Op­por­tunis­tic BILLS rout sloppy RAIDERS

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN WAWROW

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. — Kyle Wil­liams is get­ting tired of hear­ing about the skep­tics count­ing out the Buf­falo Bills.

34-14 win over the Oak­land Raiders on Sun­day might get the doubters to start be­liev­ing.

“I don’t know how many times we have to an­swer the ques­tion, but I don’t care what any­body thinks,” the 12-year vet­eran de­fen­sive tackle said.

“We bring guys in and they go out there and they play for the team and they give it all that they’ve got. There’s a lot to love about that.”

What’s not to love about a Bills team that im­proved to 5-2 to match its best start during a 17year post­sea­son drought — the long­est ac­tive streak in North Amer­ica’s four ma­jor pro­fes­sional sports leagues.

Rookie line­backer Matt Mi­lano scored the go-ahead touch­down on a 40-yard fum­ble re­turn on a rain-slick field. And the Bills in­jury- and star-de­pleted de­fense forced four turnovers while play­ing mi­nus two starters in the de­fen­sive back­field and two days after trad­ing their high­est-paid player, de­fen­sive tackle Mar­cell Dareus , to Jacksonville.

“This team just shows you heart,” run­ning back LeSean McCoy said. “It’s hard to go against the eye of the tiger, a team that will claw and fight you to the end. It’s hard to beat a team like that.”

After al­low­ing Jamize Olawale

to score on a 1-yard touch­down run on Oak­land’s open­ing drive, the Bills re­sponded by scor­ing the next 27 points.

Ty­rod Tay­lor threw a 6-yard touch­down pass to An­dre Holmes and scored on a 1-yard run. McCoy had a sea­son-best 151 yards rush­ing and also scored on a 48yard run.

The Raiders (3-5) were sloppy and in­ef­fec­tive in be­ing out-played in all three phases. Oak­land lost for the fourth time in five games, and dread­fully failed to carry over the mo­men­tum fol­low­ing its dra­matic 31-30 come-from-be­hind vic­tory over Kansas City on Oct. 19.

“We know we’ve got a great of­fense, so when we’re not able to put plays to­gether and fin­ish drives, it’s def­i­nitely frus­trat­ing,” run­ning back DeAn­dre’ Wash­ing­ton said. “We’ve got to dust our­selves off and have a great sec­ond half to the sea­son.”

With a steady driz­zle fall­ing for much of the af­ter­noon, Wash­ing­ton be­gan the Raiders string of turnovers in the fi­nal minute of the first half.

Catch­ing a short pass over the mid­dle, he turned up field only to be struck from be­hind by cor­ner­back Leonard John­son. The ball popped loose and landed di­rectly in the hands of Mi­lano, who re­turned it up the right side­line.

The Raiders then turned the ball over on each of their first two pos­ses­sions of the sec­ond half. Mi­lano, start­ing in place of Ramon Hum­ber (bro­ken right thumb), forced Jalen Richard to fum­ble a punt re­turn, and then Derek Carr’s pass over the mid­dle was tipped by line­backer Pre­ston Brown, and in­ter­cepted by safety Micah Hyde.

The turnovers led to Stephen Hauschka hit­ting 35- and 44-yard field goals.

“Clearly (turnovers) were the big­gest fac­tor,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “Not many peo­ple are win­ning with mi­nus-4.”

Oak­land Raiders run­ning back DeAn­dre Wash­ing­ton (33) fum­bles the ball as he is hit by Buf­falo Bills de­fen­sive back Leonard John­son (24) during the first half of an NFL foot­ball game in Or­chard Park, N.J. on Sun­day. AP/ADRIAN KRAUS PHOTOS

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