The Buffalo Bills were only three-point underdogs on the road Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, leaders of the NFL's most competitive division.
I didn't get it. What did Las Vegas know?
Our resident handicapper, St. Joe's and Buffalo State grad Joe Staniszewski, expressed equal confusion during his Wednesday call from Las Vegas to "The Tim Graham Show" on SportsRadio 1270 The Fan.
I made the Raiders my best bet in the weekly staff picks.
Silly me. The Raiders spotted the Bills a 15-point lead that withstood deep into the third quarter.
LeSean McCoy was the best player on the field. Mike Gillislee scored two touchdowns. Tyrod Taylor was effective through the air despite the short-handed receiving crew.
The Bills fully were in command.
Final score: Raiders 38, Bills 24.
Down the stretch, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looked every bit the part of an NFL marquee man, their running backs ran through big fissures and the Raiders' sluggish defense morphed into something resembling their glory years.
Rex Ryan's squad had wilted.
Then it showed almost no sense of urgency as time evaporated.
University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack tipped the back point of the ball when Taylor tried to throw out of the end zone. The wobbly loft was picked off, setting up Oakland for the touchdown that put them ahead 14 points.
On the next series, Mack strip-sacked Taylor and recovered the fumble.
Buffalo over its past six games has surrendered two double-digit leads late in the third quarter and lost. They were ahead of the Miami Dolphins by 11 points in Week Seven.
Little playoff help was obtained elsewhere. The Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens all won Sunday.
Buffalo's defense has given up an average of 29 points over the past five games.
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