Derek Carr vs Teddy Bridgewater: Carr Separating

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Nov 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 41-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


Bridgewater completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,919 yards, 14 TDs, 12 INTs and a 85.2 QB rating last year. Bridgewater’s rookie season landed him in the record books for 91 franchise rookie records. Bridgewater’s record as a starter was 6-6 with three of those wins coming from game winning drives.

Carr was only 3-13 with only one game winning drive while starting all 16 of his teams’ games. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,270 yards, 21 TDs and 12 INTs with a quarterback rating of 76.6. He set the all-time rookie record for touchdown passes in his first five games with eight.

Carr was money in the red-zone, leading the Raiders to an NFL-best 72.4 touchdown percentage (21-of-29). Of the 12 NFL rookies in history with at least 450 attempts, Carr threw the fewest interceptions. And he’s one of four rookies with at least 20 TDs and only 12 INTs putting him in the record books for rookie quarterbacks in TD/INT ratio.

According to Pro Football Focus, Bridgewater also had a QB rating of 87.4 vs the blitz to 80.6 for Carr. But Carr was sacked only 10. 3 percent of the time he was pressured to Bridgewater’s 20.6. I give Carr the advantage because his TD-to-INT ratio and a sack is a negative play for a quarterback that doesn’t go on the QB rating.

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