Bills lead Oakland 14-7 at the half

October 29, 2017
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Heading into Sunday's game with the Oakland Raiders, the Buffalo Bills have not lost a home game on the season. However, the Bills have not won a game against the Raiders at home since Rich Gannon was leading them to the Super Bowl in 2002. Oakland is coming off a win against the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, snapping a 4-game losing streak. 

Both team's secondaries are 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. 
 

Today's Bills inactives. #OAKvsBUF

Jordan Poyer is out. pic.twitter.com/UfccGbaoJy

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 29, 2017

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 incompletions 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 layed a big hig 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. 
 

Check out how the game unfolded below:

 

First Quarter:

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


Second Quarter:

  • 7-7 - Tyrod Taylor 6-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes. Hauschka extra point is good. 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:40
  • 14-7 - Matt Milano 40-yard fumble return touchdown. Hauschka extra point is good. 


Third Quarter:


Fourth Quarter:

 

 

 

STATS OF THE GAME:


Passing:

Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod Taylor: 13/17, 89 yards, TD


Oakland Raiders:

Derek Carr: 16/22, 178 yards



Rushing:

Buffalo Bills:

LeSean McCoy: 8 carries, 31 yards

Tyrod Taylor: 2 carries, 8 yards

Mike Tolbert: 1 carry, 3 yards
 

Oakland Raiders:

Jalen Richard: 4 carries, 7 yards

DeAndre Washington: 3 carry, 14 yards

Jamize Olawale: 2 carries, 3 yards, TD

Receiving:

Buffalo Bills:

Deonte Thompson: 1 catch, 5 yards

Nick O'Leary: 1 catch, 5 yards

LeSean McCoy: 3 catches, 13 yards

Logan Thomas: 1 catch, 7 yards

Zay Jones: 3 catches, 32 yards

Andre Holmes: 2 catches, 15 yards, TD

Jordan Matthews: 2 catches, 12 yards

 

 

Oakland Raiders:

Michael Crabtree: 3 catches, 72 yards

Amari Cooper: 1 catch, 13 yards

Lee Smith: 1 catch, 21 yards

Jared Cook: 1 catch, 6 yards

Seth Roberts:

Jalen Richard: 4 catches, 28 yards

DeAndre Washington: 3 catches, 14 yards

 


Defense:

Buffalo Bills:

Matt Milano: Fumble Recovery, Touchdown
 

Oakland Raiders:

Cory James: 5 tackles

NaVorro Bowman: 3 tackles


Total Yards:

Bills: 216
Raiders: 131


Passing Yards:

Bills: 89
Raiders: 123


Rushing Yards:

Bills: 38
Raiders: 42


First Downs:

Bills: 8
Raiders: 8


Penalties:

Bills: 3 for 30 yards
Raiders: 4 for 40 yards


Time of Possession:

Bills: 14:59
Raiders: 15:01