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Raiders Shut Out in Buffalo

Oct. 6, 1963 - For the third week in a row, Oakland’s Raiders showed a sad lack of offense after an encouraging start at home. They suffered a 12-0 shutout by the Bills last night at Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium. The Bills were 0-3-1 at the kickoff, but the Oaklanders made the crowd of 24,846 happy by falling apart in the second half on defense. Neither AFL outfit was a ball of fire in the first, the throwing being so inaccurate that the Bills had to nurse a 3-0 lead on Mack Yoho’s 27-yard field goal at the intermission. It appeared then that this was destined to be a baseball score. However, quarterback Jack Kemp broke out for completions in the third quarter, and carriers Cookie Gilchrist (pictured) and Wray Carlton bulled through for yardage. Coach Al Davis of the Raiders was none too pleased with anything. “The Bills’ defensive line defeated ours at every turn. We simply weren’t strong enough to handle them,” he said. “There will be changes in our offensive unit next week for Boston.” Coach Davis departed from his usual procedure of using quarterbacks Cotton Davidson and Tom Flores in equal time. He held out Flores until 58 seconds to go in the third period instead of starting the second half, and Tom was immediately put in a bind on the Raider 10 after Daryle Lamonica’s long punt rolled there. With no room to operate, poor Flores was chased into the end zone by the Bills’ Mike Stratton and Harry Jacobs for a safety.


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