Raiders’ loss to Rams, Gruden’s first in 10 years, has familiar scent

ALAMEDA — After losing his first game in nearly 10 years, Jon Gruden used a little levity Tuesday to ease the tension.

In addressing a question about the second-half struggles of quarterback Derek Carr, Gruden interjected at the first of his weekly day-after-game press conferences, “I heard a skunk got loose in our tunnel. I think that’s what screwed us up a little bit.”

True enough, the skunk part anyway. Anyone who made the post-game trek to the field was doing so covering their noses. But the late Pepe Le Pew (word was the skunk met his demise) had little to do with the Raiders’ problems in a 33-13 season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams had a lot to do with it, with the Raiders contributing mightily to their own demise with their own mistakes.

Foremost among them were three interceptions by quarterback Derek Carr, including two in a tentative second half. On the first one, Carr changed his mind about throwing one out of bounds and instead lofted a pop fly to linebacker Cory Littleton.

The second one came when Jared Cook “sat down” in a route while Carr expected him to keep running. Marcus Peters turned that one into a 50-yard touchdown return for the Rams’ final

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