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OAKLAND (3 - 4) at BUFFALO (4 - 2)
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Week 8 Sunday, 10/29/2017 1:00 PM
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OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-4-23-43-422.110.7310.7(5.6)1.022.313.6360.6(6)0.7
Road Games1-2-1.31-20-315.36.7247.0(4.8)1.319.711.3373.3(6.1)0.7
Last 3 Games1-2-1.71-22-121.311.3341.3(5.8)1.025.717.0377.7(6)0.3
OAKLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.110.717.627:5422-93(4.3)21-3363.2%218(6.5)55-311(5.6)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.710.219.430:5527-113(4.1)20-3460.0%217(6.5)61-330(5.4)(15.2)
Offense Road Games15.36.713.326:5219-55(2.9)21-3363.3%192(5.9)52-247(4.8)(16.1)
Defense (All Games)22.313.618.632:0629-114(3.9)22-3169.1%247(7.8)60-361(6)(16.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.221118.831:3726-113(4.3)22-3365.5%222(6.7)60-335(5.6)(15.2)
Defense Road Games19.711.318.333:0829-118(4.1)22-3268.0%255(7.9)61-373(6.1)(19)
OAKLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.41.41.513-537.0%1-037.5%2-38(23.4)20-2(9)7-58
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-747.0%0-050.0%1-22(21.6)3-16(6.4)6-51
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.70.61.3 13-538.5%1-029.8%2-40(23.1)22-2(9.2)7-60
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-642.2%0-00.0%1-16(23.5)3-22(6.6)7-55

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-2+3.93-12-419.87.8298.7(5)0.516.88.5343.5(5.4)2.2
Home Games3-0+3.32-02-125.710.0371.3(5.7)0.718.38.3342.3(5.5)2.3
Last 3 Games2-1+2.61-11-223.09.0312.0(5.1)0.721.38.7408.7(6)3.0
Turf Games3-1+2.32-12-223.210.0333.7(5.2)0.718.78.7353.7(5.7)2.5
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.87.817.328:2232-118(3.7)17-2862.1%181(6.4)60-299(5)(15.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.410.618.830:4527-103(3.9)21-3363.4%214(6.4)60-317(5.3)(14.8)
Offense Home Games25.710.020.730:0736-146(4.1)19-2964.4%225(7.8)65-371(5.7)(14.5)
Defense (All Games)16.88.520.231:3824-85(3.5)25-3963.5%259(6.7)63-343(5.4)(20.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.19.71119.631:3425-100(3.9)22-3564.8%238(6.9)60-337(5.6)(17.1)
Defense Home Games18.38.319.729:5321-73(3.5)27-4166.7%270(6.6)62-342(5.5)(18.7)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-641.0%1-040.0%2-48(26.2)3-14(5.3)6-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-540.3%1-032.8%2-39(22.1)22-3(8.7)6-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-541.0%1-033.3%2-42(25.2)2-14(8.6)7-65
Average power rating of opponents played: OAKLAND 19.3,  BUFFALO 19.7
OAKLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017@ TENNESSEE26-16W3W50.5U29-10922-32-250021-9525-41-2550
9/17/2017NY JETS45-20W-14W43.5O27-18023-28-230025-12617-25-1452
9/24/2017@ WASHINGTON10-27L-3.5L53.5U13-3219-31-96334-11625-30-3562
10/1/2017@ DENVER10-16L3.5L44U15-2421-35-230132-14316-26-1550
10/15/2017LA CHARGERS16-17L-3L47.5U22-10921-30-165228-8025-36-2631
10/19/2017KANSAS CITY31-30W3W46O21-8829-52-417023-9425-36-3310
10/29/2017@ BUFFALO            
11/5/2017@ MIAMI            
11/19/2017NEW ENGLAND            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/10/2017NY JETS21-12W-7W42U42-19016-28-218115-3826-39-1762
9/17/2017@ CAROLINA3-9L6T43.5U23-6917-25-107028-7720-32-1780
10/1/2017@ ATLANTA23-17W8W47.5U36-11712-20-164029-14924-42-2423
10/8/2017@ CINCINNATI16-20L3L39.5U24-8220-37-139127-6522-36-3233
10/22/2017TAMPA BAY30-27W-3T46.5O33-17320-33-261125-6932-44-3783
11/2/2017@ NY JETS            
11/12/2017NEW ORLEANS            
11/19/2017@ LA CHARGERS            
11/26/2017@ KANSAS CITY            
OAKLAND: QB Derek Carr was playing at a near-elite level before breaking his leg in December. WR Amari Cooper is a special talent who sometimes disappears in the face of press coverage, creating opportunities for veteran possession WR Michael Crabtree. Free agent TE Jared Cook will add another dimension to the passing game. Three years removed from his last productive season, RB Marshawn Lynch is an enigma, though he'll be running behind a stellar O-line. Defensive Player of the Year DE Khalil Mack is not only a lethal pass-rusher, but also an exceptional run-defender. He and OLB Bruce Irvin combined for 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles last season, but Oakland got very little production from the rest of the front seven. The young secondary was problematic last season, though 2016 first-rounder S Karl Joseph showed promise and first-round draft pick CB Gareon Conley should contribute right away.
BUFFALO: The Bills were the second most run-heavy team in 2016, and that's unlikely to change under the new coaching staff. RB LeSean McCoy's 5.4 yards per rush was tops among runners with 150+ carries, and the Bills signed the NFL's best fullback in Patrick DiMarco. QB Tyrod Taylor's athleticism and arm strength are hindered by his lack of vision and anticipation. He's still stuck with a lackluster receiving group led by injury-plagued WR Sammy Watkins. The Bills will transition to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott. DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have the talent to improve last year's awful run defense (29th in the NFL), and 2016's first two draft picks, DE Shaq Lawson and LB Reggie Ragland, are finally fully healthy. Departed CB Stephon Gilmore will be hard to replace, but former Packers S Micah Hyde and first-round draft pick CB Tre'Davious White bolster the secondary.
Offenses for Raiders, Bills alive, well

