SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be under the microscope after two turnovers in a Week 8 loss to the New York Giants left him with just two touchdowns and four interceptions in his first four NFL starts.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said after the game that Carr would be under pressure, but he wouldn’t have to worry about it.
“I hope he gets a couple more touchdowns and interceptions in this week and hopefully we get a little bit of momentum going,” Del Rio told reporters Sunday.
“We need to be in the right spots.
I just hope he’s getting the ball out a little more and getting the opportunity to go down the field and make plays.”
Carr completed 5 of 12 passes for 65 yards with two interceptions in Oakland’s 20-10 loss at the New Orleans Saints.
Carr, who threw for four touchdowns and three interceptions in the first two games of the season, threw a pick-six in the fourth quarter against the Saints and was sacked on the play.
“That’s a tough one, especially when you’re a rookie and you’re getting thrown under the bus by a coach and that’s how you’re supposed to feel about it,” Del Ros said.
“I hope we don’t lose that one, because it’s the one that we have to deal with.”
New York coach Mike McCarthy said after practice that Carr was under “a microscope.”
“It’s really not his fault,” McCarthy said.
“(Carr) knows he’s got a lot of responsibility and I think he needs to step up and get better every day.
We’ve got to give him credit.
We have a lot more to prove to him.”
Carr has three touchdowns, one interception and one pass broken up in his past three games, but it was the fifth time he has been sacked or held without an interception.
He is currently tied with Peyton Manning for the most interceptions in NFL history.
Carr’s play is in question after the Raiders (1-4) lost to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, and the offensive line had trouble protecting quarterback Derek Barnett, who had a season-low two sacks and two quarterback hits.
McCarthy has been aggressive with his pass protection, but Carr has struggled in the past.
He completed 12 of 27 passes for 143 yards with three interceptions and four sacks in his last three starts.
Carr was benched against the Rams after failing to throw an interception in the second quarter.
The Raiders, who host the New England Patriots on Sunday in the NFC title game, are 3-2 since Carr was signed.