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Buffalo Bills News - December 5, 2016

Marker Bills shell-shocked by stunning collapse against Raiders [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The turn of events almost defied description. One minute, the Bills were leading, 24-9 ... the next, they were giving up 29 unanswered points on the way to falling to 6-6 and virtual elimination from the playoffs.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor has few answers on and off the field in Oakland [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor used four words or less to answer four questions in his postgame press conference. Perhaps that’s fitting. If he didn’t have any answers on the field, why should he be expected to after the game?'

Marker Raiders punter Marquette King blames Nickell Robey-Coleman for his stupid penalty [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'King responded by doing a celebration with the penalty flag that earned him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.'

Marker Bills blow 15-point lead for just the third time this millennium [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The others losses: The 2011 finale against the Patriots (that was actually on Jan. 1, 2012) and a Dec. 4 game against the Dolphins in 2005.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Bills go to pieces on the road (again) [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I should have known better. Long-suffering Bills watchers know better by now. They have a library of regrettable history as a guide. This is what the Bills do. They raise people's hopes, nudge their fans into a state of belief, and then, as always, they come crashing to Earth when it truly matters.'

Marker Tim Graham: Bills' offense is quaint – good for old-school stats, not for winning [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo simply doesn't have the passing game to compete. The offensive line is talented enough to pass block. Tyrod Taylor adds an effective running dimension that worries defensive coordinators.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Khalil Mack is a nightmare come to life, Gillislee makes impact & more [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We knew we had to get those defensive stops and stay disciplined in our game plan,” Mack said. “We did that and we shut them down well in the (second) half.”'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills showed they were capable of winning ... and then woke up [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor didn't help his own cause by showing poor decision-making and too often panicking and scrambling rather than maintaining poise and finding open receivers. And there were open receivers that he simply didn't find or overthrew or underthrew.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Raiders 38, Bills 24 [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' season is, for most practical purposes, over. They likely needed to win all of their remaining five games to have a shot at making the playoffs as a wild-card team. Now, they're on the verge of elimination with four games left.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Raiders picked apart Bills coverage plan [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'By quick count, the Bills rushed three and dropped eight on 12 pass plays. But Raiders quarterback Derek Carr still was good enough in the fourth quarter to pick apart the Bills’ zones. Buffalo blitzed five or more on just six plays. In a perfect world, the Ryan brothers would like to attack more than that. Ironically, Carr beat one of those few blitzes for the game’s go-ahead touchdown.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Bills struck by Mack truck, crash into ditch [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The weird thing about their 38-24 loss to the Raiders was the Bills showed no apparent signs of driving off the road. They were cruising along, enjoying the peace and serenity of a Sunday afternoon drive when suddenly someone jerked the wheel and steered them into a ditch.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: Bills' pass offense is barely NFL caliber; pass 'D' car [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rushed for 212 yards on the Oakland Raiders. How much more can you expect to gain on an NFL defense? The Bills’ pass offense is barely NFL caliber. They finished with 191 passing yards and had a mere 132 by the time Oakland took its 38-24 lead.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Hot Read: Bills' collapse an epic punch to the stomach [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This group is exactly what its record indicates – a mediocre, average, .500 team that continues to spin its wheels.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's Hot Read: Another Bills road loss in the chronicle of woe [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This loss happened so fast, it's hard to know where to begin. Suffice it to say that Derek Carr and the Oakland offense, which had struggled mightily in the first half, shredded the Bills' defense in the second half.'

Marker Insta-Graham: Raiders spot Bills late 15-point lead, vaporize them anyway [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan's squad had wilted. Then it showed almost no sense of urgency as time evaporated.'

Marker Nick Veronica's quarterly analysis: It's Khalil Mack's world and we're just livi [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders took over on the 16-yard line and scored four plays later to take a 38-24 lead. That was the dagger, a fourth consecutive touchdown that effectively put that game out of reach for the struggling Bills offense.'

Marker Third quarter analysis: Bills have big lead quickly erased in nail-biter with Raiders [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Gillislee capped a 10-play drive with his second touchdown of the game on the Bills' next possession, putting them up 24-9 with 24 minutes to play.'

