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AFC West preview: Chargers and Raiders will again rely heavily on their quarterbacks

AFC West preview: Chargers and Raiders will again rely heavily on their quarterbacks

Derek Carr is the Raiders’ $25-million-per-year man and is worth every penny.

The star quarterback, who ascended from cautious second-round pick to masterful most-valuable-player candidate, is the centerpiece of a franchise on the rise.

When he went down with a broken leg on Christmas Eve, Carr’s value to the team came into precise focus.

The Raiders were done without him, losing to Denver at the end of the regular season with the AFC West hanging in the balance, then making a one-and-done appearance in the playoffs with a loss at Houston.

Not only did Carr throw 28 touchdown passes with only six interceptions, but also he led them to seven come-from-behind...

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