Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders: What’s the Game Plan for Oakland?

Let’s take a look inside the Oakland Raiders film room. What is defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. preaching to his defense? How should offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave attack the Cincinnati Bengals defense?

Much excitement surrounds Khalil Mack's new role as an edge-rusher. Now, he has a talented playmate. News swept across social media about Aldon Smith’s signing, reported by Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole:

Former #49ers LB Aldon Smith has signed a 1-yr deal with #Raiders

— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) September 11, 2015 Smith is available to play and impressed the Raiders coaching staff during practice, creating the strong possibility he takes the field against the Bengals, per ESPN’s Ed Werder:

Source says Aldon Smith practiced with #Raiders, impressed coaching staff and currently plan having him Week 1 unless #NFL prevents

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 11, 2015 Cincinnati has talent on the defensive side of the ball as well. The Bengals secondary ranks as one of the most talented across the league, with five first-round picks: cornerbacks Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall, Darqueze Dennard and safety Reggie Nelson.

Initially, this game projected as a potential shootout, but the stronger defense from top to bottom likely wins this Week 1 contest.


Raiders Rushing Attack vs. Bengals Defensive Line

Quarterback Derek Carr continues to acclimate himself with a new set of receivers and a brand new system. A heavy dose of the rushing attack should aid in establishing some rhythm offensively.


The Bengals run defense doesn’t match the talent of their pass defense.

In 2014, the Bengals allowed 100-plus rushing yards in eight regular-season games and one playoff game. The defense couldn’t seal the interior, which led to big g...

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