It's time once again to check out the latest history between our Buffalo Bills and this week's opponent, the Oakland Raiders. If you like good memories, you will love the fact that I do these in reverse order. Feel free to read the first one and skip the rest if you're looking to preserve good mojo.
December 13, 1998: Bills 44, Raiders 21
Late in the '98 season the Bills were in need of a win and they got it. Using two defensive scores (a 13 yard fumble recovery for a TD by Phil Hansen and a 40 yard Gabe Northern int for a TD), the Bills rolled over the Raiders to help propel them to the playoffs. After starting 0-3 the Bills go 10-3 down the stretch to make the playoffs, where they lost to the Dolphins 24-17 in the first round. The Raiders finished 8-8.
October 17, 1999: Raiders 20, Bills 14
Antowain Smith rumbles for a 52 yard TD run 5:44 into the game but does little else after that, finishing with 5 carries for 57 yards. Doug Flutie had a rough game going 19 of 41 for 210 yards with 3 picks. Despite the loss the Bills still made the playoffs finishing 11-5; those playoffs ended for Buffalo with the Music City... well, you know. The Raiders finished 8-8 for the second straight year.
October 6, 2002: Raiders 49, Bills 31
Eric Moulds (8 receptions, 112 yards) and Peerless Price (7 for 126 and a score) both have huge days, but a Phillip Buchanon 81 yard INT for a TD seals it late for the Raiders. The Bills finish another mediocre season going 8-8, while the Raiders finished 11-5 and made it to the Super Bowl, where they got thumped by the Bucs 48-21.
September 19, 2004: Raiders 13, Bills 10
The Bills start the season with two straight 13-10 losses, after dropping the opener to the Jags by the very same 13-10 score. There really wasn't anything good to say about this one other then the fact that Brian Moorman had a 24 yard pass... whoo. The Bills did rebound after an 0-4 start to finish 9-7, and of course lost to Steelers scrubs on the last day of the regular season to miss out on the playoffs. The Raiders finished 5-11.
October 23, 2005: Raiders 38, Bills 17
LaMont Jordan almost single-handedly beats the Bills by finishing the day with 122 yards on 28 carries, including 3 scores. As bad as the Raiders were that year (they finished 4-12) they still were able to dominate the Bills who finished 5-11.