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Second half open thread: Bills lead Raiders 10-9

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The Bills will receive the ball to start the second half.

The 6-5 Buffalo Bills have hung in with the 9-2 Oakland Raiders, through the first half of their game at the Coliseum in Oakland. A Sebastian Janikowski field goal wrapped up the first thirty minutes by setting the score at 9 for the Raiders, against Buffalo’s 10.

The Bills showed some vulnerabilities on defense in the first half, giving up a few big running plays and leaving holes in the zone versus Oakland’s explosive offense, but some penalty luck and effective short yardage play helped the team to hold Oakland in check.

Buffalo’s offense started out hot with a surprising emphasis on the pass. Tyrod Taylor began the first half 10 of 11 for 110 yards, and the team drove down to the final ten yards of the field on two drives. One of those stalled when Taylor was sacked searching for a target, while the other finished with a Mike Gillislee touchdown run.

Buffalo won the coin toss to begin the game, and they’ll start with the ball in the second half. If they maintain the lead, a win against the AFC’s second seed would be a major boost to Buffalo’s slim playoff chances. Let’s go Buffalo!