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Scouting report: Patriots corners on the spot vs. Raiders

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All things being equal (like the altitude, because we don't know how that going to affect the teams), this game against the Raiders should be a referendum on where Patriots starting cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler are at to this point in the season.

And there's the chance this could quickly become moot because Tom Brady owns the vanilla defenses preferred by Jack Del Rio, and the score could get out of hand quickly.

But don't be surprised if this turns into a shootout between Brady and Derek Carr, because the Raiders do a few things that could give both Patriots corners some problems.

A look at some of the issues:

Malcolm Butler