^Z QB JIM KELLY: Kelly grandly stated his value to Bills last week. Making his first start since injuring knee on Dec. 15, he threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns as Bills defeated Dolphins, 44-34. Perhaps most inspiring were his scrambles for big gains as Miami discounted his ability to run because of the injury. Led NFL in passing efficiency at 101.2, with 24 touchdowns, nine interceptions. LT WILL WOLFORD: The fifth-year pro draws a most strenuous assignment in trying to keep Raiders Pro Bowl DE Greg Townsend (12 1/2 regular season sacks, three last week against Bengals) off Kelly. The Raiders had 48 sacks this season, many a result of teams using two blockers on Townsend and being unable to control the rest of the often-stunting line. If Wolford can do a respectable job with Townsend, it will allow Bills more diversity in their offense. WR JAMES LOFTON: The 13-year veteran would like nothing more than to have big game against Raiders, who cut him in preseason. Lofton, 34, averaged 20.4 yards (best in AFC) on 34 regular season catches and was spectacular with seven catches for 149 yards in playoff against Dolphins. In four career playoff games, he has caught 18 passes for 20.9-yard average. Andre Reed (71 catches, eight touchdowns) is perceived as Bills' major deep threat, but if he gets double coverage, Kelly will look for Lofton. RDE BRUCE SMITH: The all-pro had 19 sacks and has generally lived up to his self-proclaimed status as the league's top defensive player. Often overlooked is his ability to play the run. He is assured to give LT Rory Graves problems, meaning Raiders will have to assign FB Steve Smith to look to his left in most passing situations. This will leave them vulnerable to Cornelius Bennett and Shane Conlan blitzing from the other side. LOLB CORNELIUS BENNETT: His sacks were down (four) this season, but not his all-around play (96 tackles). Yet, Pro Bowler led team with 18 quarterback hurries and knocked down seven passes. He can be a pass-rushing force. FS JOHN HAGY: No team has an overall faster set of wide receivers than the Raiders. Beyond starters Willie Gault and Mervyn Fernandez, they shuttle in Tim Brown and Sam Graddy. When Los Angeles brings in extra receivers in long-yardage situations, Hagy will have to show excellent anticipation or his cornerbacks will be caught in potentially disastrous single coverage. QB JAY SCHROEDER: This season, he has been everything the Raiders hoped for when they made trade with Redskins to get Schroeder. He has been a big-play quarterback with minimal errors (18 touchdowns, nine interceptions) and has been at his best down the stretch (AFC player of the month for December). His strong arm complements the Raiders' speedy receivers. He has played smartly, and when Raiders have successfully moved ball on ground, he has been patient. RB MARCUS ALLEN: With Bo Jackson (hip) ailing, Allen moves to forefront, but in the Raiders' tradition, this veteran still would have likely taken a more significant role than he had most of the season. His 140 yards rushing in playoff win over Bengals was his first 100-yard game since October 1988. But Allen has always been a big-game player; he has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of his last six playoff games. WR WILLIE GAULT: Former Bear comes off his best NFL season (50 catches, 985 yards). His speed always has been obvious, but he consistently made difficult catches this season. Shut out by Bengals last week, it would not be surprising to see him return to postseason form he showed with Chicago (25.2 yards per catch and three touchdowns on 18 catches). LDE HOWIE LONG: Sat out regular season loss to Bills with injury, but his presence makes handling RDE Greg Townsend all that more difficult for Bills because blocking back can only handle one of them. Had six sacks, plays the run well and his intensity -- pinching middle in short-yardage situations -- is key reason Raiders allowed NFL-low four rushing touchdowns. MLB RIKI ELLISON: The seven-year veteran signed in offseason as free agent has been a stabilizing factor in middle. He has played the run well, but will get added responsibility of guarding middle against delay patterns to Bills' Thurman Thomas, one of league's top receivers coming out of backfield. He is not an outstanding pass defender, but must be up to task or Thomas can do much damage as a receiver. SS MIKE HARDEN: With the Bills confident enough to go deep to either Andre Reed or James Lofton on key downs, Harden must lend a hand in coverage so either does not hurt Raiders. CBs Terry McDaniel and Lionel Washington are both better on deep coverage and will need help in patterns over the middle.