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First-quarter analysis: Sammy Watkins finds the end zone

Sammy Watkins' touchdown drought is a thing of the past.

The Buffalo Bills' rookie receiver found the end zone Sunday against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum.

Watkins caught a 42-yard pass from Kyle Orton for a touchdown on the Bills' first possession, beating cornerback DJ Hayden in one-on-one coverage. Protection on the play was perfect, giving the route time to develop and Orton room to step into the throw.

The play marked Watkins' first touchdown since Week Eight against the New York Jets, and his longest reception in that span, as well.

Tough start: C.J. Spiller's return to the Bills' lineup has not produced the desired results through one quarter. Spiller has three carries, for minus -8 yards on the Bills' first three possessions. With Spiller back in the lineup, the Bills made running back Bryce Brown a healthy inactive.

The real deal: Oakland rookie Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product, is legit. Mack made three tackles in the first quarter, including on the Bills' first play from scrimmage, when he dropped running back Fred Jackson for no gain.

 

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