Despite all the optimism surrounding the Raiders after their narrow win over the Chiefs, they really couldn't get anything going against the Bills on Sunday. It was another disappointing performance from a team that looks increasingly lost this year.
Let's look at what went well and what sucked out loud.
1) The Bills defense
The Bills have quietly had one of the better defensive units in football this season as Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier have turned up the heat on opposing offenses. The Bills are tops in the league in forcing turnovers and they forced four by the Raiders.
2) LeSean McCoy
The Raiders had been doing a decent job stopping the run until McCoy busted out a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter. Give McCoy one opening and he's gone, and he's hard to keep bottled up for an entire game. He finished with 151 yards on 27 carries.
3) Bills' offensive line
These Bills are no joke, and that starts up front with their line. They kept Oakland's pass rushers at bay all day and opened huge holes in the run game.
4) Shalom Luani
In his first start, Luani had seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in relief of the injured Karl Joseph. He was very solid and flashed plenty of potential. This should earn him more playing time going forward.
1) The Weather
The Raiders have had good weather for every game so far this year except this one. The game was played in a downpour with a slippery ball and a wet field. The Raiders' special teams suffered most, unable to get a handle on Buffalo's short kickoffs. At least two of Oakland's turnivers were weather-related.
2) Derek Carr
Carr had one of his worst games as a pro on Sunday despite going over the 300-yard mark. He threw two picks, one of which was on a tipped pass, but he didn't make the quality throws he usually does. Late season football is often played in bad weather so Carr must learn to handle it.
3) Raider running game
The Raiders got no push in the running game at all. Kelechi Osemele and co. couldn't move the Bills' defensive line around and the running backs either couldn't find any holes or missed the ones that were there. Oakland rushed for 54 yards on 14 carries, playing from behind much of the day.
4) Todd Downing
Downing was brilliant with his playcalling against the Chiefs but was a total dud in Buffalo. There were checkdowns galore and plays called that made no sense. Downing's lack of offensive adjustments are also troubling. Will the team make a change sooner or later?