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Bengals vs. Raiders: Three Matchups to Watch

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August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs with the football against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals just hopped on a plane and are currently traveling to Oakland, California, where they’ll face the Raiders in Coliseum on Sunday.

The Raiders are a young and talented team reminiscent of the 2011 Bengals, a young and talented team led by rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. The Bengals were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the league entering the 2011 season, but they turned heads and made the playoffs, eventually losing to the Houston Texans in the first round.

Led by a sophomore quarterback Derek Carr and rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Oakland Raiders are both young and talented, just as the 2011 Bengals were. Khalil Mack, one of the NFL’s most talented players among young pass-rushers, leads a young, revamped Raiders defense that has the potential to turn heads in 2015.

This matchup between the Bengals and Raiders is sure to be an exciting one to watch; let’s look at a few matchups that could dictate which team comes out of Oakland on top.