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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Here’s a look at some stats that stood out in Sunday’s win over the Raiders.

Derek Carr when targeting Amari Cooper
Week 7 vs. KC – 11 completions on 19 targets, 210 yards, 2 TDs, 131.5 rating
Week 8 vs. BUF – 5 completions on 10 targets, 48 yards, 1 INT, 24.1 rating

Buffalo leads the NFL in turnover margin at plus-14 after getting four more takeaways Sunday. The last 20 teams with the NFL’s best turnover differential made the playoffs.

Total punt return yards – Oakland – 2 returns for 11 yards
Total kick return yards – Oakland – 5 kick returns, 68 yards, 13.6 avg.

Oakland third down conversions 3-for-10 (30%)

Takeaways – Buffalo 4, Oakland 0

Time of possession – Oakland 24:23, Buffalo 35:37

173 – LeSean McCoy’s total yards from scrimmage

Trae Elston – 11 tackles (led team), 1 interception, 1 pass breakup

Bills pass defense – 8 pass breakups, 2 INTs

Andre Holmes – limited snaps – 3 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD

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Will Raiders turn to zone blitz vs. Tyrod?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2017 – 11:10 am

Thus far this season, opponents of the Bills have barely blitzed Tyrod Taylor. They don’t want to send their ends up the field on a rush only to leave big gaps behind their pass rushers for Taylor to exploit with his legs. That’s why he’s seen the third-fewest blitzes by percentage on his drop backs this season.

Lowest Pct of Drop backs Facing Blitz – 2017
Eli Manning, NYG           15.9%
Ben Roethlisberger, Pit    17.7%
Tyrod Taylor, Buf          18.1% (34/188)
Andy Dalton, Cin           18.8%

Proof of Taylor’s effectiveness in defeating the blitz is visible in where he ranks for the players with the highest percentage of rushes that go for 10 yards or more. The Bills QB ranks second in the NFL with more than 18 percent of his runs going for double digits.

Highest Pct of Rushes Gaining 10+ Yards – 2017
Orleans Darkwa, NYG      19.6%
Tyrod Taylor, Buf        18.4% (7/38)
Cam Newton, Car          18.4% (9/49)
Alex Collins, Bal        16.1%
Kareem Hunt, KC          15.3%

The Raiders zone blitz looks so far this season employ only three pass rushers as they drop eight into coverage. Oakland will likely force Taylor to read coverage where they’re hoping he’ll hesitate allowing the undermanned rush to get to him. But if Taylor finds a running lane, he’ll make the Raiders. pay.

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White knows Cooper from their SEC matchups

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2017 – 10:36 am

Raiders WR Amari Cooper certainly won’t be foreign to Tre’Davious White in the least on Sunday. The LSU product faced him in college when the two of them were playing in the SEC. What impresses White so much about Cooper’s game is his ability to just get away from coverage.

“Amari, he’s been doing it since college. I faced him for two years so I know how tough it is,” White said. “He’s one of the most talented guys I’ve ever faced. His routes are better than any receiver I ever faced going all the way back to college. He gets in and out of his breaks like I don’t know what. So we just have to try to minimize the big plays and stay on top of things.”

White is also hoping his defensive line gets their hands up in the passing lanes knowing the Derek Carr gets the ball out fast in an effort to neutralize the pass rush.

“Our defensive line is going to do a good job of getting their hands up to bat some balls or get some balls in the air,” he said.


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Wright has history with Crabtree

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2017 – 9:12 am

Shareece Wright is all too familiar with one of Oakland’s top receiving threats. Wright faced Michael Crabtree in games, so he has some working knowledge of what to expect.

Wright played against the Raiders last season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. He looked at some of that tape to make sure he has a handle on how the likes of Crabtree played against him.

“Last year I played them and so I go back and see how they tried to attack me,” he said. “So I’ll do that and look at their last three or four games (this season).”

The Bills veteran corner felt he had a good game against Oakland, but gave up a couple of big plays, both of which went for touchdowns.

“I know I gave up two touchdowns,” he said. “So that’s one of the things I have to look at closely. I had a good game and two bad plays. I don’t want a repeat of that.”

