The play occurred with just 55 seconds left in the second half. The Raiders were in the red zone with a 13-3 lead over the Rams and were looking to extend their lead.
Carr then made a brutal mistake, throwing up a duck without any Raiders in the vicinity that was easily intercepted by Rams linebacker Ernest Jones.
Derek Carr, WYD.😬😬😬pic.twitter.com/JbqcxdhOx0
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) December 9, 2022
At the very worst, the Raiders would have had a short field goal attempt if Carr had not thrown that ball. Instead, it was a disastrous turnover, which he was blasted for on social media.
Derek Carr to end the half pic.twitter.com/Y7TqGP4LXb
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) December 9, 2022
“Derek Carr steps up…” pic.twitter.com/XTGRU4muSV
— OddsChecker (@OddsCheckerUS) December 9, 2022
Derek Carr with the end-zone INT 😬pic.twitter.com/NFx5r1IfPR
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 9, 2022
Derek Carr throwing one of the worst interceptions you'll see pic.twitter.com/CtHhpv7mXB
— Yahoo Sportsbook (@YahooSportsbook) December 9, 2022
Oh no, Derek Carr 😬 pic.twitter.com/CC1WJbdXsG
— Caesars Sportsbook (@CaesarsSports) December 9, 2022
Umm… Derek Carr?
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) December 9, 2022
This has been a recurring problem for Carr in his career. This latest red zone interception marks the 14th in Carr’s career, which is tied for the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2014.
According to @ESPNStatsInfo that was Derek Carr’s 14th career red zone Int, tied for most in the NFL since entering the league in 2014 (tied with Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick)
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) December 9, 2022
Derek Carr certainly has to have more awareness in that situation. With the Raiders facing off against newly signed quarterback Baker Mayfield in his debut, there are clearly going to be some growing pains for the opposing offense in the game.
Unforced mistakes like Carr made simply can’t happen, and he will undoubtedly need to work on that if the Raiders are going to be successful for the rest of the season.
The Raiders have battled back into the playoff picture with three straight victories after a poor start to the year.
They will need Derek Carr to be far more consistent if they want to hang on against the Rams on Thursday following this brutal mistake.