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Alabama football: Five defensive keys to execute versus Duke

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After looking at the offense, we now turn to Alabama’s defense and what it needs to do to accomplish a strong start to its season.

The Crimson Tide will face Duke on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.) and while it will not have Dylan Moses, there are players ready to take on responsibilities and coaches with savvy game plans. 

A line of 33.5 points in favor of Alabama rests upon this matchup. 

RELATED: Alabama football: Five offensive keys in this week’s meeting against Duke

Listed below are the five defensive keys for Alabama against the Blue Devils. 

Raekwon Davis, DL 

With Moses (knee) out, Raekwon Davis is the most important defensive player. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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