The Miami Dolphins will look to bounce back from their embarrassing loss in their home opener when they face the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday.
The Dolphins are 1-1 after their 35-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, while the Raiders are 2-0 after wins against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here are the five biggest storylines of the Dolphins-Raiders game of week 3:
1. The situation of the QB Dolphins
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett will make his first start for the Dolphins after Tua Tagovailoa was eliminated from the game against Buffalo with a rib injury. What the Dolphins offense will look like with Brissett is one of the great mysteries of this game.
2. Can the offensive line rebound?
The offensive line has been left looking for answers after the Buffalo debacle and things won’t be much easier against a Raiders team made up of two outstanding defensive ends, Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue. The Dolphins offense needs the O-line to step up for a scoring chance.
3. Where’s Waller?
The biggest defensive challenge for the Dolphins will be trying to contain off-star quarterback Derek Carr, and the best way to do that would be to take out his favorite target, tight end Darren Waller. This is obviously easier said than done, especially considering that Waller had five catches for 112 yards in last year’s Dolphins-Raiders game despite some pretty good head-to-head coverage by. security Eric Rowe.
4. Full time
After a few delays, wide receiver Will Fuller V is set to make his Dolphins debut against the Raiders. Fuller is back after serving his NFL suspension in Week 1 and then fixing a personal issue in Week 2. Fuller has the skills to become a big factor on offense, though he can. take it a while to come back to full. speed after delays and having limited training time at training camp due to injury. At the very least, it will be nice to see him in uniform on Sunday.
5. The speedsters of Alabama
The Dolphins-Raiders game will feature two of the University of Alabama’s four all-star receivers who became first-round picks in the last two NFL Drafts, Jaylen Waddle of Miami and Henry Ruggs III of Las Vegas. Thanks to their speed, both players have the ability to deliver a game that changes the game at any time.