Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders- 12/4/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bills (6-5) at Oakland Raiders (9-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3.5 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders look to move to 10-2 on the season as they welcome the Buffalo Bills to the Black Hole on Sunday.
The Bills look to make a late season push at an AFC wild card spot as they battle the Oakland Raiders on the road in what should be a hostile environment for a Buffalo team that has the league’s best running attack. Buffalo will need another big outing from Lesean McCoy as their passing attack has been the worst in the league this season and in a game that figures to be a shootout if the passing games go to work the Bills know they need to keep Derek Carr and the Raiders offense off the field for as long as possible. Buffalo’s defense will be ready to go here but with so many weapons on the Oakland offense they know they have to have all levels working or else they will get burned by the receiving trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts.
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The Raiders meanwhile continue to win football games and last week they locked up their first winning season since 2002 and look like a lock to make the playoffs in the AFC. Oakland hasn’t made it easy on themselves as it seems like every week is a nail biter but they have come out on the winning end of a lot of those games and that is the sign of a maturing team that is led by an MVP favourite in Carr. Oakland has had issues on the defensive side of the ball as they have been susceptible to giving up big plays and with Sammy Watkins seemingly in full health they will need to keep him check. However, Khalil Mack has been remarkable over the last six weeks and he should be in for another big afternoon against a Buffalo quarterback in Tyrod Taylor who hasn’t had a very strong season.
The Bills are 1-5 in their last six games on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the AFC while the Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last four against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. This looks like another close affair and if the Bills can get McCoy going they have a chance to win outright. However, I am siding with the Raiders who are in for a statement game at home and I think they move to 10-2 with a cover to boot.