Marker Second quarter analysis: Gillislee puts Bills ahead, Janikowski keeps it close [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did a great job neutralizing All-Pro defensive end/linebacker Khalil Mack in the first half. He was in on only three tackles and didn’t record a quarterback hit. He made one tackle for loss late in the second quarter but didn’t have any game-changing plays.'

Marker First quarter analysis: Taylor outdueling Carr early as Bills and Raiders are tied [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor hit Watkins twice on the drive (while going 6 for 7 for 75 yards) after not targeting him until the second quarter last week.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Report Card: Running game was great, but Bills will want to run away from other g [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s a problem when McCoy is the team’s leading receiver, as he was with seven catches for 61 yards. Buffalo’s longest completion was a 22-yarder to Justin Hunter that served as his only catch. Tyrod Taylor has now gone three straight games throwing for less than 200 yards. He and Sammy Watkins clearly weren’t on the same page on at least a couple occasions Sunday. The injuries at wide receiver certainly don’t help, but that excuse is getting old. General Manager Doug Whaley can share some of the blame for mismanaging the position if the players on the field can’t get it done.'

Marker Charles Clay headlines Bills' list of inactives against Raiders [1:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Also inactive Sunday for the Bills are: cornerback Ronald Darby (concussion), wide receivers Percy Harvin (migraines) and Robert Woods (knee), quarterback Cardale Jones, tight end Logan Thomas and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.'

Marker Total, epic meltdown as Bills lose 38-24 to Raiders [1:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills played the way losers play, the way a team that doesn’t know how to win plays. They played scared, they played conservative, they played not to lose, and of course, what did they end up doing? They lost.'

Marker Maiorana: Another depressing December on tap for Bills [1:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What a charade. What that line doesn’t say is that for the miracle to happen, the first thing they’re going to have to do is win their remaining four games, and after watching that performance in Oakland Sunday, does anyone truly believe they’re capable of sweeping the last four, especially when the gauntlet starts with the Steelers next week?'

Marker Raiders 38, Bills 24: Quarter by quarter recap [1:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a complete quarter of misery for the Bills as they allowed two more touchdowns to the Raiders to lose the game. The offense stunk, the defense stunk, the special teams stunk, and the coaches stunk.'

Marker Report card [1:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As horrendous as this loss wound up being, it wasn’t a completely horrendous day. The Bills played very well for 2½ quarters and seemed to be in command with a 24-9 lead before it all came crashing down in spectacular, season-killing fashion. But this is what the Bills do, they almost always fail in a big spot, which this was, and it should come as no surprise that they lost to a team that is now 10-2. Oakland is clearly the better team, I can’t deny that, but the Bills had a 15-point lead and proceeded to play some of their worst football, in all three phases, thereafter. They’re 6-6. That’s what they are.'

Marker Buffalo Bills lose composure, lack confidence in meltdown against Oakland Raiders [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills could have punched back. A more well-coached team might have stopped the bleeding. Rex Ryan's team went three-and-out, allowed the Raiders to score 29 unanswered points and lost its sixth game of the season, this one by a score of 38-24.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor lets Buffalo Bills down with disasterous game in loss to Raiders [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Look, let's just let this play out," Ryan said. "We feel pretty comfortable with Tyrod. There's a lot of factors that go into everything. Obviously their quarterback is, I don't know how many fourth quarter things he's brought back this year, but it's a whole bunch of them and another one today. But with that being said, there's other factors that go into it."'

Marker Latavius Murray joins Marcus Allen in Raiders' lore after 2 touchdowns vs. Bills [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I just think it's a testament to what the o-line has been doing up front, and I think it's a combination of the backs as a whole," Murray said after the game. "Yeah, I'm going in there and putting in a bunch of touchdowns, especially on the goal line, but on that first one, I told Jalen, 'Thank you.' Because he's the one who set that up for me. DeAndre as well. It's been a team effort, a group effort, starting with the o-line and the running backs as a whole. I've just been fortunate to get the opportunities to finish off the runs."'

Marker Taylor, Bills offense disappears as Raiders notch 29-unanswered in 38-24 loss [1:31 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Well, that escalated quickly.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 13 Report Card [1:30 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Of the 16 games that will be played this season, this is one the front office could look at and question whether this coaching staff has what it takes to lead this team to the playoffs. Playoff teams don't blow 15-point leads and give up 29 unanswered points. That's inexcusable.'

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