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Buffalo Bills vs. Las Vegas Raiders Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

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The Las Vegas Raiders find themselves in the middle of a five-game gauntlet facing some of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks.


The Raiders (2-1) christened their brand new Allegiant Stadium with a 34-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees in Week 2 and followed that up with a 36-20 loss to 2015 MVP Cam Newton and the New England Patriots last week.


On deck are back-to-back games against 2018 MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs followed by a Oct. 25 home date with three-time MVP Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


But Raiders coach Jon Gruden made it a point to lavish some lofty praise on Sunday afternoon's opposing QB, Josh Allen of the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills (3-0).


"He's a fun guy to watch, man," Gruden said. "He can really throw the ball. He's got a great playing style. He's got a lot of John Elway's playing style. He can scramble, he's strong, he's tough. He's a big-time player."


Allen is second in the league with a 124.8 passer rating and set a franchise record for passing yards in the first three games of a season (1,038), not bad when you consider Hall of Famer Jim Kelly also starred for the Bills. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes and been intercepted just once.


The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Allen is the only player in NFL history to record 10-plus passing touchdowns and two-plus rushing TDs in the first three weeks of a season.


"This is the first time I've ever really, really been excited about a quarterback on our team," Kelly told the Los Angeles Times. "We've had some and it was always, 'We'll see. We'll see. ... Yeah, he's got potential, but we'll see.' With Josh, I think he's proven to everybody that he can play. Now he just has to stay healthy."


Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 20 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns while Cole Beasley has 15 catches for 228 for the Bills, who rank fourth in the NFL in total offense (434.0 ypg) and third in scoring offense (31.0 ppg).


Buffalo's defense, which has ranked in the top three in the NFL in yards allowed per game in two of the past three seasons, is off to a slow start, allowing 380.7 yards per game (21st) and blew a 28-3 lead to the Rams before Allen helped to pull it out at the end.


"Going up 28-3, as a team, we have to be better," Allen said. "We need to make sure we keep our foot on the pedal and we've got to put that game away."


Las Vegas, which is second in the AFC West behind the Chiefs (3-0), returns home off its first loss of the season. The Patriots rolled up 406 total yards, including 250 rushing, and controlled the ball for 34:39.


"No. 1, we obviously missed some tackles," Gruden said. "No. 2, we had some guys out of their gaps. We lined up wrong one time and we had a couple of times where we didn't get in our gaps appropriately on blitzes. And when you make mistakes in a one-gap defense and you miss a few tackles, yardage can add up."


It also didn't help that the Raiders lost three fumbles. Quarterback Derek Carr completed 24 of 32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns while Josh Jacobs rushed for 71 yards on 16 carries.


The Raiders could be without both of their first-round picks for the contest. Cornerback Damon Arnette reinjured his thumb and along with wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (hamstring) was one of six players who didn't practice on Wednesday.


Also out were offensive tackle Trent Brown (calf), wide receiver Bryan Edwards (foot/ankle), wide receiver Rico Gafford (hamstring) and defensive tackle Daniel Ross (foot) while linebackers Corey Littleton (knee) and Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral), safety Johnathan Abram (shoulder/thumb) and offensive tackle Sam Young (groin) were limited.


Five Bills didn't practice: wide receiver John Brown (calf), offensive lineman Dion Dawkins (shoulder), safety Micah Hyde (ankle), defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson (foot) and linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips (quad). Cornerback Josh Norman (hamstring), who began the season on the injured reserve list, returned to practice and is eligible to come off for this week's game.


