Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders are one of the best teams in the NFL. Look no further than their 9-2 record to figure that one out. Next up, the mighty Raiders will take on the 6-5 Buffalo Bills.
Not only will Buffalo be going up against one of the best teams in the league in Week 13 of the NFL season, but they will be doing so on the road. For all it’s worth, both of Oakland’s losses came at home, but the team’s last loss came in Week 6.
Oakland is riding a five-game winning streak and is ranked No. 2 in ESPN‘s power rankings. Meanwhile, the Bills are on their own two-game winning streak. Unfortunately for them, they are only ranked No. 17 in ESPN‘s poll.
If it seems a bit odd that Oakland is ranked so high, that’s because it is a bit odd.
According to ESPN, “The Raiders have clinched their first winning season since 2002.” Clearly, this team has not been elite for a very, very long time. Needless to say, Oakland has come a long way since its 7-9 season in 2015. Of course, the Raiders haven’t won anything yet and there is still plenty of football that needs to be played. After all, it is only Week 13, and anything can happen now until the playoffs.
Regardless, Oakland should feel very good about its chances in this battle, and fans should feel good about the team’s chances when it comes to not only making the playoffs, but competing for a Super Bowl as well.
The Bills have some work to do when it comes to making the playoffs, but a win against the Raiders would certainly go a long way.
Before we get to the predictions, though, let’s unleash some stats.
The Raiders are averaging 27.9 points per game (No. 4 in the NFL) and are giving up 25 points per contest in the process (No. 23). The Bills are putting up 25.5 points per game (No. 8) and are allowing 21.5 points per contest (No. 12).
Before these teams battle it out on Sunday, make sure to get your fix of bold predictions.
Amari Cooper Is Good For 100-Plus Yards, Two Touchdowns
Amari Cooper might have 922 receiving yards in 2016, but he hasn’t reached the 100-yard mark since Week 8. Luckily, he has Derek Carr on his side, and Carr is capable of making it rain on any defense in the NFL. Needless to say, the two are quite the combo.
Look for Cooper to put in a monster fantasy performance to the tune of 100-plus receiving yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy football owners will be all smiles as a result.
Tyrod Taylor Makes Things Interesting With 100-Plus Rushing Yards
Tyrod Taylor has yet to record a 100-yard rushing game, but that’s why they are called bold predictions.
His season-high in the rushing department is 76 yards. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Oakland is giving up 116.9 rushing yards per game, which is good enough for 26th-best in the NFL.
Taylor can really make things interesting against the Raiders with a 100-yard rushing performance.
The Raiders Escape With A Last-Second Victory
Whether it’s a field goal as time expires or Carr finding a man in the end zone, look for the Raiders to capture the last-second victory.
Why? Well, because Carr is the man in late-game situations, and bold is the name of the game.
As ESPN pointed out, “Carr has 13 game-tying or go-ahead touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime the past two seasons, six more than any other QB, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.”
If this prediction does in fact come true, then fans should be in store for quite the treat, and the Oakland Raiders will move to — wait for it — 10-2 on the year.
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