C-ap 2014-05-26 13:02:29
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Rice’s NFL-record streak of 274
games with a catch ended, and Ronald Curry caught five passes for 89
yards and a touchdown in the Oakland Raiders’ 13-10 victory over the
Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Rice is still a starter, but has said he’s willing to accept
a lesser role for the Raiders (1-1) if it helps the team rebound
from last season’s 4-12 debacle. He didn’t get a pass thrown his way
until 2 1/2 minutes before halftime — and that was the only one.
The last time Rice didn’t catch a pass was Dec. 1, 1985, at
Washington. Rice was substituted almost every other play during
Oakland’s second-to-last drive. He came out with 2:37 left during a
Buffalo timeout and threw his helmet to the ground, causing it to
bounce over a metal bench.
He appeared to yell in frustration and paced the sideline
for several minutes.
Drew Bledsoe’s first career game in Oakland wasn’t much fun,
either. Playing before the Raider Nation for the first time in his
12th season, Bledsoe was sacked seven times and struggled for the
second straight week to take advantage of good field position.
Three of the sacks came in the first half, when Bledsoe’s 31
yards were only seven more than those of punter Brian Moorman.
DeLawrence Grant had two sacks for the Raiders, who hosted
the Bills in Oakland for the first time since 1977.
The Raiders staged a goal-line stand on the first play of
the fourth quarter, stopping Travis Henry for no gain on
The Bills (0-2) finally got in the end zone with 1:20 left
when Bledsoe hit Eric Moulds for a 5-yard TD after the ball was
deflected by Ray Buchanan. Jerry Porter recovered the ensuing onside
Curry caught a 43-yard TD pass from Rich Gannon in the
second period, then Sebastian Janikowski kicked field goals of 21
and 33 yards. Buchanan intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards
early in the third to lead to Janikowski’s first field goal.
Gannon completed 10 of his first 12 passes and played a
clean game after fumbling three times and throwing two interceptions
in last week’s 24-21 loss at Pittsburgh. He finished 19-for-27 for
The Bills managed only a 32-yard field goal by Rian Lindell
after getting 48 yards of help from Raiders penalties on one drive.
Charles Woodson was flagged for a 28-yard pass interference against
Moulds and then again for a 15-yard face mask on Henry on the next
play. Oakland’s Travian Smith committed was offside moments later.
Phillip Buchanon, who calls himself “Showtime,” got bailed
out twice on punt return mistakes. The Bills punted on their first
possession and he let the ball bounce and a Buffalo player illegally
downed it deep in Raiders territory. So Buffalo set up to punt again
from the 27, but faked and Moorman threw a 24-yard completion to
On the next Buffalo series, Buchanon slipped and Moorman’s
63-yard punt rolled to the 2. But Gannon completed a 41-yard
play-action pass to Porter for a first down.