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Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Raiders defence could put on a powerful show

Amari Cooper (left) was excellent for Oakland against Kansas City
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Oakland's season looked to be fading away after four successive defeats but they should be full of beans heading to Buffalo after their last-gasp victory over Kansas City last week.

Quarterback Derek Carr demonstrated some of the excellent form he displayed before breaking his leg last season and wide receiver Amari Cooper was able to enjoy his most fruitful display of the campaign.

A key divisional win should give them extra impetus, but Buffalo have shown a first visit to the playoffs since 2000 is a possibility with four wins from their opening six matches.

Their two defeats have been by a six-point margin to Carolina in a game that featured no touchdowns while they lost by four in Cincinnati and they could make a charge to give perennial AFC East winners New England a run for their money this time.

However, this could be a game when the Raiders defence steps up.

Buffalo will hope running back LeSean McCoy will be involved to a similar extent as he was against Tampa Bay last week - he scored two touchdowns - but Oakland are solid against the run and could stop him in their tracks.

The Bills are favoured by 2.5 points but last week's 30 points against Tampa Bay was the highest tally they have posted this season and it is quite possible that they will not be able to eclipse 24 points.

They have done that in just two matches this term and could find their path to points frustrated by the Raiders.

Recommendation
Under 24 Buffalo points
1pt 19-20 Betway

The lowdown
Venue New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York
Surface Artificial
Weather Rain, 6C
Vegas handicap Oakland +2.5
Vegas points line 46.5

Team news
Oakland
Safety Karl Joseph is doubtful with a groin injury while cornerbacks David Amerson and Gareon Conley are out.
Buffalo
Cornerback EJ Gaines, tight end Charles Clay and linebacker Ramon Humber are out while late decisions will be made on safety Jordan Poyer and guard Richie Incognito.

Key stat
Oakland have covered the handicap in each of their last five matches against Buffalo.


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Their two defeats have been by a six-point margin to Carolina in a game that featured no touchdowns while they lost by four in Cincinnati
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