1 - Bills looking to extend NFL-best home scoring streak
Buffalo's offense has been on a roll in the past 12 games at New Era Field. The Bills have scored 20 points or more in a dozen consecutive home games. That's the longest active streak in the NFL and in team history.!(http://bufbills.co/COVsQ1)
The Bills previous record was 10 games from Dec. 8, 1963 - Sep. 26, 1965. During that time period the team played at War Memorial Stadium located on Buffalo's East Side. After the 1972 season the team made the move to Orchard Park.
The current streak started on Jan. 3, 2016. It was a 22-17 win over the New York Jets to close out the season. The Bills haven't looked back since and have scored 20-plus points in each home game. They've fared well in those games, posting a record of 8-4.
The Bills streak will be challenged this Sunday when the Oakland Raiders come to town. There are a few things that stick out to head coach Sean McDermott about the Raiders defense.
"Well 52 [Khalil Mack] and 51 [Bruce Irvin] off both edges they stand out. They can disrupt a game, disrupt an offense's rhythm," he said. "They have other good players as well. They do a good job."
The last 13-game streak of 20-plus points at home was pulled off by the New Orleans Saints and that ended in November of 2016.
The Bills offense will look to match that this weekend against the Raiders.
2 - White's play has been elite
Rookie cornerback, Tre'Davious White, seems to have a jaw-dropping performance each week. His forced fumble and recovery late in the fourth quarter last Sunday is his most recent heroic play. Every game White has shown up, and that's why he's one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL through seven weeks.
According to Pro Football Focus, White ranks in the top-four at his position. Those four include: Marshon Lattimore (94.1), Jason McCourty (92.0), Jalen Ramsey (91.7), and White (89.9).
The wide receivers White has lined up against are about as good as they get. The last three games he's faced Julio Jones, A.J. Green, and Mike Evans.
"It's the NFL, man. Week in and week out, you're going to go against the best in the world. This is what we signed up for," White said.
This week he's signed up to face Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. They're a tough tandem, as Crabtree leads their team in receiving touchdowns (6) and Cooper leads in yards (356). White has been preparing throughout the week to face Oakland's prolific passing attack.
"We're going to get ready for it," he said. "We're going to watch the film, continue to get better and just come out trying to have a good outing on Sunday."
3 - Buffalo enters Week Eight with top turnover differential
The Bills offense and defense have collectively earned their record of 4-2. Both units have worked in unison to lead the NFL in turnover differential.
Through six games Buffalo has a plus-10 differential. The defense has tallied 13 takeaways on nine interceptions and four fumbles. The offense has protected the pigskin and only has three giveaways this season.
Their numbers in turnovers stack up well with the AFC East. The New England Patriots are plus-three and both the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are minus-two. This week's opponent, the Oakland Raiders, have the same turnover differential as the Dolphins and Jets.
A big reason for the Raiders low turnover differential is a lack of takeaways. Their defense has yet to record an interception this season. Oakland is the first team to go seven games into a season without picking off a pass since 1950.
Quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, will look to use that to his advantage on Sunday. The signal-caller has only tossed two interceptions this season.
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