Oakland's offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and not only opened the door for RB LaMont Jordan but also handled Buffalo's relentless blitzing with relative ease. That kept the heat off Kerry Collins, whose 113.3 QB rating was the highest of the season.
Getting a 14-point lead early in the second half allowed Oakland's defensive line to get after Bills QB Kelly Holcomb, who was sacked three times, twice by Derrick Burgess who now has seven sacks on the year.
Oakland's three rookie defensive backs -- Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt and Chris Carr -- all played well in significant action after Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson went out with injuries.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Losing Charles Woodson is a huge blow no matter how well the back-ups played in his place. The early read is 6-8 weeks, which could mean Woodson -- a potential free agent at season's end -- has played his last game with the Raiders.
Two plays after Bills QB Kelly Holcomb fumbled early in the third quarter, Oakland QB Kerry Collins and center Adam Treu fumbled an exchange and gave the ball back to Buffalo, which then marched 62 yards for a touchdown.
The Raiders had Buffalo stopped and ready to punt in the first quarter when Nnamdi Asomugha and Bills WR Eric Moulds were called for offsetting penalties. On the re-try, Buffalo converted the third-down attempt and went on to score its first TD of the game.
Tackling continued to be a problem for the defense and that helped Buffalo stay close before things fell apart. The tackling problems were particularly glaring on the Bills' two touchdown drives.
What went right & wrong against Bills
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