CLEVELAND –- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr sealed the season’s first victory in dramatic fashion. He orchestrated a near-perfect two-minute drill to beat the Baltimore Ravens, a nine-play, 80-yard drive punctuated with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 26 seconds remaining.
Carr came through for the Raiders in a 37-33 victory, which included his second career game-winning fourth-quarter drive.
The effort earned him an accolade. He was named the NFL’s Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week, and rightfully so. Carr responded well after throwing an ill-timed fourth-quarter interception that allowed Baltimore to kick a go-ahead field goal, bringing home a last-minute victory.
Carr had a solid game overall a week after suffering a bruised throwing hand, completing 30-of-46 passes for a career-high 351 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two rushes for 23 yards.
He was among four quarterbacks nominated for the FedEx Air player of the week, but the award went to New England quarterback Tom Brady via an online vote.
Receiver Amari Cooper also had a good day against the Ravens, recording seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. His first NFL TD came from 68 yards away, when he faked a move inside, went back out to make a reception and then ran away from competition into the end zone.
Cooper was nominated to be the NFL’s rookie of the week, but the award went to Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston via an online vote.