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Bills at Raiders
Dec. 21
1:25 p.m. (Pacific)
TV: CBS



THE SKINNY:
The Bills (8-6) play the Raiders (2-12) in Oakland for the first time since 2005. The Raiders have won two straight games at O.co Coliseum after dropping their first four home contests. With a victory, Buffalo would have its first winning season since 2004. Due to tiebreakers, the Bills rank ninth out of nine AFC teams with eight or more victories. Six teams qualify for the playoffs in each conference. The Bills have lost seven straight games in Oakland since winning in 1966 — the first year the Raiders played at the then-Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

LAST WEEK:
The host Bills beat the Green Bay Packers 21-13; the visiting Raiders lost 31-13 to the Kansas City Chiefs

KEY MATCHUPS:

Bills pass rush vs. Raiders O-line — Buffalo leads the NFL with 49 sacks. The Bills are the only team with three players with at least nine plus sacks — defensive end Mario Williams (13 sacks), defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (10) and linebacker Jerry Hughes (9.5). The Raiders have allowed 24 sacks, tied for eight fewest.

QB Kyle Orton vs. Raiders pass defense — Orton threw for 158 yards with an interception in Buffalo's upset of Green Bay in Week 15. He has passed for 2,513 yards and 14 TDs with eight interceptions this season. The Raiders are eighth against the pass, allowing 228.1 yards per game.

QB Derek Carr vs. Bills pass defense — Carr has thrown for 2,898 yards and 18 TDs with 11 interceptions. Buffalo is fifth against the pass, allowing 210.1 yards per game.

PR Marcus Thigpen vs. Raiders' punt coverage — Thigpen scored on a 75-yard punt return against Green Bay in Week 15. Oakland surrendered an 81-yard punt return for a TD against Kansas City in its previous game.

RB Latavius Murray vs. Bills run defense — The Bills have allowed 5.0 rushing yards per attempt and 10 TDs the past eight games. Murray has averaged 94.0 rushing yards in Oakland's past two home games.

STATS OF THE WEEK:
The Bills have missed the playoffs for 14 straight seasons — the NFL’s longest active streak. The Raiders have missed the postseason for 12 consecutive years, including the 2014 season.


Buffalo leads the NFL with 49 sacks, is second with 30 takeaways and is tied for second with 19 interceptions.
Oakland safety Charles Woodson needs an interception to become the 11th player in NFL histiry with 60 career interceptions.
The Bills have not allowed a passing TD in six of the past seven games. In its last two games, Buffalo did not surrender a scoring pass to Denver's Peyton Manning and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

LAST MEETING:
Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for three touchdowns and Fred Jackson has 117 rushing yards and two TDs to lead the host Bills to a 38-35 win over the Raiders on Sept. 18, 2011.

RIVALRY REWIND:
The Bills defeat the visiting Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship on Jan. 20, 1991.

RECENT HISTORY:
The Bills have won two straight games against the Raiders after Oakland was victorious the previous four. Buffalo has lost nine of 10 on the road against the Raiders since its last victory (31-10) in Oakland during the 1966 season. The Bills' only win over that juncture was a 30-27 triumph in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, 1991, The series between the Raiders and Bills is tied 19-19, with Buffalo winning the only postseason meetings in 1991 (51-3) and 1994 (29-23).

DID YOU KNOW?:


The Bills are guaranteed of their best finish in 10 seasons. The eight wins are the most for Buffalo since a 9-7 record in the 2004 season.
Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr needs 102 passing yards passing to reach 3,000 for the season.
Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack, the fifth overall choice in the 2014 NFL draft, attended the University of Buffalo. Mack leads the NFL with 11 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage on running plays

OPENING LINE:
Bills by 6

Updated: 12-18-2014

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