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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wrap-up: Bills 38, Raiders 35

By Bill Williamson


Thoughts on the Raiders' 38-35 loss to the Bills:

What it means: Well, this won’t mean much to the Raider Nation, but we have an early candidate for game of the year. Wow, what a game. What matters most in Oakland is that the Raiders blew a big lead. Oakland, which did not look tired from all of its travel on a short week, jumped out to a 21-3 lead at halftime. In the end, it was wild, three-point loss. Oakland is now 1-1.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Oakland defense betrayed it. Buffalo scored five touchdowns in the second half. Buffalo had 481 yards of offense (including a whopping 217 on the ground) and 34 first downs. Oakland has good pieces on defense, but has to find a way to start making more plays on defense. Having good players and playing poor defensively doesn’t fly.

Trending: The Raiders are still committing way too many penalties. It was flagged eight times for 85 yards. It has now been flagged 23 times for 236 yards in two games. Oakland coach Hue Jackson had officials at practice last week to help clean up the mess. Still, Oakland made critical penalties that contributed to the loss.

Passing game soaring: Who says Jason Campbell is just a game manager? He threw for 323 yards despite having several weapons out hurt. Rookie Denarius Moore looked like he did in the preseason as he had five catches for 146 yards and 25 yards on a reverse run. So, with that top-notch running game, Oakland has some things to work with on offense.

What’s next: The Raiders host the New York Jets in their home opener next Sunday. They then host New England. The schedule definitely toughens after this bitter loss.