--Field Level Media


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Buffalo Bills

Las Vegas Raiders

Player Position Lineup
Josh Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
John Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Dion Dawkins primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tremaine Edmunds primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Cody Ford primary: Left Guard Starter
Jerry Hughes primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Micah Hyde primary: Free Safety Starter
Dawson Knox primary: Tight End Starter
Matt Milano primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Mitch Morse primary: Center Starter
Trent Murphy primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Ed Oliver primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Harrison Phillips primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jordan Poyer primary: Strong Safety Starter
Devin Singletary primary: Runningback Starter
Levi Wallace primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tre'Davious White primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Stefon Diggs primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Isaiah McKenzie primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Daryl Williams primary: Right Tackle Starter
Brian Winters primary: Right Guard Starter
Dean Marlowe primary: Safety Starter
Ryan Bates primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Cole Beasley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Corey Bojorquez primary: Punter Substitution
Reid Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Darryl Johnson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jaquan Johnson primary: Safety Substitution
Taron Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyler Kroft primary: Tight End Substitution
Siran Neal primary: Safety Substitution
Ty Nsekhe primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Quinton Spain primary: Guard Substitution
T.J. Yeldon primary: Runningback Substitution
Josh Norman primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyrel Dodson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Quinton Jefferson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Taiwan Jones primary: Runningback Substitution
A.J. Epenesa primary: Defensive End Substitution
Gabriel Davis primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Bass primary: Kicker Substitution
Reggie Gilliam primary: Tight End Substitution
Vernon Butler primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Matakevich primary: Linebacker Substitution
A.J. Klein primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mario Addison primary: Defensive End Substitution
Andre Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Barkley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ike Boettger primary: Guard Not active
Lee Smith primary: Tight End Not active
Del'Shawn Phillips primary: Linebacker Not active
Zack Moss primary: Runningback Not active
Jake Fromm primary: Quarterback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Johnathan Abram primary: Strong Safety Starter
Derek Carr primary: Quarterback Starter
Maxx Crosby primary: Defensive End Starter
Clelin Ferrell primary: Defensive End Starter
Denzelle Good primary: Left Guard Starter
Johnathan Hankins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Erik Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Rodney Hudson primary: Center Starter
Gabe Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Josh Jacobs primary: Runningback Starter
Zay Jones primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Lamarcus Joyner primary: Cornerback Starter
Nevin Lawson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Kolton Miller primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trayvon Mullen primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Darren Waller primary: Tight End Starter
Nelson Agholor primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cory Littleton primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Jason Witten primary: Tight End Starter
Nick Kwiatkoski primary: Linebacker Starter
Maliek Collins primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Sam Young primary: Right Tackle Starter
Daniel Carlson primary: Kicker Substitution
Derek Carrier primary: Tight End Substitution
AJ Cole primary: Punter Substitution
Keelan Doss primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Maurice Hurst primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Alec Ingold primary: Fullback Substitution
Andre James primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Isaiah Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Arden Key primary: Defensive End Substitution
Foster Moreau primary: Tight End Substitution
Nicholas Morrow primary: Linebacker Substitution
Keisean Nixon primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Parker primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Hunter Renfrow primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jalen Richard primary: Runningback Substitution
Kyle Wilber primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kendal Vickers primary: Defensive End Substitution
Trent Sieg primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jeff Heath primary: Safety Substitution
Carl Nassib primary: Defensive End Substitution
John Simpson primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Amik Robertson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Devontae Booker primary: Runningback Substitution
Theo Riddick primary: Runningback Substitution
Raekwon McMillan primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trent Brown primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Rico Gafford primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Dallin Leavitt primary: Defensive Back Not active
Nathan Peterman primary: Quarterback Did not play
Henry Ruggs III primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Bryan Edwards primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Patrick Omameh primary: Guard Not active

Buffalo Bills

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 26 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Gabriel Davis
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jason Witten
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Cole Beasley
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Passer: Josh Allen
  • Period 3
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Daniel Carlson
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Passer: Derek Carr
    • Conv Kicker: Daniel Carlson
    • Pass Receiver: Nelson Agholor
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Devin Singletary
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Tyler Bass
    • Rusher: Josh Allen
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Kansas City L 24 - 38
  • Baltimore W 3 - 17
  • Indianapolis W 24 - 27
  • Miami W 26 - 56
  • @New England W 38 - 9
  • @Denver W 48 - 19
  • Pittsburgh W 15 - 26
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 24
  • L.A. Chargers W 17 - 27
  • @Arizona L 30 - 32
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Denver W 32 - 31
  • Miami L 26 - 25
  • L.A. Chargers L 30 - 27
  • Indianapolis L 44 - 27
  • @N.Y. Jets W 31 - 28
  • @Atlanta L 6 - 43
  • Kansas City L 35 - 31
  • Denver W 12 - 37
  • @L.A. Chargers W 31 - 26
  • @Cleveland W 16 - 6

Last Meetings

  • Bills @ Raiders 30-23
  • Raiders @ Bills 14-34
  • Bills @ Raiders 24-38
  • Bills @ Raiders 24-26
  • Raiders @ Bills 35-38
  • Raiders @ Bills 23-24

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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