OAKLAND -- Derek Carr needed to be perfect to insert himself into the Raiders' starting quarterback debate.
In a 41-31 exhibition win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night at O.co Coliseum, he was close.
Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and touchdown passes of 36 and 11 yards to Denarius Moore and 20 yards to Mychal Rivera before leaving as the people's choice before 50,841 fans with 10:43 remaining in the first half.
With starting quarterback Matt Schaub resting a sore elbow, Carr finished with a passer rating of 152.1 on a standard where 158.3 is the highest-attainable score. He had the ball for four possessions and produced four touchdowns.
Schaub, by contrast, had two touchdowns in 15 possessions over three games.
When asked about the Week 1 starter on the road against the New York Jets on Sept. 7, Raiders coach Dennis Allen complimented all three of his quarterbacks and then added, "We'll need to see where Matt is when he comes in on Monday."
Carr said he would leave the big decisions to the head coach.
"Honestly, that's for coach Allen," Carr said. "My job, like he said from Day 1, is to come in and compete my tail off and help this team win. That's all I'm doing, no matter whether I'm in the fourth preseason game or on the bench."
Schaub spent pregame warmups going through drills to improve footwork but did not throw any passes.
"I don't think he could have played today, but that's pure speculation," Allen said.
Trailing 7-0 after the Seahawks' Russell Wilson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson, Carr's first drive resulted in a 68-yard, 12-play drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray.
It only got better from there, albeit against a Seattle team which had almost its entire first team on the bench after Murray's touchdown with 7:05 left in the first quarter.
The only two incomplete passes for Carr came on the first drive, a throw off his back foot toward Moore that was broken up by Richard Sherman, and an incomplete pass in the red zone forced into coverage involving three Seattle defenders.
Those were Carr's only questionable decisions on a night where everything broke his way. His protection was excellent, in part because Murray had 41 yards on eight carries against Seattle.
"There were a lot of factors that went into it," Allen said. "Tonight we saw some guys make plays and that's what we wanted to see."
The opening drive included a pair of third-down conversions, 13 yards to Brice Butler on third-and-10 to the Seattle 43, and 11 yards to Moore's back shoulder against Sherman to the Seattle 5.
When rookie fourth-round draft pick Keith McGill stripped Seattle's Brian Walters on the ensuing kickoff, Jack Crawford recovered and set up Carr at the 36-yard line. He immediately found Moore streaking past former Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams for a 36-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
TJ Carrie returned a Seattle punt 45 yards to the Seattle 20, and this time Carr showed he could be both lucky and good. On first down, his pass into the end zone was tipped by linebacker Malcolm Smith and went directly to Rivera, who caught the ball with his back to the ground for a touchdown.
On his last possession, Carr took the Raiders 61 yards in eight plays. He struck again to Moore on third-and-6 from the 11, putting the ball outside where only Moore could get it for a touchdown, was which was upheld on review.
Seattle got a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half on a 33-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor to Phil Bates over Neiko Thorpe.
Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, standing in for Sebastian Janikowski, kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:53 left in the third quarter. Steven Hauschka kicked a 27-yard field goal for Seattle with 11:22 left in the fourth quarter.
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