Tafur: Many People In Raiders Building Aren’t Sure if Derek Carr Can Play Well in the Cold

Former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio made waves this week when he said Derek Carr doesn’t like to play in cold weather. Del Rio has taken heat for his statements on Carr, but according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Del Rio’s opinion is shared by some still with the team.

“There are many people in the Raiders building right now who aren’t sure if Carr can play well in the cold,” Tafur wrote in The Athletic on Wednesday.

Carr is 0-4 in his NFL career in games that have been 40 degrees or below at kickoff, but it’s worth noting that the teams Carr has lost to in those games averaged 12 wins per season – so the real story might be that Carr has had a handful of bad games in his career against elite football teams.

As usual, the Raiders offense will travel to Arrowhead Stadium this weekend (why do the Chiefs never host the Raiders in September and October?) and hope to stop one of the best offenses in the league with one of the worst defenses in the league.

Oh, and by the way… Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is 17-3 in his career after the bye week, including 10-1 at home over that stretch.

But the autumn wind is a Raider and the forecast is calling for 30+ mph winds in Kansas City this Sunday. Time for Carr, the offensive line, and rookie RB Josh Jacobs to answer the bell and own the game in the trenches.

Just pound the rock, baby!

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