The Buffalo Bills are at home for the first time this season where they will host Josh McDaniels and the Las Vegas Raiders. Not only is it the home opener for them, but it will hopefully be the start of a fresh season with a Bills win as they are looking to clean up the mess they left in MetLife last Monday night.
Since 2016, the Bills have faced the Raiders three times and have won two out of the three matchups with a combined score of 88-75. The last matchup between these two teams was in 2020 and it was a close matchup with the Bills getting the victory.
Since then, both teams have gone in two different directions. The Bills have been to the playoffs every season since the last matchup while the Raiders have gone through various changes through a head coaching switch, and basically forcing quarterback Derek Carr out of Las Vegas a season after they traded for his close college teammate Davante Adams.
They have also only made the playoffs once since 2020. Heading into the 2023 season, the Raiders made the transition from Carr to Garoppolo and Josh McDaniels was rumored to have been coaching for his job after a massive disappointing season last year.
The Raiders started this season on the right foot with a 17-16 victory over the Denver Broncos, while the Bills are in search of their first win of the season.
The good news for the Bills heading into this game is that in all of Josh Allen’s career games where he has had three or more turnovers, the following week is when the Bills would bounce back and Allen would clean up the mess he made the week prior. With the Bills having this track record with Allen, there is no reason to believe that it won’t continue. Going up against a Raiders defense who outside of Maxx Crosby and Nate Hobbs, has not been able to solidify themselves as a great unit, it is safe to say that Allen can take over the game right from the start if he is in the right mindset.