Derek Carr as the NFL’s most valuable player?
The Oakland Raiders’ third-year quarterback is among nearly all discussions for the league’s biggest award – and has been for a few weeks.
In fact, the former Fresno State star was tops in ESPN’s NFL MVP poll for Nov. 30.
This week, ESPN dropped Carr to second, tied with Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott with 36 points each.
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At the top is New England quarterback Tom Brady, who missed the first four games of the season because of a suspension but has returned and helped set up the Patriots to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Carr this season has completed 336 of 529 passes for 3,705 yards with 25 touchdowns against six interceptions and led the Raiders to seven comebacks this season.
The Raiders can still wrest the top seed in the conference from the Patriots, which would only boost Carr’s credentials. But if Oakland can’t overtake New England, Carr’s MVP chances likely would be hindered by his team’s 0-2 record against division rival Kansas City.
The NFL MVP will be announced Feb. 4, the night before the Super Bowl.
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