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These aren’t the same old Bills

David Nelson

Buffalo Bills’ David Nelson celebrates his game-winning touchdown reception against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. The Bills won 38-35. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


What we learned during a thrilling 38-35 Bills victory against the Raiders:

1. The Bills offense -- especially their offensive line -- is no long a weakness. Buffalo trailed 21-3 at halftime, but came back with five touchdowns on five possessions in second half. They hit two fourth down plays on the winning drive, including a six-yard score to David Nelson with 14 seconds left.

2. Buffalo pulled off the comeback largely by controlling Oakland’s vaunted defensive line in the second half. Bills outgained Oakland 217-131 on the ground despite only 25 rushing attempts. Fred Jackson racked up 140 yards from scrimmage, going toe-to-toe with Darren McFadden.

3. Oakland found a playmaker in rookie Denarius Moore. The rookie caught five passes for 146 yards and a score. He’s incredible on jump balls. Unfortunately, he couldn’t pull in Jason Campbell’s hail mary to end the game.

4. Communication in the secondary and penalties were issues for Oakland once again. They let Nelson get wide open on the winning score. A defensive holding penalty directly set up Buffalo’s second to last touchdown.

5. Stevie Johnson limped off the field late after appearing to aggravate his groin injury. He caught eight passes for 96 yards and a score before leaving. Buffalo has plenty of receiving options despite the Lee Evans trade. They’ve scored 79 points in two weeks.

6. This game will hurt in Oakland for a while, but both of these teams have enough going for them to stay relevant this season a long time. Buffalo is 2-0 against the AFC West.