The Buffalo Bills are sitting at 4-2 with the Oakland Raiders coming to town who look like they've found their stride. Derek Carr is back from his short injury and Amari Cooper set the league on fire last week with his production. In what looks to be another high scoring bout for the Bills, here are your players to watch:
QB Tyrod Taylor
Taylor makes this list once again. Coming off a solid day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing 20-of-33 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown, Taylor may have to match or better those numbers against Oakland. The Raiders defense is questionable at best and their secondary is depleted. Starting cornerback David Amerson and Star safety Karl Joseph won't be in the lineup for the Raiders and the Bills should take full advantage of those matchups.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy is coming off of his best game of the season, finding the end zone twice and having over 100 total yards. The Raiders defense gives up 114 yards per game on the ground. Getting big chunks of yards on first down and keeping the Raiders offense off the field could be a big payoff for the Bills. As always McCoy will continue to be a mismatch in the passing game against linebackers. His receiving production should continue on Sunday.
WR Deonte Thompson
Even though he's only been on the team for a couple of weeks, Thompson has already shown the impact he can make. Against the Bucs, Thompson had 4 catches on 4 targets for 107 yards, he also only ran 14 routes. With a hurting secondary and developing trust from Tyrod Taylor, Thompson could generate more targets this week. The amount of snaps Thompson will get should also increase if Taylor continues to looks his way.
CB Shareece Wright
Wright will step in on the outside for injured cornerback E.J. Gaines. Wright hasn't been stellar against the pass by any means and with an offense like Oakland’s coming to town doesn't make things any easier. He will be matched up with the likes of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree a high amount of snaps.
DE Jerry Hughes
Hughes has been a consistent pass-rusher for the Bills this year. The sack numbers aren't on the stat sheet as often but he still generates a lot of pressure. Hughes has 3 sacks on the year and will be facing one of, if not the best, offensive line in the league. Donald Penn is Oakland’s left tackle and has been one of the top tackles in the league for multiple years, he doesn't allow much pressure. Hughes will get plenty of one-on-one opportunities to get to Derek Carr.