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Report card: Carr, Raiders defense struggle mightily against Redskins

It was a rough night for Derek Carr and the Raiders on Sunday.
It was a rough night for Derek Carr and the Raiders on Sunday. The Associated Press

Offense: Sunday night was not a good one for Derek Carr. The quarterback did connect on 61 percent of his passes (19 for 31), but only managed 118 yards while throwing two interceptions, snapping a streak of 112 passes without a pick to finish with a 52.9 rating in the Raiders’ 27-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Carr was also sacked four times, the most since the 2015 season finale, when the Kansas City Chiefs got him six times. As a team, the Raiders ran for just 32 yards on 13 carries, well below the 144.5 they averaged coming into Sunday that put them fourth in the NFL. Oakland did not convert on third down, going 0 for 11, the first time getting shut out there in six years. Grade: F

Defense: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 25-of-30 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions while getting sacked just once. Chris Thompson put up 188 all-purpose yards, including 150 receiving, to become the second running back with that many receiving yards against the Raiders since they returned to Oakland in 1995 (the other being Jamaal Charles in 2013), according to The Associated Press. The defense forced one turnover, a Samaje Perine fumble. Grade: D-

Special teams: Marquette King averaged 52.7 yards on seven punts for the Raiders. Giorgio Tavecchio made his only field goal attempt from 22 yards and his only extra point kick, plus he didn’t allow the Redskins to return any kickoffs, finishing with three touchbacks. The only Raiders kickoff return went for 27 yards. The Redskins got just 23 yards on four punt returns and the Raiders got a turnover when Jamison Crowder muffed a punt. Grade: A

Overall: The Raiders allowed 472 total yards while putting up just 128, including 47 in the first half for their lowest output since 2015. They trailed 21-0 in the third quarter and never quite looked in sync. Oakland’s only touchdown came after Crowder’s muff. Grade: D-

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