Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Week 5 review: Studs and duds from win in KC
By Nick Bailey
It is tough to pick out duds for this game, although early on, it looked like the entire defense was going to be listed here. Still, there are players who need to continue to trend in the right direction, like Cory Littleton, who struggled early, but got better as the game went on.
The issue with Littleton is that the Raiders are not getting what they paid for in terms of his skill set. He was a beast during his time with the Los Angeles Rams, and was supposed to come in here and become a leader on a defense that is young, and inexperienced.
Instead, he struggled against Travis Kelce in coverage, and continued to miss tackles, something that should correct itself as the season goes one.
Outside of Littelton, Johnathan Abram has some off moments in this one, getting a big face mask penalty, nearly taking out Trayvon Mullen, and also getting beat by Kelce. Still, you have to love what he brings to the table, and he is still learning the pro game, making him a huge part of what this team is going to do moving forward.
The Las Vegas Raiders surprised everybody, including all of Raider Nation on Sunday, and are going into the bye week with the confidence that they can compete with anybody you put on that field across from them. Just imagine if the Raiders didn’t shoot themselves in the foot these past two games against the Patriots and Bills, as they could be going into the bye as a 4-1 or 5-0 team.
Still, this has been a tough early-season slate, so 3-2 after this stretch is nothing to be upset about.