Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City 2022 Week 5: Chiefs to Worry About
After an injury-plagued season limited him to just 10 games in 2021, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has bounced back to an incredible start through the first four games of the season. While he may not be a pound-and-ground traditional running back, Edwards-Helaire’s most lethal skillset has been his ability to thrive in the receiving game.
As a dual-threat option through the air and on the ground, he’s the type of player that could give the Raiders’ defense problems.
Through the start of the 2022 season, Edwards-Helaire is averaging a career-high 5.1 yards per rush attempt and 9.0 yards per reception. To the Raiders’ credit, they’re currently a top-10 team against the run, surrendering 103.3 rushing yards per game. Against the pass, however, Las Vegas is a much more humbling 20th, giving up an average of 10.9 yards per completion.
While it’s obvious that the Raiders will attempt to limit Kelce’s effectiveness on Monday night, they can’t afford to be exploited by Edwards-Helaire in the backfield. If the halfback is able to generate chunk yardage plays, that’s the exact type of momentum that helps Kansas City run away with the game.