While the Oakland Raiders at 2-12 have been eliminated from the playoffs, the Buffalo Bills are still in the hunt, but need two victories in their last two games and a little help from lady luck.
Matchup: Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Oakland, California
Stadium: O.co Coliseum
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Buffalo Vs Oakland
Point Spread: Bills -6
Game Total: 39
NFL Week 16 Best Bet – Bills Vs Raiders
The Buffalo Bills have held Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers to 358 yards combined, 0 TDs & 4 INTs over the last two weeks. Their defense is ranked 5th against the pass and 9th against the run, but leads the league this season with 49 sacks.
.@BuffaloBills have held Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers to a combined 358 passing yards, 0 TD, 4 Int the past 2 games.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 14, 2014
"It’s a testament to what we do," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said, assessing how a dominating defensive effort contributed to keeping the Bills (8-6) in a jumbled playoff picture. "We’ve played against great quarterbacks, so the only expectation that we had was to play well and win a football game."
The Bills are 8-6 on the season and will be at least .500 for the first time in a decade. They need to beat the Raiders and the New England Patriots in their final two to have a hope at a post-season. Their offense is 19th passing the ball and 23rd rushing it, but could have RB CJ Spiller back for this weekend.
“I’ll see how I feel tomorrow when I come in," Spiller noted after Wednesday’s practice. "Hopefully it’s a good sign. If it is, we’ll keep plugging away”.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 17, 2014
At 2-12, the Oakland Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL, but won their first 2 games of the season in their last 4.
"The whole second half it started falling apart," said the Raiders’ Charles Woodson, "and we were never able to recover and it got out of hand."
The Raiders will finish the season against the Bills and at Denver against the Broncos. They have the 24th rank passing team in the league, but the worst rushing unit on the season that has been sparked recent by 2nd year and newly appointed starting RB Latavius Murray who is averaging 6.1 yards per play.
Defensively, the Oakland Raiders are allowing 27.2 points, 353.5 yards, and they’ve forced 19 sacks and 11 turnovers. Charles Woodson leads Oakland with 100 tackles and Khalil Mack has 12 tackles for loss.
Interim head coach Tony Sparano and head coach Doug Marrone have never faced each other. The
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 18, 2014
The Bills are 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a SU win, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game, but 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss, but 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a home underdog, and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games in December.