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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Week 2 Hope and Concern: Bills

By James Walker

The Buffalo Bills (1-0) will look to stay undefeated with a home game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders (1-0). Thursday we look at Buffalo's biggest reason for hope and biggest reason for concern in Week 2.

Reason for hope: Offense is clicking

The Bills were the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL last week. They dropped 41 points on the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Chan Gailey’s offense was equally effective on the ground with tailback Fred Jackson (112 yards rushing) and through the air with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (208 yards, four touchdowns). Oakland’s stout defensive line could provide some problems for Buffalo. But the Raiders are coming off a short week of preparation. Another fast start by the Bills' offense, particularly at home, could be just what Buffalo needs to improve to 2-0.

Reason for concern: Potential letdown

The Bills were tied for the second-worst home record (2-6) in the NFL last season. The Miami Dolphins (1-7) were the only team with more home losses. Buffalo is riding high this week after a road win against the defending AFC West champion. There's a slim chance things will be that easy again versus the Raiders. Keep an eye on Oakland's running game. That could keep the game close. The Chiefs averaged 6.0 yards per carry against Buffalo, but couldn't stick to the run because they fell behind early.