Wright gave up a five-yard touchdown pass when he got caught peeking in the offensive backfield on a goal-to-go play from the Ravens five-yard line. By looking into the backfield, Wright didn’t get a good jam on Crabtree off the line. He slipped off and caught a fade pass from Derek Carr in the back right corner of the end zone.

Then in the fourth quarter, Wright unfortunately gave up what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 2:12 left in the game on a 23-yard hook up between Carr and Crabtree. Wright finished with two tackles and a pair of pass breakups in the one-point loss.

“I expect them to come at me,” Wright said. “Being in the secondary and with a team like this they’re going to throw at you and they know who they want to throw the ball to.”

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Raiders could be short at corner too Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2017 – 9:27 am

The Bills had to add a corner to their roster this week as a contingency plan in case E.J. Gaines can’t return from a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday. Their opponent this weekend, the Oakland Raiders, might find themselves shorthanded at cornerback too.

Starting CB David Amerson did not practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury. Neither did his backup, rookie Gareon Conley due to a shin injury. Starting S Karl Joseph was also limited with a groin injury.

Oakland does have bodies on their roster, however at the cornerback position. The Raiders carry six corners on their 53-man roster.

Oakland Raiders Practice report
Pos Player Injury Wednesday
CB David Amerson Foot Did not part.
CB Gareon Conley Shin Did not part.
LB Cory James Knee Limited
S Karl Joseph Groin Limited
LB Marquel Lee Ankle Limited
LB Nicholas Morrow Ankle Limited
T Marshall Newhouse Foot Limited
TE Lee Smith Knee Limited

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Raiders won’t have Marshawn on Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 24, 2017 – 1:47 pm

The Bills won’t have to experience the return of ‘Beast Mode’ on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch, who was suspended by the league for one game for making purposeful contact with an NFL official last Thursday night, tried to appeal the suspension. But after meeting with league officials Monday to present his case, the league upheld the suspension. That according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.


That means Oakland’s rushing load will fall largely to DeWayne Washington and Jalen Richard on Sunday when they take on the Bills. The Raiders currently rank 24th in the league in rushing.

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2016 – 1:06 am

There were plenty of stats that stood out in Buffalo’s loss at the hands of the Raiders Sunday.

15 – Buffalo’s lead in the third quarter, which disappeared in a span of 10 minutes on the game clock, marking just the ninth time in team history a Bills team has given up a lead of 15 points or more and lost.

69.2% – Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage in the first half.
41% – Tyrod Taylor’s completion percentage in the second half.

7.1 – Buffalo’s yards per carry average in the game.
191 – Yards rushing by Bills up to their last touchdown with nine minutes left in the 3rd quarter (8.3 ypc).
21 – Yards rushing over the final 24 minutes of the game (3.0 ypc).

191 – McCoy’s total yards from scrimmage (season high).
55.8 – Passer rating for Tyrod Taylor.

0 – Bills number of three-and-outs in the first half.
3 – Bills number of three-and-outs in the second half (not counting final possession of game).

2 – Number of Buffalo giveaways Sunday.
6 – Number of Buffalo giveaways in the first 11 games.

12 – Number of takeaways in Bills first six games.
2 – Number of takeaways in Bills last six games (there were none Sunday).

29 – Number of consecutive points scored by the Raiders that went unanswered.
9:38 – Cumulative amount of possession time needed on Oakland’s four second half TD drives.

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Bills will go big to fix goal line defense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:05 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan is never afraid to tell it like it is and when it’s come to his team’s defense in goal-to-go situations it hasn’t been good at all. Over the last five games their red zone defense has slipped from first in the league to 19th, and the main culprit is goal-to-go situations. But Ryan and his defensive staff have come up with a very logical solution.

According to Ryan the Bills have given up 12 touchdowns on 22 goal-to-go plays. When opponents have been in 1st-and-goal situations anywhere from the five-yard line or closer they have scored 100 percent of the time against Buffalo.

Ryan said getting Marcell Dareus back in the lineup on a regular basis will help their goal line defense. Dareus is coming off his best game of the season against Jacksonville. He had eight tackles including three for loss along with a pair of sacks. But there’s another part of the plan to pair with Dareus on goal line defense.

