Raiders defensive lineman Tommy Kelly was suitably impressed by Buffalo’s 41-7 victory on Friday.
“Oh yeah, it caught everybody’s attention around the league,” Kelly said via BuffaloBills.com. “Any time you can go on the road and have a victory like that, that’s going to open up a lot of people’s eyes.”
Kelly, who has steadily made his insane contract look slightly less insane, has a warning for Buffalo. The opponent gets tougher this week.
“The thing about the NFL is that happened last week. You’ve got to do the same thing this week. So whatever they did is a nice impressive victory, but they’ve got to come and deal with us now. And we ain’t the Chiefs,” Kelly said.
He’s right. With eight straight wins in the AFC West, the Raiders should puff out their chest. Unlike the Chiefs, the Raiders know who they are: a physical team that will try to beat you down.
This is a tough matchup for a Bills squad that hasn’t exactly exuded toughness over the last few years. Then again, the Raiders need to show they can win a game out of division on the road.
I’m excited to watch this game on Sunday. Winner gets inside position as the AFC’s “early surprise” team.