Derek Carr has some good timing. Just a few days ago, it seemed all but certain that Matt Schaub would be the Raiders' starting quarterback on Sept. 7 versus the Jets. Then he came down with a case of elbow tendinitis that forced him to miss Oakland's preseason finale, opening the door for Carr to impress his coaches and possibly reconsider their stance of Schaub as the starter.
Carr certainly didn't disappoint. He completed 11 of 13 passes Thursday night against the Seahawks for 143 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. His first drive of the game, which covered 12 plays and 68 yards, ended in a touchdown and came against some of the Seahawks' best players, including Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
In the morning after Carr's performance, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle told Pro Football Talk he believes there's a 100 percent chance that Carr starts the regular-season opener.
There is no argument for Schaub based on preseason performance. He completely barely half of his passes, didn't throw a touchdown and committed two turnovers. Carr completed two-thirds of his throws and tallied four scores next to just one turnover. Carr is the clear winner.
But can head coach Dennis Allen go back on his repeated declarations that Schaub is his Week 1 starter? He said so again earlier this week. Of course, it would be easy for the coach to make the switch under the guise that Schaub is too injured to play, and Allen has no other choice. Regardless, Carr will be starting games sooner than later. I still don't want to wade into the fantasy waters in Oakland, but Carr gives this offense life and an excitement that is nonexistent with the veteran under center.