Las Vegas Raiders opponents ranked: ER, No. 3

Trying to make back-to-back trips to the playoffs for the first time since 2000-02, the Las Vegas Raiders will navigate the fourth toughest schedule in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Raiders will see some of the NFL’s best passers while navigating that schedule this season.

To simplify this round of grading, we’ll include both 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 outside linebackers, as they both fulfill the same roles in their team’s defenses as the point guards.

We’ve reviewed the youngest of the Bosa brothers, i.e. Nick Bosa, already, and that brings us well looking at his older brother, Joey Bosa.

An NFL veteran now after being drafted in 2016, Bosa has been the face of the Chargers defense ever since.

He shares the honor with his brother of winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, racking up 10.5 sacks with 12 games in 2016.

Bosa has recorded three more double-digit sack seasons in his career since, including 10.5 last season.

He has been listed by PFF as one of the top 10 rushers in every season except 2018, when he played just seven games.

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Health has sometimes been an issue in Bosa’s career, as he only played nearly a full season in three of the six seasons he played.

What has never changed is how he’s been a thorn in the side of the Raiders since becoming Charger.

In nine career games against the silver and black, Bosa had 30 total tackles and eight sacks, including one in each of the team’s games last season.

As long as he’s healthy, the four-time Pro Bowler will continue to be one of the biggest challenges the Raiders will face going forward.

Now that he has an equal running mate in former Raiders Khalil Mack, it’s fair to wonder if Bosa could reach an even higher level in his game.

If he does, the Raiders offensive line may not be able to do much to contain them when they meet this season.

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