Derek Carr, seen here in Week 3, was forced to leave Sunday's game with a back injury. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders’ season on the brink already

As a public service to the millions who tuned out of the NFL on Sunday, here are some final scores: 20-0, 31-7, 23-17, 23-20 (overtime), 14-7, 33-30, 35-30 26-9, 57-14, 18-15 (overtime), 26-24, 25-23 . . .

FADE TO BLACK: What do we know about the Raiders after four weeks of the regular season?

We know the Silver and Black are in deep do-do already.

The Raiders lost another road game, this one against the Broncos in Denver, 16-10, but it was worse than the previous week. This one was against a division opponent. And it was winnable.

If the Kansas City Chiefs take care of business on Monday night, the Raiders (2-2) will trail the AFC West leaders by two games. They’re also one game behind the second-place Broncos. There’s still plenty of time to make up the difference, but they’ll need help from the outside to do it.

Worse yet, quarterback Derek Carr may be unavailable for a while. He sustained a lower back injury in the third quarter and shed his shoulder pads before he slowly left the field.

Asked how he felt afterward, Carr said, “Not good.”

Sure, the Raiders can tread water with back-up E.J. Manuel for a game or two. Carr resembled a broken-down jalopy more than a $25-million quarterback — 10 completions in 18 attempts, 143 yards, one lucky touchdown — so the loss couldn’t be blamed on his absence. Still, this team won’t be able to sustain success for an extended period without him.

If the Raiders are gonna advance to the playoffs, they’ll probably have to do it as a wild card team again. And that means Oakland may have seen its last home playoff game before the team bolts to Las Vegas.

So, yeah, not good at all.

STUPOR MARIO: If anybody sees Mario Cooper — the good one — then please ask him to report to team headquarters immediately. Because for some unknown reason, that guy hasn’t showed up in a while.

The offense also was without Michael Crabtree (bruised chest), which meant it was desperate for somebody to step up in the pass game. Specifically, that meant Cooper, who was most talented and highest-paid of the bunch.

Inexplicably, Cooper was a no-show until the fourth quarter, when he had a crucial drop on the final drive. The flub was his league-high seventh of the season. He finished with two catches for nine yards.

Wait — it gets worse.

On the final play for the offense, in Broncos territory, Cooper allowed safety Justin Simmons to outfight him for a long ball at the 8-yard line.

Gimme an “S”! Gimme an “O”! Gimme an “F”! Gimme a “T”!

All together now — “Saaaaahhhhffftt!”

DID THE GAME START?: After the Raiders were skunked in Washington a week earlier, one fully expected the visitors to be geeked up for this
one.

Except that the Broncos had 10-0 edge in points and 140-22 in yards in the first quarter.

Yo, coach Jack Del Rio, way to have to have your team prepared for a division opponent.

HEY, LOOK . . : The Raiders got their first third-down conversion in two weeks!

SUPER MARIO: The Raiders’ defense deserve better for a change. Edge rusher Mario Edwards was a load in particular. He and sack master Khalil Mack have the potential to become the best bookends in the league.

Consider how bad the secondary is known to be, and those two better be good.

GO FIGURE: In the second quarter, the Raiders came out in an empty backfield on their 1-yard line. Behind 10-zip. On the road. At Mile High Stadium, one of the loudest places on Earth. At that point, CBS analyst Romo nearly became the first person to have a baby in a broadcast booth.

Then the Raiders drove 99 yards for their only touchdown of the game, of course.

ROMO PROMO: Balls doesn’t care who plays. If Romo breaks it down, it will watch any game, any time. The rookie is that good already.

YOUR TURN: “I fully support any non-violent demonstration. Unfortunately, the real message seems to have been totally lost in the skirmish as exemplified by the recent disgusting Sports Illustrated cover. These are games (or businesses) and not a test of one’s patriotism or religious beliefs.

Makes one wonder whether the game itself matters any more.” — Jerry Levine, San Francisco

“I like the college way. Play the national anthem for the crowd, and at the conclusion bring on the teams.” — Thomas Gillett, San Mateo

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