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Derek Carr being victimized by receivers' drops

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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders, to quote quarterback Derek Carr, were just “punched in the mouth” by the Kansas City Chiefs in Thursday night’s 21-13 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.

And while it’s obvious Carr’s right pinkie was still bothering him in the subfreezing temperatures, as he suffered through one of the worst outings of his three-year NFL career, you have to wonder if someone had also taken a hammer to the digits of Carr’s receivers.

Pro Football Focus tabbed the Raiders with four dropped passes, though cases could be made for more. Oakland leads the NFL with 34 drops, and Carr, who has already passed for 3,492 yards, has lost a league-high 286 yards through the air due to said drops, per PFF.

Of course, the Raiders have the two biggest violators in the league in Michael Crabtree, who PFF has with 10 drops, and Seth Roberts, who has nine drops.

In the game at Kansas City, Crabtree, who dislocated his left ring finger four days earlier and injured it again against the Chiefs, caught four of his seven targets for 21 yards, while Roberts had just two catches on nine targets for 12 yards.

Carr, meanwhile, was just 17 of 41 passing for 117 yards and a passer rating of 49.1

“It was definitely a bad night, there’s no getting around that,” Carr said after the game. “I hate to have the bad night come on this one, out of all the games that we’ve had. But obviously, we didn’t do enough.

“We all took turns, and I feel very responsible for that.”

Keep in mind, Crabtree has 71 receptions on the season for 806 yards, with a team-leading seven touchdowns, while Roberts has 33 catches for 344 yards and five touchdowns.

“I always believe that we’re going to win,” Carr said. “I always believe that we have a chance. It sucks. It’s a tough feeling. But it’s the NFL, also. Days like that are going to happen.

“We’ve got to respond.”

As well as catch the ball.