Derek Carr

Jack Del Rio has been stressing it’s a team game in the run up to the Raiders’ playoff matchup this Saturday. That’s a good strategy with his first two quarterbacks out. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders trudge forward into playoffs

You’re a Raiders fan, and you wonder what else can happen. The…

Jack Del Rio has been stressing it’s a team game in the run up to the Raiders’ playoff matchup this Saturday. That’s a good strategy with his first two quarterbacks out. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Training staff tend to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after injuring his leg during a sack against the Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on December 24, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Derek Carr injury mars Raiders win over Colts

OAKLAND — The small silver golf cart — carrying Derek Carr, who suffered…

Training staff tend to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after injuring his leg during a sack against the Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on December 24, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Philip Rivers turns the ball over with regularity. Doing the opposite has made Derek Carr a borderline MVP candidate. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Raiders face the anti-Derek Carr with postseason berth on the line

When the Oakland Raiders last saw the San Diego Chargers more than…

Philip Rivers turns the ball over with regularity. Doing the opposite has made Derek Carr a borderline MVP candidate. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders’ divisional title hopes left blowing in the wind

Less than two minutes into the second half on Thursday night, Khalil…

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29) in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium in Raytown, Mo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Raiders fans have been protesting the team's inevitable move for most of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

For the sake of Bay Area football fans, Raiders can’t leave

Before the Raiders swung their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday…

Raiders fans have been protesting the team's inevitable move for most of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Raiders defense chases down Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on November 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Turnover battle looms as Raiders host Bills

In the final minute of the Oakland Raiders' 35-32 Week 12-win over…

The Oakland Raiders defense chases down Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on November 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Derek Carr wouldn't say whether he'll be wearing the infamous glove this Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Derek Carr finds his pinky not worthy of discussion

Derek Carr was in no mood to offer the Buffalo Bills any…

Derek Carr wouldn't say whether he'll be wearing the infamous glove this Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Raiders star receiver Amari Cooper, seen here against Denver earlier this month, may be relied upon more heavily today with Michael Crabtree and Latavius Murray questionable.(Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

After quick turnaround, Raiders welcome Panthers to Coliseum

After rallying to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 in Mexico City on…

Raiders star receiver Amari Cooper, seen here against Denver earlier this month, may be relied upon more heavily today with Michael Crabtree and Latavius Murray questionable.(Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Raiders quarterback Derek Car, seen here against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6, and fullback Jamize Olawale sparked a fourth-quarter surge after Olawale ran in a 75-yard touchdown in a 27-20 win against the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Monday night. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

Raiders rally past Texans — thanks to Carr’s poise, questionable officiating, Del Rio’s gutsy call

FINAL: @RAIDERS win in Mexico City! ¡Gran victoria de Raiders! #HOUvsOAK #MiPartidoMiNFL…

Raiders quarterback Derek Car, seen here against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6, and fullback Jamize Olawale sparked a fourth-quarter surge after Olawale ran in a 75-yard touchdown in a 27-20 win against the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Monday night. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Derek Carr gets all the attention for the Oakland Raiders’ rise, but it would be a mistake to overlook the impact of his elite offensive line. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘Angry’ offensive line provides foundation for Carr’s rise

In the run up to the Oakland Raiders’ Monday night matchup with…

Derek Carr gets all the attention for the Oakland Raiders’ rise, but it would be a mistake to overlook the impact of his elite offensive line. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Khalil Mack (52), shown here in 2016, could have headed to San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Return of dominant Mack leads Raiders into Mexico City

There are few NFL quarterbacks who understand the fury of Khalil Mack…

Khalil Mack (52), shown here in 2016, could have headed to San Francisco. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’s going to be an exciting battle to see who wins the AFC West. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Return of wild, wild west is just what NFL needs

Bailed on the NFL season weeks ago? Tired of so many self-indulged,…

It’s going to be an exciting battle to see who wins the AFC West. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Latavius Murray reaches over the goal line for a touchdown in the second quarter. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Ground game, defense carry Raiders past Broncos and into first place

OAKLAND — With the Oakland Raiders facing the stingiest pass defense in the…

Latavius Murray reaches over the goal line for a touchdown in the second quarter. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raider fans watch their games againt the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Raiders submit vintage performance under Sunday night lights

“Raiddd-uhs, Raiddd-uhs.” The chant rolled through the Coliseum like it did in…

Oakland Raider fans watch their games againt the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Derek Carr refused to let the Denver Broncos’ secondary goad him into a war of words. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Carr calm as ever Denver’s talented and confident defense looms

In the lead up to the biggest game of Derek Carr’s life…

Derek Carr refused to let the Denver Broncos’ secondary goad him into a war of words. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Carr overcomes penalties to give Raiders overtime win

With the Oakland Raiders staring at a fourth-and-four with just under two…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 16, had a big day in an overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
The Raiders are hoping their dominant ways

Raiders aim to continue winning ways on road

Carr, Del Rio kindred spirits as gamblers Donald Penn doesn’t have a…

The Raiders are hoping their dominant ways
(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Raiders boast best young QB in NFL

Derek Carr’s tour to prove he’s the best young quarterback in the…

(John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play during a huddle against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chiefs capitalize on Raiders’ mistakes in 26-10 loss

OAKLAND — With a herd of reporters surrounding him as he stood…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) calls a play during a huddle against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defense and Carr lead Raiders into tie for 1st in AFC West

OAKLAND — Less than 30 minutes after the Oakland Raiders had pulled even…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)