With a rookie quarterback still learning the ropes, it has become clear that the Buffalo Bills will need to rely heavily on its defense to win games.
The unit delivered Sunday, forcing five interceptions from Joe Flacco. Yes, the same Flacco that won Super Bowl MVP last season.
Kiko Alonso had yet another standout performance, extending his consecutive games with an interception streak to three. Alonso had two interceptions Sunday, with the second one proving to be the game-clinching play on defense. Aaron Williams also played out of his mind with two interceptions himself. This coming even after injuring his shoulder in the game while making an acrobatic play to break up a deep pass. The Bills also survived a Justin Rogers outing, as the struggling cornerback didn't give up as many big plays as he did last week against the Jets.
The Bills smothered the Ravens defensively. Ray Rice had 17 yards on five carries and the Ravens abandoned the run in the second half. Baltimore only ran the ball nine times in the game, and Flacco threw 50 passes. He was also sacked four times.
Buffalo's offense proved to still be a work in progress, but still enjoyed some highlights. EJ Manuel connected with Robert Woods on a 42-yard touchdown strike and Buffalo's running game came to life. Fred Jackson rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown while CJ Spiller hit 77 yards. Both players left the game momentarily due to injury, but appear to be fine.
While Manuel's touchdown pass was impressive, he did struggle some against a tough Baltimore defense. Manuel committed three turnovers in the game, one fumble that led to a Baltimore touchdown, and two interceptions, one of which should have been a touchdown had he not under-thrown it. Manuel's 167 yards passing won't earn him any interest in fantasy football leagues, but he was able to get the job done. He does, however, still have plenty of work to do.
The Bills proved Sunday that they can win close games and they did it, ironically, in typical Raven fashion. For years the Ravens have made their mark on the NFL by playing great defense, while their offense managed the game. Sunday, the Bills took a page out of Baltimore's book and defeated the defending Super Bowl champions, which is no small feat.
The challenge for Buffalo is to make this win mean something. They have a short week this week as they will travel to Cleveland for a primetime game against the Browns Thursday. Buffalo must not only win Thursday to validate Sunday's win, but they need to play well. After Buffalo's emotional week two win against Carolina, the Bills played flat against the Jets and dropped a division game they not only needed to win, but should have won. Thursday night marks another game the Bills should win.
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