1.) James Cook
The second-year back had a career game last week, piling up 123 yards on the ground which put him over the century mark in rushing yards in a game for the first time in his career. Cook was able to show his ability to bounce off of blocks and find the open spaces to create plays that helped set up the pass.
However, the Raiders’ defensive line is not as talented as the Commanders’ defensive line is. Part of a successful run game comes into two different sections: the blocking scheme and the ball carrier being able to adjust on the go. If the offensive line for Buffalo is able to contain the trenches and Cook can pick up where left off last week, there is no reason to believe that the run game can be established early on.
Not only will this help the offensive scheme, but it will keep Allen from having to win the game on his own that he has a history of trying to do. Keeping the ball secured and getting the run-attack going is the biggest factor in this offense being successful on Sunday and it all starts with Cook.