The Oakland Raiders made the right selection with their second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With the 36th overall pick in the draft, they selected quarterback Derek Carr, who has steadily turned into their franchise quarterback.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Carr was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award, for his performance in Week 8.
His late game heroics and clutch genetics have been displayed on countless occasions, with yet another example on Sunday. With the team trailing by a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter, Carr led his team down the field and connected with tight end Michael Rivera for his third touchdown of the day.
That tie would thus send the game into overtime, where both defenses would show rather strong results. 13 minutes passed by without any team scoring a point, which almost led to the third tie in a two-week span for the NFL.
However, Carr had one last chance to make an impression and did exactly so. On fourth down, with the team needing four yards for a first down around midfield, Carr thought about a bigger solution.
He connected with Seth Roberts on a lengthy pass, but didn’t expect these results. Roberts took the hit as two Buccaneers sandwiched him on a tackle and broke free for the game-sealing touchdown. Carr connected on seven different passes that exceeded 25 yards, with his targets Roberts, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper hauling in the noteworthy catches.
Carr completed the contest with a career-high 513 passing yards, connecting on 40 of his 59 passing attempts. The 25-year-old also had four touchdowns for the game, while throwing zero interceptions.
With that outing, Carr became just the third player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards, have four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The 513 passing yards were not only the highest total in the NFL this week, but it also broke a franchise record that stems back to 1964.