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Week 4 Preview: Buffalo Bills at Las Vegas Raiders

Previewing the match-up between the Buffalo Bills visiting the Las Vegas Raiders, focusing on key injuries and game notes.



IND @ CHI | BAL @ WAS | NYG @ LAR | NE @ KC | BUF @ LV | PHI @ SF | ATL @ GB

Buffalo Bills @ Las Vegas Raiders
When: 10/4 @ 4:25 pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Raiders +3
Over/Under: 52.5
Moneyline: Bills -165 | Raiders +145

Bills Key Injuries: Ed Oliver, DT, Knee (Q), Zack Moss, RB, Toe (Q), Del’Shawn Phillips, LB, Quadriceps (Q), Dion Dawkins, OT, Shoulder (Q), John Brown, WR, Calf (Q), Micah Hyde, SS, Ankle (Q), Tommy Sweeney, TE, Foot (PUP), Niles Scott, DT, Undisclosed (Q), The following are all on IR, but are expected to return this week (no update has officially been given on their status): Josh Norman, CB, Hamstring, Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Shoulder, Jon Feliciano, OG, Shoulder
Raiders Key Injuries: Richie Incognito, C, Achilles (IR), Tyrell Williams, WR, Shoulder (IR), Neivn Lawson, CB, Ankle (Q), Henry Ruggs III, WR, Hamstring (D), Cory Littleton, LB, Knee (Q), Johnathan Abram, SS, Shoulder (Q), Bryan Edwards, WR, Ankle (D), Damon Arnette, CB, Thumb (Q), Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Pectoral (Q), Sam Young, OT, Groin (Q), Trent Brown, OT, Calf (Q), Daniel Ross, DT, Foot (Q), Rico Gafford, WR, Hamstring (Q), The following are all on IR, but are expected to return this week (no update has officially been given on their status): Marcus Mariota, QB, Pectoral, Tanner Muse, LB, Toe

NOTES: Quarterback Josh Allen completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7%) for 311 yards and four touchdowns vs. interceptions for 128.9 rating and rushed for touchdown last week. Aims for third in row with four plus touchdown passes and 125+ rating. Is first player in NFL history with 10+ touchdown passes (10) and 2+ rush TDs (2) through team’s first three games of season. Has 19 career rush touchdowns, second-most by a quarterback in first three seasons in NFL history. Leads AFC with 10 touchdown passes and 124.8 rating this season. Running back Devin Singletary had season-high 121 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 50 receiving) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in four of his past five on road. Running back T.J. Yeldon has 80+ scrimmage yards in two of his past three vs. AFC West. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown last week. Aims for third in row with receiving touchdown. Aims for third in row vs. AFC West with 75+ rec. yards. Wide receiver John Brown aims for his third in row on road with 50+ receiving yards and a touchdown. Has touchdown catch in two of his past three vs. AFC West. Wide receiver Cole Beasley led team with six catches for 100 yards in Week 3. Aims for his third in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie Wide receiver Gabriel Davis had four catches for 81 yards last week. Tight end Tyler Kroft had two receiving touchdowns last week. Cornerback Tre’Davious White had fumble recovery in Week 3. Had two passes defended in three of his past four on road. Had pass defended in last meeting. Has five passes defended and an interception in his past three vs. AFC West. Cornerback Levi Wallace had his first interception of the season last week. Aims for third in row with a pass defended. Safety Jordan Poyer had career-high 14 tackles last week. Ties for lead among AFC safeties with 25 tackles this season. Linebacker Matt Milano had sack last week.

Quarterback Derek Carr completed 24 of 32 passes (75 percent) for 261 yards and two touchdowns vs. zero interceptions for 119.4 rating last week. Passed for 313 yards and a touchdown in last meeting. Has two touchdowns and zero interceptions in two of three career games vs. Buf. Has 11 touchdowns (10 pass, one rush) vs. interception for 107.8 rating in his past seven at home. Is only player in NFL with 100+ rating and 70+ comp. percent in each of first three games this season. Running back Josh Jacobs rushed for team-high 71 yards last week. Has 914 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) and seven rushing touchdowns in eight career home games. Ties for second among AFC running backs with three rushing touchdowns this season. Running back Jalen Richard aims for his third in row vs. Buf. with 50+ scrimmage yards. Tight end Darren Waller aims for his third in row at home with 8+ catches and 100+ rec. yards. Ranks second among tight ends with 20 catches. Tight end Foster Moreau had a touchdown catch in Week 3. Has a reception touchdown in two of his past three at home. Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow led team with six catches for 84 yards and first touchdown of season last week. Has 4+ catches in two of his past three at home. Wide receiver Zay Jones had 90 catches for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 games with Buf. (2017-19). Defensive end Maxx Crosby had first two sacks of season last week, his second-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his third in row vs. AFC East with sack. Has five sacks in his past four at home. Linebacker NIicholas Morrow led team with season-high nine tackles in Week 3. Linebacker Cory Littleton had six tackles and a tackle for loss last week. Has a tackle for loss in two of his past three at home. Safety Johnathan Abram had first-career interception last week. Aims for third in row with pass defended.

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