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Raiders vs. Bills - 12/21/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bills (8-6) at Oakland Raiders (2-12)
Date & Time Sunday December 21, 2014, 4:25 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Raiders +6 -- Over/Under: 39
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Buffalo Bills (8-6) at Oakland Raiders (2-12)
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The Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders square off Sunday at the O.co Coliseum.

The Buffalo Bills have won three of their last four games and are in the heart of the playoff race. Kyle Orton is completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Orton has two total touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and the Bills have 44 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Scott Chandler has 10 of his 42 receptions in his last two games. The Bills ground game is averaging 3.8 yards per carry, as Fred Jackson leads the way with 457 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Buffalo Bills are allowing 18.1 points, 313.4 yards, and they’ve forced 49 sacks and 30 turnovers. Preston Brown leads Buffalo with 102 tackles and Mario Williams has 13 sacks.

The Oakland Raiders have split their last four games and just hope to play spoiler in this game. Derek Carr is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Carr has four touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and the Raiders have 27 passing plays of 20 or more yards. James Jones and Andre Holmes have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Mychal Rivera has 14 of his 55 catches in his last two games. The Raiders ground game is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, as Darren McFadden leads the way with 467 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Oakland Raiders are allowing 27.2 points, 353.5 yards, and they’ve forced 19 sacks and 11 turnovers. Charles Woodson leads Oakland with 100 tackles and Khalil Mack has 12 tackles for loss.

The Bills are 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raiders are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Bills are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

The Buffalo Bills have lost three of their last five road games outright and traveling across country is never an easy task. I see this being a trap game for a Buffalo team that is overachieving a bit. I’ll take the Raiders and the free six points.

Pick:
Oakland Raiders +6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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