The Oakland Raiders come to town after a thrilling last second victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The silver and black have so many potential threats on offense and one extremely important defensive player. These are the five Raiders the Buffalo Bills must keep an eye on in order to be successful.
QB Derek Carr
The Oakland quarterback hasn’t been having his greatest season so far. He’s suffered a back injury earlier in the year and has struggled, leading his team to only three wins. However, if last week is any indication, Carr is heating up. He shredded the Kansas City defense for over 400 yards and three touchdown passes. With the receiving threats he has, it could be a long day for the depleted Bills secondary.
WR Amari Cooper
The Alabama product had eye popping numbers last weekend, totaling over 200 yards receiving on 11 receptions, including two touchdowns. Although Cooper has the potential to light up any defense, he also has a big case of the drops. Cooper leads the league in drops this season. If Cooper can figure out how to hold onto the ball this week, it could be a rough day for Buffalo.
DE Khalil Mack
Buffalo natives know him well. The former University of Buffalo Bull has wreaked havoc on NFL offensive lineman since he entered the league four years ago. With already 34.5 career sacks, the Bills offensive line will need to keep protection in the passing game to give Tyrod Taylor time to find an open target. Expect a lot of play action roll outs away from Mack’s side of the field on Sunday.
RB Jalen Richard
With Marshawn Lynch’s one game suspension, Richard will be the feature back in the offense this week. You could argue that Richard, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, has been the more effective back. In Lynch’s absence he can show his true potential as a number one and try to make a name for himself. Players like that are extremely dangerous. The Bills will have to focus on him to make the Raiders one-dimensional.
TE Jared Cook
This big bodied tight end is a potential mismatch all over the field. The Bills linebackers have been a liability in coverage at times and Cook just had a breakout game,gaining more than 100 yards against the Chiefs. Cook will look to stay hot and the Bills linebackers will have to be vigilant, especially after what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, O.J. Howard, did to them last weekend.