The Bills face another difficult test at the receiver spot with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree coming to town in Week Eight after dealing with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in Week Seven.
Let's examine the Raiders dynamic one-two punch out wide from an advanced-stat perspective.
Pro Football Focus' ultimate receiver efficiency metric is yards per route run.
In 2016, Cooper's yards-per-route-run figure was 1.95, the 21st-highest among 95 qualifying wideouts. Crabtree's was 1.85, good for 31st place.
So far in 2017, Cooper has mustered a YPRR of 1.40, which is currently in 40th out of 83 qualifiers. Before his 210-yard outburst on "Thursday Night Football" in Week Seven against the Chiefs, Cooper had surprisingly disappointed. His YPRR number was just 0.78, the 130th-highest among all receivers in football.
Crabtree has maintained his typical reliability, as his YPRR is 1.98 right now.
Bills wideout Zay Jones has fought drops this season – he currently has been credited with four – but Cooper "leads" the league with nine drops on 52 targets. Crabtree has two on 42 targets.
Oakland's top targets have carved out their own niches during their time with the Raiders. Cooper has become the big-play wideout while Crabtree has been the chain mover. Of his 287 targets since the start of 2015, Crabtree has accounted for 122 first downs via the pass, which equals the 12th-most catches that have gone for first downs. Cooper's been targeted 319 times and accumulated 112 first downs.
Starting in 2015, when Cooper entered the NFL, he's made 42 receptions of 20 or more yards, the fourth-most among all pass-catchers. Only T.Y. Hilton, Julio Jones and Antonio Brown have more during that time frame. Crabtree has 31 receptions of 20-plus yards with the Raiders.
In the upset over the Chiefs, Cooper and Crabtree combined for 14 receptions, 234 yards and the game-winning score from Crabtree on 26 targets.
PFF pinpointed Kansas City as the team that used man coverage most in the NFL – heading into that "Thursday Night Football" contest – at 63.5 percent of its defensive snaps. Crabtree, and especially Cooper, thrived against man coverage against the Chiefs.
Before Week Seven, the Bills utilized man coverage just 31.3 percent of the time.
Buffalo's reliance on zone could help its secondary slow down Oakland's dynamic duo.