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FSM Essential Recap – Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills – Week 2 – 2023


In a Week 2 matchup, the Raiders traveled to Buffalo to take the Bills. After a promising start, the Raiders didn’t find an answer for the Bills and lost 38-10.

Las Vegas Raiders took on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday!

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After winning on the road last week, the Raiders were unable to do it in Week 2. They were blown out by the Bills, who looked significantly better after an ugly overtime loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. It was a 38-10 loss for the Raiders, as the Silver and Black were outscored 38-3 after the third drive of the game.

The biggest story of the game was the defense of the Raiders. The Bills moved the ball up and down the field in Week 2, as the Raiders didn’t offer much resistance at all. Not only did the Bills score 38 points, but they also totaled 450 yards of offense. It was a brutal day for the Raiders defense, as they just couldn’t get off the field or create a pass rush.

The worst part of this game for the Raiders, besides the loss, was the injuries. All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams left the game late in the fourth quarter with a head injury. Rookie cornerback Jakorian Bennett left with a knee injury, and Marcus Epps left with a quad injury. It was a costly loss for the Raiders in both the standings and with their roster.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills was a tough Week 2 NFL matchup. 

The Raiders’ defense was on the field way too much on Sunday, and when they were, they were ineffective.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills started as a dogfight from the beginning.

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The Raiders looked to build on last week’s win in Denver, but the Bills were ready to prove they are still the second-best team in the AFC, and they did. The Raiders offense struggled against a far superior Bills defense, and the Raiders defense looked out of place and got beat constantly and consistently.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen took care of the ball and business and proved he still belongs as one of the best QBs in the league as he picked apart the Raiders‘ defense. While the Raiders had some bright spots, the Bills were clearly the better team on the field Sunday.

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had one of his worst games as a Raider, and one of the keys to the game was getting the running game going. Jacobs ended up with -2 yards, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw two interceptions.

The one bright spot was Davante Adams, who caught the lone passing touchdown and had six catches for over 80 yards. Tre Tucker led the Raiders in rushing with 34 yards on a lone carry, and Zamir White had four carries for 22 yards.

Allen picked apart the atrocious defense for three touchdowns and had a nearly 80% completion percentage. Once again, the defensive line looked gassed from the beginning of the game, and the Raiders have ignored their defense for far too long.

Buffalo had nearly twice the yardage as the Raiders, and the Raiders also gave up two sacks. Buffalo held the ball for nearly 40 minutes, keeping the Raiders off the field most of the time. The Raiders also turned the ball over three times, leading to the massive difference in time of possession.

Overall, it was simply a lousy outing from the Raiders.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills was a tough AFC test for the Raiders in Week 2

The Raiders now have to worry about the health and availability of Davante Adams.

The Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills took place in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday

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With the Bills up 38-10, the Raiders attempted to leave with some of their dignity. They ended up adding injury to insult.

On first and ten from the Buffalo 38 late in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo dropped back and threw deep over the middle for Adams. Three defenders were in the area, and the pass was broken up. At the same time, the Bills safety Taylor Rapp flew in and nailed Adams, causing him to get up slowly.

Adams attempted to return to the huddle, but the officials forced him to leave. A short time later, Adams was escorted to the locker room, and the Raiders officially announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Per NFL regulations, he was unavailable for comment after the game.

Davante was very good today,” said Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels. “But we need more production from everybody. We have other guys out there, and we’re going to need a lot of production from a lot of people if we’re going to be a good offense.

Las Vegas will have their home opener in Week 3 when the Raiders welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to Allegiant Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

The final score was 38-10, the Buffalo Bills over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Raiders are back home next Sunday to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m., and NBC will televise the game on Sunday Night Football.


– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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