Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs: Defensive grades for 2021 Week 10
The Las Vegas Raiders linebackers had struggled for many years but had been playing better after acquiring Denzel Perryman and simplifying things for Cory Littleton to be able to just be an athlete and make plays. The Raiders have been struggling against the run once again this season, but that is as much on the defensive line as it is on the linebackers.
In Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, they actually did pretty well against the run with Darrel Williams being the leader for the Chiefs with 43 yards, but the problem in this game was two things that have been the Achilles heel for the Raiders defense for a long time.
Those things are the tight end and running backs catching balls out of the backfield.
Travis Kelce did whatever he wanted against the Raiders’ defense, catching eight passes for 119 yards in the game, and almost put up 100 in the first half alone. The aforementioned running back Darrel Williams didn’t have the biggest night running the ball, but he did do a bunch of damage catching the ball,l as opponents running backs are mostly invisible to the Raiders defense until they are at least 15 yards down the field with the ball in their hands.
Williams not only went for 101 yards receiving on nine receptions but he also made the play of the game by mossing Raiders safety Johnathan Abram on a 38-yard touchdown reception. The Raiders linebackers made absolutely zero impact on this game other than any hit Perryman dished out because when he hits somebody he hits them hard.