Jalen Hurts vs. Derek Carr: Which QB Will Shine in Vegas?

Derek Carr will outperform Jalen Hurts in Week 7.
Derek Carr will outperform Jalen Hurts in Week 7. / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles at Allegiant Stadium in Week 7. Both of these teams have similar defenses, but the Raiders are 4-2 and the Eagles are 2-4. Both records are indicative of the quality of each team's offense. 

It’s an interesting situation for these opposing quarterbacks. Derek Carr has done too much for Las Vegas’ offense, while Jalen Hurts has been asked to do too much for Philadelphia’s offense.

The Raiders currently have the second-ranked passing offense in the NFL, averaging 324.3 passing yards per game; while the Eagles average just 246.7 passing yards per game, 23rd in the NFL. 

Although Hurts has less passing yards than Carr, he is still averaging 50 rushing yards per game on 5.6 yards per carry, bringing something to the table that Carr will not. 

WynnBET Sportsbook has set Carr’s passing yards prop at 286.5 (Over -112/Under -110) and Hurts’ passing yards prop at 250.5 (Over -110/Under -110). Hurts’ rushing yards prop was also set at 46.5 yards (Over -112/Under -108).

Here’s a look at Carr and Hurts statistics after the first six weeks.

Jalen Hurts vs. Derek Carr Stat Comparison

Completion Percentage

  • Hurts 62.5%
  • Carr: 64.2%

Passing Yards

  • Hurts: 1,480
  • Carr: 1,946

Passing Touchdowns/Interceptions

  • Hurts: 8/4
  • Carr: 10/4

Quarterback Rating

  • Hurts: 88.6
  • Carr: 97.7

Derek Carr has just been the better quarterback, plain and simple. Hurts has shown flashes of great ability in a large sample of inconsistent play.

The Eagles’ offense has been anemic at times, which may have more to do with head coach Nick Sirianni than it has to do with Hurts, but the head coach and quarterback must have a strong symbiotic relationship for any offense to succeed. 

Las Vegas started off strong with new head coach Rich Bisaccia, and they should be able to take care of business at home against an Eagles’ team that is still working through the kinks in Week 7.

The running game may be more involved in the Raiders offensive attack moving forward, but Derek Carr will be the focal point of Las Vegas’ offense once again.

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