The Buffalo Bills (11-3) are on the road to take on the Las Vegas Raiders (4-9-1) in week 16 of the Buffalo Fanatics Madden Sim. After a tough loss over the Broncos last week, the Bills are looking to bounce back and improve their record to 12-3 on Sunday. Here are the keys to Sunday’s game.
Force the Raiders to run the football
The Raiders have one of the worst rushing offenses in the NFL. Their top two running backs, Josh Jacobs and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are both averaging less than four yards per attempt and have a combined five rushing touchdowns on the season. Although Las Vegas’s pass offense is not amazing (averaging 222.4 yards per game) they struggle to run the ball so much that the defense should expose this weakness.
Air it out
The Raiders also have a poor pass defense, headlined by their sack leader Maxx Crosby who only has 5.5 sacks this season. For a passing offense that has been on fire lately, the Bills should look to the air to move the ball on Sunday and take advantage of this poor Raiders passing defense.
Edmunds vs. Waller
This should be the matchup to watch out for on Sunday. Darren Waller vs. Tremaine Edmunds. Waller has followed up his 1,000-yard season in 2019, with a solid 2020. He has 65 receptions for 726 yards and four touchdowns. These two athletic freaks will be going at it, which could lead to some crazy plays by both players.
Huge playoff implications
Despite how big last week’s game against Denver was for the Bills, this week’s game is important too. With a win, the Bills will clinch a first-round bye in this year’s postseason. It would be the first time the Bills have a first-round bye since 1993.
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