“Having Marcell back will certainly help and we’re going to activate (DeAndre) Coleman a 340-pound defensive tackle,” said head coach Rex Ryan in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “I think that’s going to help us also.”

Coleman was just called up from the practice squad this week, and based on Ryan’s plans will see action at least in the goal line situations.

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Shady to go less shake and bake?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 12:23 pm

LeSean McCoy is known as one of the most elusive backs in the NFL. For backs like him, old scouts used to say that he could make a defender miss him in a phone booth. But last week even McCoy admits he tried to do too much with his escape skills and made things more difficult for the offense in terms of down and distance situations.

“Last week, we kind of started slow. A lot of that was me,” said McCoy. “I was trying to do too much in the backfield early in the game. Once we got everything lined up, we made some plays and we started gashing them in the running game and throwing some balls over the top. That’s how we play. We always make plays. We run the ball well and we keep the drives alive. We eat up a lot of clock, and we really need that this week to beat a team like Oakland.”

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn has seen McCoy trying to pick his spots in practice to make more direct runs to the hole when it’s there instead of trying to juke a linebacker out of his shoes. He’s hopeful that translates to the games.

“He’s running a little bit more direct and not as much shake and bake,” said Lynn. “I think he’s evolving as he gets a little older understanding that you’re not always going to be able to make that one guy miss. Sometimes you have to get that tough yard, so I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing from him.”

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Raiders add DL to 53-man roster

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2016 – 4:48 pm

Down a starting DT in Stacy McGee and a backup DT Darius Latham due to injury, the Raiders addressed their shortage on their defensive line Saturday.

Oakland called DL Branden Jackson up to the active roster from their practice squad and officially placed CB DJ Hayden on the Reserve/Injured List.

Jackson originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp. After participating in the offseason program and training camp with the team, he was waived on Sept. 3 and signed to the practice squad the next day, where he spent the first 12 weeks of the regular season.

The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder played four years at Texas Tech, seeing action in 51 games with 38 starts. Jackson totaled 138 tackles (97 solo), 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

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Raiders to put CB D.J. Hayden on I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 4:00 pm

The Bills won’t be the only team in Oakland on Sunday that will be playing without one of their top cornerbacks. The Raiders will reportedly be putting CB D.J. Hayden on injured reserve.

That according to CSN Bay Area Raiders beat reporter Scott Bair. Hayden has not practiced all week after suffering a hamstring injury in last week’s game. Oakland could be thing at cornerback this week because starting CB David Amerson has been limited in practice this week due to a knee injury.

He quoted Jack Del Rio on the loss of Hayden as “a big blow” to their defense.


Beyond Amerson and Sean Smith there’s limited experience behind them in T.J. Carrie, Dexter McDonald and rookie Antonio Hamilton.


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Fan Friday 12-2

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 11:32 am

Another must win game on Sunday in Oakland. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
With the Bills depleted secondary and Oakland’s vertical threat and strong O-Line, what can Bills D do to stop Carr and O?

CB: The best defense this week is going to be a good offense. Buffalo should be able to run effectively against the league’s 26th ranked run defense. Hopefully that allows the Bills to put together long sustained drives. Converting on third down will be critical to holding onto the ball and limiting Oakland’s possessions.

That’s how the Chiefs beat the Raiders back in Week 6. They held onto the ball for almost 37 minutes and gave the Raiders just 10 total possessions. Teams usually get about 12 per game.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills With so many upcoming free agents how are the @buffalobills with cap space?

Bob Refermat

CB: You’re right. At last count the Bills will have 23 players set to become unrestricted free agents. That obviously takes a lot of contracts off the books for Buffalo. Remember that room under the salary cap is always a moving target. But last I checked for 2017 the Bills are a little more than $20M under the cap.

If they pick up the option on Tyrod Taylor that will obviously impact the cap significantly. We’ll see what their plans are in terms of re-signing their own or pursuing a free agent on the market, but Taylor’s option will play a major role in how aggressive they are in free agency.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills How is Cardale Jones doing? He is likely the number 2 qb next year correct?


