Editor’s note: This is the final part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Seahawks matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., at CenturyLink Field.
Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. Seahawks CB Richard Sherman
Tale of the tape:
Carr (4): 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, rookie season, Fresno State
Sherman (25): 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, fourth season, Stanford
Derek Carr doesn’t think twice about throwing at top-flight cornerbacks, a fact that dates back to the preseason. The rookie proved willing in the preseason finale, when he targeted receivers covered by Seattle’s Richard Sherman. He did so twice in the only series played against Seahawks starters, a sign of things to come.
Carr won’t sacrifice a quality one-on-one matchup, regardless of the player he’s throwing against. He threw at New England’s Darrelle Revis, Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and San Diego’s Brandon Flowers.
The same pattern should hold this week against the Seattle Seahawks.
“He’s a gunslinger,” Sherman said in a press conference with Seattle media. “…I’m not really surprised (if Carr targets me). I mean, he doesn’t know any better.”
Generally speaking, teams are targeting Sherman more often. While Green Bay didn’t throw a pass his way in the season opener, he’s been targeted five times or more in four of his past six games. He’s still playing well, thought not as invincible as a season ago.
Carr has seen Sherman once but won’t take anything from his previous meeting, and rightfully so. The Seahawks will play far different, with an aggressive scheme and plenty of game tape to study.
Carr understands the difficult task ahead, but is excited about playing one of the NFL’s best.
“This is the defending Super Bowl champs at their house with great players all over the field,” Carr said. “It’ll be a challenge, and something I’m looking forward to.”