WR Marcus Easley - Buffalo Bills
|6-3, 210||Born: 11-2-1987||College: Connecticut||Drafted: Round 4|
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Week 13: at Oakland Raiders
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tyrod Taylor did without Percy Harvin last weekend (migraines held him out), but got #1 wide receiver Sammy Watkins back on the field from IR - Watkins led the Bills in receiving with three targets for 3/80/0. LeSean McCoy was the other Bill over 30 yards receiving last week (two for 2/31/0), while Justin Hunter (one for 1/16/1) pulled down the TD pass. All told, Taylor threw 12/18 for 166 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with five sacks taken for -15 yards, while adding 7/38/1 rushing to the team's totals. Assuming that Watkins' foot doesn't flare up again this week, he should be more involved in the offense at Oakland, to the benefit of Taylor's passing numbers. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News to monitor Watkins' practice participation later in the week.
The Raiders' pass defense almost shut down Cam Newton in the first half of last week's game, but then fell apart in the second half, eventually giving up 14/29 for 229 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception (with two sacks for -17 yards). Two games ago the Raiders allowed 26/39 for 230 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards to the Texans. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Oakland has averaged 21.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (16th in the NFL); and 24.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with seven fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (10th-least). To date, Oakland averages 273.5 net passing yards allowed per game (28th in the NFL) with 20 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied for last in the league) generated.
This looks like a neutral matchup for the Bills, even though they have been doing without several receivers in recent weeks (Robert Woods was also out last week due to his injured knee).
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