NFL picks and predictions, Bills vs. Raiders 2014: Few experts picking Oakland for the upset
Most experts think the Buffalo Bills will take down the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. They’ll need to if they want to remain in the playoff race.
The Buffalo Bills are in the running for a playoff spot this season, but their chances are fading fast. Buffalo is 8-6 on the season, and they’re last among nine other teams with eight or more wins when it comes to tie-breaking scenarios. They can get in, but they obviously do not control their own destiny. What they can do is beat the team in front of them, and that team is the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Buffalo should be expected to handle the Raiders, who have just two wins on the season and one of the league’s worst offenses. Oakland ranks No. 24 in passing (209.7 passing yards per game) and dead last in rushing (73.8 rushing yards per game), and they’ve been blown out multiple times this season. They did manage to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, but that game is sandwiched between a 52-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 13 and a 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday.
The Bills are coming off their most impressive win of the season. They bested the Green Bay Packers in Week 15, 21-13. The final score isn’t mind-blowing or anything, but the way Buffalo’s defense handled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense was impressive. They rank fifth in the league in passing yards allowed and ninth in the league in rushing yards allowed.
If the Bills can manage to put some points on the board, it’s hard to imagine Oakland can respond with the way Buffalo was playing defense in Week 15, and with the way Oakland’s offense has played all season.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that most experts around the league think the Bills will win it. Over at ESPN, 12 of the 13 experts are picking Buffalo, with Adam Schefter being the lone dissenter. Seven of the eight experts with CBS Sports are going with Buffalo as well, with Pete Prisco picking the Raiders. All six of the experts at FOX Sports are going with Buffalo.
Here at SB Nation, there are two dissenters among the eight experts picking, as both PFT Commenter and David Fucillo think the Raiders will win it.
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