The Raiders host the Miami Dolphins Sunday at 3:05 p.m. at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins, however, will be without their young starting QB Tua Tagovailoa. The Alabama product sustained a rib injury in Sunday’s 35-0 loss against the Buffalo Bills, and further testing confirmed broken ribs for Tagovailoa.
Backup QB Jacoby Brissett will start for the Dolphins. For the Raiders, this becomes a prime matchup for Gus Bradley’s defense. The Raiders are 5th in the NFL in pressures through two games with 25. The Dolphins have allowed the 7th most pressures during that time with 25, and have allowed 8 sacks as a result, 4th most in the league.
Brissett went 24/40 passing for 169 yards and an interception in relief of QB Tua Tagovailoa against Buffalo. He was also sacked 4 times.
WR Will Fuller V will likely make his Dolphins debut after missing the first two weeks of the season with a suspension and a personal matter. He will likely step into an immediate role, completing the Dolphins three WR set alongside #6 overall pick Jaylen Waddle and veteran DeVante Parker.
Brissett will have weapons to throw to against the Raiders pass defense. But the amount of protection he’ll have and his efficiency will be major question marks.
Brissett and the Dolphins offense struggled mightily against the Buffalo Bills defense without QB Tua Tagovailoa. Through two games, the Raiders appear vastly improved on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the pass rush. Expect DEs Yannick Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby to take advantage of the mismatch.
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