Here are the game notes from the Oakland Raiders loss to the Buffalo Bills, presented by Microsoft Surface.
Raiders 14, Bills 34
The Raiders were defeated by the Bills by a score of 14-34, as their 2017 record drops to 3-5 at the midway point of the campaign.
The loss cuts the Silver and Black’s lead over the Bills in the all-time regular season series to 21-18.
This Raiders have not won against the Bills away from home since 2002, when the team defeated Buffalo by a score of 49-31 at what used to be called Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Raiders will travel to Miami to finish up their two-game road trip with a Sunday Night Football contest against the Dolphins on Nov. 5, which will also mark the team’s third primetime appearance of the season.
LB NaVorro Bowman led the team in tackles (11) for the second consecutive game since joining the team.
QB Derek Carr tallied his second consecutive 300-yard day passing and 13th of his career.
FB/RB Jamize Olawale scored his first touchdown of 2017.
RB DeAndré Washington recorded career highs in both receptions (eight) and receiving yards (62).
The offensive line did not surrender a sack for the second consecutive game.
Starters - Offense
WR Derek Carr
WR Cordarrelle Patterson
T Donald Penn
LG Kelechi Osemele
C Rodney Hudson
RG Gabe Jackson
RT Marshall Newhouse
TE Jared Cook
WR Amari Cooper
QB Derek Carr
RB Jalen Richard
Starters - Defense
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DT Eddie Vanderdoes
NT Justin Ellis
DE Khalil Mack
SLB Bruce Irvin
MLB NaVorro Bowman
WLB Cory James
LCB Dexter McDonald
RCB TJ Carrie
FS Reggie Nelson
SS Shalom Luani
QB Derek Carr
Carr led the Raiders down the field on the opening drive of the game, orchestrating a 13-play, 81-yard drive lasting 5:32, culminating in a 1-yard rush by FB/RB Jamize Olawale.
Carr executed a 9-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 4:07 to pull the team within two scores early in the fourth quarter. On the drive, Carr completed seven-of-eight passes for 61 yards and found RB DeAndré Washington for his first touchdown pass of the afternoon.
Carr surpassed 300-yards passing, marking the first time he’s done so in back-to-back games since Weeks 8 and 9 of the 2015 season.
Today’s game marked Carr’s 13th career 300-yard day. The team fell to 9-4 when Carr surpasses 300 yards passing.
Carr finished completing 31-of-49 passing for 313 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 71.2.
WR Michael Crabtree
Crabtree hauled in three first-half receptions for 72 yards including the second-longest reception of the season for him (40 yards).
Crabtree has recorded a reception in all 118 career games and recorded at least three receptions in 102 of them.
Crabtree recorded his fourth reception early in the fourth quarter to mark his 82nd such game in his career.
Crabtree ended the game with five receptions for 83 yards (16.6 avg.) with a 40-yard long.
LB Cory James
James made key stops on the afternoon including three that went for a loss. His three tackles-for-loss were the most by any defender in today’s contest.
James finished second on the team with eight total tackles (seven solo).
FB/RB Jamize Olawale
Olawale recorded his first touchdown of the season from one yard out to culminate a 13-play, 81-yard drive lasting 5:32 on the game’s opening drive. The score marked his fourth career rushing touchdown.
Olawale ended with two carries for three yards and one touchdown.
TE Lee Smith
On the opening drive of the ball game, Smith hauled in a 21-yard pass from QB Derek Carr to set the offense up on the Bills’ 1-yard line. The team punched the ball in two plays later for the opening score of the contest.
The 21-yard reception by Smith was his longest since Week 4 of the 2013 season (28 yards) when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills.
RB DeAndré Washington**
After a 17-yard catch by TE Jared Cook placed the Raiders at the Bills’ 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Washington caught a 4-yard pass for the Raiders’ second touchdown of the day.
The touchdown by Washington marked his first career receiving score.
The score by Washington marked the first time in his career that he has scored in back-to-back ball games after adding a rushing score in Week 7’s victory against the Chiefs.
Washington set a career high in today’s game in both receptions (eight) and receiving yards (62).
Washington totaled 88 yards from scrimmage, amassing 26 yards on the ground on six rushes, while adding his eight receptions for 62 yards.
P Marquette King
King’s first punt of the day traveled just 33 yards but was downed inside the 10-yard line. His nine punts downed inside the 10 this season are tied for first in the NFL.
King ended the day with four punts for 153 yards (38.3 avg.) with one punt downed inside the 20-yard line.
LB NaVorro Bowman led the team in tackles (11) for the second consecutive week.
WR Amari Cooper registered five receptions for 48 yards (9.6 avg.), the third consecutive game he has recorded at least five receptions.
S Shalom Luani made his first career NFL start in replace of an injured S Karl Joseph. Luani finished third on the team in tackles with seven (six solo) and added his first career pass defensed.
T Donald Penn extended his starting streak to 164 games, the longest active streak in the NFL among offensive lineman. Penn was a part of an offensive line that did not surrender a sack for the second consecutive week. The team’s 92 sacks surrendered since 2014 are the fewest in the NFL.
RB Jalen Richard rushed five times for 21 yards (4.2 avg.) and added five receptions for 35 yards (7.0 avg.). FIve receptions is a season high this season for Richard.