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Raiders Upset Bills 26-24
Bills eliminated from playoffs as season comes to a crashing halt.
by Steve Saslow
Week 16
Bills  24
Raiders  26
Gameday Grades
The Skinny:
While everyone was wondering what it would take to get the Bills into the playoffs we all forgot that the first piece of the puzzle was a victory against the two win Raiders. The team forgot that as well as they played their worst game of the year in a 26-24 loss that eliminated them from a playoff berth for a 15th consecutive season. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes using big pass plays to on both scoring drives. Sebastian Janikowksi hit four field goals to lead the Raiders to the upset win. Kyle Orton was widely inaccurate most of the game despite throwing a 42 yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, a 29 yard scoring pass to Scott Chandler, and a 30 yarder to Robert Woods with 1:09 to play that brought them to within two but they didn't recover the onside kick and the game was oaver. The Watkins score gave the Bills an early 7-0 lead but they seemed to stop playing after that. Chandler's score pulled them to within two at 19-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter but the Raiders responded with a huge touchdown.

The Turning Point:
50 Yard Bomb: With the Bills leading 7-0 late in the first quarter Carr found Kenbrell Thompkins for a 50 yard gain to the Bills 4. They scored two plays later and had the momentum pretty much the rest of the way.

The Big Drive:
The Raiders Clinching TD Drive: Carr hit a 51 yard pass on 3rd and 22 to Andre Holmes as he leaped over Corey Graham for the catch. Dareen McFadden followed it up with a 26 yard run and the game was over when the drive was capped off by a 1 yard TD pass.

Stat I Did Like:
None: There was nothing to like in this game.

Stat I Didn't Like:
First Half Ground Game: The Bills ran the ball 10 times in the first half for 5 yards on their way to 13 yards on the ground for the entire game.

Quick Slants:
- The Bills got some help in their battle to make the playoffs with the Ravens and Chiefs losing earlier in the day. Of course it didn't matter when they layed an egg in Oakland which makes this loss that much tougher to take.
- The Bills won the toss but made the right call to defer which put their best unit on the field first. The Raiders went three and out in that series and the next two as well.
- Orton went 4 of 4 for 61 yards on the Bills first series that ended in a touchdown.

Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article:
RG Erik Pears vs. SLB Khalil Mack: Winner: Mack. He moved around but went up against Henderson most of the game and owned him. He was constantly in the backfield.
WR Sammy Watkins vs. CB D.J. Hayden: Winner: Watkins. He had a nice bomb for a touchdown and was open on several other plays but Orton struggled to get the ball to him.
DE Mario Williams vs. RT Khalif Barnes: Winner: Barnes. Super Mario was just human against a bad offensive line.
CB Stephon Gilmore vs. WR James Jones: Winner: Gilmore. He didn't really give anything until an 11 yard completion on 3rd and 10 in the third quarter. He got hurt on the play and did not return.

Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out:
1. Avoid The Letdown: Failure! They scored first but then letdown as they allowed the Raiders to hang around with two turnovers and giving up one big play on defense.
2. Commit To The Running Game: Failure! It probably didn't matter since when they did run they were unsuccessful but they were committed to throwing the football on this day.
3. Vertical Passing Game: Success! They took many shots downfield early including the 42 yard scoring pass to Watkins.

My Take:
Just when you think there was a culture change and the Bills were turning the corner the nightmare of the past 15 years reared its ugly head once again. Everything fell into place for the Bills today in the playoff race except they forgot to show up against a lousy two win team and got beat by the Raiders. There isn't much left to say except boy is it painful being a Bills fan. 15 years and counting since the Bills last postseason berth the curse continues and shows no signs of coming to an end.

What's Ahead:
It's hard to believe but another football season is coming to an end. The Bills travel to New England in hopes of getting their first win ever at Gillette Stadium but it is a complete letdown that it won't mean much more.

  • None - Complete clunker deserves no gameballs.

  • Goats
  • Seantrel Henderson - He was a human turnstile for Kahlil Mack.
  • Kyle Orton - Inaccurate, Ineffective, Unwatchable, just terrible.
  • Corey Graham - He played well but giving up the long bomb on 3rd and 22 was the backbreaker.
  • C.J. Spiller - His only positive play on the ground he fumbled. He didn't do anything well.

  • Player Of The Week
  • None - Terrible loss.

  • Positional Breakdown and Grades Gamebook
    Raiders Game Preview
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    2014 Buffalo Bills
    Record: (8-7) Division: (3-2)
    vs AFC: (4-7) vs NFC: (4-0)
    Home: (5-3) Road: (3-4)
    Place: t-2nd

    Team Rankings: Through Week 15
    Total Offense: 23rd
    Passing: 19th
    Rushing: 23rd
    Total Defense: 5th
    Passing: 5th
    Rushing: 9th

    Player Of The Week
    None - Total clunker of a loss to end their playoff dreams.

    The Bills are now...
    22-37 in December since 2000
    3-13 in primetime since 2001.
    96-143 since 2000.
    28-51 in the 2nd half of the year since 2005.
    53-59 in home games since 2001.
    8-23 in road games since 2011.
    12-34 in road divison games since 2000.
    5-14 in their last 19 road games.
    3-11 in their last 14 road divison games.
    20-14 in OT.
    8-19-1 when allowing a safety.
    32-78 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
    29-56 against the AFC East since 2001.
    12-29 against the AFC East since 2008.
    11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
    29-10 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
    5-5 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
    5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
    43-32 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
    12-3 when Fred Jackson runs for 100 yards.

    Did you know...
    The Bills will go through a season where they have never been below .500 for the first time since 1996.
    The Bills swept in NFC team for the first time since 2004.
    The Bills Receivers have six 100 yard receiving games, the most for the team since 2002.
    Dan Carpenter is the first Bills with back to back 100 point seasons since Rian Lindell in 2008 and 2009.
    Kyle Williams has 34 career sacks moving him into 9th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.
    Fred Jackson is third in NFL history for most career yards rushing by an undrafted free .
    Sammy Watkins is the first Bills rookie to have four 100 yard receiving games in a season. First Bill overall since Lee Evans in 2008.
    Sammy Watkins broke the club's rookie receiving yards record a week after breaking the rookie completion record.
    Marcell Dareus leads all defensive tackles with 10 sacks.
    C.J. Spiller is now in 8th place on the team's all time rushing list.
    Robert Woods has at least one catch in 28 consecutive games.
    Fred Jackson set a single season personal high in receiving yards.
    Fred Jackson is the 5th Bill to accumulate 8,000 yards from scrimmage in his Bills career.
    Fred Jackson is in 2nd place on the all-time team list for receptions from a RB; 5th overall.
    Fred Jackson is 4th on the all-time team list with 30 rushing TDs. His next rushing TD will move him into a tie with Cookie Gilchrist for 3rd place.

     2014 Schedule
    Click on the final score for Bills Daily review/analysis of the game.
    Sept. 7@ Chicago W 23-20 OT
    Sept. 14Miami W 29-10
    Sept. 21San Diego L 22-10
    Sept. 28@ Houston L 23-17
    Oct. 5@ Detroit W 17-14
    Oct. 12New England L 37-22
    Oct. 19Minnesota W 17-16
    Oct. 26@ NY Jets W 43-23
    Nov. 2Bye
    Nov. 9Kansas City L 17-13
    Nov. 13@ Miami L 22-9
    Nov. 23NY Jets W 38-3
    Nov. 30Cleveland W 26-10
    Dec. 7@ Denver L 24-17
    Dec. 14Green Bay W 21-13
    Dec. 21@ Oakland L 26-24
    Dec. 28@ New England 1:00


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