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RAIDERS 101 T H R E E S TA R S T O WAT C H O N L A S V E G A S ' F U T U R E F O O T B A L L S Q U A D DEREK CARR, QB The Raiders let money express how much the 26-year-old quarterback means to their franchise in the offseason. Carr signed what was the richest deal in NFL history in June—since surpassed by the extension the Detroit Lions gave to Matthew Stafford—by agree- ing to a fi ve-year, $125 mil- lion contract. It was an easy decision for the team given how Carr has improved in each of his fi rst three seasons, culminating with a third-place fi nish in MVP vot- ing last year. Carr missed the Raiders' fi nal two games (in- cluding a playoff loss to the Texans) with a torn ACL, but he's fully recovered heading into the 2017 season. AMARI COOPER, WR Every superhero needs a sidekick, and Carr has one of the best in this third-year receiver out of Alabama. The 23-year-old Cooper is only the third player in NFL history to post at least 70 receptions and 1,000 receiv- ing yards in each of his fi rst two seasons, and he has also made the Pro Bowl in both seasons. With his prime still a few years away, Cooper could be on his way to being considered the best receiver in the league. KHALIL MACK, LB/DE Carr is often mentioned as a future MVP, but in a way, the Raiders already have an MVP on their roster. Mack, a dominant edge rusher, won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award last year after a season spent ter- rorizing opposing quarter- backs. Mack racked up 11 sacks, 13 quarterback hits, 26 hurries and fi ve forced fumbles. The 26-year-old kept an otherwise mediocre defense respectable in his third season, and should only continue to improve. –Case Keefer FIVE BET TING TRENDS TO CONSIDER HEADING INTO THE NFL SEASON B Y C A S E K E E F E R 5 THE WIDE-OPEN NFC The NFC seems to produce a surprise champion every year—having sent eight di erent representatives to the last nine Super Bowls—and the conference looks as unpredictable as ever this season. Eleven teams are listed at odds at 20-to-1 or less to win the NFC at the Superbook, compared with only six in the AFC. But it would be foolish to stop the list of contenders there after what happened last season. The Falcons were 50-to-1 to win the NFC in the o season—ahead of only the Rams and 49ers—and went on to reach the Super Bowl. S P O R T S WEEKLY | 09.07.17 Schedule is subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Management reserves all rights. henderson PAVILION September 15 7pm 15 15 1 ye ye y a e a e r ar a A n A n A n nn n i ni n v iv i e ve v r er e s rs r a s a s r ar a y ry r C o C o C n on o c n c n e c e c r e r e t r t r Henderson Pavilion 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. with Greensky Bluegrass Tickets start at $15 Plus tax/fees hendersonpavilion.com 702-267-4TIX

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