The Buffalo Bills look to stay undefeated at home this week when they host the Oakland Raiders. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST on Sunday, October 29 at New Era Field in Buffalo, New York. Fans can watch the game on CBS in local markets.
The Bills are seen by oddsmakers as 2.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is listed at 45.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 8 betting odds and links to more game previews.
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Buffalo is coming off a close 30-27 win over Tampa Bay last week. They scored 10 unanswered points in the final three minutes to win in comeback fashion. The win pushed the Bills to 4-2, exceeding even optimistic preseason expectations for Sean McDermott’s team.
Buffalo’s defense and a strong kicking game have been the key for the Bills so far. Tyrod Taylor has made plays at times. But more than anything, he’s done a good job of avoiding turnovers, which has helped keep the Bills in games.
The Raiders are also coming off a comeback win last week. Derek Carr connected with Michael Crabtree on the last play of the game to give the Raiders a 31-30 win over the division rival Chiefs on Thursday night.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and brought the Raiders back into contention in the AFC West at 3-4. More importantly, Carr appeared to be healthy coming off a back injury. After throwing for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs, Carr looks like the guy he was for most of the 2016 season.
Free Pick & Betting Predictions: Bills -3.5
It’s tough to tell if the Raiders are truly back after one win. They’re also a west coast team playing an early game on the east coast with cold and rainy conditions expected in Buffalo. To me, a field goal game favors the home team, the better defensive team, and the team with the better kicker. Buffalo is the winner in all three of those categories. I’ll lean toward the Bills.
It’s important to remember that Marshawn Lynch will be suspended for this game after his antics last week with the officials. He’s been Oakland’s best running back for much of the season, so he’ll be missed. Also, if the weather is bad, the Raiders may have to lean on their running game more than they’d like. That will make Lynch’s absence all the more notable.
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Without Lynch, the Raiders will rely more on their deep pass game. However, the Bills also have a strong pass rush, so Carr won’t have all day to throw, especially if the Raiders can’t generate a consistent ground attack.
We should also keep in mind that Oakland’s offensive line has been much maligned this season. The Raiders have struggled to win in the trenches, giving the Bills a good chance to win the battle at the line of scrimmage. If the Oakland offensive line can’t hold their own, the Raiders will struggle to run the ball and give Carr the time he needs to throw downfield.
Meanwhile, the Bills have a running back in LeSean McCoy who they don’t mind giving the ball to as often as possible. Taylor is also a mobile quarterback who can be dangerous outside the pocket. To be fair, the Raiders have kept their opponent under 100 yards rushing each of the past two weeks. Of course, both of those games were at home, one of which they lost and the other they nearly lost.
This has all the makings of an ugly, low-scoring affair, especially if the weather is bad. The Bills have the better defense and better running game in this matchup, and that’s what will matter in a game like this. I’ll take Buffalo by at least a field goal.