A dominant Buffalo Bills team outplayed the Las Vegas Raiders 38-10 on Sunday at Highmark Stadium. The energy of the 70,772 in attendance was only matched by the Bills’ performance on the field, as they won all three phases of the game.
With a passer rating of 124.5, Josh Allen threw for 274 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in leading the Bills to a comfortable win. Wide receiver Gabe Davis tallied six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Nine Bills players caught at least one pass as the Bills put on an offensive clinic.
The Bills’ defense showed its prowess by putting the clamps on Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, the NFL’s leading rusher a season ago. They held him to a dismal -2 yards on the ground. The Bills further solidified their strong showing with three tackles for loss, five passes defended and two interceptions. Linebacker Matthew Milano had four total tackles and an impressive interception taken away from Jacobs, while Terrel Bernard added six total tackles and one more interception thanks to defensive end Greg Rousseau’s tipped ball.
The Raiders‘ only touchdown of the game came on their first drive. Having won the coin toss and deferring to the second half, Jimmy Garoppolo connected with three-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams for a 16-yard touchdown. Adams finished with six catches for 84 yards.
After Bernard’s interception set the Bills up in Las Vegas territory, Allen connected with wide receiver Stefon Diggs three times but faced fourth-and-1 after five plays. To put the Bills on the board, Allen converted a fourth down and set up Latavius Murray’s short touchdown run.
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The Bills’ scoring continued after a massive play from AJ Epenesa, who blocked a pass from Garoppolo on third down. An 84-yard drive led by Allen ended with a defensive pass interference call that set the Bills up at Las Vegas’ one-yard line following the spread of the ball to four receivers. For Knox’s first touchdown of the season, Allen faked a handoff and threw to him on the run.
At the half, the Bills led 21-10 after a strong defensive stand resulted in the Raiders punting from their own end zone. Wide receiver Khalil Shakir caught his first touchdown pass of the season to put the Bills ahead.
In the third quarter, the Bills converted on fourth down twice on their way to a Gabe Davis touchdown reception. Davis beat double coverage to grab Allen’s bullet pass.
Damien Harris, who also returned a kickoff 41 yards for the first time in his career, scored the final touchdown of the day for the Bills to cap off their third consecutive win over the Raiders.
Next week, the Bills will travel to Washington to play the Commanders.
The following are some key stats and facts to know:
Today’s victory marks the Bills’ 267th victory at home and brings the all-time series against the Oakland Raiders to 20-21.
Allen threw just six incompletions and finished with a 124.5 passer rating in his only other matchup against the Raiders.
In his fourth consecutive game with at least 50 all-purpose yards, James Cook finished the day with 159 yards from scrimmage.
With 4,357 receiving yards, Stefon Diggs now ranks sixth in Bills history behind Jerry Butler and Thurman Thomas.
Despite only playing one season of football at Faith Lutheran High School in nearby Summerlin, Dalton Kincaid finished with five receptions for 43 yards.
With his first touchdown reception of the season, Dawson Knox now has 21 career receiving touchdowns by a tight end, second only to Jay Riemersma.
Latavius Murray scored the first touchdown of the game for the Bills. The former Raiders sixth round pick has scored a touchdown in each of his last three meetings with his former team.
In the first half, Damien Harris returned a kickoff 41 yards for the first time in his professional career. Harris last returned a kickoff for the University of Alabama in 2015.
12:16 1Q | BUF 0 LV 7 | Jimmy Garoppolo short pass to Davante Adams for 16 yards, TOUCHDOWN
4:19 1Q | BUF 7 LV 7 | Latavius Murray short run up the middle for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN
12:10 2Q | BUF 14 LV 7 | Josh Allen pass short left to Dawson Knox for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN
6:48 2Q | BUF 14 LV 10 | Daniel Carlson 47-yard field goal is GOOD
0:18 2Q | BUF 21 LV 10 | Josh Allen pass short right to Khalil Shakir for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN
5:59 3Q | BUF 28 LV 10 | Josh Allen pass short right to Gabe Davis for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN
14:56 4Q | BUF 31 LV 10 | Tyler Bass 29-yard field goal is GOOD
5:08 4Q | BUF 38 LV 10 | Damien Harris run up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN