Last season, the las Vegas Raiders gave up 256 passing yards per game. They are doing slightly better and are allowing 242, good for 16th in the league. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is coming to Sin City in Week 4 and will put the Silver and Black’s secondary to the test.
Stefon Diggs is coming to Las Vegas and not precisely to bet
What comes to mind when you think of Stefon Diggs? Do you remember his ‘Miracle in Minneapolis’ catch when he still played for the Minnesota Vikings?
Originally a fifth-round pick out of Maryland, Diggs started 63 games and played 70 for the Vikings. In his five year tenure in Minneapolis, he hauled in 365 catches for 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns. Although he never surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in his first three years with the Vikings, he had back-to-back seasons in which he surpassed the mark.
This offseason, the Vikings sent him and a seventh-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for a 2020 first-round selection, a fifth and a sixth. Also, the Bills parted ways with a 2021 fourth-round pick. They should be content with their investment as Diggs has hauled in 28 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Moreover, he is averaging 14.4 yards per reception and is on pace to finish the year with 106 catches for 1,536 and 11 touchdowns.
Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen will likely be matched one-on-one against Diggs on Sunday. So far, the sophomore has allowed six receptions on 13 targets for 73 yards. The longest catch he has allowed in 2020 has been a 29-yard completion against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
The Raiders know Stefon Diggs is a threat at wide receiver
In his latest press conference, Mullen said that Diggs is going to present an enticing matchup. Also, he pointed out the Bills wide receiver is currently Top 5 in receiving yards in the NFL. Later, he added he’s excited and ready for the matchup.
Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther also mentioned that he excels at running routes and that he’s a complete receiver. He also talked about the other Bills wideouts, Cole Beasley and John Brown, who complement their wide receiver corps.
Mullen has had a very good sophomore season, but the Raiders must account for Diggs on every play. He could be a threat an could end up giving them a headache in Week 4.
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