Derek Carr is off to a red hot start this season.
Not only have the Las Vegas Raiders cruised to a 3-0 start, but Carr is firmly inserting himself into the MVP conversation. He leads the league in total passing yards with 1,203 and has the most completions of 20-plus yards (21). Carr’s passer rating also sits just north of 100, and his excellence is viewed as the primary reason Las Vegas has jumped out to a strong start.
Full of confidence, Carr isn’t holding back with a Week 4 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers looming.
Derek Carr took a jab at Chargers fans for spotty attendance
Carr and the Raiders play Justin Hebert and the Chargers in Week 4, and the general vibe around Las Vegas is that their fans will be aggressively traveling for the AFC West showdown.
Carr highlights past experiences playing against the Chargers as a big reason to expect a heavy dose of silver and black in the crowd on Sunday.
“In my past… whether it was in Los Angeles at the soccer stadium (StubHub Center) or in Qualcomm in San Diego, it was another home game,” Carr said. “It was always looked at as another home game, and that’s no disrespect. It’s a fact. The way you practice, the way you meet, it felt like a home game. I fully expect Raider Nation to take over the majority of the stadium again. They usually do.”
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden offered a similar viewpoint, saying he expects to see “Raider Nation” in LA this weekend.
“I welcome Raider Nation to the field down there,” Gruden said. “Perhaps Raider Nation could make a stand down in LA. We look forward to seeing the fans. it will be a great game, as it always is.”
Vivid Seats supports Derek Carr’s claim
While most Chargers are presumably annoyed with Carr’s claims of it being “another home game,” there are numbers to back said claim up.
Vivid Seats, an independently owned ticket reselling company, supports the idea that Raiders fans will dominate the Chargers stadium.
Secondary ticket market site Vivid Seats projects that 74 percent of the crowd in L.A. Monday will be Raiders fans.
The projection is based on an algorithm that incorporates Vivid Seats’ proprietary data to predict who will have the home-field advantage at a game.
If Vivid Seats’ projection rings true, the majority of the Raider Nation in attendance will hail from California.Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Chargers shouldn’t be overlooked
While it appears likely that LA will be swarmed in a sea of fired-up Raiders fans during Week 4, it’s worth highlighting that the Chargers have looked impressive this year.
They’re 2-1. Herbert is playing like an MVP candidate himself. They’re coming off an awe-inspiring upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Regardless of who’s in the crowd on Sunday, this is not a team Carr and the Raiders want to be overlooking.
The Chargers are legit, and they’ll likely be playing with extra energy following Carr’s borderline disrespectful comments.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.