OAKLAND, Calif. – LaMont Jordan asked to shoulder the load with the season slipping away and Randy Moss nursing several injuries.

Jordan did just that.

And his Oakland teammates contributed, too – even the banged-up Moss.

Jordan ran for 122 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Moss added a 22-yard TD catch after being listed as doubtful to play, and the Raiders beat the Buffalo Bills 38-17 on Sunday.

Kerry Collins, sacked on Oakland’s opening drive and booed afterward, completed nine of 10 passes on consecutive touchdown drives late in the second quarter and early in the third as the Raiders (2-4) took control. He finished 19-for-27 for 261 yards to help Oakland scored more than 20 points for the first time all season.

Doug Gabriel had five catches for a career-high 101 yards, and Moss had three receptions for 43 yards in a limited role after bruising his ribs, straining a groin and bruising his pelvic area last Sunday against San Diego.

Jordan took charge with his second 100-yard rushing game with the Raiders and added four catches for 40 yards. During the week, he emphatically called for more touches, saying the team needed to give him the ball 23-26 times per game to win. He pointed to the only other game Oakland won, a 19-13 victory over Dallas on Oct. 2, when Jordan ran 26 times for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Coach Norv Turner promised to try to get Jordan the ball more, then made good on it.

Jordan had a career-high 28 carries and his three rushing touchdowns are the most by a Raiders player since Rich Gannon did it Sept. 10, 2000, against Indianapolis.

Moss went out for the coin flip and made his first appearance late in the opening quarter, catching a 15-yard pass on his second play to put the Raiders in the red zone. But Moss couldn’t pull down a high throw from Collins in the corner of the end zone on third down and Oakland settled for Sebastian Janikowski’s 25-yard field goal.

Derrick Burgess sacked Bills quarterback Kelly Holcomb for an 18-yard loss in the second quarter, then made another sack in the third, giving Burgess seven sacks on the year – three more than any Oakland defender had all last season. He anchored a defense that held Willis McGahee to 50 yards on 16 attempts a week after he ran for a career-high 143 yards in the Bills’ 27-17 victory over the Jets.

Holcomb, also sacked by Warren Sapp, lost for the first time in three games as Buffalo’s starter after replacing J.P. Losman. Holcomb threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed on the first play of the fourth quarter to pull the Bills (3-4) to 24-17. Lee Evans caught a 5-yard TD pass as Buffalo used the first 8:23 of the game and scored on an opening drive for the sixth time in seven games this season.

Holcomb finished 19-of-27 for 159 yards.

Notes: Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP quarterback who retired after breaking his neck last season, worked as television analyst for CBS. But the game was blacked out locally. “I’m ready to roll, man,” Gannon joked on the field beforehand. “I feel good, ready to throw the ball.” … The Raiders paid tribute to Bill King, their former radio announcer who died Tuesday at age 78. … Oakland lost DBs Derrick Gibson (left wrist) and Charles Woodson (right leg) to injuries in the first half.

AP-ES-10-23-05 1944EDT


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