The 2016 NFL MVP race was on full display in Week 8



The two time MVP has been sharp in the four games that he’s played in since returning, and we’re talking above his career averages. For his career, he’s completing 63.7 percent of his passes, and has averaged 7.5 yards per attempt. This season, he’s completing 73 percent of his passes, is averaging 9.8 yards per attempt, and has yet to throw an interception to go along with his 12 touchdowns.

After watching his team suffer the first shutout loss in Gillette Stadium to the Buffalo Bills without him, Brady was going to get back at the Bills. He did that in Week 8, with 315 passing yards and four touchdowns in a cakewalk victory for the Patriots. The win improved his career record against the Bills to 26 3, tying Brett Favre for the most against one team in NFL history.

Brady’s mission to dominate the NFL after serving his suspension is going as well as he could have hoped for, and he’s not showing signs of slowing down.

An unexpected frontrunner: Derek Carr

Carr has certainly developed into the quarterback the Raiders hoped he would be. He’s largely been the reason for the Raiders’ 6 2 record, their best start since 2001. The combination of Carr and second year wide receiver Amari Cooper has been a delight for fans in the Bay Area, who haven’t enjoyed such a talented quarterback wide receiver duo in quite some time.

If there were any questions of his legitimacy, they were answered in Week 8. Carr authentic nfl jerseys cheap
was able to carry the Raiders past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an overtime win despite his team committing an NFL record 23 penalties. Carr completed 40 of his 59 pass attempts, and threw for 513 yards and four touchdowns. It was a spectacular performance.

Carr has thrown for 2,321 yards this season, which is fifth best in the league. Cooper has accounted for 787 of those yards, which is third in the league among receivers. Carr is currently on pace for 4,642 yards, which would be just shy of Rich Gannon’s franchise record of 4,689 passing yards back in the 2002 season when the Raiders went to the Super Bowl.

If Carr is able to keep the Raiders atop AFC West until the end of the season, he has to like his chances after leading a franchise that has been in the dumps for over a decade.

The dark horse: Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan has taken a lot of criticism over the course of his career. This season, he’s doing so much that even detractors can’t do anything except sit back and watch Ryan and the Falcons pour on the yards.

Ryan, like Carr, has made up for one of the best quarterback receiver duos in the league with Julio Jones. Ryan leads the league in passing with 2,636 yards, with 859 of them going to Jones, good for second best in the league. The two combined for a never before seen performance in which Ryan threw for 503 yards against the Panthers, with Jones having 300 of those yards receiving.

The Falcons quarterback put on a masterful performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Ryan completed 80 percent of his 35 passing attempts, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including this strike to Mohamed Sanu with 31 seconds left for the win:

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