CB: Jones is really trying to build his game from the ground up to better fit the NFL game. From footwork, to set up to his delivery. How he scans the field, keeps his feet active, reading defenses pre-snap. Bills QBs coach David Lee has worked tirelessly with Jones to try to develop his game.

The Bills saw this year as a redshirt year for Jones. Lee has him come in early and throw with a couple of receivers early in the week and late in the week after Friday practices. On Thursdays he’ll have him review his Wednesday and Thursday practice tape and go over fundamentals.

They’re working mainly on his intermediate accuracy, his footwork and arm mechanics.

I know the offensive staff has a lot of respect for EJ’s game. Lee said on the John Murphy Show this week that he thinks Manuel’s confidence is at an all-time high and that he’s been ripping it in practice.

Knowing his contract is up, the likelihood of Manuel being back with the team is completely up in the air.

Clearly Tyrod Taylor is the bigger issue to address with his option year at the quarterback position, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Manuel found work elsewhere and Cardale Jones was the backup for 2017.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills

How limited will Sammy be on Sunday? And how will Rex manage playing time between Lorenzo shaq and Hughes?

Justin Trottier

CB: Watkins’ availability is going to largely be based on how the foot feels as the game wears on. So it’s a wait and see on the size of his role Sunday. I will say that I think it is beneficial that the game is on grass, which is a more forgiving surface on the body.

As for managing time between Shaq, Alexander and Hughes, the staff tried address that last week against the Jaguars. The defensive staff wants to play Shaq more and cut back on Alexander’s defensive snaps, so they’re able to use him on special teams as well.

Alexander really shouldn’t have much more than 55-60 snaps combined between defense and special teams. Last week he had 70, so again he was over the threshold of where they’d probably like to be with him, knowing he’s 33 and the oldest player on the team.

Shaq’s snap count wound up being identical to that of the Cincinnati game. He got 21 snaps in both. Part of the reason is both games were tightly fought contests and in tight spots you want to go with an experienced player that you can trust. Lawson is still learning the pro game.

Remember he missed the entire offseason on the field. That’s OTAs, minicamp, training camp, the preseason and the first six games of the season. Lawson bit hard on a read option fake, didn’t hold the edge and let Blake Bortles run for a first down and more. Those kinds of plays makes defensive coaches hesitant to use him more as opposed to Alexander, who is one of the smarter players on the team.

Knowing the importance of each game the rest of the way they’d like to use Shaq more because he’s talented, but until he can show an ability to play sound, disciplined assignment football he might be reduced to just passing downs to rush the passer.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills Why aren’t they using Reggie Bush out of back field, swing passes, screen passes, with all WR injuries?


CB: It’s a valid question. I thought when they signed Reggie Bush that he would be a specialty player that would be used in an 8-12 play package every week on offense. He could be split out as a receiver, line up in a split backfield with McCoy or return kicks and punts. The signing of Brandon Tate largely eliminated his return duties.

He’s been used sparingly as a receiver and back. I do believe they could make greater use of their ‘Pony’ package, which is their split backfield with McCoy and another tailback. But for whatever reason they have only used it occasionally.

It’s clear they prefer Mike Gillislee, who is a much better north-south runner and capable of fighting for the tough yard. Rookie Jonathan Williams is also better in that regard.

Bush is a player best used in space, which is why they could make use of him in a receiving role knowing the amount of injuries they have at that position right now.

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Missed tackles gave Raiders extra yards

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:57 am

Buffalo’s defense has been great at keeping big plays to a minimum for the opposing offense this season, but on Sunday the Raiders had a pair of 25-yard runs and a pair of 50-yard pass plays. The team’s defensive players felt the main culprit was missed tackles.

“We definitely had a lot missed tackles because we had them right there in the backfield on almost all those zone runs it probably would’ve been a tackle for loss or one yard gain and it was right there and we didn’t finish the plays and missed the tackles,” said Nigel Bradham.

“There were a couple of inside runs where we might have gotten caught in a run blitz or we weren’t in our gap, somebody wasn’t there,” said Kyle Williams. “The thing more than anything was missed tackles, the whole game.  From beginning to end. It wasn’t an issue of getting moved out of your spot, it was just a lot of times just missing tackles.

“They made plays and when you give up big plays like that a lot of times it can lead to missed tackles. I would hate to see the count we had.”

