Raiders: Ranking every season of Derek Carr’s career
The season many people remember as Carr’s best has only recently been passed up for the number one spot. However, the 2016 season was truly magical for the Raiders and Derek Carr. With a 12-3 record under his watch, Oakland was one of the league’s most exciting teams. The team’s high-flying offense was involved in numerous come-from-behind wins and explosive plays that made them must-watch TV.
While it’s hard to pick just one highlight from this season for Carr, it may have actually come during week one. Trailing against the Saints in New Orleans, he engineered a comeback drive with a touchdown pass to Seth Roberts in the fourth quarter. Rather than kick an extra point for the tie, Carr delivered a perfect endzone fade to Crabtree to secure a win. This game would set the tone for the entire season.
Before his season was ended in week sixteen after a broken leg, Carr recorded 3,937 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. This would not only lead to a second consecutive Pro Bowl berth, but he also finished third in the MVP voting.
Of course, the Raiders would make a quick exit from the NFL playoffs as they would be forced to play with third-string quarterback Connor Cook. As such, the 2016 season will always be remembered as a massive “What if?” for Raider Nation.