Carr was able to stay comfortable in the pocket and was sacked zero times by the Panthers’ defense. This is even more of an impressive feat considering that both the Raiders right tackles — Pro Bowler Trent Brown (calf) and Sam Young (groin) — were injured early in the game, and the Raiders had to move backup right guard Denzelle Good to tackle.
“I believe they are the best group in the world,” Carr said of his offensive line, a unit ranked No. 1 in the NFL by Pro Football Focus coming into the season. “Injuries happen, and things happen and we went down to Denzelle Good playing right tackle, which I’ll let coaches talk about how many reps he’s had at right tackle, but I think he did a pretty good job against some pretty good players. Anytime I don’t get touched and we run the rock well, everyone should be praising the offensive linemen and giving them free food. I know if Heather, my wife, is listening, they’re going to need some cinnamon rolls this week.”
“That was a championship effort by a lot of guys,” Gruden said. “We lost Trent Brown after three plays, we lost Sam Young, and Denzelle Good deserves a lot of credit for going over there without any work at right tackle and playing the whole game. Derek Carr was great today, and that’s what we asked of him in a game like this; he made a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage and in the pocket.
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