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Locals in NFL: Derek Carr quickly learns to shoulder blame

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 26 of 39 for 249 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a 16-10 loss to Denver on Sunday.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finished 26 of 39 for 249 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a 16-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. Bay Area News Group

No matter what happens during a game, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will take the blame – win or lose.

That was the case again Sunday, when he threw a fourth-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown by Denver’s Chris Harris Jr. in the Broncos’ 16-10 victory.

The ball was intended for Seth Roberts, but Harris jumped in and took it 74 yards the other way.

After the game, Carr, the former Fresno State star, refused to point to the play call or the route run by his receiver.

Whether we win by five touchdowns, lose by five, lose a close one, win a close one, I’m the same guy everyday.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr

“Look to me. I’m going to be the same guy every day,” he said. “Whether we win by five touchdowns, lose by five, lose a close one, win a close one, I’m the same guy every day. I think that when something like this happens, look to me, because I’m going to be the same guy and show them which way to go.”

Carr had a strong first half, completing 11 of 14 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown. His passer rating of 130.7 was the best of his year-plus career through the first two quarters of the game. He finished with 249 passing yards.

Carr said he’s not worried about his “development” as a younger player. He simply wants to help his team win games. The Raiders are 2-3 heading into their bye week before visiting San Diego on Oct. 25.

“Development and all that, I don’t even think about that stuff,” he said. “I just try and watch the film and I’ll just try and grow from it. Where can I be better situationally? Where can I be better so on and so forth? I don’t look at it from a development standpoint. I just say, ‘Man, because I want to win and we can.’ We’ve shown that we can. I just try and correct it and move on to the next one.”

▪ Former Edison High star Tevin McDonald made his NFL debut for the Raiders, getting on the field for special teams without being credited for a tackle. McDonald was promoted to the active roster for the second time this season, after the Raiders released safety Taylor Mays. McDonald did not play in a Week 2 win over Baltimore.

▪ Former Tulare High standout Virgil Green’s lone catch for Denver, which went for 2 yards in the second quarter, was wiped off when the Broncos accepted an offsides penalty.

Ex-Tulare High star steps up – No Alshon Jeffery, no problem for the Bears. They had Marquess Wilson on their side.

Down 17-6 in the fourth quarter to the Chiefs, the former Tulare High wide receiver helped Chicago rally when Jay Cutler hit Wilson for a 22-yard touchdown between two defenders.

The Bears went on to win 18-17 on Matt Forte’s 7-yard touchdown reception from Cutler.

Chicago also was without Eddie Royal. But Wilson stepped in and finished with six receptions for 85 yards while being targeted eight times.

“That was an amazing throw,” Wilson said. “He put it exactly where it needed to be, right on the money. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that. He threw that before I even got out of my break. ... It was a phenomenal throw.”

For the season, Wilson has 15 receptions for 234 yards and a touchdown.

Et cetera – Philadelphia running back Ryan Mathews (Fresno State) had eight carries for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 39-17 victory over New Orleans. Mathews had three receptions for 23 yards. ... Eagles wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (Fresno State) played on special teams and didn’t have a tackle. ... Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Hoover) was inactive because of a hamstring injury. ... Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (Fresno State) also didn’t record a tackle.

▪ Pittsburgh safety Robert Golden (Edison) had three tackles, a pass deflection and a quarterback hit in a 24-20 victory over San Diego. ... Chargers left guard Kenny Wiggins (Fresno State) made his second career start.

▪ Washington tight end Anthony McCoy (Bullard) saw some playing time in a 25-19 loss to Atlanta. … Falcons tackle Bryce Harris (Tulare/Fresno State) was inactive.

▪ Tampa Bay left guard Logan Mankins (Fresno State) made his 151st regular season start in a 37-23 loss to Carolina. ... Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs (Fresno State) played on special teams but didn’t record a tackle.

▪ Cincinnati safety Derron Smith (Fresno State) and linebacker Chris Carter (Fresno State) didn’t record a tackle on special teams as the Bengals rallied for a 27-24 victory over Seattle.

▪ Cleveland wide receiver Marlon Moore (Fresno State) played on special teams as the Browns defeated Baltimore 33-30 in overtime.

▪ New England offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (Fresno State) was inactive, but fellow Fresno State alum Tyler Clutts played for Dallas without recording a rushing or receiving stat as the Patriots defeated the Cowboys 30-6.

▪ Green Bay defeated St. Louis 24-10 but was without starting receiver Davante Adams (Fresno State). Adams remained inactive because of an ankle injury. ... Also inactive was St. Louis rookie guard Cody Wichmann (Fresno State). ... Former Edison High star T.J. McDonald finished with six tackles for the Rams.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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