The AFC West is going to be the most competitive division in the NFL during the 2022 season. In Week 1, we saw the first divisional matchup as the Las Vegas Raiders went on the road to face off against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chargers came away victorious, winning 24-19. They had a two-touchdown lead twice in the game on the arm of Justin Herbert, who racked up 279 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-34 pass attempts.
Despite the aerial display that he was putting on, the Raiders were still in the game until the very end. Their defense stepped up big time in the second half, holding Los Angeles to only seven points. Unfortunately, their offense was unable to fully take advantage.
Trailing by 11 heading into the fourth quarter, the Raiders had numerous opportunities to get back into the game. They ultimately came up short because Derek Carr threw three interceptions, two of which came in the fourth quarter.
While aggressiveness is always appreciated, Carr admitted that he went a little far in that regard, costing his team in the process.
“We did too many good things and I was way too aggressive,” Carr said postgame. “We came in with an aggressive mindset, especially with all the weapons that we have. That’s on me, the decisions to be too aggressive in certain moments.”
His second interception of the game and first of the fourth quarter came when he underthrew Davante Adams, who had gotten a step on the Chargers’ defense after the team moved into Los Angeles territory.
The second interception of the fourth quarter and third of the game once again came on the next possession. The defense held the Chargers to a three and out, setting the offense up with great field position but the offense was unable to make anything of it.
“We’ll turn on the film and I’ll be better,” Carr said. “I made way too many aggressive decisions when I didn’t have to. That’s what it came down to — me forcing the ball to my guys in moments I didn’t need to.”
Always the optimist, Carr isn’t letting one poor game get to him too much. He knows that there is plenty of games remaining in the season and will be looking to get things back on track as soon as possible.
“At the end of the day, they ended up beating us. But, are there signs that we’re going to be a good football team? Yeah, absolutely,” Carr said. “There’s no panic. I’ve been out there when it’s hard. I’ve been out there when it’s hard to get a first down, it’s hard to stop somebody. And that’s one of the best teams in the league. And it didn’t like it was so hard to where we couldn’t accomplish something. It definitely wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t like a miserable chance to try something. I saw that from the defense and I saw that from our guys.”
The Raiders will be back on the field in Week 2 as they will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.