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Stats Wizard: All-time numbers in Bills-Raiders series

Bills vs. Raiders: 38 games all-time.

Bills record: 17-21 (.447).

Playoffs: 2-0. Winning the AFC Championship on Jan. 20, 1991, and the Divisional Round game on Jan. 15, 1994.

First game: On Oct. 23, 1960, the Bills beat the Raiders 38-9. Buffalo's fullback Wray Carlton caught three of Johnny Green's four touchdown passes – with the fourth going to Elbert Dubenion – and Archie Matsos had a pair of interceptions on defense.

Longest Bills winning streak: Three games, three separate times. Last from Dec. 11, 1988, to Dec. 8, 1991.

Longest Bills losing streak: Six games, from Oct. 15, 1967, to Oct. 15, 1972.

Most points for: Forty-four points, in a 44-21 victory on Dec. 13, 1998.

Most points against: Fifty points, in a 50-21 loss on Oct. 19, 1969. (Though, the Bills did score more points – 51 – in the AFC Championship game against the Raiders on Jan. 20, 1991).

Biggest win: Twenty-nine points, in their first ever game on Oct. 23, 1960.

Biggest loss: Forty-two points, in a 48-6 loss on Sept. 15, 1968.

All-time Bills leaders against the Raiders

Passing leaders: Jim Kelly leads with 125 pass completions. Jack Kemp tops out with 1,797 passing yards. Kelly's 60.1 completion percentage and 86.0 passer rating are the best among quarterbacks with at least 50 attempts.

Rushing leaders: Wray Carlton leads with 557 yards, while O.J. Simpson averaged 5.91 yards-per-attempts, most among players with at least 25 rushes. Thurman Thomas, Wray Carlton, and Billy Joe each had three rushing scores.

Receiving leaders: Andre Reed had 35 catches, Elbert Dubenion had 550 yards receiving and six touchdown catches – three more than second place Wray Carlton, though the two share the overall points lead with 36 each – and Paul Costa's 24.55 yards-per-catch rank first among players with at least ten catches.

Special teams leaders: Steve Christie was 5-for-7 in field goals and Scott Norwood was 5-for-8. No Bills' kicker with at least three made field goals had a perfect field goal percentage. No Bills player has ever returned a punt for a touchdown, but on Dec. 8, 1991, Al Edwards returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.

Defensive leaders: Cornelius Bennett tops the Bills sack-list against the Raiders with 5.5 and Butch Byrd had six interceptions. Gabe Northern is the only Buffalo defender to return an interception for a touchdown.

Bills single-game records against the Raiders

Passing leaders: Jim Kelly had 33 completions for 347 yards passing in a 30-27 victory on Dec. 8, 1991, but Drew Bledsoe's 32 completion went for 417 yards in a 49-31 loss on Oct. 6, 2002. Johnny Green had, as we previously mentioned, four touchdown passes in the Bills first game against the Raiders, which still stands as a team best. Daryl Lamonica had a 145.8 passer ratting in a 23-20 victory on Oct. 3, 1964, but on just ten pass attempts, Doug Flutie had a 111.7 passer rating in a 44-21 win on Dec. 13, 1998, and did so on 26 pass attempts, lending his rating a bit more credibility.

Rushing leaders: On Oct. 15, 2009, O.J. Simpson picked up 144 yards on the ground, but the Bills lost 28-16. Fred Jackson average 7.80 yards-per-touch in Buffalo's 38-35 win on Sept. 18, 2011, most ever by a Bills rusher with at least 100 yards rushing in the game. Nine different Bills have had two rushing scores in a game, with the last coming on Dec. 4, 2016, by Mike Gillislee, but Buffalo fell to the Raiders, 38-24.

Receiving leaders: Glen Bass had 12 catches in a 26-1 win on Dec. 3, 1961, matched by Bill Miller in a 12-0 victory on Oct. 5, 1963. Paul Costa set the standard for receiving yards in a 28-21 loss on Dec. 24, 1967, with 163. And Don Beebe set the single-game mark with 28.75 yards-per-catch in a 25-24 loss on Dec. 5, 1993. Wray Carlton, again in the Bills' first ever matchup against the Raiders, pulled in three touchdown catches.

Defense/special teams leaders: Cornelius Bennett and Eric Smelly each had a pair of sacks in games against the Raiders and six different Bills have had a pair of interceptions in games, but all of those games occurred in the 1960s, none since. Steve Christie, John Leypoldt, and Scott Norwood all had three field goal games against the Raiders.

Sunday’s game: The Bills are giving the Raiders 2.5 at home, I got them to win and cover: calling the winning team (4-2), calling the spread (3-2-1).

Many of the stats in this article made possible by the Pro Football Reference Play Index

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