Those four big plays all led to points for the Raiders. The drives in which those plays were made resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal for 21 of Oakland’s 26 total points in the game.

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Jackson: They beat us physically

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 9:51 pm

The Bills were handed a crushing loss in Oakland Sunday ending their playoff hopes. As veteran RB Fred Jackson saw it, the game was more about what the Raiders did to the Bills physically than anything else.

“In the NFL every team is capable of beating every team and they came out and they beat us today,” said Jackson. “We’ve got to give them credit. You can’t say that it was us, it wasn’t us. We just didn’t get the job done. They made plays, they beat us up physically and we didn’t respond. And anytime you get beat physically it’s hard to win a game.”

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Special teams edge tilts heavily toward Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 2:30 pm

More often than not the Bills have won the special teams battle in their games this season. On paper Sunday’s game might present the most lopsided matchup of special teams for Buffalo this year.

Oakland ranks last in the league in opponent average drive start at better than an opponent’s own 33-yard line. For their offense the situation is no better. Their average drive start on offense ranks ranks last in the league as well at less than their own 24-yard line.

Part of that has little to do with special teams. Oakland has the sixth-most giveaways this season with a total of 27. That combined with just 11 takeaways gives the Raiders the worst turnover differential in the NFL at minus-16. Bills head coach Doug Marrone addressed the Raiders’ special teams in his weekly Coffee with the Coach segment presented by Tim Horton’s on

“A lot of it is with the turnovers,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone of Oakland’s field position issues. “That’s the first thing that you look at. The second part is the opportunities. They have 30 more punts than we have this year. When you give teams in the NFL that many opportunities someone is going to take advantage of it.”

And take advantage they have. Opponents are averaging almost 12 yards a return on Oakland punts making the Raiders the second-worst punt coverage unit in football. It explains why the Raiders have given up nine punt returns of 20 yards or more, which is the most in the NFL this season.

Raider opponents also have the highest collective kick return average in the league at a fat 31.9 average per return. A little more than 94 percent of the time Oakland opponents return a kickoff for more than 20 yards, more than 25 percent about the league average.

This despite the fact that the Raiders have the seventh-best touchback percentage in the league (62.2%) with veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

Perhaps most surprising is the unit is coached by former Bills special teams coach Bobby April, who had some of the best special teams units in football during his time coaching in Buffalo (2004-2009).

Suffice to say that Buffalo return man Marcus Thigpen is likely to have his share of opportunities today.

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OT Henderson knows Khalil Mack all too well

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 1:12 pm

Bills rookie right tackle Seantrel Henderson has faced more than his share of quality pass rushers this season. Over the past few weeks he’s flourished against the likes of Cameron Wake, Calvin Pace, Von Miller and Julius Peppers. This week he faces perhaps the pass rusher with whom he’s most familiar in Khalil Mack.

Mack and Henderson were both drafted this past spring. Mack was fifth overall while Henderson waited until late on day three before the Bills took him in round seven. But during the pre-draft process both were training at the same facility in Florida.

“I know Khalil,” Henderson told “He and I worked out together down at Tom Shaw training academy. Khalil is a great pass rusher. He’s got good size and is real strong too. That combination that he has is just… it’s just like any other week I’ve got to get ready and compete and match my intensity with his and just play my game.”

I asked him if tried to remember back to the days when they would go one-on-one against each other during pass rush drills at the training center, to recall what moves he seemed to rely on the most.

“That’s crazy. When we were watching a little earlier today I was kind of thinking about it,” said Henderson. “Like I said, for his size he’s real fast off the ball. He’s got a lot of strength. He can get around the corner and come back inside.

“He’s got a lot of moves so I’ve just got to compete with him each play and match his intensity and just get after it. I think it’s just going to be an effort thing. You can’t give up with him because he’s just going to keep going.”

Henderson said he expects there to be a lot of talking in the trenches today. That’s because in addition to Mack he also knows Raiders rookie DT Justin Ellis out of Louisiana Tech who was taken by Oakland in round four.

“I think there will be a lot of talking throughout the game,” he said. “But that makes the game more fun.”

