If anyone tells you that they expected the 2017 Buffalo Bills to be contending for a playoff position, then lets take them to Las Vegas or an extreme story telling contest. But if you ask the Oakland Raiders after the last Sunday in October's Holloween Thrashing they would would tell you that the Buffalo Bills are a real playoff contender.
The only bright spot for the Oakland Raiders was on the opening drive as they marched down the field on Buffalo for a quick score to take a 7-0 lead. After that Buffalo responded by scoring the next 27 points in the game. Matt Milano returned a fumble for a touchdown and forced another fumble against the Raiders. The rookie fifth-round pick has been sensational since taking over for the injured Ramon Humber. the Bills Defense contiued to be spectacular with Jordan Poyer out, Micah Hyde took charge of the secondary and had his fifth interception of the season. He’s the first Bill to have five interceptions in the team’s first seven games since Jairus Byrd did so in 2009.
Khalil Mack's return to Buffalo, where he played college ball at UB, was held in check all day. The Raiders’ star pass rusher didn’t put much pressure on Tyrod Taylor and had just one tackle. Jordan Mills and Cordy Glenn did a decent job keeping Mack out of the backfield.
LeSean McCoy went over the 100 yard mark for the 35th time in his career rushing for 125 yards. In the duel of the quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor did a great job of managing the game, he was 20-for-27 passing for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing touchdown and did not turn the football over. The Bills defense had Derek Carr off balance most of the game, outside of the first drive. Carr was 31-for 49 with 313 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
The Bills don't get much time to enjoy this victory, they face the New York Jets on Thursday Night Foootball.