The Raiders Efforts At Season Recovery Will Face Stiff Challenge From Stampeding Buffalo Bills.
Terrell White – Oct 28, 2017
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
The Raider home win over the Chiefs was a thrilling victory for everyone who loves the Silver & Black; The problem we have is that the NFL is a, what have you done for me this week league.
This week the Raiders will be facing the Bills in Buffalo; A place they have a great deal of trouble winning games. However, if Oakland can win this game, we're 4-4, and right back in the hunt with half the season still left to play!!
Raiders On O.
This week, as we all know Raider running back MarShawn Lynch will not be on the field; As far as I'm concerned, who cares?!? I was excited about the prospect of MarShawn joining the Silver & Black, at first. However, after watching him play half the game(s), and seeing no real production from him during the times he was on the filed, I'm starting to wonder why we signed him in the first place.
Raider rushers Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have been doing a very good job of tag teaming in the Oakland backfield. I would expect for their combined stellar play to continue. Them, along with some creative usage of their talent by offensive coordinator Todd Downing, combined with a sprinkling of fullback Jamize Olawale should be enough to keep the Bills defense honest; As I have no question that they will be looking to get their hands on Raider quarterback Derek Carr.
If we're going to win this game, then as it always does, we're going to need another outstanding performance from our offensive line. As was the case against the Chiefs, pass protection is going to be at a premium. It was good to see Oakland quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper back in business. However, there were a number of passes from Carr that could (and should) have been more accurate. In harmony with that, there were a few passes that hit Cooper right in the hands, that he just flat out dropped. The two will need to continue to elevate their play if the Raiders are going to truly make this season a successful one.
Raiders On D.
The squads first order of business will be to contain Buffalo starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor is the type of signal caller that can cause problems for the Raider defense; He's quick, agile, mobile, and has a good arm. The Raiders are going to need to contain the edges (get him K. Mack!!), and smother Taylor in the pocket.
If the pass rush (I'm taking about you K. Mack) is going to have time to get to Taylor, then the Oakland questionable secondary (that means you Sean Smith & David Amerson) will need to step up; It's time for this unit, the only one in the NFL without one, to get an interception (or two).
I don't know what happened with wide receiver Deonte Thompson in Chicago; I do know that in his first game wearing a Bills jersey, he was straight up balling. The entire game he kept coming up with big play catches (20 yards or more). None bigger than that 40 yard reception he grabbed to set up the game tying touchdown. As I said the Raider secondary is going to need to step up their game.
If the Raiders are going to force the Bills into using the arm of Taylor to beat them, then the even more questionable Raider run defense is going to need to tighten up that eye patch, and put the hit out on Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy. The dangerous McCoy will also have to be watched by the linebackers, as I'm sure that he will be one of Taylor passing options as well.
The NFL got a game of the week. The team got a much needed win. Moreover, the Oakland home victory over the Chiefs raised the spirits of everyone in Raider Nation; With that said, what is a Raider loss to the Bills this week going to do? Let's hope we don't have to find out.
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