Week 3 Preview: Buffalo Bills Vs Oakland Raiders

Sean MillerContributor ISeptember 19, 2008

The Bills have their 2nd home game this week vs. the Oakland Raiders. The Bills will be sporting their electric blue throwback jerseys and are looking like some Bills teams of the past, teams of the early 90s specifically.

If they win this week they will go 3-0 for the first time since 1992 when they were in the thick of their Super Bowl years with Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Andre Reed.

The men in Black and Silver are looking pretty much the same as all of the teams that the Raiders have had since their last Super Bowl appearance. Teams that have combined to win just 17 games in the past five seasons. Their only win this season comes against arguably the worst team in the league in the Chiefs.

Miller's Keys To The Game:

  • Marshawn vs. Darren: Look for the run game to be an important part of this match up. For the Bills, because I have a feeling that Marshawn Lynch will get his first 100-yard game of the season this week after decent performances the past two weeks that should motivate him to throw it into full fledged BEAST MODE. For the Raiders, because the run game is all they have. JaMarcus Russell looked awful last week as he went 6-17 with only 55 yards passing (that's not a type-o). The Raiders might look for contributions from Michael Bush as well, who is not a scrub coming off the bench, due to the fact that McFadden might not be 100 percent due to a toe injury.
  • Bills Home Crowd: I was at the Seahawks game two weeks ago and the atmosphere in the stadium was electrifying. I could barely hear the person next to me when the Seahawks had the ball. If the Buffalo fans can keep the noise up and make things even more difficult for the Raiders young QB the Bills should be in business.
  • Solid O-Line Play: This will be key for both teams in order to be successful on offense. If the Bills can continue to do what they have done on defense the past two weeks and get a good amount of pressure on JaMarcus Russell, he could very well go 4-17 with 23 yards and two INT....well maybe that's stretching it. But, if the Raiders can't prevent Marcus Stroud, Aaron Schoble and Kyle Willaims from being in his face every play it could be a long day for Oakland. It is equally important for the Bills front five to neutralize the Raiders defense and give Trent Edwards time in the pocket. Jason Peters has a game under his belt after coming back from his hold out so the Bills line should be fine. But they need to be mindful of DE Derrick Burgess who perhaps should have been paid all of the money that went to the just above average Tommy Kelly this off season.

Look for the Bills to win handily here at home and to further silence those raving that the New York Jets (who will be 1-2 after this weekend) would finish 1st or 2nd in the AFC East.

Final Score Prediction: Bills 30 Raiders 13

Predicted Offensive Stats for the Bills:


T. Edwards 21-28 211 yds 2 TD 1 INT


M. Lynch 28 rushes 107 yds 1 TD

F. Jackson 6 rushes 31 yds


L. Evans 5 rec. 105 yds 1 TD

J. Reed 6 rec. 53 yds

F. Jackson 4 rec. 41 yds

R. Royal 3 rec. 24 yds

R. Parrish 2 rec. 18 yds

J. Hardy 1 rec. 6 yds


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