Even with it being an AFC showdown, it will still be the games, within the game, that will make all the difference.
Here are three key matchups to watch during Sunday’s Bills-Raiders matchup:
OL Spencer Brown vs. DE Maxx Crosby
Oh, boy. This has potential to be the game-determining matchup.
Crosby is going to be positioned to take on Brown. One could expect that will be the case for most of the snaps the Bills offense is on the field. There’s a simple reason why: He’s very good and Brown is not.
Crosby comes to Buffalo after recording a sack and tackle for loss against the Denver Broncos. That comes after a 2022 season where he had 12.5 total sacks.
Brown mustered up a 55.7 overall grade via Pro Football Focus last week. Crosby was at 89.5, PFF’s fourth-best graded pass rusher in the entire NFL.
TE Dalton Kincaid vs. DB Nate Hobbs
In his NFL debut, Kincaid had four catches. If he can add more yards after the catch in Week 2, he could have a big outing. Kincaid also saw about 80 percent of the Bills’ snaps on offense.
But Dobbs won’t make it easy on him in the slot. Dobbs is PFF’s coverage grade for him this season is an impressive 80.7 overall.
CB Tre'Davious White vs. WR Davante Adams
White will have to improve his touchdown-stopping ability against Adams. He’s led the NFL in the category in the past and is… even better than Wilson in general.
Now two years removed from his knee injury, this is the perfect opportunity for White to display he’s fully back.