Raiders' Pass Defense Wounded & Bengals Smell Blood

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However, the Raiders defensive backfield hasn’t been terrible against all wide receivers—it’s just been the opposition’s top wide out that has been torching the silver and black. Oakland ranks 19th in the NFL by DVOA against opponents’ number two receivers (though just 0.4% below league average), and 8th in the league against all “other” receivers (essentially third, fourth, and slot receivers). But against opponents’ top receivers? Thirtieth in the league, and 31.9% below league average.

This adds up to a great opportunity for Green to equal Hirsch and Rice in the record book, and pad his already impressive yardage totals. The Raiders are down to their third string running back, and the game could turn into a shootout as Carson Palmer will look to sling the ball all over the field against his former team. The Bengals have a distinct matchup advantage in Green against the hurting Oakland secondary, and it’s easy to envision his presence being the difference in a high-scoring affair.

 

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