Josh Norman, Stefon Diggs big contributors in Bills’ victory over Raiders

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In a two-week span in March, the Bills traded for Stefon Diggs and signed Josh Norman as a free agent. The moves proved huge Sunday in the team’s 30-23 victory over the Raiders.

The Bills moved to 4-0, while the Raiders fell to 2-2.

Norman, who signed one-year, $6 million deal, missed the first three games on injured reserve. They activated him Saturday but didn’t expect him to play as much as he did.

He had to take over for Levi Wallace in the first half after Wallace left the game with a left ankle injury.

With 12:39 remaining, the Bills led only 23-16 and the Raiders were driving. Derek Carr completed a 4-yard pass to Darren Waller to the Buffalo 32 before Norman forced the fumble and recovered it.

On the next snap, Josh Allen went deep to Diggs, whose 49-yard catch to the Las Vegas 11-yard line set up Devin Singletary‘s 2-yard touchdown run three plays later.

Quinton Jefferson had a strip-sack of Carr on the Raiders’ next possession, denying Las Vegas a chance to get back in it until only 1:29 remained on a Carr-to-Nelson Agholor touchdown. It was too late as Jaquan Johnson recovered the “watermelon” onside kick made famous by Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein.

Diggs, acquired in a trade with the Vikings, made six catches for 115 yards.

Allen, who briefly left to have his left shoulder examined but didn’t miss a snap, went 24-of-34 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

Carr went 32-of-44 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He left the field slowly after his last play of the day, which was the touchdown to Agholor.

29 responses to “Josh Norman, Stefon Diggs big contributors in Bills’ victory over Raiders

  1. Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, Josh Allen has yet to throw a single interception.

  2. The Raiders loss was huger than the score indicates. The major differential was the play calling. Carr can be a very good QB with the right coaching but he doesn’t have that now and he doesn’t control the dink-and-dunk plays that come in from the sidelines. Also what exactly is Paul Gunther doing in his 3rd year that justifies him remaining as the Raiders DC?

  3. But I said that we’d win by 4 scores. Now I’m going to make excuses because we were without our garbage rookie WRs. So I’m going to lay low in trolling Bills articles, until they lose a heartbeat it game and then I’ll pop up again. Because that’s what I do!!!!

  4. So how is the Gruden/Mayock thing going? You guys still undefeated, off-season Paper Champions?

  5. Josh Allen is playing like a top quaterback. Diggs was a great pickup the talent was there for Diggs to be great but it didn’t workout in the twin cities.

  6. NO offense Buffalo… but… you have played one good game
    and 3 terrible teams (Miami/NY Jets/LasOakland).

  7. Bills are legit. May have a 2 game lead in the division by tomorrow night.

    Don’t look up the last time that happened. It was a pretty long time ago.

  8. “NO offense Buffalo… but… you have played one good game
    and 3 terrible teams (Miami/NY Jets/LasOakland).”

    I’ll do my best to not feel amazing about 4-0, a legit franchise QB and 1st place in the division.

  9. Man, the Raiders are awful. They shredded the Bills D and then fumbled over and over. Or, committed a dumb penalty. What did they have, 10 penalties, and Buffalo still barely won.

    That 30 yard sack Allen took was hilarious. Lots of dumb football being played out there.

  10. godkingskovald says:
    October 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm
    Through the first four weeks of the NFL season, Josh Allen has yet to throw a single interception.
    —————————————
    Actually he threw one last week against the Rams.

  11. doctorrustbelt says:
    October 4, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    NO offense Buffalo… but… you have played one good game
    and 3 terrible teams (Miami/NY Jets/LasOakland).

    2 12 Rate This

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    Ding, ding, ding!!

    It will be hilarious when they play a real team, lose, and then realize they aren’t as good as they think.

    I was acfually watching to see if I could see something different, but nope.

    Just a bad Raiders team that is poorly coached.

  12. “Man, the Raiders are awful. They shredded the Bills D and then fumbled over and over. Or, committed a dumb penalty. What did they have, 10 penalties, and Buffalo still barely won.

    That 30 yard sack Allen took was hilarious. Lots of dumb football being played out there.”

    Well, you’re still trying at least.

    Allen is a top 5 MVP candidate. He’s been awesome, and has clearly taken the next step.

    Your team is in 2nd place.

  13. The Bills look good, and you have to love that super aggressive offensive approach putting pressure on the opposing defense. I give them every chance to beat KC in a few weeks – they might be the one team in the NFL best equipped to bump them off.

  14. doctorrustbelt says:
    October 4, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    NO offense Buffalo… but… you have played one good game
    and 3 terrible teams (Miami/NY Jets/LasOakland).
    ____________________________________________________

    The Raiders & Miami are both decent teams and the Rams good. Miami held on with Seattle today and the Raiders beat the Saints, so they deserve much more love than the Jets. I’m gonna take a guess by your name and say you are a Vikings fan and that you are pissed over the 1-3 start and the Diggs trade, but it’s just a guess.

  15. Fascinating how people say the Bills are playing “nothing” teams but still won’t give them credit for beating them. Aren’t they supposed to be beating “nothing” teams? When is it a negative to win the games that you’re supposed to win?
    Meanwhile, you’re sitting on the edge of your chair waiting for them to lose to a “good team” so you can crow “I told you they weren’t that good.”

  16. I think we can conclude from everything we have seen so far, Josh Allen > Sam Darnold.

  17. To the guy who argued Miami is good
    because they took it to Seattle:

    Seattle Defense = 32nd in nfl in yards

  18. Bills earned it, but Chucky didn’t help the cause w/ poor play calls at times, the 4th and 1 w/ plenty of clock left, and under utilizing Jacobs as a 3 down back. Keep him on the field!!

  19. Four games that Buffalo has played.(from both teams) there’s only been one player that has dominated each game,one player that controlled the game ,one player the opposing team didn’t have an answer for..Josh Allen….a lot of football experts are eating crow ..

  20. The Bills offense is lighting up every team they play to the tune of over 30ppg. Hate on Allen all you want but he’s gonna torch your team when they play, whoever your team is. He’s not the problem. The real question is will the Bills defense do their part and hold the opposition at bay during the Bills offensive onslaught. If not I’m sure the haters will blame Josh as he goes 25/32 320 yards and 4 TDs even if he loses.

  21. doctorrustbelt says:
    October 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm
    To the guy who argued Miami is good
    because they took it to Seattle:

    Seattle Defense = 32nd in nfl in yards

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    True, but you seem to fail to mention that despite the poor pass defense, Seattle is also undefeated, the highest scoring team in the NFL, and has a QB that just tied the all time passing TD mark through four games at 16.

    Miami has been in it to the end against 2 of the 6 remaining unbeaten teams through 4 weeks. They may still be a year away from turning close losses to wins, but it doesn’t mean that they are some non-competitive garbage team like early last year either.

  22. Well we lost because we couldnt hold on to the football. Raiders needed the W over one of these Afc East teams weve played the last 2 weeks when playoff time comes we needed to have a win over one of them bad.

    If it wasnt for the fumble then Carr wouldve been close to perfect on the day. Accurate throws, great runs to extend the play, turnovers really did us in today.

    We arguably have the worst pass rush in the NFL. Raiders desperately miss Mayowa from last year, the duo of him and Crosby really got after it. Arden Key has made just as many plays in the NFL as i have.

  23. Raiders missing 6 starters, committed dumb penalties, dropped passes and fumbles. But yeah the Bills are good ahahahahaha!! That game was the DEFINITION of how a team beats it’s self

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