Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Week 5 review: Studs and duds from win in KC
By Nick Bailey
Derek Carr certainly quieted his critics this week, and showed that with the right talent around him, he can play against anybody. Carr had struggled mightily against the Chiefs, especially in Arrowhead stadium coming into Week 5, and after an early interception in the first quarter it seemed like it was going to be the same old story against the Chiefs.
That certainly was not the case, as he finished the game with 347 yards and three touchdowns and the one turnover. He answered the Chiefs touchdown after his interception with a score of his own, and ended up out-dueling Patrick Mahomes after it was all said and done. Carr has played some great ball overall this year with 11 touchdowns and just the one interception, but this was his best performance of the year, and it couldn’t have come at a better time or against a better team.
Henry Ruggs III & Trent Brown
What a glorious return for these two players. Henry Ruggs III has missed the last two games after getting injured Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, and he showed on Sunday why this offense needs him so badly. Trent Brown had played three total snaps this season after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury, and he had most of Raiders fans and some radio personalities questioning his toughness and commitment to the team after missing these last three games
However, he came out played the entire game, and not only protected Carr well, but opened several big holes for the running backs, once springing Devontae Booker for a 43-yard run early in the second quarter. This helped the offense have a tremendous day on the ground.
Ruggs III finished the game with two receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. His first reception was an amazing catch over the defender we haven’t had a receiver be able to make those kind of catches since Tim Brown. His second reception was a catch and run 72 yard score where he caught the ball with the defender near him then simply out ran him to the end zone. He opens up so much of the offense when he’s on the field because speed really does kill.
Clelin Ferrell had one of his best games as a pro so far, even without recording a sack. With the defensive line missing two starters, the younger pass rushers needed to step up and play well, and the Raiders did just that.
Ferrell finished with three tackles, but was all over the backfield, harassing Mahomes and even had a pass deflection. He had a strong game after being criticized for the past year and a half, so hopefully this is a game he can build on and keep improving.