A highly questionable offensive pass interference penalty on Jordan Matthews took a scoring chance away from the Bills in the first quarter, but their pass defense was equally concerning.
Tyrod Taylor hit Matthews for a 27-yard catch-and-run on a third and 10 that brought the Bills down to the Raiders' 26-yard line, but Matthews was called for OPI. Replays showed cornerback TJ Carrie slipping on the turf and falling on his own.
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The penalty moved the Bills out of field-goal range, and a screen pass on third and 20 lost 3 yards. They were forced to punt on both of their first-quarter possessions, with LeSean McCoy running three times for 5 yards.
Carr slinging: The Raiders drove 81 yards in 13 plays on their opening drive before Jamize Olawale ran in from 1 yard out. Derek Carr completed four passes of 10 or more yards on the drive: 21 yards to Michael Crabtree, 21 to former Bills tight end Lee Smith, 13 to Amari Cooper and 11 to Crabtree. The Raiders seemed to be picking on cornerback Shareece Wright in the early goings. He started for the injured E.J. Gaines.
Jones involved: The Bills got struggling rookie WR Zay Jones involved on their first offensive play. He had two catches in the first quarter, matching his career high for a game.