A loss hurts.

And they hurt even worse when the reason for the loss resides in the self-inflicted wounds. For the Raiders, in Week 1, playing the Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Carr’s uncharacteristic three interceptions ended any hope of overcoming a halftime deficit.

The final: 24-19.


“There is a lot we need to learn from after this game,” head coach Josh McDaniels said. “It’s difficult to win when you lose the turnover margin like we did.”

Carr threw three interceptions after not throwing only three interceptions in the Raiders’ prior nine games.

Again, brutal.

How it all happened

Carr’s first interception came in the second quarter. With 1:38 left in the period, after being sacked by Khalil Mack, Carr threw a pass intended for Darren Waller that was intercepted at the Chargers’ 49, ending what initially appeared to be a promising offensive drive.

At the start of the fourth quarter, with the Raiders trailing 24-13, Carr threw a pass intended for Davante Adams. It landed in the hands of cornerback Asante Samuel at the Chargers’ two-yard line.

“It doesn’t matter what type of turnovers they are, you’re giving the other team extra opportunities to do something with the ball,” McDaniels said. “Before you win, you have to figure out how to not lose the game. That starts with turnovers.

The final nail in the coffin, regarding the turnover battle, came with 11:07 left to play in the fourth quarter, when Carr’s pass, intended for Hunter Renfrow, was intercepted by Bryce Callahan at the Chargers’ 49.

It’s hard to win football games when playing catchup. Thanks to the near-constant turnovers, the Raiders played catchup all game.

In Week 2, Carr needs to be able to take care of the football. If not, Las Vegas is in for a long season.

“I came in with a very aggressive mindset,” Carr said while shaking his head post-game, “and that’s on me. I have to make good decisions.”

No doubt.

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