7 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Raiders in Week 3

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Oakland’s poor pass defense

After stopping the lethal Kansas City Chiefs offense from scoring any points on their first two drives of the game last week, the Raiders appeared to be heading towards an upset victory.

However, the Chiefs went on to score 28-straight points on their next four offensive drives and any thoughts Oakland had of an upset were quickly thrown out the door.

The Raiders mostly have their putrid pass defense to thank for last week’s loss to Kansas City. When the final whistle blew last Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had thrown for 443 yards and four touchdowns.

Mahomes is actually the first opposing quarterback to throw for at least 400 yards against Oakland since Drew Brees did it back in 2016. So it’s probably not a good sign for the Raiders’ pass defense if they’re already being picked apart by opposing signal-callers just two games into the season.

This week, Oakland will have the task of trying to contain Vikings receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Minnesota hasn’t relied a ton on their passing offense so far this season, but a matchup against the Raiders seems like a good opportunity for the Vikings to let their dynamic receiving duo run wild.