What was different about the Raiders last Thursday night in a surprise win over Kansas City?
“52 times passing the ball was different,” Jerel Worthy said.
No one understands what the Oakland quarterback means to his team better than a guy who was a Raider himself 2 years ago.
“When Derek Carr is playing with a lot of confidence, it’s hard to stop him,” Lorenzo Alexander daid. “He’s the engine of that team. He’s a great leader. As he goes, I think the team goes. When he’s feeling real good and getting everybody and rallying the troops and feeling confident, making plays…. it’s hard to stop him.”
Many of the Bills defensive players noted that Carr and the offense got into a rhythm against the Chiefs they had not found in the five games prior.
The rhythm got going after Marshawn Lynch was ejected from the game.
“Having Marshawn, they definitely want to run the ball more. With him coming out this week, we think we’ll kinda see similarities of what we saw last week: putting the ball in Derek Carr’s hands,” Worthy said. “At the end of the day, he’s the playmaker. He makes their offense go.”
“You know what they do well, they’re going to do it again,” Preston Brown said. “What people got on us –what Tampa Bay did, what the Bengals did–everybody is going to feed off them, trying to keep finding ways to exploit our defense in the pass game.”
A big reason the Bills secondary is getting torched is the lack of pressure up front.
It’s not about sacks. The buzzword in the locker room is “affecting” the quarterback. Do that, and the rest the Bills think they can handle.
“We just can’t give up the big chunk plays,” Alexander said. “Oftentimes, when we go back and look at it, it comes down to us not doing our job. Whether it’s a miscommunication and a guy’s not dropping where he needs to be or guys don’t talk well and don’t pass off a route.”
“A lot of it has to do with ourselves,” Jordan Poyer said. “Whether it’s our progression within a play or whether it’s our eyes, they’re all correctable mistakes. Nothing to be crazy worried about.”
Despite allowing 712 yards passing the last two games, the Bills still have forced three turnovers in each contest. Four of the takeaways came directly from the secondary.
Buffalo is second in the league with nine interceptions and fourth with 13 turnovers forced. That might be all that matters.
“We’re taking the ball away and that’s what it’s all about,” Tre’Davious White said. “The yards, it’s a big stat, but as long as we keep taking the ball away, that’ll override the yards. “
It seems like the Bills might think the Raiders offense is better without Marshawn Lynch, who will miss Sunday’s game on suspension. Sean McDermott summed up why that may be.
“They have enough weapons already without him.”