should still be on the field but we’re not. You know this one hurt. That’s all I can say.”

In addition to the lack of opportunities, the Raiders were their own worst enemy with 11 penalties for 100 yards. Some of them came at terrible times, including the final comeback attempt and third downs when the Raiders defense just couldn’t get off the field.

"It’s all about not beating yourself,” defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell said. “I had an offsides penalty so I’m a part of that. There were just too many flags. It’s that simple. You can’t have that.”

The Raiders wrapped an extended road trip at 2-3, with a legitimate shot to get that third win in hand with a three-game homestand coming up against beatable competition.

“This was a big game and we look at it as a tough opportunity,” Ferrell said. “It would have put a great cap on our road trip coming home at 3-2 on the time away from home. This one hurt really, really bad. We have to put it behind us quickly and move forward.”

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The Raiders are coming back with confidence moving forward despite a golden opportunity missed. They believe they can improve and rally and go on a solid run.

“Everything is up and down in the NFL,” Raiders defensive back Lamarcus Joyner said. “We’re a really good football team. Once we start clicking on all cylinders, we’re going to be good. Nobody’s worried around here.

“The league did what they did with the schedule and, for the most part, we did a good job of hanging in there. Nobody thought we’d be 3-4 right now. I’m pretty sure people laughed at us and thought we’d win zero games. We’re going to keep going. We still believe we’re going to be good.”

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

While Derek Carr was in Las Vegas for the Raiders' official rebranding this week, speculation about Tom Brady joining the Silver and Black continues to simmer.

Two weeks ago, The Athletic's Jay Glazer said that Brady to the Raiders is a "no-brainer" because it would help with ticket sales, among other things.

On Friday, Glazer added a bit more context when asked again about where Brady will play next season.

"I said it last week, the Chargers or the Raiders," Glazer wrote. "I spoke about the business side of things. You guys kind of jumped on me talking about how great ticket sales are for the Raiders. I don’t know if I said ticket sales or not but there’s way more than ticket sales when you’re building up a business. They can use Tom Brady to build the business of the Raiders, which will now be an international team. I say that because of all the big business whales from all over the world who are going to come to Las Vegas and now be exposed to the Raiders.

"That’s going to be a hot ticket. The international marketing will be huge. The Raiders are going to be big players internationally with that. That’s why I would think it’s a brilliant move to go to Vegas."

Brady, who will turn 43 years old before the start of the 2020 NFL season, is a free agent and could move on from the Patriots, the only franchise he has ever known.

Carr is under contract with the Raiders for three more seasons, and recently said he is "looking forward" to being under center for the first snap in Las Vegas. But head coach Jon Gruden didn't give the most glowing endorsement of Carr after the regular-season finale in December.

All of this has fueled chatter that the Raiders could bring in Brady to help open their first season in Sin City.

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While Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record this past season, his numbers declined, suggesting that his best days are behind him.

If owner Mark Davis and Gruden want to win games and continue to build a solid foundation for the future, they'll stick with Carr. If they are more concerned with making a sexy splash, they'll make the change to Brady.

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Out of a possible 96 starts since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr has been under center for 94 of them.

But after a disappointing 7-9 season, many Raiders fans have clamored for a change at the game’s most important position.

Carr, however, hasn’t paid the rumors or social media fodder too much attention.

“But I'll say it this way,” Carr said (h/t ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez). “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out -- until I'm done."

The 28-year-old had a career year in 2019, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9), and quarterback rating (100.8).

But coach Jon Gruden grew frustrated with Carr’s inability to throw the ball downfield consistently, and some potential free agent quarterbacks reportedly have caught the Raiders’ eye.

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As the team re-brands and moves into its new home in Sin City, some believe the team will bring on a new starting signal-caller to usher in the Las Vegas Raiders era.

Just don’t count Carr among them.