NFL Nation: Raiders-Bills
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
We will see what Al Davis really wants to with Lane Kiffin in the coming days. If Davis wants to take his twisting-in-the-wind head coach and fire him, this is a perfect situation.
The Raiders blew a fourth-quarter lead today and lost in Buffalo. Oakland is 1-2 heading into its home game, against San Diego next week and then the Raiders have a bye.
There were rampant reports prior to Oakland's Week 2 win at Kansas City that Kiffin was likely going to be fired, win or lose. Now, after a loss, and a bad loss at that, Davis could very well fire his coach.
However, supporters of Kiffin can counter by saying that he has kept his team together during the turbulent time and that the Raiders, who were horrible in the season opener, are making progress. The Buffalo team Oakland handled for much of the game is no joke.
Maybe Kiffin is making progress here? Which way will Davis decide to go? Will he take advantage of the timing of a blown loss and fire Kiffin or will he be impressed by the strides the team is making?
Here is one thing Davis likely won't like: Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw the ball just three times in the second half. Davis is not going to like that conservative use of his young quarterback.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The buzz that has been building around the Buffalo Bills turned into full-blown rapture.
With the Miami Dolphins obliterating the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., the Bills seized the moment with a dramatic 24-23 comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders to assume sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
The Raiders, with head coach Lane Kiffin seemingly on his way to the gallows, held a nine-point lead with 6:23 left in the game, when Johnnie Lee Higgins streaked through the Bills secondary on an 84-yard catch-and-run. The play came on a third-and-10 situation and looked like a back breaker.
But the Bills were relentless. Bills QB Trent Edwards hit WR Roscoe Parrish for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:03 remaining. The defense forced a three-and-out, and Rian Lindell kicked a 38-yard field goal at the gun.
RB Marshawn Lynch overcame a slow to start, scored two touchdowns and had some clutch runs late.
Buffalo escaped in so many ways. Its offensive line had a particularly bad day. Edwards constantly had defenders in his face. He was sacked three times, fumbled once and threw his first interception of the season. Fullback Darian Barnes and wide receiver Lee Evans also lost fumbles.
Field position was a problem. The Bills started on their own 13- and 11-yard lines in the first quarter. Their starting points in the second half were their own 22, 1, 12, 4 and 32.