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NFL Week 5 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 20, Las Vegas Raiders 9

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) warms up before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears jumped out to an early lead and then suffocated the Las Vegas Raiders to emerge as 20-9 victors in Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season.

Derek Carr was temporarily knocked out of the game after a quarterback sneak attempt in the second half but returned. The Raiders quarterback finished with 206 yards on 35 pass attempts with an interception and no touchdowns. Bears quarterback Justin Fields didn’t light the world on fire — just 111 yards on 12-for-20 passing — and he did throw an interception.

Both teams head into big divisional games next week, with the Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers and the Raiders playing the Denver Broncos.

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Chicago Bears


Fields was sacked twice and had real trouble pushing the ball downfield. He completed just 3-for-9 passes beyond 10 yards, although he was 8-for-8 between 0 and 9 yards.

Target Depth Attempts Completions Yards TD:INT
Behind LOS 1 2 2 0:0
0-9 Yards 8 8 80 0:0
10-19 Yards 3 5 29 1:0
20+ Yards 0 4 0 0:0
Running Backs

Khalil Herbert and Damien Williams combined for 139 rushing yards. Herbert forced two missed tackles on 18 attempts, while Williams forced three on 16. Notably, 50 of Herbert’s 75 rushing yards came after contact.


Darnell Mooney and Allen Robinson II each saw five targets, although Robinson caught four passes for 32 yards, and Mooney came down with three for 35. Jimmy Graham was not targeted but put a good block on tape in the fourth quarter.

Offensive Line

The offensive line played very well. They allowed a combined three pressures — two of which were charted against Jason Peters, while James Daniels allowed the other.

Defensive Line

The Bears had a great day rushing the passer, pressuring the quarterback 19 times on the day. Khalil Mack generated five pressures and a sack, while Angelo Blackson notched four pressures. 


Alec Ogletree was targeted three times in coverage and gave up a first down each time. Roquan Smith was targeted five times but only allowed two catches and forced an incompletion. Ogletree notched two defensive stops in the run game, while Smith had one.


Duke Shelley and Kindle Vildor were both targeted six times, with Shelley giving up three catches for 39 yards and Vildor giving up four catches for 23 yards. DeAndre Houston-Carson gave up just four yards in coverage and had an interception.

Las Vegas Raiders


Carr was pressured 15 times and took three sacks but completed six passes for 88 yards while under pressure. The veteran had issues when kept clean throughout the game, finishing with just 4.9 yards per attempt from a clean pocket.

Attempts Completions Yards TD:INT
Under Pressure 6 11 88 0:1
Kept Clean 16 24 118 0:0
Running Backs

Josh Jacobs was given 15 carries but could only average 3.2 yards per attempt and just 1.6 yards after contact. Jacobs also was targeted five times and caught four passes for 19 yards.


As is usual these days in Las Vegas, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller led the team in targets with eight apiece. Renfrew caught six balls for 56 yards and forced five missed tackles on those catches. Waller came down with four catches for 45 yards.

Offensive Line

Rookie tackle Alex Leatherwood allowed five pressures and a sack, and guard John Simpson allowed three pressures. Every starting offensive lineman allowed at least one sack.

Defensive Line

Yannick Ngakoue generated four pressures and two sacks. Quinton Jefferson also recorded a pressure. That was it from the defensive line in the pass rush, but Jefferson did come away with two tackles for loss and four tackles against the run.


Denzel Perryman recorded a whopping eight defensive stops in the run game and wasn’t targeted in the passing game. Nick Kwiatkowski was targeted twice and allowed two catches for 20 yards.


Rookie Amik Robertson was targeted plenty throughout the day. He allowed five catches on eight targets, albeit for only for 36 yards, but he did allow a touchdown. Nate Hobbs was targeted the second-most times with four and allowed three catches for 29 yards.

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