For the Oakland Raiders, this year has been amazing so far! They are 5-2 and sit atop of their division for the first time in years. The Raiders are also undefeated on the road this season, and in today's NFL that is nearly impossible to do. Their success has a lot to do with their explosive offense; in particular their young quarterback Derek Carr. He has been outstanding this year and continues to lead his team, from behind, to get wins in tough atmospheres, week in and week out.
A few experts lately have even been bringing his name up in the discussion for this year’s MVP in the NFL award, which you would think is a good thing. However, Carr does not want to hear anything about that; he just wants to keep getting better and keep winning ball games with his teammates. Carr has been outstanding this season, which is his third in the NFL. He's thrown for 2,321 yards, 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions. His passer rating is 100.9 as he's improved in every department since last year.
There are other big name players in the conversation, but right now he has his young team on a role and only moving up. Next to Carr, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are the other top candidates to win NFL MVP. Brady has a slight disadvantage, considering he's only eligible to play 12 games. However, Ryan has been the best quarterback by a wide margin this season. That's not to say he's a lock for the award, of course. "I would rather not hear anything," Carr said. "I'd just go about my business and hang out with my family, to be honest. But it's part of this business, part of this job so, trust me I'm very honored and thankful. Don't get me wrong, but at this point in the year, that stuff, it's cool, but not for me."
For now, Carr is more focused on his team winning than any other thing and that is the mark of a true leader. Carr is on pace to break a lot of Raider records and his explosive offense is right behind him. The biggest accomplishment he wants is for his team to make it back to the playoffs, where they have not been in years. As far as the MVP award, Carr prefers to let his play action do the talking.