It certainly wasn't pretty, but the Bills managed to complete a fourth-quarter comeback to win for the second straight week. The Bills won the contest 24-23 after Rian Lindell kicked a 38-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights as time expired.
The winning field goal came after two impressive scoring drives put together by Trent Edwards, who didn't have his best game in the first three quarters. The first of the two, late fourth-quarter drives ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Parrish that narrowed the score to 23-21, with Oakland clinging to the lead.
The Bills defense then came out and stuffed Oakland by forcing a three-and-out, which set up another offensive opportunity for the Bills. Edwards completed two passes in a row up the middle to Josh Reed and Roscoe, for 11 and 16 yards. Marshawn Lynch grinded out another 19 yards to inch Lindell closer for the winning field goal.
Edwards and the Bills struggled throughout the majority of the game committing errors that Oakland was able to convert into points. The team was flagged for four penalties that cost them 25 yards, which is unusual for the usually disciplined team under Dick Jauron. Edwards was solely responsible for two turnovers including a fumble and an interception that was picked off by DeAngelo Hall in the third quarter. Another two fumbles came from Darian Barnes and Lee Evans.
Edwards finished the game 24-of-39 for 279 yards with both a touchdown and an interception. Marshawn Lynch was again held under 100 yards, finishing with 83 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Roscoe Parrish was the one to pull in Edwards' pass for the lone receiving touchdown of the game, but Josh Reed led the team with 72 receiving yards on six receptions.
Despite the game winning field goal, the Bills' special teams had an unusually off day. On the very first play of the game, Johnnie Lee Higgins returned the opening kickoff 69 yards to put the Raiders in very good field position to start off the game. Lindell missed a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter, and the field goal unit also botched a fake field goal attempt early in the game. Shane Lechlar's many pretty punts were able to effectively neutralize Roscoe Parrish on punt returns and save for one 56-yard return by Leodis McKelvin the kickoff returns weren't much better.
The Bills defense fared slightly better than the other two units by keeping the Raiders to only 247 total yards on offense. They again kept the opposition to a sub-100 yard performance on the ground, and kept JaMarcus Russell to 156 yards through the air. The Bills defense also created a turnover of its own when Chris Kelsay hacked Russell's arm to jar the ball loose, which allowed Paul Posluszny to snatch up the fumble almost immediately.
The game may not have been the best performance for an improving Bills team, but it still ended with a win. The Bills are now a perfect 3-0 for the first time since 1992, and finally sit alone on top of an AFC East division that has been dominated by the New England Patriots for the better part of this decade.
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