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ALAMEDA, Calif. - Rookie Derek Carrs first NFL start as Oakland Raiders quarterback was a learning experience. He saw new defences, exotic blitzes and got to see firsthand what playing in the NFL is like after years of watching big brother David do it. Perhaps the most important thing Carr learned was that he belonged on that big stage already at the start of his rookie season even if the end result against the New York Jets wasnt quite what he hoped with a 19-14 loss last Sunday. "I can do this," Carr said Wednesday. "I was able to go out there and play against a great defence. ... To play against them for your first game, I was fired up because you want to see as much as you can, as early as you can in your career." Carr had an up-and-down performance that would be expected from a rookie making his first career start going up against a Rex Ryan defence. He threw an early touchdown pass to Rod Streater and avoided any turnovers or egregious mistakes. But he also struggled to get the ball downfield, relying mostly on screens and quick passes. Carr completed 20 of 32 passes for 151 yards. Only three of those completions travelled at least 10 yards downfield, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the closing minutes. Carr said the lack of downfield throws was more about situations and the defence than a cautious game plan looking to protect a rookie. "They were called, theres no doubt they were called," Carr said of the deep passes. "It we went down there and out of the 30-something throws, we threw it down the field 28 times, it would probably have been even worse than it looked. It doesnt always work out the way you want to. But they were called and theyll continue to be called." Carrs first start at MetLife Stadium came in the same building that his brother threw his final NFL pass as a backup for the New York Giants in 2012. Derek Carrs first home start with the Raiders comes against the Houston Texans, the team that drafted David first overall in 2002 to be the face of the expansion franchise. That did not work out as planned as David Carr struggled at the start on an overmatched team, getting sacked an NFL-record 76 times as a rookie. Those beatings took a toll on David Carr that he was never able to overcome and left an impression on young Derek. "All I knew is I grew up a Cowboys and Raiders fan and I never saw those quarterbacks get hit that much," he said. "Just being honest. Thats what my thought was as a kid. Being older and going back and watching those games, I understand what was going on." While Derek Carr joined a team that hadnt posted a winning record for 11 straight seasons, it is not anything like an expansion team. But even with a veteran offensive line, Carr was pressured on 47.1 per cent of his drop backs, according to Pro Football Focus, third most in the league last week. Making matters worse is the team that generated the most pressure is the Texans with star end J.J. Watt leading the charge. But coach Dennis Allen said he expects to see a step forward this week from Carr and the line. "I thought he handled himself well in the game last week," Allen said. "I think well see improvement. Just like you see from season one to season two, you always see improvement, the most improvement you see during the season is from Week 1 to Week 2. Im excited about watching him play." NOTES: RB Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice with a hand injury and his status is day to day. ... LB Nick Roach practiced after missing the opener because of a concussion sustained in the third exhibition game but has still not been cleared to play. ... CB Chimdi Chekwa was back at practice on a limited basis after being sidelined during the preseason with a knee injury. Hanley Ramirez Jersey . Ending a nine-game losing streak? 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Sports, the team has reached a five-year deal to play their home games on the roof of the Plaza Hotel and Casino.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers can be seen around Rip City over the next seven games and will welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town Friday night at the Moda Center. The Trail Blazers will also host the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The Blazers have won four in a row in the Pacific Northwest, where they are 12-2 this season. Portland went 3-1 on a recent trip and closed the journey with Tuesdays 115-111 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder behind 40 points from Damian Lillard. Lillard was 11-of-21 shooting, handed out 11 assists and came down with six rebounds. Lillard also buried 8-of-12 3-pointers and has scored 40-plus points twice in the past four games. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, for the Blazers, who overcame a 10-point hole late in regulation, scored 17 of the 30 points in overtime and finished 17-of-31 from beyond the arc. Our team never quits, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. We believe we can win every game, regardless of the situation. Stotts group is 6-1 in the second game of back-to-backs and 18-2 when reaching 100 or more points. Portland has won six of its last seven games and will try to improve its 12-1 record against Eastern Conference foes Friday night. In injury news for Portland, forward Nicolas Batum (wrist) is questionable Friday night and did not play against OKC. All four of Phhiladelphias wins this season have come on the road.dddddddddddd The 76ers are 2-0 so far on a seven-game road trip, which began with a Sunshine State sweep of the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. In Tuesdays 91-87 come-from-behind victory in South Beach, a big second half catapulted the visitors to victory. Philadelphia had a 49-30 scoring advantage over the final two quarters and used a 14-4 run to open the fourth stanza. Miami came within two at 89-87 and missed its final seven shot attempts. Michael Carter-Williams and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for the Sixers, who had an 18-9 scoring edge in the fourth quarter and have won two in a row following a five-game skid. We have good momentum, Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel said. Were confident. The Sixers, who sit last with 91.4 ppg, are 4-9 on the road and will also visit the Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers on the junket. On the injury front for Philly, guards Tony Wroten (knee) and Hollis Thompson (illness) are questionable Friday. Portland defeated Philadelphia, 114-104, on Nov. 24 in south Philly and was led by Aldridges 33 points and 11 rebounds. Carter-Williams ended with 24 points in that one for the 76ers. The Blazers are averaging 117.3 ppg in the last three matchups in this series. Aldridge is posting an average of 27.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in his last three appearances against the 76ers. ' ' '

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