When the Seattle Seahawks play the Oakland Raiders in London, it’ll be the first time that Marshawn Lynch has faced his former team. The Seahawks may be 2-3, but the Raiders are a woeful 1-4 and were blown out by the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
You may remember that when Lynch joined the Raiders last year, Derek Carr was also handed a 5-year, $125 million contract extension. At his press conference, he made this not-so-subtle jab at the Seahawks over not giving Lynch the football at the 1-yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.
“My No. 1 goal is that I’m going to make sure that I give everything I have to this organization,” Carr said. “There’s no pressure, there’s no, you know, we’ll be on the 1-yard line and I won’t give it to Marshawn -- I’ll throw it. There’s none of that stuff. I don’t care about the stats. That’s not my No. 1 objective. I don’t care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that’s all I care about.”
Well guess what happened in the Raiders-Chargers game? Oakland is down 20-3 in the 3rd quarter, trying to get back into things. They only needed one yard, and Lynch had already scored on two goal-line plunges earlier this season. Well they threw the ball... nothing wrong with that. Carr decided that Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram was the open receiver on this play, though.
What was Derek Carr thinking?pic.twitter.com/6qlaI8h6qM— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 7, 2018
Carr has now thrown eight interceptions through five games, the most in the NFL. That’s $25 million a year well spent by Oakland. Hopefully he continues his generosity in London next Sunday against the Seahawks, winners of Super Bowl XLVIII.