Standout Raiders in Week 10 loss to Kansas City

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Despite a disappointing loss, the Raiders had some players really show out in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football. Offensively, WR Bryan Edwards and TE Darren Waller had the highest Week 10 grades per Pro Football Focus with 75.6 and 69.0, respectively. Defense, however, was a different story. These two defensive players were ready to roll on Sunday night and they proved it from start to finish.

Cory Littleton

LB Cory Littleton was acquired by Las Vegas in the 2020 off-season. He had a tough 2020 season but under the leadership of Gus Bradley in 2021, he looks closer to his old self. Littleton concluded Week 10 with an overall grade of 84.4. That is a massive jump from his previous highest grade this season, 71.7.

Littleton played 58 snaps including 22 rush defense snaps and 34 pass coverage snaps. He had 4 tackles and allowed 4 receptions for just 18 yards.

Littleton had by far the best game of his Raiders career on Sunday as he received a higher grade than every previous game he has played in the Silver and Black. Littleton currently ranks third on the Raiders in average tackles per game with 7.9, only .1 less than the number two tackler, Johnathan Abram.

Littleton has shown this season that he still has a lot of gas left in the tank during his fifth season. Under the leadership of Gus Bradley and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia, Littleton should continue to make a splash in the final eight games of the season, hopefully seeing a grade that tops even Week 10’s.

Maxx Crosby

It’s no surprise that Maxx Crosby dominated Sunday Night Football. Crosby matched up with former college teammate and Chiefs third-string right tackle Andrew Wylie. Crosby’s matchup led him to being the highest-graded Raiders in Week 10 with a monstrous 92.2 overall grade.

Crosby played 56 snaps for a pass-rush grade of 92.3 and a rush defense grade of 86.8. “Mad Maxx” has been the most disruptive pass rusher in the league this season with 63 QB pressures, 13 more than the next highest pass rusher. Crosby had 13 QB pressures against Mahomes this week.

Crosby’s team-leading grade this week brings him to a 92.3 overall grade on the season. Crosby has racked up 7 sacks and 17 solo tackles, both are top-20 in the league.

“It’s tough,” Crosby said after Sunday’s loss. “We’ve beaten good teams, we’ve lost to teams we feet like we should’ve beaten… We’ve got to just watch the film and go from there.”

Crosby has been the Raiders’ most explosive player this season and is well in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, and he proved why on Sunday.

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