PREVIEWING THE RAIDERS MATCH-UP

Raiders

Before I get into this one, I have to share with you this image from our friends at the Buffalo Bills Backers of Fenway (up in Boston):

Raiders Owner

I’ve been laughing at that forever. Why is it that wealthy sports owners always seem to have bad hair?

Anyway, to the game at hand…

The Almost Vegas Raiders are coming to town…and without Marshawn Lynch, who is suspended for being Marshawn Lynch. That leaves David Carr, who is a bit bruised and banged, missing a week so EJ Manual (giggle) could play (giggle).

The Darling Pick of many has suffered this season. The defense didn’t do much until last Thursday against KC… and well, the offense hasn’t been as special like last year when they roared back on the Bills.

The Bills running game opened things up for Tyrod last week and with Cordy Glenn back, let’s look for that trend to continue.

I also think the Bills are starting to believe in themselves…

The Raiders are also notoriously terrible on the East Coast… so…

Bills 27, Raider 19.

Here’s what others think:

Chris Simms of Bleacher Report:

The Oakland Raiders are playing tough, and we know the Buffalo Bills are going to play tough. This should make for one of the better games of the week.

Buffalo matches up well with the Raiders for a couple of reasons. The Bills run the ball well, and they’re not going to beat themselves on defense. They’re going to make Oakland earn everything it gets on offense.

What is concerning is the fact the Raiders seem to be getting hot in the pass game. The Bills secondary is a little beat up too. However, some of Oakland’s success in Week 7 may have come due to a bad Kansas City Chiefs defense. The Bills should be able to fare better and counter with their run game.

If the Bills run the ball with success, they’re going to win this game. That’s going to open up what Tyrod Taylor is able to do in the passing game and off play action, and it’s going to keep Derek Carr and the Oakland offense off the field. The Bills have done a good job of limiting big plays too, other than against A.J. Green and the Bengals.

The fact this game is 10 a.m. Oakland time may be the extra edge needed to tip the scales in Buffalo’s favor.

Bills 23, Raiders 20

David Steele of the Sporting News:

Bad news first: Marshawn Lynch is suspended for this game after going Malice in the Palace in last Thursday’s game, and the Raiders have to go to the East Coast, where they got waxed for the first of their four straight losses. Good news: The mini-bye should negate some of the big road-trip effects, and so should the renaissance of Amari Cooper and the rest of the offense, even without Lynch. The Bills seem to be doing it with smoke and mirrors, or with smarter coaching — one or the other.

Bills 24, Raiders 23

Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Skinny: Bills grind out home victory against West Coast team.

Bills 25, Raiders21

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