The Bills offense started its first drive in unusual fashion, opening with six consecutive passing plays before handing off to LeSean McCoy.
It worked, though, as the Bills drove all the way down to the Raiders’ 3-yard line before Tyrod Taylor got sacked on third down, forcing them to settle for a 27-yard field goal. Neither Sammy Watkins nor LeSean McCoy was on the field for the third-down play.
Taylor hit Watkins twice on the drive (while going 6 for 7 for 75 yards) after not targeting him until the second quarter last week.
With starting cornerback Ronald Darby out with a concussion, the Bills were able to hold Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to just 2 of 7 for 31 yards in the first quarter. He had a 51-yard pas to Amari Cooper called back by an illegal formation penalty on the right tackle, but Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal tied the game at 3.
On their second possession, the Bills drove into red zone for a scoring drive that was completed in the second quarter. Mike Gillislee had the big gain, picking up 29 yards on his first carry.
Carpenter passes LT: With his first field goal, Dan Carpenter passed Hall of Fame shoo-in LaDainian Tomlinson for 59th on the NFL’s all-time scoring list (975 points). Only 57 players have ever surpassed 1,000 points.