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article imageNFL: Raiders and Bills have shootout, but the Bills come out 2-0

By Austin Tyler     Sep 19, 2011 in Sports
Buffalo - These are two teams that no one ever expects much from once the season starts, but they are looking pretty good as they dual to big finish yesterday. These teams traded touchdown until the final seconds of the game.
The Buffalo Bills (2-0) hosted Oakland Raiders (1-1) in a matchup that pits to historically rich organizations against each other. Looking at this matchup you would not expect much, but both teams are coming off nice victories last week. This was a game to see who can keep their respective streak going and gain momentum on the season. The Bills finished the game with a 38-35 victory to start the season with a two-game winning streak.
Oakland opened the game with the ball, but went three and out being forced to punt the ball away. Buffalo had the same issue as they also went three and out and returned the punt back to the Raiders. They traded punts until the 3:58 mark of the first quarter when the Raiders got the ball.
The Raiders started their drive a finally got the offense going as they moved the 69-yards on 14 plays. Darren McFadden (20 Carries, 72 yards, 1 TD) got the offensive moving with a 14-yard run, and Jason Campbell (23/33, 323 yards, 2 TD’s 1 Int) started using his arm to move the ball. Michael Bush (4 carries, 23 yards, 1 TD) finished the drive for the Raiders with a one-yard run to give them a 7-0 lead.
The Bills took over on the next drive, but had trouble moving the ball as they went two plays without moving the ball. On the third play Ryan Fitzpatrick (28/46, 264 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 Int) threw an interception that. Standford Routt picked off the pass and gave the Raiders good field position.
The Raiders took advantage of the turnover and moved the ball 34-yards to score a touchdown. Campbell hit two passes and then McFadden did the rest with his legs as the Raiders ran three straight run plays to get a touchdown. McFadden ran in a five-yard touchdown to make it a 14-0 lead.
Buffalo got the ball on the ensuing kickoff and moved the ball 73-yards. Fitzpatrick got the ball moving with his arm as he hit Roscoe Parrish for his only reception of the game for 16-yards. Fitzpatrick then hit Steve Johnson (8 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD) and David Nelson (10 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD) on some big passes, but had to settle for a Ryan Lindell field-goal. Lindell kicked in a 25-yard field-goal to finally put the Bills on the board 14-3.
The Raiders took the ball and got their offense moving again as they made Campbell made two big passes McFadden (7 receptions, 71 yards, 1 TD) and Denarius Moore (5 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD). Running back Bush broke a 22-yard run to get the Raiders on the one-yard line. Campbell finished the drive off with a 1-yard run that on a quarterback sneak. The touchdown gave the 21-3 lead and the game looked like it was going to be one-sided.
The Bills took over and moved the ball 54-yards and even got Lindell in position to make a field-goal. Lindell lined up for a 39-yard field-goal but it was blocked and the half ended with the Raiders up 21-3.
Buffalo opened the second half with the ball and got the offense moving as they went 80-yards that was capped off with a big run Fred Jackson (15 carries, 117 yards, 2 TD’s). Jackson got the ball and ran 43-yards to score a touchdown that was broke lose by a big block from tight end Scott Chandler. Jackson’s run made it a 21-10 game.
The Raiders got the ball and went on the move with a good mix of run and pass. They moved the ball 45-yards before McFadden got the ball and was hit by Nick Barnett which forced him to fumble. Danny Batten recovered the ball for the Bills giving them a chance to cut the lead down. The Bills took advantage of the turnover as they moved the ball 57-yards in seven plays.
Buffalo brought out the wildcat formation with Brad Smith that got them an 11-yard gain and a first down. C.J. Spiller (4 carries, 63 yards) had a big 18-yard run and then Fitzpatrick finished off the drive with a pass to Steve Johnson. Johnson caught a 7-yard pass for a touchdown get them within four-point that made the score 21-17.
The Raiders tried to answer on their next drive, but went three and out being forced to punt. The Bills took over and got the ball going with Fitzpatrick throwing to Johnson for an 11-yard gain. He then hit his tight end Chandler for 10-yard pass that set them up on a one-yard line. Jackson then ran the ball in for his second touchdown giving them a 24-21 lead. Oakland was hit with a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the challenged flag for throwing it on a unchallengeable play.
Oakland took the ball and started moving as Campbell hit Moore and Derek Hagan (5 receptions, 61 yards) for big gains early. Moore was hit for a 25-yard catch that gave them a first down that put them on the Buffalo 18-yard line. Campbell then hit McFadden for a 12-yard touchdown that put them back ahead 27-24.
This was when the game hit full stride as it was coming to an end. Buffalo got the ball on the ensuing drive and then Fitzpatrick went to work moving the offense 77-yards on 9 plays. The Bills picked up five first downs on this drive one of them came on a defensive holding penalty. Fitzpatrick capped the drive with a pass to his tight end Chandler for a 6-yard touchdown. The touchdown put the Bills right back in front of with a 31-28 lead.
The Raiders took the ball and moved it 88-yards on five plays as they some little gains before Campbell hit Moore for a 50-yard leaping touchdown. Moore caught the ball between two defenders and put the Raiders right back a head with a 35-31 lead.
With 3:41 left in the game the Bills took over and marched the field 80-yards in 14 plays which took 3:27 off the clock. With the way the Bills were moving the ball it was like they knew they were going to score and was just milking time. They got stuck on fourth and Fitzpatrick hit Jones for a 9-yard catch. Buffalo was stuck on fourth down again and Fitzpatrick hit Nelson for a touchdown. Nelson caught a 6-yard slant that put the Bills back ahead 38-35 with just .14 seconds left.
Oakland looked like they had not chance at scoring, but made it close as they moved the ball with a 24-yard pass from Campbell to Moore. Campbell overthrew the next pass, but on the next play Campbell dropped back and let one fly to the endzone that was a hail marry. Moore went up to catch the pass, but Danorris Searcy came down with it. The play was reviewed as it appeared both of them came down with it, but the play was upheld and the game was over.
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