Raiders vs. Bills: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 0-1-0 Buffalo Bills host the 1-0-0 Las Vegas Raiders at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Buffalo Bills have a point spread of -8 with a money line of -112. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 47 points.

&The Buffalo Bills are coached by Sean McDermott who has been with the team since 2017. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 13-3 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andSean McDermott is no different.

The Buffalo Bills are coached by Sean McDermott who has been with the team since 2017. They have a current season record of 0-1-0 after going 13-3 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andSean McDermott is no different.

Josh Allen is the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. The 27-year-old Wyoming alum entered the league in 2018 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 236 yards with a completion percentage of 70.7 percent. Josh Allen has thrown 1 touchdowns against 3 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 62.7.

His main target will be Stefon Diggs. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 30-year-old target. He has made 10 receptions to date on 13 targets, a catch percentage of 0.769, for a total of 102 yards. Stefon Diggs is averaging 10.2 yards per catch with 1 touchdowns thus far. Josh Allen will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Buffalo Bills running game is lead by the 24-year-old James Cook. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 12 carries and rushed for 46 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 46 yards per game, a number that you know Sean McDermott would love to see him exceed in this game. James Cook has 0 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Tyler Bass who has made 3 of 3 field goals this season, a 1 field goal percentage, with a long of 50 yards. The Buffalo Bills fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Buffalo Bills offense ranks 18 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.0239369714056033, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.5 with 1 Red Zone touchdowns in 2 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Buffalo Bills have a Defense DVOA of -0.177931532076829, ranking 10 in the league.

The Las Vegas Raiders are on the road for this one. Josh McDaniels’s squad is 1-0-0 this season after going 6-11 last year. He has been at the helm since 2022 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Las Vegas Raiders have a betting line of -8 or you could bet them straight up at -112.

32-year-old Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2014 after playing his college days at Eastern Illinois. Jimmy Garoppolo has a quarterback rating of 107.9 on 2 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 200, a completion percentage of 76.9.

The Las Vegas Raiders will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Josh Jacobs. The 25-year-old back has rushed for 0 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Buffalo Bills. He’s taken the hand-off 19 times and added 48 yards for the offense. Josh Jacobs is averaging 48 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 0 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Josh McDaniels so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Jimmy Garoppolo will look to target Davante Adams against the Josh McDaniels defense. Davante Adams has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 9 times and made 6 catches for 66 yards. Davante Adams has a catch percentage of 0.667 and his yards per reception is 11.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Daniel Carlson to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 24 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Daniel Carlson has made 1 field goals on 24 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Las Vegas Raiders offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 0.105231625175342 which ranks at number 13 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 2 Red Zone touchdowns on 4 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.5.

Key Match-ups:

  • Josh Allen QB Rating of 62.7 vs. Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Passing YPG of 166
    Las Vegas Raiders have 6 interceptions this year and 2 sacks. They are allowing 24.5882352941177 points per game.
  • James Cook vs. Las Vegas Raiders number 27 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.5 yards per carry against Las Vegas Raiders and 122.764705882353 per game.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo QB Rating of 107.9 vs. Buffalo Bills Pass Defense
  • The Buffalo Bills defense has allowed 17.875 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 3 times and picked him off 17 times.
  • Josh Jacobs vs. Buffalo Bills Defense
    Buffalo Bills is giving up 104.5625 yards per game on 4.3 per carry thus far this season.