The Bills (4-2) posted their own dramatic win over Tampa Bay to remain within striking distance of first-place New England. A fumble by Jalen Richard on a punt return following the first drive of the half would give the Bills the ball back at the 15-yard line.
The Raiders potent offense marched down the field in four minutes to return the margin within two scores, but the Bills responded with a six minute drive that effectively ended any chance of an Oakland comeback.
Buffalo scored 13 points on three Raiders turnovers in a span of 5:00 to build a 20-7 lead early in the second half.
Unfortunately, the Bills will be without some of their marquee players in the matchup. With the score tied at 7, cornerback Leonard Johnson forced a fumble from Raiders running back DeAndre Washington that was recovered by Bills linebacker Matt Milano. A long 14-yard run by LeSean McCoy would set up the action for former Oakland Raider Andre Holmes. Holmes caught a third-down pass two plays before the touchdown. The ball popped loose and landed directly in the hands of Milano, who returned it up the right sideline.
It appeared to be the start of a long afternoon for the Bills after Jamize Olawale capped the Raiders opening drive with a touchdown. The Bills would have to settle for a Stephen Hauschka field goal from 35-yards out.
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That became 13 points when Carr was picked off again when Preston Brown, having nearly snaffled an errant pass two plays earlier, again made the crucial touch and this time tipped it into the hands of a diving Micah Hyde - setting up Hauschka's 44-yard kick.
It also made things easier for Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was able to focus on short-to-medium range passes. Oakland didn't score again until the fourth quarter.
Raiders: Carr finished 31 of 48 for 313 yards and a 4-yard touchdown to Washington and two interceptions.
Crucial for the Bills in this one was time of possession, an area they excelled in, having the ball almost ten more minutes than Oakland. The three turnovers the Bills defense forced were crucial to the defensive effort and the 34-14 win. McCoy would finish his day with over 100-yards rushing and 20-yard receiving.
The Raiders (3-5) were sloppy and ineffective in being out-played in all three phases. If the Bills win, they will be 6-2 for the first time since 1993.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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