The Las Vegas Raiders have a mission, and step one is beating a division rival on Sunday. Whoever wins this game, will have sole possession of the first place in the division. The Raiders, with the team they have constructed, could finish first in the best division in football.

It starts with the offense, of course, as they need to hold their end of the bargain. The offense line needs to step up this year if they want to be able to use their new weapon, Davante Adams.

As for the defense, they need to show up big in Week 1, and these few players could do just that.

Nate Hobbs

The Raiders may have the most underrated cornerback in the entire league, let alone the entire division. Nate Hobbs has been the talk of the training camp and preseason, and rightfully so. He may be the best cornerback on the team, and will likely cover the best receiver on the Chargers.

Watch for the Hobbs vs. Keenan Allen matchup on Sunday. While Allen will still get his, as he always does. He is one of the better receivers in the league for a reason. However, watch for Hobbs to make things difficult for Allen. It’s going to be a physical battle that hopefully falls in the favor of the Raiders.

Denzel Perryman

Perryman is a very crucial part of the Raiders’ defense as the middle linebacker. He is a big part of the run defense that should be much improved this season. Last year, it wasn’t great. This year, it could be great.

Watch for Perryman as the on-ball linebacker in the game. He should get a few stops in the run game, and McDaniels may even send him to blitz a few times. If Perryman plays like we know he can, he can be a big reason the team wins on Sunday.

Jayon Brown

Brown had a dominant year for the Titans in 2019, as he finished with 105 tackles and eight pass deflections. Since then, it hasn’t really been the same. The Raiders are hoping they can get another season like 2019 out of him.

The Raiders need him to be the run-stopper he was in Tennessee. As for rushing the passer, the Raiders have that on lock with Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby, but Brown can play off of him very well. Look for him to do just that on Sunday.

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