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Even in wins Raiders show major weakness: Covering tight end

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Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

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This could be seen as your fantasy alert; if you have a tight end set to face the Raiders, start him. Tight ends have averaged nearly 100 yards per game over the first three games this season, with a total of 5 touchdowns. It's a major concern.

In the season opener, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert led the team in catches and yards with nine catches for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. In week two Ravens' tight end Crockett Gillmore led the team with two receiving touchdowns, was second with 5 catches, and third in yards (88). Last week Browns' tight end Gary Barnidge led the team with 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Those were easily the best numbers by each of those tight ends in any game they had played this season. In fact, in each case, these tight ends had more catches, yards, and touchdowns against the Raiders than they had in their other two games combined.

The way tight ends have been getting off against the Raiders has exposed some serious coverage liabilities, especially in the linebacking corps. Other teams are keying on it and having great success.

"There's a cloaking device I think that they have," Jack Del Rio said with a laugh. "Somehow they are going right down the field without us being able to see them. We're going to see if we can remove that cloaking device."

"It is actually very simple, but we haven't done it very well to start the year. We've certainly addressed it and we'll continue to work on it."

While the Raiders are working on the issue they've not made a dent in through the first three games, and until they fix it (if they can), the opposing tight end is going to have success against them.

Next up is the Bears and their Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett, who had 90 catches for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns last season.