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Week 16: Bills vs. Raiders
at
Sunday, Dec. 21st
4:25pm ET
There isn't much more Bills fans can ask for than a meaningful game with two weeks to go in the season but that is exactly what they got. Unless San Diego, Kansas City, and Baltimore all win before the Bills take the field in Oakland they will still be alive in the playoff race when they take on the two win Raiders.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Matchup: Buffalo (8-6) vs. Oakland (2-12)
Place: O.co Coliseum
TV/Radio: Network: CBS; DirecTV: 715; Sirius: 92
Announcers: Brian Anderson and Chris Simms
Spread: Bills by 5½
Series: Series Tied 19-19 (Bills 2-0 in playoffs)
Streak: Bills Won 2
Last Meeting: Bills 38-35 in Buffalo (2011)
Raiders Offense: Rush (32nd); Pass (24th); overall (32nd)
Raiders Defense: Rush (25th); Pass (8th); overall (18th)
Bills Offense: Rush (23rd); Pass (19th); overall (23rd)
Bills Defense: Rush (9th); Pass (5th); overall (5th)


INJURY UPDATE

The Bills are banged up at the safety position. Da'Norris Searcy missed last week's game with a hamstring injury and remains limited in practice. Duke Williams left last week's game with concussion like symptoms making his status for this week's game unknown. Chris Gragg is back practicing after being sidelined a month with a knee injury while Jairus Wynn may return this week after missing a month and a half with a knee injury. C.J. Spiller has been cleared to return from a broken collarbone that had landed him on the IR/designated to return list.

The Raiders have had seven players miss practice time this week WR Vincent Brown with a groin, CB Tarell Brown (Foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (Hamstring), TE Brian Leonhardt (Concussion), WR Denarius Moore and T Menelik Watson with ankle injuries and DE C.J. Wilson has a knee injury.

Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.

KEY MATCHUPS

RG Erik Pears vs. SLB Khalil Mack:
Pears will be dealing with the former University of Buffalo star on many plays. Mack is a candidate for rookie of the year as he has quickly become the heart and soul of the Raiders defense.

WR Sammy Watkins vs. CB D.J. Hayden:
Watkins has been way too inconsistent over the past six weeks, he needs to step up his game now. He will likely be lined up at least half the time with the 2nd year player Hayden.

DE Mario Williams vs. RT Khalif Barnes:
This will be a battle of veterans as Super Mario goes against the 10 year veteran Barnes. Mario has had a superb season while Barnes is a rock on their O-line with 114 career starts.

CB Stephon Gilmore vs. WR James Jones:
Gilmore has finally developed into a lockdown corner as he has been nothing short of fabulous in coverage the second half of the year. Jones is the leading receiver on the Raiders with 70 catches.

KEYS TO THE GAME

1. Avoid The Letdown: This is definitely a potential trap game which this team is not used to dealing with. Coming off a huge win last week and with the Patriots on the horizon there is a chance they overlook the Raiders and come out flat especially after the long flight to the West Coast.

2. Commit To The Running Game: They did this in the 2nd half last week and need to do it from the start this week against one of the weaker run defenses in the league. This will take the pressure off of Kyle Orton.

3. Vertical Passing Game: If they are successful in establishing the running game it should open up the play action pass. They need to move away from the dink and dunk passing game they have employed the past month and take shots deep that will stretch the defense.

BILLS DAILY PREDICTION

It would be a horrible twist of fate to see the Bills go cross country and lose to one of the worst teams in the league after getting a monumental win over one of the league's best. This team is peaking right now and I don't think they will be looking past the lowly Raiders. Look for the Bills to put together a complete game this week to hopefully keep their playoff hopes alive:
Bills 30, Raiders 14

Season Prediction Record: (5-9)
Season Record Against The Spread: (4-10)

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2014 Buffalo Bills
Record: (8-6) Division: (3-2)
vs AFC: (4-6) vs NFC: (4-0)
Home: (5-3) Road: (3-3)
Place: 2nd

Team Rankings: Through Week 15
Total Offense: 23rd
Passing: 19th
Rushing: 23rd
Total Defense: 5th
Passing: 5th
Rushing: 9th

Player Of The Week
Bacarri Rambo - Two interceptions when only playing because of two injuries at safety? Only in the NFL.

The Bills are now...
22-36 in December since 2000
3-13 in primetime since 2001.
96-142 since 2000.
28-50 in the 2nd half of the year since 2005.
53-59 in home games since 2001.
8-22 in road games since 2011.
12-34 in road divison games since 2000.
5-13 in their last 18 road games.
3-11 in their last 14 road divison games.
20-14 in OT.
8-19-1 when allowing a safety.
32-78 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
29-56 against the AFC East since 2001.
12-29 against the AFC East since 2008.
11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
29-10 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
5-5 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
43-31 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
12-3 when Fred Jackson runs for 100 yards.

Did you know...
The Bills will go through a season where they have never been below .500 for the first time since 1996.
The Bills swept in NFC team for the first time since 2004.
The Bills had a punt return TD and a safety in the same game for the first time since 1971.
Marcus Thipgen had the first punt return for a score by a Bill since 2012.
The Bills Receivers have six 100 yard receiving games, the most for the team since 2002.
Dan Carpenter is the first Bills with back to back 100 point seasons since Rian Lindell in 2008 and 2009.
Kyle Williams has 33½ career sacks moving him into 9th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.
Fred Jackson is third in NFL history for most career yards rushing by an undrafted free agent with 5,566.
Sammy Watkins is the first Bills rookie to have four 100 yard receiving games in a season. First Bill overall since Lee Evans in 2008.
Sammy Watkins broke the club's rookie receiving yards record a week after breaking the rookie completion record.
Marcell Dareus leads all defensive tackles with 10 sacks.
C.J. Spiller is now in 8th place on the team's all time rushing list.
Robert Woods has at least one catch in 28 consecutive games.
Fred Jackson is the 5th Bill to accumulate 8,000 yards from scrimmage in his Bills career.
Fred Jackson is in 2nd place on the all-time team list for receptions from a RB; 5th overall.
Fred Jackson is 4th on the all-time team list with 30 rushing TDs. His next rushing TD will move him into a tie with Cookie Gilchrist for 3rd place.

 2014 Schedule
Click on the final score for Bills Daily review/analysis of the game.
Sept. 7@ Chicago W 23-20 OT
Sept. 14Miami W 29-10
Sept. 21San Diego L 22-10
Sept. 28@ Houston L 23-17
Oct. 5@ Detroit W 17-14
Oct. 12New England L 37-22
Oct. 19Minnesota W 17-16
Oct. 26@ NY Jets W 43-23
Nov. 2Bye
Nov. 9Kansas City L 17-13
Nov. 13@ Miami L 22-9
Nov. 23NY Jets W 38-3
Nov. 30Cleveland W 26-10
Dec. 7@ Denver L 24-17
Dec. 14Green Bay W 21-13
Dec. 21@ Oakland Preview
Dec. 28@ New England 1:00

 

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