Oakland Raiders routed by Buffalo Bills, 34-14: Highlights, score, recap


The Oakland Raiders were blown out by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Week 8, 34-14. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and the final score.

Well, that was awful. The Oakland Raiders were devastated by the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on Sunday afternoon, 34-14. Oakland falls to 3-5 on the season, while the Bills improve to 5-2 on the year.

Oakland actually scored first in this game, courtesy of a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Jamize Olawale. However, that 7-0 Raiders lead would not last long. Buffalo ran the ball down the Oakland defense’s throat all day. Bills running back LeSean McCoy had 151 yards rushing in this game, including a 48-yard scamper to knock the Raiders completely out of it.

The issue for the Raiders on Sunday was clearly ball control. Oakland got clobbered in the turnover battle 4-0. Those turnovers hindered the Raiders in time of possession. Oakland had the ball for 24:23 compared to Buffalo’s time of possession of 35:37. That’s not ideal when playing a defensive-minded football team that likes to ground and pound offensively to complement it.

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The four turnovers in this game were courtesy of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland running back duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Carr might have thrown for over 300 yards, but his two picks didn’t help the Raiders’ cause. He continues to struggle in poor weather. Richard and Washington each lost a fumble for the Silver and Black.

Buffalo would take the lead shortly before halftime on a fumble return touchdown by linebacker Matt Milano. The guilty party coughing up the football would be Washington on a short yardage pass from Carr.

This Raiders’ team cannot afford to turn the ball over. Unbelievably, this team still has not forced an interception through the first eight games of the season. The Raiders are the only team in football to not pick the ball off in 2017.

With 10 days to get ready for this tough road game against the Bills, Oakland definitely overlooked its opponent and may have seen its playoff dreams fall to the wayside. Buffalo played a complete game and is humming under head coach Sean McDermott. The only consolation prize for this game for the Raiders was that it wasn’t on national television. Probably the worst effort by the team all season long.

Three Stars

  1. LeSean McCoy: McCoy had 27 carries for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also had six catches for 22 yards.
  2. Tyrod Taylor: Taylor completed 20 of 27 passes for 165 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also ran the ball six times for a yard and a touchdown.
  3. Trae Elston: Elston had 11 tackles, eight solo and a 22-yard interception of Carr.



Next Game

The Raiders will be on primetime next week. They will travel to South Beach to play the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football in Week 9. Kickoff from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will be at 5:30 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 5. NBC will have the national telecast.

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The Raiders have now dropped four out of their last five games. Maybe appearing on primetime television will be a good thing for the Raiders next Sunday? Oakland’s lone win in the last month plus came in primetime versus the arch rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.