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Billieve: Previewing Week 4 vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Will the Bills improve to 4-0 in their first trip to Sin City?

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The Buffalo Bills (3-0) make their first West Coast trip of the 2020 season on Sunday, traveling to Sin City for a Week 4 showdown vs. the Las Vegas Raiders (2-1). On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, hosts John Boccacino and Jamie D’Amico have everything you need to get ready for the Bills first-ever trip to Vegas.

After offering up rapid reactions to Buffalo’s thrilling 35-32 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3, Boccacino and D’Amico size up the Raiders’ offense, which relies heavily on talented running back Josh Jacobs. The Bills will have a daunting task trying to slow down Jacobs, especially with the issues the defense has had stopping the run this season.

Quarterback Derek Carr has one of the quickest releases in the game, tight end Darren Waller is a matchup nightmare, and the onus will be on the defensive linemen, led by Jerry Hughes, Ed Oliver, Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson, Trent Murphy and Vernon Butler, to apply pressure up the middle.

Unlike last week’s opponent, the Raiders don’t have as strong of an offensive line, which should create opportunities to get pressure on Carr. With a focus on checking down to his receivers, tight ends and running backs, the Bills should look to confuse Carr with coverage zone blitzes while clogging his passing lanes.

Offensively, both D’Amico and Boccacino expect reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Month Josh Allen to continue his upward trajectory while leading the Bills’ high-flying (31 points per game) offense.

While much has been made of Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley’s contributions to the receiving game, our podcasters expect big performances from rookie Gabriel Davis and tight ends Tyler Kroft and Dawson Knox vs. the Raiders. As good as the passing game has been, Boccacino and D’Amico are looking for a huge game from running back Devin Singletary, who should record his first 100-yard effort this year against a susceptible Raiders’ defense.

We close by offering up our score predictions as the Bills look to improve to 4-0 for the ninth time in franchise history, and first time since the 2008 season.

Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for our thoughts on these topics, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts on how the game will play out in the comments section below.

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