- The Las Vegas Raiders fell to 2-7 on the season after a frustrating loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
- After the game, quarterback Derek Carr fought back tears from the podium during his press conference.
- “I can’t speak for everybody, for every man, what’s going on in their head, but I can tell you what’s going on in my head,” Carr said. “And I’m going to give it all that I can, every single time.”
The Las Vegas Raiders suffered possibly their most embarrassing loss of the season on Sunday, falling at home to the Indianapolis Colts.
While the Raiders have blown 17-point leads on three different occasions already this year, Sunday’s loss to the Colts probably stung more than all of them.
Heading into the game, Indianapolis had just fired their head coach and hired former player Jeff Saturday to take over as interim head coach. Saturday was working for ESPN as an analyst weeks earlier and had never coached at the professional or even collegiate level. No one left on the Colts staff had called plays, so the duty fell to assistant quarterbacks coach Parks Frazier.
With all of the chaos surrounding the days leading up to the Colts’ trip to Las Vegas, it felt as though the Raiders should have rolled in this game. Instead, they rolled over, losing their third straight.
Speaking with reporters after the game, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was overcome with emotion, pausing several times to collect himself before finishing his answers.
“I love the Silver and Black and I’m going to give it everything I can every time I go out there,” Carr said. “And I can’t speak for everybody, for every man, what’s going on in their head, but I can tell you what’s going on in my head and I’m going to give it all that I can, every single time.”
“Sorry for being emotional,” he continued, shifting his weight from side to side. “I’m just pissed off about some of the things, you know, that a lot of us try and do just to practice. What we put our bodies through, just to sleep at night.
“And for that to be the result of all that effort, pisses me off.”
—CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 14, 2022
Hopes were high for the Raiders heading into the season.
Last year, a somewhat miraculous mid-season turnaround behind interim head coach Rich Bisaccia got Las Vegas to the playoffs.
In the off-season, the Raiders added superstar wide receiver Davante Adams and brought in former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to be the team’s head coach. But despite the changes that were considered upgrades, the Raiders have sputtered this year, and now at 2-7, have all but dashed their hopes of making it back to the postseason.
The Raiders would likely need to run the table from here to have a shot at reaching the playoffs, and given the way they’ve played through the first half of the season, that feels quite unlikely.