The NFL is full of surprises. One day a team can sit at the top and a few weeks later, they can sink to the bottom of its division. The Las Vegas Raiders haven’t partaken in that scenario, but because it’s too early in the season, it’s difficult to discern who they really are. Their next game will help us decipher them a bit better.
The Bills present a tough matchup on defense
Are the Raiders the team that scored 34 points in back-to-back weeks? Or are they the squad that couldn’t keep up with the New England Patriots in Week 3? Their matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 will give us a more clear picture. As good as the Bills offense is, the Raiders could exploit their defense.
The Bills defense rank 21st in points allowed after three games in 2020. It isn’t the worst unit in the NFL, but nobody would call it stingy. There are a few explanations for that. Sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver has just been adequate and the rest of their front four isn’t generating too much pressure up front. Also, linebackers Tremaine Edwards and Matt Milano were dealing with injuries. They played in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams but they struggled. One more week in the lineup could be what they need to shake off the rust. The Raiders surely will test them early.
The Raiders must test the Bills secondary
On the other hand, the Bills secondary has given up 300 yards in back-to-back games. Tre’Davious White is still one of the best cornerbacks in the league but the Bills back-seven isn’t as stout as they were in 2019 when they only gave up more than 300 passing games twice in the season. Head coach Jon Gruden would be wise to take some shots downfield early in the game.
The Bills have some defensive pieces in places, but they also have some weak spots. The Raiders had better take advantage of their shortcomings and try to stretch the field early in the game. It will make things easier for them the rest of the game and can help them get back in the win column.
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