Oakland Raiders young defense steps up in 17-10 victory over Bengals
By Brad Weiss
1. Maxx Crosby, Oakland Raiders
Maxx Crosby may have been the second defensive end selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2020 NFL Draft, being taken in the fourth round, but he played like a first rounder in this one. Crosby notched four sacks in the game, including a crucial one late, that eventually set up Ryan Finley throwing a game-ending interception. He has been incredible all season long.
2. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
At one point, quarterback Derek Carr completed 14 straight passes, and aside from a bad interception in the third quarter, he was pretty perfect in this one. Carr completed 25-of-29 passes for 292 yards in the game, completing passes to eight different receivers. The sixth-year starter is enjoying a special final season in Oakland.
3. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
The local Joe Mixon from San Francisco had a ton of fans in the crowd on Sunday, and he did not disappoint, scoring the Bengals only touchdown in the game. Mixon was the lone bright spot for the Bengals all game long, having one of his best games of the season, as he tried to take a lot of pressure off of Ryan Finley. Mixon finished with 86 yards and that score.