Raiders' receiving game

Week 5 Las Vegas Raiders Receiving Game Analysis

Unfortunately, the Las Vegas Raiders lost for the fourth time in their first five games on Monday night. In a hard-fought, wildly exciting game from both sides, Las Vegas once again fell to Kansas City. The Chiefs remain the one team the Raiders can never quite figure out. A big part of the game was the team’s receiving corps. Here’s an overview of the Raiders’ receiving game as a whole.

How did Davante Adams perform against the Chiefs?

First of all, Davante Adams showed up big time on Monday Night Football. He had a massive game in Week 5, totaling 124 yards with two touchdowns on two deep balls. While Adams had just three receptions, he managed to average over 41 yards per reception. To say he was the focal point of the Raiders’ big play attempts is an understatement. No. 17 drew two defensive pass interference calls as well.

That play was just one of two absolute bombs that Derek Carr and Adams connected on. Adams put up an insane stat-line and was a difference-maker throughout the game. He had his man beat on the Raiders’ final play as well and would have been open down the field had Renfrow not taken him out. Unfortunately for the Raiders, besides Adams, they couldn’t get much going down the field.

What about the other receivers?

Vegas did get some production out of their backfield. Most notably, Josh Jacobs had a couple of nice catches on Monday. Jacobs had an outstanding game, fueled in part by his play in the receiving game. Josh totaled 39 yards on five catches, good for an average of 7.8 yards per catch. Jacobs is truly entering a new level this year, and his excellent play out of the backfield is a large part of the reason.

While he didn’t get a ton of action, Brandon Bolden was impressive as well. Bolden has become Carr’s favorite target on any third-and-long opportunity, and he had a couple of those on Monday night. The Raiders faced a third and forever on the first drive of the game, and Bolden fought hard to make it fourth and one, allowing the Raiders the opportunity to go for it on the next play. Brandon would finish with 29 yards and some important plays.

Mack Hollins and Hunter Renfrow, where are you?

Unfortunately, the Raiders can’t ever get a complete game from everyone, and there were some disappointments in the receiving game. Hunter Renfrow didn’t necessarily have a bad game, and he did finish with four catches for 25 yards. However, Renfrow has failed to make a significant impact in any game this year, which is alarming considering he signed a contract extension this offseason. It’s most definitely not the time to worry about Hunter yet, but his lack of an impact in the game, as well as running into Adams on the last play, doesn’t help.

Finally, we have Mack Hollins. He finished the game with a completely empty stat sheet. Hollins had a massive drop within the first few plays of the game and was a non-factor afterwards. Hollins has been a pleasant surprise this season and deserves credit for that. With that said, he didn’t contribute to the Raiders’ receiving game on Monday night.

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