Sunday’s Raiders game
Opponent: at Buffalo Bills
Time: 10 a.m.
Line: Buffalo by 2 1/2
Records: Raiders 3-4, Bills 4-2
TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton), 1140
Three things to watch
The Raiders will be without running back Marshawn Lynch. He’s serving a one-game suspension for running off the sideline during a scuffle and shoving an official. That leaves Oakland relying on two smaller backs: Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Though the Raiders might miss Lynch’s powerful “Beast Mode” runs, Richard and Washington are bigger threats in the passing game. “We’ll be able to spread out the defense, and defenses won’t know what’s coming,” Richard said.
Amari Cooper, held to nine catches for 51 yards during the Raiders’ four-game losing streak, had a breakthrough performance against the Chiefs in last Thursday’s 31-30 victory. He caught 11 passes for 210 yards and scored two touchdowns in the second-most prolific receiving game in franchise history. Some of that production came from a wrinkle on offense that put Cooper in the slot more often than usual to get better matchups.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman figures to have a better understanding of the Raiders’ defense than he did in his debut last week. Four days after signing with the Raiders after being released by the 49ers, Bowman played 60 of 62 snaps, led the team with 11 tackles, and delivered a big hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to force a punt in the fourth quarter. “I didn’t want to let them down, and I also wanted to step up to the challenge,” Bowman said. “With me having this full week of preparation I look to get better at the calls and the defense.”
Out: CB David Amerson (foot), CB Gareon Conley (shin)
Doubtful: S Karl Joseph (groin)
Questionable: LB Cory James (knee), P Marquette King (right groin), LB Marquel Lee (ankle), T Marshall Newhouse (foot), TE Lee Smith (knee)
Out: TE Charles Clay (knee), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring), LB Ramon Humber (thumb)
Questionable: G Richie Incognito (ankle), S Jordan Poyer (knee)
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