Darrius Heyward-Bey was coming off a career-high five catches for 105 receiving yards. So Raider Nation had reason to believe that was all he needed to continue performing like a first round draft pick.
So what would he do for an encore? Nothing.
He disappeared with Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and Zack Miller out. Heyward-Bey didn't have a single catch in five targets, as dropped balls did enter the equation.
But a new weapon was found in rookie speedster Jacoby Ford. He did have a drop early on, but went on to make some big time, clutch catches in the game to go with his 94-yard kick return for a touchdown.
This breakout performance could minimize the role of Heyward-Bey.
Turn the page to see how.