Is Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr a sneaky NFL MVP candidate next year?
There are 10 quarterbacks ahead of him in the MVP odds standings, and while I think the names above him are fair, it provides Carr with an interesting case.
WynnBET currently has Carr’s odds to win MVP at +3000, tying him with Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson and Cooper Kupp. The ranking of these players is debatable, but Carr might have the best case for MVP this season.
Through the first seven games of last season, Carr was absolutely balling. He was averaging over 300 yards per game and had the Raiders with a 5-2 record – and that was amidst a scandal with Jon Gruden affecting the team. Carr also lost one of his starting receivers in Henry Ruggs III and Darren Waller missed five of the final six games.
The Raiders fell off from their elite offense in the second half of the season. Yet, Carr still led the Raiders to the playoffs and second place in the AFC West. He simply found ways to win and got the Raiders in a position to succeed. If Carr can do the same this year, +3000 will certainly become shorter.
As a member of the AFC West, Carr has a built-in advantage. He has to go against the Chiefs, which makes his path harder than nearly every other quarterback in the league. If he can overcome them, his name will be in the MVP conversation.
The Raiders have put more on Carr’s plate in each of the last three seasons, with his attempts going up every year. Las Vegas’ wins have also gone up in each of the last three seasons. The Raiders are slowly building something and with Carr at the helm, they could be one of the under-the-radar teams this season.
Carr was firmly in the MVP conversation last season. He can do the same this year with a scandal-free team, fully healthy Darren Waller and another year of growth.