Bills collapse; blown out by Raiders, 38-24

December 04, 2016 - 9:37 am
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The Buffalo Bills playoff hopes took a huge hit Sunday with a 38-24 loss to the Raiders in Oakland. Just four games remain for the Bills (6-6) and they will most certainly have to run the table - plus get some help from other teams - to qualify for post season.

Heading into Sunday's game against the 9-2 Raiders, the Bills were banged up, missing Robert Woods and Ronald Darby, plus Percy Harvin who was out due to illness. In addition, Charles Clay did not make the trip with the team as he awaited the birth of his child.

Here's the game recap and Express Mart Stats;

FIRST HALF
The Bills defense forced a Raiders punt on the first series. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr did hit wide receiver Amari Cooper for a big third down gain but the play was brought back on an illegal formation penalty.

On the Bills first drive, Tyrod Taylor went 6 of 7 for 75 yards through the air, only running the ball once. The drive stalled when Taylor was sacked by Raider LB Bruce Irvin on a third down play. Buffalo settled for a 27-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter. Bills up 3-0

Derek Carr drove the Raiders to the Bills' 26-yard line on the next series, tieing the game 3-3 with a 47-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski.

Buffalo got some big plays from the ground game on the next drive, including a 29-yard run from Mike Gillislee who punched in his fifth touchdown of the season at the 13;28 mark of the second quarter putting the Bills up 10-3.

The Raiders caught a break on their next drive when Stephon Gilmore was called for pass interference, putting Oakland in  good scoring position. They  couldn't find the endzone though and settled for a 41-yard field goal from Janikowski. Bills lead 10-6.

Perhaps the most telling plays of the first half came very late in the second quarter. After the Bills give up the ball with just 30 seconds remaining, Derek Carr demonstrated why the Raiders offense has been so strong this season, taking Oakland down the field to the Bills' 28-yard line for another Janikowski field goal  (47 yards) cutting the lead to 10-9 Buffalo at halftime.

SECOND HALF
The Bills came out flying in the third quarter, thanks to a LeSean McCoy 54-yard run that quickly put Buffalo inside the redzone. On the next play, Taylor rolls out for a 12-yard touchdown run and the Bills stretch their lead to 17-9.

Buffalo forced a Raiders three-and-out on the next series and the Bills offense is back on the field. The Bills look like winners on this drive, Tyrod Taylor connecting through the air, LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee pounding out yards on the ground. Gillislee capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Buffalo a 24-9 lead.

The winning feeling didn't last long though as the Raiders responded with a drive that resulted in a three-yard touchdown strike from Derek Carr to wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Janikowski's extra-point conversion made it an eight-point game with 5:17 to go in the third quarter.

Then the Bills go three-and-out and Oakland strikes again. This time it was Latavius Murray running in for six from the one-yard line . The Raiders elect to go with a Janikowski extra-point to make it a one-point game with 0:57 to play in the third quarter.

The Bills go three-and-out again, handing the Raiders great field position and Derek Carr makes a nice shoulder fake to spring Amari Cooper loose for a 37-yard touchdown catch and run. Oakland grabs the 30-24 lead with 14:08 to go in the game.

Things continue to unravel for Buffalo. With 10:45 to go in the game, Tyrod Taylor's pass gets tipped by Khalil Mack and Nate Allen catches the jump ball putting the Raiders inside the redzone.

Four plays later, Latavius Murray scores his second touchdown of the game from three yards out. The Raiders are successful on their two-point conversion attempt and Oakland leads 38-24.

With time running out, the Bills take the ball down field trying to cut into the Raiders lead. Buffalo gets as far as the Oakland 17-yard line, and then Khalil Mack strikes again, stripping Taylor of the football on a first down. Mack recovered the ball and the Raiders take possession with 3:20 to go in the game.

Oakland runs out the clock and Buffalo falls to 6-6 on the season with the 38-24 loss.

The Bills will return to New Era Field and take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday December 11. Buffalo will need to win out and get some help from others around the NFL in order to have any legitimate chance at making the playoffs.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, and you can hear all the action on WGR with Murph, Kelso, and Sal on the call.

