Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wrap-up: Bills 38, Raiders 35
By James Walker
Let's take a look at the Buffalo Bills' come from behind, 38-35, victory over the Oakland Raiders.
What it means: The Bills showed tremendous heart by overcoming a 21-3 halftime deficit to win at home. Buffalo also needed a late, 6-yard touchdown catch by receiver David Nelson to win the game on its final drive. Buffalo is one of the NFL's biggest surprises. The Bills improved to 2-0 and remain tied for first place in a deep and competitive AFC East division.
High-scoring Bills: Buffalo's offense is fun to watch. The aggressive Bills have scored 79 points the past two weeks. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick started slow this week but had a solid second half. He finished with 264 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Fitzpatrick also stayed poised on the final, game-winning drive for Buffalo.
Jackson runs wild: Fred Jackson said before the season that he deserves to be viewed as a No. 1 running back. Now, he's running like it. Jackson was the star of Buffalo's offense with 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. Oakland's run defense had no answer for Jackson, who took advantage of his limited touches. His biggest play was a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during Buffalo's second-half comeback.
What's next: The upstart Bills overcame a very tough game against Oakland. But Buffalo has its toughest test to date next week against the AFC East rival New England Patriots. The Bills will be playing their second straight game at home. They made a strong statement by improving to 2-0. But the Bills have a chance to make an even bigger statement against the Patriots next week.