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This is a battle of two teams who long to be back in the playoff picture. After lengthy playoff droughts for these once storied franchises, both teams are building to quench the thirst.
My former team, the Buffalo Bills, are coming off a great season opening win in which they won on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. It wasnʼtonly a win, it was an old-fashioned “shelling” that saw the Bills manhandle the Chiefs in all phases of the game.
The Bills defense held KC to only 213 yards of total offense. They are going to have to match that effort to beat the Raiders.
Oakland gave ﬁrst-year head coach Hue Jackson his ﬁrst win in a 23-20 victory over the Broncos. If last week's game was any indication of this week's game, the Bills D-line better get ready for a full dose of Oaklandʼs offensive line and Darren McFadden. McFadden is coming off of a 190-yard performance.
The other running back in this game is Fred Jackson, who also put up over 100 yards rushing last week. The Bills O-line will have the task of opening up rushing lanes for Fred to run through. It will be facing a big, physical D-line in Oakland, which is led by Richard Seymour.
With all of this talk about running the ball and defense, the key to this game is QB play. Both teams will try to force the other team's QB to win it with his arm, and I will take “Fitzy” over Campbell any day.
Final prediction: Buffalo 27, Oakland 24