The Atlanta Falcons already are off to the best start in franchise history, and the struggling Oakland Raiders are the only thing standing between them and a 6-0 start. The Raiders had a bye week to lick their wounds after a 37-6 loss at Denver, and now they head to the Georgia Dome to face one of two undefeated teams in the league. The Falcons will look to continue their impressive offensive performance and pad their comfortable lead in the NFC South, while Oakland desperately needs a win to stay in the hunt in the wide-open AFC West. The Falcons have won the past two meetings — in 2004 and 2008 — after losing three straight to the Raiders.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Falcons -9, O/U 48.5
ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-3): Oakland was abysmal two weeks ago in Denver, managing just 237 total yards while allowing 503. Those woes are emblematic of the troubles the Raiders have faced in their first four games - the defense hasn't put up much resistance and the offense ranks last in the NFL with 60.8 rushing yards per game. Oakland's wide receivers have not been much of a factor - running back Darren McFadden leads the team with 18 receptions and tight end Brandon Myers has a team-high 228 receiving yards.
ABOUT THE FALCONS (5-0): Atlanta has had to squeak out three wins by a touchdown or less en route to its first 5-0 start. The ground game hasn't been where it was in recent years, as running back Michael Turner has lost a step, but Matt Ryan looks like an elite quarterback in the making and has a strong receiving corps led by Roddy White (31 catches, 481 yards, 3 TDs), Julio Jones (26 catches, 313 yards, 4 TDs) and Tony Gonzalez (39 catches, 388 yards, 4 TDs). The defense has given up plenty of yardage but has mitigated the damage by forcing 14 turnovers, including at least one in each game.
1. Atlanta is 27-0 when Ryan has a quarterback rating of 100.0 or higher, including four wins this season.
2. McFadden and FB Marcel Reese have combined for 31 receptions, which ranks third in the NFL among backfield combinations despite the Raiders having played only four games.
3. Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has 99 career receiving touchdowns and is looking to become the eight player - and the first tight end - with 100.
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Key Players to Watch
- FootQues Mon | questionable
Sheffield has sat out the previous three games due to a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Monday versus the Packers.
- GroinOut indefinitely | out
Koo will miss an undetermined length of time due to a groin strain.
- AnkleQues Mon | questionable
Ridley is hobbled by an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up for Monday's contest against the Packers.
- GroinQues Mon | questionable
McKinley missed the last game due to a groin injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Monday's matchup against the Packers.
- KneeQues Mon | questionable
McGary missed the last game due to an MCL sprain, and his availability for Monday's tilt against the Packers is up in the air.
- HamstringQues Mon | questionable
Oluokun was held out of the last game with cramping in his hamstring, and it is undetermined if he will be ready for Monday's clash versus the Packers.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Jones is managing a left hamstring strain and did not play in the previous game. It is anticipated that he will take the field against the Packers on Monday.
- ConcussionQues Mon | questionable
Gage left the last game due to concussion-like symptoms, and his status for Monday's contest against the Packers is in question.
Las Vegas Raiders
- KneeDoub Sun | doubtful
Ruggs III was absent from the lineup during the last game due with injuries to his left knee and hamstring. It is unlikely that he will participate in Sunday's matchup versus the Bills.
- FootQues Sun | questionable
Ross was lifted from the previous game with a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play against the Bills on Sunday.
- PectoralQues Sun | questionable
Kwiatkoski has sat out the previous two games with a pectoral injury, it is unknown if he will return against the Bills on Sunday.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Young has missed the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Bills.
- ThumbEarly Nov | out
Arnette is sidelined with a fractured right thumb and is facing a six to eight-week absence.
- AnkleOut Sun | out
Edwards departed the last game due to a right ankle sprain, and he will not take the field Sunday against the Bills.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Gafford left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's contest versus the Bills is in question.
- CalfQues Sun | questionable
Brown has been held out of the last two games with a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday versus the Bills.