Grading the Bills Win Over the Raiders

Offense: To be honest, it was not pretty until the fourth quarter. Trent Edwards was showing shades of J.P Losman and Rob Johnson, the playcalling seemed to be woefully conservative and frustration was building in the stands. But when the fourth quarter started, the Bills changed course, moving the ball down the field for two touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. The Raiders had no answer to the Bills in the late part of the game. In the end, it’s hard to complain when you score 24 points.

Grade: B+

Defense: The Bills defense really kept the team in the game today. They were put in bad situations early and often, but held the Raiders to three points enough so that when the BIlls offense finally got on track, the game was still within reach. I’m treating the 84 touchdown pass as a fluke in an otherwise solid performance. Also, I loved the message that Donte Witner sent by tackling Higgins in the end zone. This defense doesn’t just have more talent than last years unit, it also has more pride and swagger.

Grade: A-

Special Teams: The Bills gave up a big return for the first time this year, and their returners failed to get much going. A missed field goal, and some questionable decisions by Roscoe Parrish. They get a gentleman’s C because of the game winner by Lindell.

Grade: C

Coaching: Again, you’ve got to love the way Dick Jauron keeps a steady ship. He never lost his cool, allowing his young team to do the same. The offensive play calling was rather vanilla for the first 3 quarters, but the fourth quarter was one gigantic success for Turk Schonert. The defense, as previously mentioned was solid all day, a lot of that is reflected in the playcalling.

Grade: A

Overall Grade: B+

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