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Third-quarter analysis: Defense in 'bend but don't break' mode

Once again, the Buffalo Bills' defense is giving the team a fighting shot.

The Bills trail the Oakland Raiders, 19-10, after three quarters at O.co Coliseum -- but it could be worse.

Oakland drove into Buffalo territory on each of its possessions to start the second half, but both times had to settle for field goals from Sebastian Janikowski.

Each of Oakland's field goals came after the bumbling Buffalo offense was forced to punt.

By a nose: Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera picked up a first down with less than 5 minutes to go in the third quarter by the nose of the football -- literally. The Bills dropped eight into coverage and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr dumped the ball to Rivera in the flat. His run after the catch gave him 5 yards, exactly the amount needed to move the sticks after a measurement. Rivera was the intended receiver on each of the failed third-down plays before the Raiders' two field goals.

Career long: Bills receiver Chris Hogan had a nice run after the catch late in the quarter for a 31-yard gain, establishing a new career long reception. The play gave the Bills a first down at midfield.

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