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Bills blast the Raiders 34-14; stay perfect at home

The Bills forces four turnovers on the day to help improve their record to 5-2

October 29, 2017 - 12:45 pm

The Buffalo Bills continue to remain perfect at New Era Field this season, as the defense forces four turnovers from the Oakland Raiders in a 34-14 win on Sunday.

Heading into Sunday's game, the Bills were one of two teams in the NFL who have not lost at home this season. However, the Bills had not won at home against the Raiders since Rich Gannon was leading them to the Super Bowl in 2002.

With the win this week, the Bills are now 5-2 in the standings for the first time since 2011.

The Bills scored the most points that they have all season with 34, and it was the second straight week they scored at least 30. At home, it was the 13th game in a row scoring at least 20, that ties the Patriots for the longest streak in the league. 

Both team's secondaries were banged up. For the Raiders, starting corners Gareon Conley and David Amerson are inactive, as is starting safety Karl Joseph. For the Bills, here are their inactives, including two starters in the defensive backfield.

After a couple first downs, the Raiders were faced with 4th and 1 from mid-field. A run up the middle by fullback Jamize Olawale just barely got the first down. The Raiders continued to get big chunks, including a 21 yard pass to former Bills tight end Lee Smith. Olawale would punch the ball in on the goal line, to give the Raiders the early 7-0 lead. 

The Bills moved the ball well on the next drive, but a couple incompletion and a phantom pass interference call on Jordan Matthews forced a punt. 

The Bills first scoring drive came in the second quarter. Tyrod Taylor went 5 for 5, for 42 yards on the drive and capped it off with a beautiful touchdown throw to Andre Holmes. It was Holmes third touchdown on the season, and his first since Week 3. LeSean McCoy also got going on the drive, ripping off multiple big plays. 

Defensively, the Bills tightened up after the Raiders first drive. Oakland wouldn't enter Bills territory for their next four drives. Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson consistently got pressure on Derek Carr, forcing him to step up into the pocket. 

Throughout the season the Bills defense has continued to force turnovers, and that did not stop today. Leonard Johnson laid a big hit on DeAndre Washington with just over 30 seconds to go in the first half, the ball popped up into the air and Bills rookie linebacker Matt Milano took it to the house for the touchdown. 

The Bills didn't carry the momentum into the second half, a designed quarterback run by Tyrod Taylor went for -5 yards, forcing a punt and a 3 and out. However, Matt Milano came up big again. Milano ripped the ball from Jalen Richard's hands on the punt, and the Bills recovered. Taylor the offense were unable to punch the ball into the end zone and had to settle for a Stephen Hauschka 35-yard field goal.

More turnovers! This time it was Micah Hyde getting his fifth interception of the season. Preston Brown tipped the ball into the air and into Hyde's hands. Brown had a nice drive, he nearly picked off Carr just a few plays before. 

The Bills offense was finally able to get some movement on their next opportunity. Tyrod Taylor extended multiple plays with his feet, one that went to Brandon Tate, who put a beautiful spin move that fooled the entire Raiders defense. Taylor then hit Andre Holmes with a 33 yard pass to set them up in the red zone. Tyrod Taylor stretched the ball across the goal line on a 4 and 1 to give the Bills a 20-point lead. 

Last season the Bills gave up a big lead to the Raiders, and fans surely had that in the back of their minds on the Raider's first drive of the 4th. Derek Carr drove Oakland down the field in 4 minutes to cut the lead back to 13. 

The Bills didn't score on their next drive, but did take time off the clock with three first downs. The defense did their job on the next drive, stopping the Raiders on a 4th and 3 at mid field. LeSean McCoy put the final nail in the coffin with a 48 yard touchdown run on the first play of the Bills next drive. 

Oh and Bills safety Trae Elston hammered another nail in their with an interception just for good measure.

Check out how the game unfolded below:

 

First Quarter:

  • 7-0 Raiders (9:28) - Jamize Olawale 1-yard TD run. Tavecchio extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 13 plays, 81 yards, 5:32


Second Quarter:

  • 7-7 TIE (8:46) - Tyrod Taylor 6-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes. Hauschka extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:40
  • 14-7 Bills (0:32) - Matt Milano 40-yard fumble return touchdown. Hauschka extra point is good.
    • Drive info: 1 play, 40-yards, 0:29


Third Quarter:

  • 14-7 Bills (13:20) - Milano strips Jalen Richard of the football on a punt return, which is recovered by Mike Tolbert at the Oakland 14-yard line.
  • 17-7 Bills (11:44) - Stephen Hauschka 35-yard field goal is good. 
    • Drive info: 4 plays, -3 yards, 1:22
  • 17-7 Bills (10:21) - Bills safety Micah Hyde picks off a tipped pass from Carr at the Oakland 43-yard line. Hyde returns the interception two yards to the Raiders' 41-yard line.
  • 20-7 Bills (8:18) - Stephen Hauschka 44-yard field good. 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:23


Fourth Quarter:

  • 27-7 Bills (14:57) - Tyrod Taylor 1-yard touchdown run. Hauschka extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards, 7:19
  • 27-14 Bills (10:50) - Derek Carr 4-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Richard. Tavecchio extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:07
  • 27-14 Bills (3:25) - Carr throws incomplete on 4th and 3, gives the ball back to the Bills on downs.
  • 33-14 Bills (3:12) - LeSean McCoy 48 yard touchdown run. Hauschka extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 1 play, 48 yards, 0:09
  • 33-14 Bills (1:43) - Trae Elston picks off Carr at the Buffalo 3-yard line, returns the interception 22-yards to the Bills' 25-yard line.

 

STATS OF THE GAME:


Passing:

Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod Taylor: 20 of27, 165 yards, TD


Oakland Raiders:

Derek Carr: 31 of 49, 313 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs



Rushing:

Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 27 carries, 151 yards, TD

Tyrod Taylor: 4 carries, 4 yards, TD

Mike Tolbert: 3 carry, 11 yards
 

Oakland Raiders:

DeAndre Washington: 6 carry, 26 yards

Jalen Richard: 5 carries, 21 yards

Jamize Olawale: 2 carries, 3 yards, TD



Receiving:

Buffalo Bills:

Andre Holmes: 3 catches, 51 yards, TD

Zay Jones: 3 catches, 32 yards

Brandon Tate: 1 catch, 24 yards

LeSean McCoy: 6 catches, 22 yards

Jordan Matthews: 3 catches, 21 yards

Logan Thomas: 1 catch, 7 yards

Deonte Thompson: 1 catch, 5 yards

Nick O'Leary: 1 catch, 5 yards


Oakland Raiders:

Michael Crabtree: 5 catches, 83 yards

DeAndre Washington: 8 catches, 62 yards

Jared Cook: 4 catch, 57 yards

Amari Cooper: 5 catches, 48 yards

Jalen Richard: 5 catches, 35 yards

Lee Smith: 1 catch, 21 yards

 


Defense:

Buffalo Bills:

Matt Milano: Fumble Recovery, Forced Fumble, TD

Trae Elston: 11 tackles, INT

Micah Hyde: 5 tackles, INT
 

Oakland Raiders:

NaVorro Bowman: 11 tackles

Cory James: 8 tackles

 


Total Yards:

Bills: 331
Raiders: 367


Passing Yards:

Bills: 165
Raiders: 313


Rushing Yards:

Bills: 166
Raiders: 54


First Downs:

Bills: 17
Raiders: 23


Penalties:

Bills: 6 for 50 yards
Raiders: 11 for 95 yards


Time of Possession:

Bills: 24:23
Raiders: 35:37

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