Carr will undergo surgery and is to be sidelined indefinitely, according to Del Rio.
The Raiders now turn to Matt McGloin at quarterback. And it becomes that much more difficult to envision anyone in the AFC preventing the New England Patriots from reaching the Super Bowl.
Carr has been about as good this season as any NFL quarterback not named Tom Brady. A convincing MVP argument can be made on Carr’s behalf.
Are the Raiders done without him? Of course not. They have many parts of a championship team still in place with their solid offensive line, their dynamic receiving duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, a productive running game, and a powerful defense led by Khalil Mack.
The Raiders, now 12-3, are right on the heels of the 13-2 Patriots for the AFC’s best record. They clinch the AFC West title and an opening-round postseason bye if the Kansas City Chiefs lose Sunday night to the Denver Broncos.
But could the Raiders, with McGloin at quarterback, go to Foxborough, Mass., and win a playoff game?
They no longer have the quarterback to believe there’s a realistic chance of that happening. The Patriots moved a significant step closer to another Super Bowl title with Brady and Coach Bill Belichick on Saturday, and that’s mostly because of what happened in Oakland.