The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season and head coach Jon Gruden could not be happier for Derek Carr now.
According to Gruden, this just the beginning of what the Raiders can do.
“I give Derek a lot of credit. He’s been through a lot here as a Raider. This was certainly a big win for him, but hopefully we got a lot more big wins ahead. I just hope everybody in Las Vegas that is a Raider fan is excited about the young players that we had out there and we sure look forward to having them in our stands.
“We think we’ve been playing pretty good honestly. We played well in the opener, we played well against the [New Orleans] Saints. I thought we played pretty good at spurts in New England [Patriots] on a short week and I thought we played pretty good against Buffalo [Bills] outside of some critical errors, but we’re getting better. We’re finding ways to move the ball and we’ve got some stops when we needed them, but we still got a long way to go,” Gruden said about the 3-2 start.
The Raiders were able to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season, making them the only team in the AFC West division to win a game in Week 5.
The Raiders were able to limit Patrick Mahomes to just 340 passing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception after throwing 43 times in the 40-32 win.
While the defense was impressive, their offense kicked it into high gear.
Carr threw for 347 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception while Josh Jacobs led all rushers with 23 carries and 77 yards himself in Kansas City.
On top of that, Henry Ruggs III returned and finally had his breakout game and put up a monster stat line of 118 yards and one touchdown on just two catches.
With Ruggs and Carr beginning to find chemistry on the field, the sky is the limit for this Raiders offense that also features Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow as well.
While defeating the Chiefs was an incredible start, Carr and the Raiders will now need to turn their attention to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If the Raiders can manage to defeat the Buccaneers and the Chiefs fall yet again to the Bills, they would be in great shape to make the 2020 NFL playoffs now.