Looking back at 2020 season
Silver & Black Illustrated|February - March 2021
The 2020 season will absolutely be remembered for being one of the strangest and most disappointing in franchise history.

A team that showed a lot of promise in the first month and a half hit a midseason spiral that resulted in another crash landing that Raiders fans have painfully become accustomed to for more than two decades now.

Were there some bright spots? Absolutely. But those shiny plays were overcome by the shadow of numerous others that would have been comically bad had they happened to another team. Instead, in their debut season in Las Vegas when they should have been the hot ticket on the The Strip, the Raiders fizzled into another season of being an NFL also-ran.

Silver and Black Illustrated takes a look back at some of what went down in 2020, the things that are worth remembering and the ones that you’ll never want to think about again.

Offensive MVP: Darren Waller added to his incredible comeback story with a record-setting season that came as no surprise to anyone who watched him week in and week out. Waller burned defenses all year long, working to find creases and openings even when opponents knew the ball was going his way. He had his biggest game against the Jets (13 catches on 17 targets, 200 yards, two touchdowns) and had seven games total in which he caught six passes or more. Waller finished with 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns while breaking Hall of Famer Tim Brown’s franchise record for catches in a single season. “I know Tim Brown and I’ve got a great history with him. I know what an unbelievable player he was,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. “When you start throwing Tim Brown’s name around, and you say ‘Breaking Tim Brown’s record’ you’re in rare territory.”

Defensive MVP: With apologies to linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski who was the team’s leading tackler and one of the few players who had a respectable season, Maxx Crosby was a beacon of light in a storm. While the Las Vegas pass rush as a whole was pathetic, Crosby was able to follow up his stellar rookie season with another strong year that bodes well considering he had little help from his fellow defensive linemen. He also had 13 hurries, 14 tackles for loss and put in overtime on special teams with a pair of blocked field goals in the season-ending win against the Broncos.

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