The Las Vegas Raiders had some noteworthy moments against the Los Angeles Chargers today. Especially from quarterback Derek Carr as he connected with his superstar teammate, Davante Adams. Clearly, their connection is alive and well, which will continue to be relied upon this year. However, it wasn’t enough as the Raiders coughed up turnovers and simply put, couldn’t get it done despite having the opportunity to do so at the end.
Speaking to the media following the Raiders’ first loss of 2022, Carr appeared cool, calm, and collected. He’s been through his share of ups and downs, but an opening-week regular season loss is no reason to hit the panic button. Carr echoed that sentiment today post-game.
Carr: “There is no panic button. That is one of the best teams in the league.”
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Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders will be fine
Much credit to the Chargers; they came in and executed their defensive game plan to perfection. The situation with the Raiders’ O-line was masterfully exploited by Khalil Mack, and as fans saw, those issues aren’t going away. Carr was under pressure all game long, but in his defense, he remained poised, looking to make a play every down, but he was clearly overaggressive. That’s unavoidable when you consistently have a Chargers defender in your face.
“I was way too aggressive. I came in with a very aggressive mindset, especially with all the weapons we have. That’s on me. That’s decisions and being too aggressive in certain moments.”
At the same time, Carr is cognizant that he has to clean up after this tough loss. Perhaps looking at other players not named Davante Adams is a start. With Week 1 in the books, it’s onto the next game. No doubt, this will all be a topic of conversation among Raider Nation all week long.
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