Raiders vs. Bills Week 2 Preview: 4 Things to Watch for in Orchard Park
The Bills and Raiders have each made drastic roster changes during the offseason and both are looking forward to fighting for playoff spots.
Let's take a look at four things to watch out for in this week's match-up!
4: Will Scott Chandler Continue to Be a Threat?
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When the Bills played the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they had something in their offense they had not had in years: great play out of the tight end.
Scott Chandler finished the game with 63 yards and two touchdowns. Chandler gave the Bills a nice red zone target and Ryan Fitzpatrick looked comfortable throwing to him. A good quarterback makes good use of his tight end. Fitzpatrick has not had a reliable tight end, but now he may.
It will be interesting to see if Chandler can continue to play well against the Raiders on Sunday.
3: Darren McFadden vs. the Bills' Improved Front Seven
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Last season, Darren McFadden would have shredded Buffalo's defense to pieces. This season, not so much.
The Bills have added Marcell Dareus, Nick Barnett, Kirk Morrison and Shawne Merriman to their front seven, which already included Dwan Edwards, Kyle Williams and Andra Davis. Running against Buffalo will not be as easy as it was last season.
The Bills' run defense is improved, but this week will be a good test to see just how much. McFadden is a great running back and it will be interesting to see how the Bills defend him.
2: Will Ryan Fitzpatrick Continue to Dominate?
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Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for over 200 yards and tossed four touchdowns on Sunday against Kansas City. He looked like everything Buffalo needs him to be this season.
Oakland has a solid defense and they rush the passer well. It should be interesting to see how Fitzpatrick responds to a different defense than he saw last week. He picked apart Kansas City, but will he do it again vs. Oakland?
If Fitzpatrick plays as well as he did against Kansas City all season, the Bills will surely make the playoffs.
1: How Will Oakland Handle Buffalo's 4-Wide-Receiver Sets Without Nnamdi?
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The Bills line up in a four-wide-receiver set most of the time when on offense. They have a lot of unknown talent at wide receiver and Ryan Fitzpatrick has good chemistry with all of them.
The Raiders lost Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency. With Nnamdi, they would be able to take one of Buffalo's wide receivers completely out of the game. Without Nnamdi, they will not be able to do that.
With Buffalo running their version of a spread offense, it will be very intriguing to see how Oakland defends it without Nnamdi.