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Raiders' quarterbacks hope to learn from interceptions

NAPA, Calif. -- Derek Carr and Christian Ponder had very similar outings in the Oakland Raiders' preseason opener last week.

Both Carr and Ponder -- the starter and backup quarterback, respectively --played well in an 18-3 victory over St. Louis. Carr completed 6 of 9 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Ponder completed 6 of 8 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

But on the final play for both players, each threw an interception. Carr's interception came on the second to last play of the first quarter and Ponder's pick came on the final play of the first half.

"It's not what you want to happen," Ponder said.

Still, the two picks have been a point of emphasis and Raiders have taken solace.

"If it's going to happen," Ponder said, "you want it to happen in the preseason."