Here are five things to know about the Oakland Raiders (3-4, third in AFC West) ahead of their visit to New Era Field next week:
1. Last game: The Raiders will come to Buffalo on a long rest after playing in the Thursday night game against Kansas City. The Raiders pulled out a 31-30 win in one of the wildest finishes you'll see. Derek Carr led the Raiders down the field in the two-minute drill and they thought they won with seven seconds left, but Michael Crabtree was called for offensive pass interference. Then the Chiefs thought they won when Carr's pass went incomplete with no time left, but a holding penalty gave the Raiders another play. That one was incomplete, too, but another holding penalty gave the Raiders one more play, and they scored on that one to win the game.
2. No EJ, no Marshawn? Hopes that next week's game would serve as the EJ Manuel Redemption Bowl were dashed when Carr was able to return from a fracture in his back after missing only one week. So Manuel, the former Bills quarterback, will be the backup next week when the Raiders come to town. But their other prominent former Bill, running back Marshawn Lynch, may miss the game due to a suspension. Lynch was ejected from the Chiefs game after running onto the field during an altercation and making contact with an official. He was suspended one game, but will appeal it and could play.
3. Return of the Mack: Former UB star Khalil Mack will play in Western New York for the first time as a pro next week. Mack, who was drafted fifth overall in 2014, has become an all-pro edge rusher and was the first player in league history to be named all-pro at two positions in one year (defensive end and outsider linebacker) after the 2015 season. He ranks seventh in sacks since entering the league (43.5) and is the only player since 2014 to amass 200 tackles while recording 15 or more sacks. Every time he makes a play against the Bills, just remember he was drafted one spot after Sammy Watkins.
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4. Back in black: The Raiders' AC/DC connection — quarterback Derek Carr to receiver Amari Cooper — finally got going last week after short-circuiting in the early part of the season. Cooper, the fourth-overall pick in 2015, had only 146 receiving yards in the Raiders' first six games before breaking out with 11 receptions for 210 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. That's bad news for the Bills' defensive backs, who also have to deal with a former 10th-overall pick in Crabtree on the other side of the field.
5. New face: One constant in Raiders games the last 17 years has been Sebastian Janikowski, one of the best kickers in league history. It may look like him when a left-footed kicker boots the ball Sunday, but Janikowski is on injured reserve and won't play. Giorgio Tavecchio is the new kicker in Oakland, and he's coming off a two-miss game against Kansas City. Janikowski is eligible to return from IR after this game, so it may be Tavecchio's last shot to show the league what he can do.
Fun fact: The Raiders haven't intercepted a pass all season.