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Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 38 Buffalo Bills 24


Here are the game notes from the Oakland Raiders 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, presented by Microsoft Surface.

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Raiders 38, Bills 24

The Raiders defeated the Bills, 38-24 for their sixth consecutive win to give them a record of 10-2 on the season to maintain a share of the AFC's best record.

Oakland now holds a two-game win streak over Buffalo after defeating the Bills by a score of 26-24 in 2014, improving the Raiders all-time series advantage to 21-17.

The win marks the first time the Raiders have started 10-2 since 2000, when they posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the AFC Championship game.

This is Oakland's first 10-win season since 2002, when the Silver and Black advanced to Super Bowl XXVII with a record of 11-5.

The Raiders' six-game win streak is their longest since 2000 and the second longest winning streak in the league this season behind the Dallas Cowboys.

The win improves Oakland's home record to 5-2. The Raiders hold a 5-0 record when they're away from home, their best start on the road since 1977. 

Game Themes

Raiders' QB Derek Carr completes his sixth fourth-quarter comeback/game-winning drive this season, a franchise record. Carr has 10 such games since 2015 and 11 in his career. First quarterback in NFL history with five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime in a season.

DE Khalil Mack recorded his seventh consecutive game with a sack, and second consecutive game with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

WR Amari Cooper eclipses 2,000 receiving yards for his career.

RB Latavius Murray ties for fifth all-time in Raiders history with 11 single-season rushing touchdowns, most since Marcus Allens' 12 in 1990.

Raiders' defense has not allowed an opposing passer to surpass 100.0 rating during their six-game winning streak. 

**QB Derek Carr


On QB Derek Carr's 19th completion of the game, he became the fourth player in NFL history with 300 completions in each of his first three seasons, joining Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Carr threw for two second-half passing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to give his team the lead for the first time in the game. His passing interception percentage of 1.1 is 6th in the NFL amongst quarterbacks with at least 300 passing attempts. His touchdown/interception ratio of 4.4 coming into today was third best in the NFL and now improves to 4.8.

Carr's 37-yard touchdown toss to WR Amari Cooper early in the fourth quarter resulted in his sixth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, most in the AFC and second in the NFL.

Carr finished 19-of-35 for 260 passing yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 97.3 

WR Amari Cooper

With his first catch of the game, a 22-yard reception, WR Amari Cooper eclipsed 2,000 career receiving yards, making him the seventh player in NFL history to record 2,000 yards receiving before the age of 23.

Cooper gave the Raiders their first lead of the game with 14:08 left in the game when he hauled in a 37-yard touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr, culminating a 5-play, 59-yard drive lasting 40 seconds.

Cooper finished with two receptions for 59 yards (29.5 avg.) and a touchdown. His 37-yard touchdown gave him his fourth receiving of 30-yards-or-more, tied for most in the NFL. 

**WR Michael Crabtree


WR Michael Crabtree scored the Raiders' first touchdown of the game with 5:22 left in the third quarter, a 3-yard touchdown reception from QB Derek Carr. Crabtree's touchdown capped off a 9-play, 75-yard drive lasting 3:44.

Crabtree's team-leading seven receiving touchdowns are tied for the most he has hauled in through the first 12 games of any season in his eight-year career.

Crabtree led all receivers in today's game with 74 receiving yards on seven receptions (10.6 avg.). 

RB Latavius Murray

Capping a five-play, 38-yard drive lasting 3:03, RB Latavius Murrayplunged into the end zone from one yard out for his 10th score on the ground this season.

Murray is the first Raiders running back to record double-digit scores on the ground in a single season since Marcus Allen (12) did so in 1990.

With one touchdown in this game, Murray has now recorded a score on the ground in consecutive games for the second time this season, as he started the first three games of the year with a score in each.

Following a S Nate Alleninterception, Murray extended the Raiders' lead to 12 with a 3-yard score, his second of the day.

In his third multi-touchdown performance of the season, Murray has now totaled 11 scores on the season, tying him for fifth most in franchise history.

Murray finished with 82 yards on the ground on 20 attempts (4.1 avg.) and two touchdowns. Murray is tied for third in the NFL with his 11 scores. Murray also added three receptions for 23 yards (7.7 avg.). 

WR Seth Roberts

Following the Raiders' second touchdown of the fourth quarter, WR Seth Roberts hauled in the two-point conversion to give Oakland a 38-24 lead with 8:37 left in the game.

The two-point conversion is the Raiders fifth of the season, Roberts' second, after recording one against Carolina last week.

Roberts' day concluded with two receptions for 14 yards (9.0 avg.) and a two-point conversion 

LB/DE James Cowser In just his second NFL game, LB/DE James Cowserrecorded his first career sack, bringing down Tyrod Taylor for a 10-yard loss. 

LB Bruce Irvin

Midway through the first quarter with Buffalo at Oakland's 3-yard line, LB Bruce Irvin took down Tyrod Taylor for a 6-yard sack, forcing the Bills to settle for three points.

The sack marked Irvin's third straight game with a sack and his fifth of the season.

Irvin finished with five tackles (four solo) and one sack. 

DE Khalil Mack

Backed up against their goal line, the Bills committed the first turnover of the game when DE Khalil Mackfound his way into the backfield, getting a hand on Tyrod Taylor's throwing arm and eventually forcing the interception by S Nate Allen.

In yet another crucial situation during the fourth quarter, Mack registered his first sack for the seventh consecutive game when bringing down Taylor for a seven-yard loss, forcing the fumble and recovering it. His sack, strip and recovery marks the second consecutive game doing so.

Mack's 14 career fourth-quarter sacks are second in franchise history dating back to 1990. 

Ended with seven tackles (four solo), one pass defensed, one forced fumble and fumble recovery in addition to his sack. 

S Nate Allen

S Nate Allen recorded the Raiders first takeaway of the game with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter. The pick marked the first of the season for Allen and his second as a Raider, as RB Latavius Murraywould then seal the game with a fourth-quarter score.

Allen finished with three tackles (one solo), one interception and one pass defensed.

K Sebastian Janikowski

The Raiders' first score of game came courtesy of K Sebastian Janikowski, who split the uprights from 47 yards out to tie the game at 3 with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter.

His first field goal of the day marked the 15th 90-point season, tying him for sixth most in NFL history with Jason Hanson and Matt Stover.

Janikowski's second field goal of the game came late in the first half, a 41-yarder to cut the Bills' lead to 10-6.

The Raiders tacked on a quick three points before the end of the half when Janikowski finished a 5-play, 57-yard drive lasting 30 seconds with a 47-yard field goal.

Janikowski finished with 12 points after three field goals and three extra points. 

P Marquette King

P Marquette King had another solid day on special teams, pinning the Bills inside the 10-yard line for his NFL-leading 14th time.

Finished the day with five punts for 221 yards (44.2 avg.) and two downed inside the 20.

Other notables

DL Denico Autry

Made his third start of the season and finished with three tackles (two solo) and one sack.

LB Perry Riley Jr.

Led the team in tackles with 10 (eight solo).

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