The Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills will meet in Oakland this for the first time since 2005 this Sunday. This match-up marks the 37th regular season meeting between these two original American Football League franchises. The Raiders lead the all-time regular season series 19-17.
The teams first met in 1960 and split their first two meetings, the Bills won 38-9 in Buffalo and the Raiders won 20-7 in Oakland. They would meet twice a year, except for 1966, until 1968. The Bills won nine of those 17 games, including the split in '60. The Raiders won the final meeting of the decade, 50-21, in Oakland in 1969.
The Raiders and Bills only teed it up three times in the 1970s, with the Raiders taking two. The Raiders defeated the Bills 28-16 in Oakland in 1972, and 34-13 in 1977 again in Oakland. The Bills won in Buffalo, 21-20 in 1974.
Not many meetings took place in the 1980s, just four, and the teams split. After the Bills took the 1980 meeting 24-7 in Buffalo, the Raiders, now based in Los Angeles, took the next two – 27-24 in Buffalo in 1983, and 34-21 in 1987 in Los Angeles. The Bills topped the Raiders 37-21 in Buffalo in 1988.
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The series became a bit of a rivalry in the 1990s with the teams meeting six times. The teams split those six match-ups. Buffalo won 38-24 in 1990 in Western New York, and 30-27 in overtime in Los Angeles in 1991. The Raiders responded with a 20-3 win in 1992 in LA and a 25-24 victory in 1993 in Buffalo. Five years later, the Bills topped the now Oakland Raiders 44-21 in Buffalo. The following year, the Raiders stunned the Bills 20-14 in Buffalo.
The teams have met five times since 2002 with the Raiders winning three and the Bills grabbing the last two. On their way to Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders zoomed past the Bills in Buffalo 49-31, won a tight one 13-10 in Oakland and ran away with a 38-17 decision in 2005, also in Oakland. The Bills won a pair of last-second decisions in 2008 and 2011 in Buffalo.
The Bills have won the only two playoff meetings – the 1990 AFC Championship game the week after RB Bo Jackson was lost to a career-ending injury and a 1993 AFC playoff game – both in Buffalo. This week in Oakland, the Raiders hope to dampen the Bills 2014 playoff aspirations. Ten of the Raiders 19 wins in the series have come at the Oakland Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT at O.co Coliseum.