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Revisiting five Oakland Raiders to watch against the Buffalo Bills

The Bills kept all the key players in check on Sunday

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills dominated the Oakland Raiders in every facet of the game on Sunday. Aside from one, the key players we highlighted earlier in the week were essentially non-factors in the game.

QB Derek Carr

Carr led the Raiders down the field for a touchdown with relative ease on the first drive of the game. Many fans probably thought the injuries in the Bills secondary would result in a long day for Buffalo. However, the defense tightened up and took away everything deep. Carr rarely took any shots and was forced to check the ball down to his running back quite often. Carr finished with 313 yards passing and one touchdown. Carr also threw two interceptions which shifted the momentum of the game to Buffalo.

WR Amari Cooper

Cooper came in on fire. Many expected the Alabama alum to torch the Bills backups in the secondary. After grabbing a few early catches, the Bills coaching staff had cornerback Tre’Davious White shadow Cooper. The rookie pretty much shut down Cooper for the rest of the game. He only finished with five catches for 48 yards on 10 targets.

DE Khalil Mack

Mack was the biggest concern for the Bills offense going into this game. Perhaps they got lucky with the weather, the announcers pointed out that Mack slipped a few times on the wet turf. However, neutralizing Mack is still not easy to do. The Bills only allowed Mack to get two tackles and one hit on the quarterback. All in all, an impressive performance from Buffalo.

RB Jalen Richard

With running back Marshawn Lynch out with a suspension, it was believed that Richard would be the feature back. But in reality, there was no feature back. The Raiders only ran the ball 14 times during the game. Richard got five carries for 21 yards and five receptions for 35 yards. Richard also lost a fumble on a punt return.

TE Jared Cook

The Raiders big tight end had 10 targets in the game and made five receptions. the half of the time when he was able to catch the ball he was productive, gaining 48 yards, nearly 10 yards per reception.