Carr Becomes 3rd QB in NFL History to Reach Rare Stat Line

When Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts in overtime of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he surpassed both 500 yards passing and reached four touchdowns in the game, joining a rare group. Carr became just the third quarterback ever to reach 500 yards passing and throw for four touchdowns in a game without being intercepted, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Carr required overtime to reach the mark, but it's impressive nonetheless. The effort put him in the company of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2014) and Y.A. Tittle with the Giants in 1962.

Carr has improved drastically in his third NFL season, tossing 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions through eight games this season while posting would-be career-highs in completion percentage (66.3), yards per attempt (7.19) and quarterback rating (100.9).

The third-year pro out of Fresno State has led the Raiders to a 6-2 record through half of the 2016 season, living up to the billing of a potential Raiders turnaround in 2016. Carr has certainly benefited from having weapons like wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree in the passing game.

Oakland's defense remains a work in progress, forcing Carr to sling the ball around frequently each Sunday. In fact, he's attempted the most passes (323) in the league thanks to the 59 he threw Sunday against Tampa Bay.

While the Raiders will have to fend off the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs if they hope to win the AFC West division crown, they've at least put themselves in a good position to earn their first playoff bid since the 2002 season. Thanks in large part to a promising young quarterback, Oakland fans may have a good team to cheer on for years to come.

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