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Vic Carucci's Points After: Bills 34, Raiders 14

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Here's a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory against the Oakland Raiders Sunday at New Era Field:

This team's for real: The Bills won a game they had to win to make the strongest statement yet that they are a legitimate contender. The Raiders were a playoff team last season and are considered one of the more explosive clubs in the AFC. Yet the Bills' defense, despite missing two starters in the secondary and being without high-priced tackle Marcell Dareus who was traded after his best game of the season, forced four turnovers.

It was the Bills' fourth game in a row with three or more takeaways. It is the longest active such streak in the NFL and the Bills' longest since 2004.

Look who's (still) scoring at home: The Bills scored at least 20 points in 13 consecutive home games to extend their team record. The previous mark was 10, from Dec. 8, 1963, to Sept. 26, 1965. It's also the longest active streak in the NFL and longest since the New Orleans Saints' 13-game streak from Oct. 4, 2015, to Nov. 27, 2016.

Rookies make their scoring mark: With a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown, linebacker Matt Milano became the second rookie to score on such a play for the Bills, a first in franchise history. Cornerback Tre'Davious White became the first with his fumble return for a TD on Oct. 1 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Kyle, Lorenzo, Tyrod milestones: Kyle Williams started his 153rd game for the Bills. That allowed him to surpass Fred Smerlas (152) for the second-most starts by a defensive lineman in club history.

Lorenzo Alexander played in the 150th game of his 11-year NFL career, while quarterback Tyrod Taylor played in the 50th game of his seven NFL seasons.

Micah's thievery: Micah Hyde became the first Bills player with five interceptions in the first seven games of a season since Jairus Byrd do so in 2009.

Taylor TD moves him to 2nd: Tyrod Taylor pushed his career total for rushing touchdowns to 11 and past Joe Ferguson (10) to sit alone in second place for most rushing TDs by a Bills quarterback. Jack Kemp holds the franchise record with 25.

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Shady gets 100 and rings a Bell: LeSean McCoy had the 35th 100-yard rushing day of his nine-year NFL career. It was also his second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort against the Raiders. Also, in the last five seasons, McCoy has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards, which is the most in the NFL during that span.

With his third game of the season with 20 rushing attempts and five receptions, LeSean McCoy joined Greg Bell as the only running backs in Bills history to do so. Bell achieved that feat in 1985.

Milano ends long TD drought for Bills LBs: Milano's score made him the first Bills linebacker to score a TD since London Fletcher in 2006 against the New England Patriots. On the play, cornerback Leonard Johnson forced the sixth forced fumble of his six-year NFL career and first with the Bills.

Hauschka reaches 900: With a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter, Stephen Hauschka has moved beyond the 900-point mark for his NFL career. He becomes the 11th active kicker to reach 900 points.

Counting the house: The Bills announced that 69,500 tickets were distributed. A fair number were used on a damp, chilly day. But there were plenty of warm smiles throughout New Era Field.

Up next: It'll be a quick turnaround as the Bills face the New York Jets, who fell to 3-5 with Sunday's 25-20 loss against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. The Bills beat the Jets, 21-12, in their Sept. 10 season-opener at home.

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