Raiders: 3 Defensive Matchups To Keep An Eye On In Week 3

One of the most improved groups in the league, the Las Vegas Raiders’ defense draws a mouthwatering matchup in Week 3. Here are three players that pose the biggest threat to the Raiders tomorrow. 

Will Fuller vs Casey Hayward

One of the biggest storylines of this game is the Dolphins’ debut of Will Fuller. Signed to a one-year, $10 million deal, Fuller’s game is the long ball. As one of the resident deep threats in the NFL, he will test Casey Hayward early. So far, the Hayward signing has proven genius for the Raiders. With 76 coverage snaps this season, he has yet to allow a single catch. However, the biggest worry with Hayward this offseason was whether he was still athletic enough to cover the deep ball. On Sunday, we will find out the answer quickly. 

Jesse Davis vs Maxx Crosby

Through the first two weeks, Maxx Crosby has played as a man possessed. Constantly applying pressure and disrupting game plans, he is finally garnering the respect of the national media. His matchup on Sunday will often be the Dolphins’ right tackle, Jesse Davis. Simply put, Davis has been a trainwreck to start the season. Akin to a revolving door on the right side, look for Crosby to keep up his torrid start in week three.

Jacoby Brissett vs Everybody

With Tua Tagovailoa ruled out for this one, backup Jacoby Brissett is filling in. For the Raiders, this should be an easy matchup to take advantage of. Certainly, Brissett is a more than capable backup having started at various points throughout his career. However, he was leading the Dolphins offense for most of the game last week, and they failed to score in a 35-0 loss. The Raiders’ defense should be able to pressure him often and limit his chances to get the ball to playmakers. If they do this, they will win the game easily.

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