Clutch Performers

Carr, Fuller lead Week 4 Clutch Performers

Oakland Raiders' Derek Carr, Houston Texans' Will Fuller, New Orleans Saints' John Kuhn, Los Angeles Rams'  Case Keenum and Jacksonville Jaguars' Allen Hurns each had the strength to come through during a key moment and contribute to wins during Week 4.

Thanks to those strong performances, each player is up for Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week honors. This is a deeper look at the significance of those conquests.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

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» The Baltimore Ravens defense stalled the Raiders attack overall. The Raiders squeaked out the win despite just 261 total yards.
» Though he didn't cover many yards, Carr did throw four touchdowns. He could continue tossing scores considering the Raiders' next four opponents include three teams that didn't make the playoffs in 2015. The teams include the Chargers, Chiefs, Jaguars and the Buccaneers.

Power of the moment: The Raiders had a tough task going into Baltimore to face the then undefeated Ravens, who rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with less than four minutes remaining. Carr went on to lead a 66-yard drive and took the final lead with a TD pass to Michael Crabtree with 2:12 left in the game.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans

Strong stats to consider:
» Fuller was known for his speed before entering the NFL. It was on full display Sunday. His 67-yard punt return is the first return TD for Houston since Week 11, 2013.
» Fuller became the first Texans player with a receiving TD, and a punt return TD in the same game. He's the fourth rookie in the past 15 years to accomplish this feat. His company in this category ... Tavon Austin, T.Y. Hilton and Dez Bryant.

Power of the moment: The Texans were locked in a tie late in the third quarter with divisional rival Tennessee Titans in a game without defensive standout J.J. Watt. That's when Fuller burned by everyone on a 67-yard punt return TD. The impressive part of this play, is it doesn't even look like he's going full speed. We'll see his fifth gear later this season I'm sure since he's currently leading the Texans in targets (34).

John Kuhn, New Orleans Saints

Strong stats to consider:
» The Saints edged out this win with just 275 total yards of offense. It's the fewest yards they've managed in a win since signing Drew Brees in 2006.
» Fortunately for the Saints, Kuhn is a short yardage specialist. With just 12 total yards, Kuhn brought in three touchdowns.

Power of the moment: The San Diegp Chargers led 34-21 late in the game, but then proceeded to give up three turnovers in the final seven minutes. Chargers' receiver Travis Benjamin lost a fumble at their own 31. This ultimately led to Kuhn pounding it in for a one-yard touchdown and the game winner.

Case Keenum, Los Angeles Rams

Strong stats to consider:
» Keenum has improved over the last two weeks. Through Weeks 1 and 2, Keenum posted a 57.8 passer rating, two interceptions, no touchdowns and a 184.5 yards per game average. The last two weeks, he's thrown 228 yards per game, one pick, four TDs and has a passer rating of 100.0.
» Dating back to last season, the Rams have now won six of their last eight games.

Power of the moment: With just 2:41 left in the fourth quarter, Keenum hit Brian Quick for a four-yard TD. The Rams are in first place in the NFC West at 3-1 with the tiebreaker over the Seahawks.

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

Strong stats to consider:
» Hurns apparently likes playing in London over the last two seasons. His stats the last two games are similar and featured critical fourth quarter TDs. Last year vs. Bills: Two receptions, 53 yards, 31-yard fourth quarter TD. Sunday against the Colts: two receptions, 47 yards, 42-yard fourth quarter TD. 
» This is Hurns' first TD of the season. He had nine touchdowns in 15 games played last season.

Power of the moment: The Jags were up 23-20 with just over five minutes left to play. While they had the lead, Andrew Luck and the Colts had found a rhythm and were on the verge of taking the game. That's when Hurns turned a short dump pass into a 42-yard TD, breaking several tackles along the way. The Jags would hang on to win 30-27.

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