We all know Nnamdi Asomugha is gone. Yet, from the looks of it, Oakland was able to do a formidable job against the Broncos. The problem is, Buffalo is not Denver.
Last year, Ryan Fitzpatrick was quietly compiling monster stats. Now, after last week's game against the Chiefs, the secret is out. The Raiders should take notice.
Last game, Stanford Routt looked as if he was worth the millions that the Raiders invested in him. Many times throughout the game, he received "Nnamdi" treatment in that he was largely ignored and avoided by Kyle Orton.
Routt only had one pass completed his way in addition to one penalty he committed. Overall, it was a solid performance and you can be sure defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan will try to lock him onto Bills' wideout Steve Johnson.
On the other side, things didn't bode so well for Chris Johnson. While Routt only had one pass completed in his direction, Johnson had six.
However, many of those came when he was matched up against Brandon Lloyd, a clear mismatch in Denver's favor.
By putting him against the second-best receiver or, better yet, dropping him into a zone where he can play to his strengths and make a play on the ball, the Raiders will likely see more production out of him.
Complicating matters is the injury to Michael Huff. His status is still unknown for Sunday's game and if he can't go, expect Matt Giordano to take his place at free safety. Giordano had a monster game against Denver; he has very good range and is solid coming off of a blitz.
Where the Raiders may miss Huff the most is in nickel packages. Huff is the Raiders' nickel corner and if he can't go, rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke jumps into that spot.
It is so imperative for the Raiders' front seven to get consistent pressure on Fitzpatrick.
Look for Bresnahan to mix in blitzes, especially from safeties Tyvon Branch and Giordano in order to compensate for a clear advantage the Bills have in this contest.