One team is 3-4 and the other is 4-2, which is what one might have expected for Sunday's matchup between the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.

But few would have expected Buffalo to sport the winning record and be in playoff position in late October. Even fewer would have forecast Oakland to be sitting a game under .500 and celebrating the end of a four-game losing streak with last week's wild 31-30 win over Kansas City.

Yet that's where these teams are, in part because the NFL has a way of insuring parity with scheduling and the draft, but also because of variables beyond anyone's control.

Take, for instance, the sudden disappearance of the Raiders' offense during their four-game slide. They scored 71 points in season-opening wins against Tennessee and the New York Jets. They managed a mere 53 points in the next four.

The come-from-behind win over Kansas City was more like it, as least as far as Oakland was concerned. Quarterback Derek Carr, who missed losses two and three due to injury, threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns.

Eleven of those 52 throws were snagged by Amari Cooper, who gained 210 yards and reversed an early-season trend of being quiet. Going into Week 7, Cooper had only 18 receptions for a paltry 146 yards.

"You're getting more into strategy stuff," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said when asked why Cooper broke out. "I'm not going to spend a lot of time on that ... I understand the desire to talk about that. We're just happy he had a great night."

As it tries to make up a two-game deficit on Kansas City in the AFC West, Oakland will be shorthanded. Running back Marshawn Lynch will serve a one-game suspension Sunday after being ejected from the Chiefs' game for contacting a game official during a melee involving Carr and Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

Lynch's appeal of the suspension was denied, meaning the Raiders will turn to a combination of Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington in the ground game. The duo combined for 64 yards on 18 carries against the Chiefs, with Washington scoring a touchdown.

"Last year definitely got us prepared for this situation," Richard said. "It's a situation we've had before."

Buffalo also won last week on the strength of its offense, a departure from its early identity of relying on tough defense. In the Bills' 30-27 squeaker over Tampa Bay, quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and ran for 53, while running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 91 yards and his first two touchdowns of the year.

Only once before in his career had Taylor thrown for 250 yards or more in a game his team won. He spiced it up by finding former Virginia Tech teammate Logan Thomas, who came into the NFL as a quarterback and has switched to tight end, for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

Thomas was seen as a potential Heisman Trophy winner entering his junior year at Virginia Tech, but regressed his last two seasons. That play, as well as 107 receiving yards by the unheralded Deonte Thompson, epitomizes what Buffalo has been through six games.

"The great part about it for us is that at this point, where we are and what we've done and what this group of players and coaches have done, every week someone new is stepping up," first-year coach Sean McDermott said. "I'm excited to see who steps up this week."

Two guys McDermott might want to see fulfill that prophecy are safety Trae Elston and right tackle Jordan Mills. Elston might have to step into the lineup in place of Jordan Poyer, who injured his knee against Tampa Bay and seems unlikely to go. Poyer has been one of the team's top defenders with 33 tackles and seven pass breakups.

Mills has the unenviable task of keeping Khalil Mack away from Taylor. Mack is the star of an otherwise average-at-best Oakland defense, capable of deciding games with his ability to get to the quarterback. What's more, Mack figures to be motivated for this one, since he played college ball at the University of Buffalo.

"That's why the preparation and process are so important," McDermott said. "You respect what it takes to get yourself to where you need to be in order to put yourself in a position to win."

Last Updated: 10/20/2018 3:40:11 AM EST

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