1st Quarter:
3-0 Buffalo - Bills field goal (8:02)

  • Dan Carpenter's 27-yard field goal attempt is successful
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yards, 4:10


3-3 - Raiders field goal (4:35)
  • Sebastian Janikowski is successful on his 47-yard field goal attempt
8 plays, 46 yards, 3:27



2nd Quarter:
10-3 Buffalo - Bills touchdown

  • Mike Gillislee 1-yard TD run, Carpenter's extra-point is good.
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:07


10-6 Buffalo - Raiders field goal
  • Janikowski's 41-yard field goal attempt it good.
Drive info: 11 plays, 38 yards, 4:24


10-9 Buffalo - Raiders field goal (0:00)
  • Janikowski is successful on his 47-yard field goal attempt.
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yards, 0:30
 


3rd Quarter:
17-9 Buffalo - Bills touchdown (14:03)

  • Tyrod Taylor rolls out for a 12-yard touchdown run. Carpenter's extra-point is good.
Drive info: 2 plays, 66 yards, 0:57


24-9 Buffalo - Bills touchdown (9:01)
  • Gillislee runs it in from 2-yards out. The extra-point from Carpenter is good.
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yards, 4:10


24-16 Buffalo - Raiders touchdown (5:17)
  • Derek Carr finds Michael Crabtree for a 3-yard touchdown pass. Janikowski's extra-point is good.
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:44


24-23 Buffalo - Raiders touchdown (0:57)
  • Latavius Murray finds the endzone from 1-yard out. Janikowski's extra-point is good.
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards, 3:03



4th Quarter:

30-24 Oakland - Raiders touchdown (14:08)

  • Carr connects with Amari Cooper for a 37-yard touchdown catch and run. The extra-point from Janikowski is good.
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yards, 0:40


30-24 Oakland - Raiders interception (10:45)
  • Taylor's pass attempt is tipped by Khalil Mack and intercepted by Nate Allen.

38-24 Oakland - Raiders touchdown (8:34)
  • Murray finds the endzone from three-yards out. Carr finds Seth Roberts for the two-point conversion.
Drive info: 4 plays, 16 yards, 2:11


38-24 Oakland - Raiders fumble recovery (3:20)
  • Mack strips Taylor of the football at the Raiders' 22-yard line and recovers the loose football.



Individual Stats:
Passing:

Buffalo:
Tyrod Taylor - 18 of 35, 191 yards, 1 INT

Oakland:
Derek Carr - 19 of 35, 260 yards, 2 TDs


Rushing:
Buffalo:
LeSean McCoy - 17 carries, 130 yards
Mike Gillislee - 8 carries, 49 yards, 2 TDs
Tyrod Taylor -
3 carries, 30 yards, 1 TD
Reggie Bush - 1 carry, 3 yards
Jerome Felton - 1 carry, 0 yards

Oakland:
Latavius Murray - 20 carries, 82 yards
Jalen Richard - 9 carries, 53 yards
Derek Carr - 2 carries, 4 yards
Amari Cooper - 1 carry, 0 yards


Receiving:
Buffalo:
LeSean McCoy - 7 receptions, 61 yards
Sammy Watkins -
3 receptions, 38 yards
Marquise Goodwin - 4 receptions, 35 yards
Justin Hunter - 1 reception, 22 yards

Gerald Christian - 1 reception, 14 yards
Brandon Tate -
1 reception, 13 yards
Nick O'Leary - 1 reception, 8 yards

Oakland:
Michael Crabtree - 7 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD
Amari Cooper - 2 reception, 59 yards, 1 TD
Mychal Rivera - 3 receptions, 57 yards
Latavius Murray - 3 receptions, 23 yards

Clive Walford - 1 reception, 18 yards
Seth Roberts - 2 receptions, 18 yards
Taiwan Jones - 1 reception, 11 yards


Team Stats:
Total Yards:

BUF - 382
OAK -
399

Passing Yards:
BUF - 170
OAK - 260

Rushing Yards:
BUF - 212
OAK - 139

Penalties:
BUF - 8 for 73
OAK - 7 for 65

Time of Possession:
BUF - 30:15
OAK -
29:45

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