Bengals vs. Raiders: Three Matchups to Watch

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Aug 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) looks on prior to the game against the Chicago Bears in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Hill vs. Latavius Murray

Jeremy Hill had a fantastic 2014 season, as we’ve been pretty excited about here at Stripe Hype. Latavius Murray, like Hill, went off towards the end of the season, catching Raiders fans’ attention.

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Jeremy Hill looks like he could become one of the NFL’s best running backs in 2015; he’ll need to work on ball security, but otherwise, he looks fantastic. He’s a powerful, explosive, dynamic runner who has the ability to change the game in seconds.

Latavius Murray is a freak, and he could just as easily become the NFL’s next star running back. Measuring in at 6 foot 3 and weighing 230 pounds, the 25-year-old running back will enter 2015 as the Raiders’ starting running back. Murray ran for 413 yards in his final six games of 2014, only fumbling once and scoring two touchdowns. His season yards-per-carry average was 5.2 and he added 143 receiving yards. Murray’s ability to return kickoffs is just icing on the cake; he can do it all.

The matchup between these two enormous yet agile running backs clash in Week 1 will be one of the more underrated matchups around the league; viewers will be able to see two backs capable of leading their teams in 2015. While Jeremy Hill is a popular choice for a player to earn his first Pro Bowl nod in 2015, don’t sleep on Murray earning a nod as well. He’s an outstanding back who has a rare blend of size and speed not usually seen in the NFL.