Who should win the NFL MVP?
Derek Carr, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders
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During week 16 of the NFL, Derek Carr was laying down on the field yelling, “It’s broke, it’s broke.”
After the game he was it was revealed that he had broken his leg.
The final game of the season the Raiders scored six points in a 24-6 loss to the Denver Broncos, a team already eliminated from playoff contention.
The next week in the Raiders first playoff game in 15 years they lost 27-14 in another day, where the offense could not do much.
Carr’s impact this season did more than just break a playoff-less streak. He changed the culture that has not even had a winning season since their last playoff appearance in 2002.
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award can be translated in many different ways. In my eyes the MVP award should be given to the player who would be missed the most by their team.
Carr lead the Raiders to a 12-4 record, completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,937 yards and averaging 7.03 yards per passing attempt. Turnover-wise Carr cut his interception count in half with his first two seasons of 12 and 13 interceptions, while this season he only had six.
The most key stat that stands out for Carr is seven game winning drives.
Carr did not rely on a good defense like many of the elite NFL teams. Oakland ranked 10 in the NFL in most points allowed.
The only player that could be argued as a player that their team could not live without, would be Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers struggled this season going 4-6 during their first 10 games, but predicted Green Bay would run the table and that is exactly what they did finishing 10-6 and winning their NFC Wildcard game last weekend.
The New England Patriots proved during MVP candidate quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension they could win without Brady by winning with not just a backup quarterback but also a third-string quarterback.
Dallas Cowboy MVP candidates Quarterback Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have the best offensive line in the game making their Quarterback-Running back combination look better than it is.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell is probably the best running back in the NFL this season, putting up league-high stats while missing three games from a suspension. Pittsburgh also has a great quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger and the best Wide Receiver in the game in Antonio Brown.
Carr is not going to win the NFL MVP and has not really been thought of as a top candidate but no team has missed a player from an injury or suspension more than Carr.