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Third quarter analysis: Turnovers, aggressive call help Bills pull away from Raiders

The Bills continued to pull away from the Raiders in the third quarter, scoring six points off two turnovers, and Tyrod Taylor's 1-yard run finished a touchdown drive on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Bills up 27-7.

The Bills' playoff hopes were ruined in Oakland last season when they blew a 24-9 second-half lead, but all signs pointed to things going the Bills' way through three quarters.

Sean McDermott's defense created its second and third turnovers of the game in the quarter, with Mike Tolbert recovering a Jalen Richard fumble on a punt and Micah Hyde intercepting a Derek Carr pass that was tipped by Preston Brown. The Bills were only able to get field goals off of both possessions, but they gave them needed breathing room before the touchdown drive pushed the lead to 20.

Turnover streak: Hyde's interception extended the Bills' streak of games with three or more takeaways to four games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the Bills' longest streak since their all-world 2004 defense did it five games in a row.

Right call: The Bills could've kicked on fourth and goal from inside the 1 to go up 23-7, but that would've kept their lead at two possessions. They went for the touchdown instead, and Taylor was able to break the plane of the goal line for the score.

First quarter analysis: Rough OPI call takes scoring chance away from Bills (video)

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