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Bills valuing their respect, not caliber of foe

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2014 – 10:11 am

A lot of outside observers look at Sunday’s game between the Bills and Raiders, and after facing an AFC power in Denver and an NFC power in Green Bay in back-to-back weeks, wonder how Buffalo will get up for a 2-12 team. What a lot of the younger players on the Bills’ roster have come to learn this season from the vets that were added to the locker room, is that the opponent doesn’t matter nearly as much as the respect a team needs to earn around the league.

RB Boobie Dixon has helped to explain that to a lot of the players on the offensive side of the ball, who may not have realized that if the focus is on what they do in terms of preparation and execution then the caliber of the opponent can be almost immaterial as they saw in the win over Green Bay.

“It’s about the respect. We want our respect,” said Dixon. “We want the world to respect the Buffalo Bills, and respect the blue. That’s what we like to call ourselves, the bad boys in blue. We want the world to respect us. Sometimes when we turn on the TV, we don’t feel like we get that respect. That’s what it’s about, and that’s what it’s going to continue to be about until we get our point across.”

The players also know that the respect may not be fully achieved until they’re a playoff club.

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Watkins: Raiders a sneaky team

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2014 – 3:40 pm

Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins has played in all of 14 games in his NFL career. While he might still be an inexperienced NFL player, he knows a sneaky team when he sees one. In his mind that’s just the kind of team they’re playing Sunday.

Watkins and his teammates refuse to be influenced by Oakland’s 2-12 record. When they look at some of the teams they’ve hung with and in two cases beaten Watkins says it’s easy to play them just as hard as any other opponent.

“They’ve beaten good teams,” said Watkins. “They’ve beaten Kansas City, San Fran—we’ve got to come out and be ready. They’re a sneaky team. They’ve been playing good ball, they haven’t been finishing teams. I watched film on defense—they got a good defensive line, they’re linebackers fly around, their cornerbacks, they’re going to challenge you, they’re not just somebody you’re going to run by for 90-yards, they’re going to compete.”

Of course with Oakland shorthanded at cornerback this week with starter Tarell Brown out, his backup Chimdi Chekwa out and fellow starter D.J. Hayden hobbled and questionable for the game, they may not challenge Buffalo’s wideouts as much as Watkins anticipates.

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Bills expecting physical run game from Raiders

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2014 – 1:35 pm

Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr gets a lot of the pub, but Buffalo’s defenders are not going to follow the headlines. The Oakland game tape is telling them something different, and if they want to shut down the Raiders attack they’ll have to begin with the run game.

“He’s still trying to find himself for the most part,” said Marcell Dareus of Carr. “But their offensive line, their running game is still strong.  They’re going to try to run it down our face and just try to do the best they can with it. They have some big guys up front, real physical, real physical running backs, we’re just going to have to strap it on and be ready to go again.  They’re going to try to run the ball.

“They’ve got the run game trying to start going for him to help him out and take pressure off him,” said Nigel Bradham of how the Raiders are trying to complement Carr offensively. “We’ve just pretty much got to make them one dimensional and pressure the quarterback like we have the whole season.”

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Raiders secondary to be shorthanded

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2014 – 11:13 am






The Oakland Raiders pass defense is one of the few areas where they perform admirably ranking eighth in the league. But they could be without both starting cornerbacks in Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Starting RCB Tarell Brown is out with a foot injury and starting LCB DJ Hayden is questionable with a back injury. Hayden was limited all week in practice and is expected to be a game time decision.

Both of Oakland’s backup cornerbacks are also hurt. Brown’s backup Chimdi Chekwa is out with a hamstring injury. Only rookie T.J. Carrie is a good bet to play, but he is dealing with an ankle injury. He’s listed as probable.

All told the Raiders will go into the game two healthy corners, both of whom are third stringers.

Here’s a look at the full injury report and the player status for the Raiders for Sunday.

CB Tarell Brown – foot
WR Vincent Brown – groin
CB Chimdi Chekwa – hamstring
TE Brian Leonhart – concussion
WR Denarius Moore – knee/ankle
T Menelik Watson – foot/ankle

DL C.J. Wilson – knee
CB DJ Hayden – back

QB Derek Carr – Rt thumb
CB TJ Carrie – ankle

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