The Raiders are in search of a new, state-of-the-art stadium. This year’s team likes O.co Coliseum just fine. The Raiders won their third straight home game on Sunday afternoon, with an 26-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. It is also the team’s third victory of the season against a team with a winning record at the time. The Raiders grinded out a win with solid defense, tough running by Latavius Murray and Sebastian Janikowski’s steady leg. The Polish placekicker hit four field goals in five attempts, which kept the Raiders ahead. Raiders essentially secured victory with a touchdown. Fullback Jamize Olwale scored on 1-yard touchdown with three minutes left. The score sent the O.co Coliseum crowd into hysterics. The old stadium offered a true home-field advantage, and was extremely loud a key moments of the game. The Raiders are 3-12 after an 0-10 start, with interim head coach Tony Sparano galvanizing this unit. They’ve struggled mightily on the road, but he has this team playing well at home and feeding off the crowd’s energy. The Raiders seem set to sign another short-term lease to remain in Oakland another year, though nothing is set in stone at this point. Sparano kept his team focused on the game at hand, and that was evident during these four quarters. The Raiders played strong run defense, and churned out points despite struggles getting into the end zone. Janikowski gave the Raiders a first-half lead and expanded the lead with four straight field goals, including one from 49 yards out to create a two-score lead at 19-10. The Raiders got into the end zone once in the first three quarters, which evened the game at 7-7. Carr threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the first quarter, the completion of a drive highlighted by a 50-yard strike from Carr to Kenbrell Thompkins.
Raiders hold off Bills for third win of season
CSN Bay Area | Dec 22