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Why pressuring Derek Carr will be more vital than usual for Bills in Week Eight

In Vic Carucci's latest "Take Five," he mentioned how important it was for the Bills to find a way to pressure Derek Carr on Sunday.

"The Raiders have allowed only 13 sacks in seven games. They do a good job of minimizing hits on Carr. Therefore, the Bills, who rank 23rd in the league in sacks per pass play and have produced only 13 sacks on the season, need to do something to get Carr on the ground with the ball and generally make him uncomfortable in the pocket."

Taking Carucci's suggestion a step further, Pro Football Focus founder Neil Hornsby recently sent a tweet with a graphic that showed Carr as the quarterback with the fifth-biggest difference in passer rating when "kept clean" vs. when under pressure.

Thus far in 2017, the Raiders signal-caller has a 107.3 passer rating when not dealing with pressure. When pressured, Carr's passer rating is 45.1. That equates to a passer rating difference of 62.2. Only Kirk Cousins, Mike Glennon, Trevor Siemian, and Drew Brees have a bigger pass-rating difference under the two circumstances.

Carr has been pressured on just 22 percent of his drop backs so far in 2017, the third-lowest rate among qualifying quarterbacks. And while his offensive line deserves credit for that -- Oakland's unit has PFF's second-best Pass-Blocking Efficiency through six games -- Carr also gets rid of the football faster than any signal-caller in the NFL right now.

He's averaging 2.13 seconds before each attempt.

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A whopping 147 of his 203 drop backs (72.4 percent) have featured him throwing the ball in 2.5 seconds or less. Carr has thrown eight interceptions and three picks with a 72.9 completion percentage on those passes and has a 100.4 quarterback rating.

When he's held the football for 2.6 seconds or more, he's completed 40.3 percent of his attempts with three touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 82.1.

While pressuring the opposing quarterback is crucial for every defense in every game, getting after the Raiders signal-caller will be absolutely vital for the Bills on Sunday.

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