Allegiant Stadium Paradise

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

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: CBS
Logo Buffalo Bills
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Logo Las Vegas Raiders
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OPENNER
49.5

-7 +170
CURRENT
49.5o -107

-165
MONEYLINE
+145

30
SCORE
23

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

 

PREDICTION
Buffalo Bills
30
23
Las Vegas Raiders

Buffalo Bills vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Josh Allen passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as the visiting Buffalo Bills remained unbeaten with a 30-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

Allen, who completed 24 of 34 passes, left the game briefly late in the second quarter, grabbing at his left shoulder after completing a backhanded, left-handed shovel pass to Stefon Diggs. Diggs caught six passes for 115 yards and Devin Singletary rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for Buffalo (4-0).

Derek Carr completed 32 of 44 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns for Las Vegas (2-2), breaking the franchise record with 151 career touchdown passes. Darren Waller caught nine passes for 88 yards but also had a costly fumble. Josh Jacobs rushed for 48 yards on 15 carries and Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals (54, 39 and 25 yards) for the Raiders, who lost for the first time at Allegiant Stadium.

Buffalo jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first half behind a pair of Allen touchdown passes, the first a 26-yarder to rookie Gabriel Davis and the second an 11-yarder to Cole Beasley, with both capping 75-yard drives. Beasley held on despite being flipped head-over-heels at the goal line by Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner.

The Bills increased their lead to 17-6 on a 34-field goal by Tyler Bass but Las Vegas responded with a 75-yard, 11-play drive just before halftime capped by Carr's 3-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten to cut it to 17-13. It was Carr's 150th career TD pass, tying the team record set by Kenny Stabler. It was also the 73rd career touchdown reception for Witten, and his first without the Dallas Cowboys.

Carlson's 25-yard field goal capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive to open the second half and drew Las Vegas to within 17-16, but Buffalo answered with a 1-yard touchdown sneak by Allen on the first play of the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 23-16. The score, followed by a missed PAT by Bass, was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Andre Roberts and a highlight-reel 14-yard grab by John Brown at the goal line.

Buffalo then increased its lead to 30-16 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Singletary. The score came four plays after cornerback Josh Norman, playing in his first game with the Bills, punched the ball free from Waller at the Bills' 32 and then recovered the fumble. On the ensuing play, Allen then connected with Diggs for a 49-yard completion.

The Raiders closed to within 30-23 when Carr hit Nelson Agholor with his record-setting 7-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-1 with 1:29 remaining, but Buffalo recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

--Field Level Media

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