Buffalo Bills use LeSean McCoy, turnovers to bury Oakland Raiders in blowout

By Jonah Bronstein, The Sports Xchange
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on December 20, 2015. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on December 20, 2015. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills' defense forced four turnovers and scored 13 points off a flurry of three takeaways in a span of five minutes during their 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Buffalo entered the game leading the NFL in turnover margin and had its fourth straight game with at least three takeaways, extending the NFL's longest streak.


LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown and Tyrod Taylor had 165 passing yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) for the Bills, who improved to 5-2 for the first time since 2011.

Rookie linebacker Matt Milano returned a fumble for a touchdown and forced a fumble that led to a field goal.

The turnovers disrupted a Raiders offense that had seemed to find its footing by gaining 505 yards in last week's win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Oakland (3-5) fumbled four times and lost two of them.


David Carr was 31-of-49 passing for 313 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. DeAndre Washington accounted for 88 total yards (26 rushing, 62 receiving) and a touchdown, but lost a fumble that led to the Bills' go-ahead touchdown just before halftime. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 83 yards.

McCoy put the game away with a 48-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining in the game. It was McCoy's longest gain of the season.

The Raiders cut Buffalo's lead to 27-14 when Carr connected with Washington for a 4-yard touchdown on fourth down with 10:54 left.

Taylor leaped and reached across the goal line to score a touchdown on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line to put the Bills ahead 27-7 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Buffalo scored 13 points on three Raiders turnovers in a span of 5:00 to build a 20-7 lead early in the second half.

Milano knocked the ball away from Jalen Richard on a punt return to give the Bills the ball at the Raiders' 14 and Stephen Hauschka's 35-yard field goal made it 17-7 3:16 into the third quarter.


Safety Micah Hyde's interception of a pass tipped by linebacker Preston Brown on the third play of Oakland's ensuing drive led to a 44-yard Hauschka field goal that extended the Bills' lead to 20-7.

The Bills took a 14-7 lead with 32 seconds left in the first half when cornerback Leonard Johnson forced Washington to fumble and Milano picked the ball out of the air and dashed 40 yards for his first career touchdown.

Taylor tossed a 6-yard touchdown to former Raiders receiver Andre Holmes to tie the game at 7-7 midway through the second quarter. Holmes caught a third-down pass two plays before the touchdown.

The Raiders drove 81 yards on their first series and established an early lead on fullback Jamize Olawale's 1-yard touchdown run. Olawale converted a fourth-and-1 run earlier in the drive.

NOTES: The Bills inducted 1962 AFL MVP Carlton Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist onto their Wall of Fame during a halftime ceremony. Gilchrest helped the Bills win the AFL championship in 1964. ... Raiders FB Jamize Olawale injured his hamstring on a 65-yard kickoff return that was negated by a holding penalty. ... Raiders CB David Amerson (foot) and SS Karl Joseph (groin) did not play. ... The Bills were without FS Jordan Poyer (knee), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) and TE Charles Clay (knee). ... Bills DT Adolphus Washington entered the starting lineup following Friday night's trade of Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... The Raiders remain the only NFL defense without an interception.


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