Mike Gillislee capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown on the third play of the quarter to give the Bills a 10-3 lead. It was his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
After each team punted on its next possession, the Raiders drove inside of the Bills’ 10-yard line with three minutes left before halftime but couldn’t finish a drive that was aided by a questionable pass interference penalty on Stephon Gilmore. Derek Carr thought he had a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, but Crabtree dropped an easy score. He later took a taunting penalty, which moved the Raiders’ field-goal attempt from 26 to 41 yards, but Sebastian Janikowski converted with ease.
Janikowski, the ageless wonder, also hit from 47 yards just before halftime to cut the Bills' lead to 10-9.
DBs playing well: Former fourth overall pick Amari Cooper, who entered the game sixth in the NFL in receiving yards, didn't have a catch until the final 30 seconds of the quarter. Crabtree led the team with just 30 yards at halftime while Derek Carr completed only 9 of 17 passes for 112 yard in the first half.
Mack kept in check: The Bills did a great job neutralizing All-Pro defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack in the first half. He was in on only three tackles and didn’t record a quarterback hit. He made one tackle for loss late in the second quarter but didn’t have any game-changing plays.