Bills Recap and Preview
After dismantling the Chiefs 41-7 the week before, the Buffalo Bills returned home to take on the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders beat the Broncos the week before on a record tying 63-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, and looked to spoil the Bills home opener. With the Bills trailing 35-31, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson on a 6-yard touchdown pass with only 14 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Bills 38-35.
Oakland looked to have the game in complete control leading 21-3 at the half. Jason Campbell threw for 323 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Raiders. While Darren McFadden carried the ball twenty times for seventy-two yards and a touchdown.
The real story of this game came in the second half when the Bills scored on all five of their possessions in the second half. Fred Jackson opened up the second half for the Bills scoring on a drive that took only three plays. Fred Jackson finished the drive on the third play with a 43-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 21-10. On Oakland’s next drive McFadden fumbled setting up Fitzpatrick’s first touchdown to Johnson on a seven-yard pass over the middle.
The rest of the game turned into an offensive shoot-out. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Fred Jackson continued dominating on the ground accumulating 117 yards on only 15 carries. Jackson also scored twice.
The Buffalo Bills currently lead the league in rushing yards entering their week 3 matchup against their rival New England Patriots. The Patriots are also 2-0 and are tied at the top of the AFC East with the Bills and the New York Jets.
The Bills should be able to throw against the Patriots, who rank 31st in the league in opponents passing yards. The Bills will need to win the time of possession battles if they want to have a shot to win this game. The Patriots rank 1st in the league in passing yards and Brady looks as comfortable as ever. The Bills do not have much of a pass rush, which is why they will need a big game from their secondary.
Despite showing a strong offensive start to the season, I think that the Patriots offense will be too much for the Bills, and Tom Brady will once again show the Bills why he has three superbowl rings.
Final score 31-21 Patriots.