The Las Vegas Raiders have the opportunity to go 3-0 to start the season for the first time since they last went to the Super Bowl in 2002.
To do that, they'll have to get past the Miami Dolphins. Fortunately for the Raiders, the Dolphins will be without their starting quarterback on Sunday.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled out because of fractured ribs, according to Coach Brian Flores.
Tagovailoa was knocked out early of their game last week against the Buffalo Bills, and the offense only got worse after.
The Dolphins scored only 17 points against the New England Patriots in Week 1, and then got shut out against the Bills.
Backup Jacoby Brissett came in and threw for only 169 yards on 40 pass attempts with one interception.
Tagovailoa passed for only 202 yards against the Patriots and has been up and down in his brief NFL career.
The Dolphins have taken the time to give Tagovailoa a capable supporting cast, drafting his former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle sixth overall this year.
Waddle joins Miami's longtime No. 1 wideout, DeVante Parker, and free-agent signee Will Fuller to give the Dolphins an explosive group of receivers.
Along with running back Myles Gaskin and tight end Mike Gesicki, Miami has the pieces of what should be a good offense.
What hasn't been good so far is Miami's offensive line, which has given up eight sacks in two games.
With that level of protection, no quarterback they trot out will have time to make throws and their running game, which hasn't broken 100 yards in either of their games, won't be effective.
It's the kind of situation that can play into the Raider defense's hands, especially with the improvements they have shown so far in being able to rush the passer.
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