If the Buffalo Bills are going to have a shot at the postseason next weekend, they're going to have to dig out an ugly, scrappy win over the Oakland Raiders this evening. Their play has been ugly thus far, but they only trail the Raiders 13-10 at halftime.
Things started out well enough, with Kyle Orton hitting Sammy Watkins for a 42-yard touchdown to give the Bills an early 7-0 lead. The defense was humming along as usual. But then Orton threw an interception to Charles Woodson, the Bills' defense gave up a big play over the top, and then the offense stalled as the Raiders built some momentum and took a 13-7 lead. A big part of that run: an injury to Marcell Dareus (he's out for the rest of the game), which allowed the Raiders to rack up some ground yardage.
Orton hit Watkins for a solid gain to set up a 54-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter to close out the half, and despite the ugly play, the Bills are still very much in this contest. Again: they need a win to have a shot at the postseason. Let's see if they play with that sense of urgency in the second half and pick up a much-needed win. They'll have the ball first. Go Bills!