The Buffalo Bills are hoping to avoid a repeat of two seasons ago Sunday.
In the penultimate week of the 2014 season, the Bills traveled to Oakland with a 7-7 record and a playoff pulse. A crushing loss to the Raiders ended any of those hopes.
The Bills are 6-5 heading into Sunday's game at the Coliseum and might need to win out to end a 16-year playoff drought.
Here is everything you need to know about Sunday's game, plus five things to watch for:
• TV: CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle (play by play), Dan Fouts (color analyst).
• Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM. Announcers: John Murphy (play by play), Mark Kelso (color analyst).
• Series history: Raiders lead, 20-17. Last meeting: Dec. 21, 2014 -- 26-24 Raiders win in Oakland. The Bills have not won a game in Oakland since 1966, leading coach Rex Ryan to joke "talk about a drought" in the week leading up to the game.
• Milestone watch: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor needs 43 rushing yard to reach 1,050 for his career, which would move him past Jim Kelly (1,049) and into second place on the team's all-time list of rushing yards by a quarterback.
• Uni watch: The Bills are going with a look they haven't used much this season, matching white jerseys with blue pants.
• Did you know? Buffalo's next victory will be the 400th in team history.
• Next up: The Bills start a three-game home stand when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit New Era Field in another game that will have big implications for the AFC playoff picture.
Here are five things to watch for against the Raiders:
1 Can Marcell Dareus be a game wrecker? The best way to defend Raiders rising quarterback Derek Carr is to pressure him right up the middle. That's where Dareus – and Kyle Williams – come into play. Dareus is questionable for the game because of an abdominal strain suffered last week, but was able to practice some this week.
2 Who will be available at wide receiver? Robert Woods has already been declared out. So has Percy Harvin. Sammy Watkins may or may not be playing with a broken foot. Marquise Goodwin suffered a wrist injury during practice. The list of injuries at receiver borders on preposterous. As it is, expect Justin Hunter to see an increased work load, especially if Watkins' snap count is limited.
3. How does Jordan Mills do against Khalil Mack? The University at Buffalo product is unquestionably the biggest concern for the Buffalo offense. Mills against Mack one on one is a mist match in the Raiders' favor, so expect the Bills to use tight ends and/or running backs to assist Mills in what will be his biggest challenge this season.
4. Can Nick O'Leary step up? The Bills might be without starting tight end Charles Clay, who did not take the team flight because his wife was expecting a child. If Clay can't make it to Oakland in time for the game, O'Leary will get his biggest opportunity as a pro. Tyrod Taylor has had issues getting the ball to Clay at times this season, so it's not a good idea to expect a big day from O'Leary in the passing game, but the team will need him to provide solid blocking, for the reason mentioned above.
5. How does Kevon Seymour hold up on the outside? The rookie cornerback from Southern California is in line to make his second career start, but the first came in the slot. This time, Seymour will be on the outside, in place of the injured Ronald Darby. In Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, the Raiders have a pair of solid outside receivers. Bills coach Rex Ryan asks a lot of his cornerbacks in terms of being able to play man coverage, so it will be interesting to see how Seymour holds up in that role.