Bills clinch victory with fifth interception of the day

Reuters

The fifth time was the charm for the Bills on Sunday.

The Ravens hung around and hung around despite four interceptions by quarterback Joe Flacco, but they couldn’t overcome number five. Flacco was picked off by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso with less than a minute to go in the game, killing their chance to tie or win the game and handing the Bills a 23-20 home win.

The game looked to be firmly in the Bills’ pocket after Flacco’s fourth interception of the day, but they could only turn it into a field goal after Robert Woods was ruled out on a near-catch in the end zone. That left the door open for the Ravens, even as they failed to score touchdowns on two fourth quarter drives deep into Buffalo territory and ran an offense that featured just two running plays after halftime even as Flacco kept turning the ball over.

That might not have been the wrong call, given that the Ravens managed just 22 yards on their nine carries, but it made for a very ineffective offensive effort for the Ravens overall. Buffalo’s own ineffectiveness, which included a pair of interceptions by E.J. Manuel, left the door open, though. Alonso finally nailed it shut with his second interception of the game and the fourth of his rookie season. Any last ditch shot of a Hail Mary went by the wayside when linebacker Terrell Suggs was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Manuel as he took a knee.

Flacco finished the day 25-of-50 for 347 yards and two touchdowns to go with the five interceptions. The offensive struggles are sure to be a focal point in Baltimore this week as the Ravens couldn’t move the ball consistently at all. That they were in it at all is a credit to the defense, but one unit can’t win on its own.

Buffalo proves that point. Manuel didn’t play well, but their running game allowed them to maintain possession and limit the chances that Baltimore had to come back as much as possible. That was enough to give the undermanned defense a chance to hold off the Ravens and pick up their second win of the season.

70 responses to “Bills clinch victory with fifth interception of the day

  1. As a Ravens fan, this was embarrassing for Flacco. Against a depleted secondary, he threw 5 interceptions. The blame is all on the offense. A non-existent running game leads to all the pressure on Flacco and once again, he has shown he cannot perform well on the road. SMH

  2. Kiko Alonso should be the front runner for NFL Rookie of the year. 2nd round draft pick, and as a Linebacker, he has 4 INT’s, one in each of the last 3 games.

  3. Maybe they should have run more than, like, once in the second half.

    It’s tough to repeat the feat. Much respect.

    Now let’s see if anybody else in the AFCEast can beat them. (Ha! No.)

    Freddy, gettin’ my 10+ points a week. Every week.

  4. Good game plan by Doug Marrone. Fred Jackson again proves that he is more than able to carry the team when called upon. Any given Sunday boys and girls.

  5. I i love how they mention 5 picks but they fail to mention that 3 of them hit the recievers in the hands and were tipped up in the air. Still great game by the bills, they def deserved to win. The ravens o-line is just offensive and deserves most of the blame fir this loss. Oh well, go ravens!!!!!!!!!

  6. Technically, my screen name should now be patfaninjax, because I recently had to relocate for work. Never realized how good the Bills are until I was forced to watch the Jags.

    Seriously happy for Bills fans. I lived in that area for a long time. Plus, I can’t stand the Ravens.

  7. jackericsson says:
    Sep 29, 2013 4:49 PM
    I don’t recall Joe Montana ever throwing 5 picks.
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    But the great Manning has had a couple 6 pick games.

  8. I’m not a Bills fan (and it’s not because I hate them), but I’m really, really happy for Bills fans. Nice win, guys!

  9. The CLEVELAND BROWNS are taking the AFC North in 2013, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

    Ravens suck…GO BROWNS!!!

  10. @classyjacklambert wait…a promising future? Your QB is at the end of his career and your horrible D is old…hahahaha

    Nofool champs to chumps? You haven’t even won a game! Your horrible, but I guess your little Steeler fan brain can’t comprehend that…

    Nonetheless Joe looked bad today…Bills played well…

  11. So many Ravens fans giggling with glee on the story about the Steelers loss. How did your team do today, joemontanaflacid5picks? After all the stuff so far this season, Steelers are only 2 games behind you with 12 games left to play and 2 against the Ravens. You must be proud, huh?

  12. I don’t care if the browns win the afc north. as long as it isn’t joemontanaflaccos raven team. I hope the steelers tank the season go 1-15 and get johnny manziel. ben has 2 yrs left. time to start over again..

  13. congrats to the bills and their fans on a good win. as it stands ravens are tied for first. and no steeler fan should be coming on here gloating. at least win a game first.

  14. It must be Cam’s fault, right?

    I like how the article omits the name “Flacco” from those 5 picks, in keeping with the way Average Joe always seems to get off the hook for his lame performances, because his teammates always step up to bail him out. And make everybody forget about his weak performances. Kind of like when Jones returned that kick in the second half of the Bowl to save Flacco when he disappeared.

    This week there were no such bailouts for the $120 million fraud. And it showed.

    Really, this game is no different from last week. Once again, Flacco put up a measly 50 yards passing the first half. The only difference is, this week there were no returned punts or interceptions to make everyone overlook Flacco’s lack of production.

    In other words, Average Joe got exposed for his lame production.

    The Bills “clinched victory” and pulled off the upset because Joe Flacco simply isn’t QB enough to beat anyone unless his teammates step up to bail him out.

    If you doubt it, go back and compare the first halves of the last two games…

    Flacco is a so-so QB getting paid for being so much more… and the Ravens are SCREWED for the next five years because of it. Bwahahahahaha!

  15. mlbbal52 | Sep 29, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT
    @classyjacklambert wait…a promising future? Your QB is at the end of his career and your horrible D is old…hahahaha

    Nofool champs to chumps? You haven’t even won a game! Your horrible, but I guess your little Steeler fan brain can’t comprehend that…

    Nonetheless Joe looked bad today…Bills played well…

    Mi comprehend you are the ultimate homer….the Bills played well….not Joe stunk up the joint…. My little mind saw that with my unbiased eyes skippy.

  16. Freddy, I promise to play you over Spiller every week from here on out until Spiller proves me wrong.

    Bills defense is going to be scary with Gilmore and Byrd back. Marrone’s play calling for EJ is becoming more aggressive. Buffalo just beat the defending Super Bowl champs. Not too bad at all.

  17. And no Ravens fan should be gloating on the story thread about the Steelers loss. Yet, there they were. Steelers are in dire straights but there are 12 games left and 5 against the division teams, and after a horrible start they are only 2 games behind in the division. Do the math.

    What were Flacid’s stats today, about $20 million per pick?

    Long way to go yet, as Ravens fans learned last year.

  18. @nofool I guess your little mind didn’t see the part where I did say “Joe played bad today” might want to read everything before you jump to making your comment…but thanks for proving my point…good day I finished you.

  19. Why can any clueless idiot post here. I wish there was a test u need to take in order to vote for president and post here.
    1. Flacco can’t play…..of course after putting together one of the best statistical playoffs and a Superbowl MVP
    2. and this is my favorite….”bills suck and so do there fans”. I usually don’t like to pick on the mentally stupid but this time I can’t help it.
    I have noticed that the people who offer no more than “haha ur team suck haha” are typically people who never played the game at any level after pop warner and have taken no time to understand the game either.

  20. Congrats to the Bills beating the SB champs. Bills have looked ok so far and are likely to improve. They should have beaten the Jets last week.

    And as for Flacco, what’s particularly amazing is his expression never changes. SB win or 5 ints, it’s all the same, like he’s in an elevator listening to muzak all by himself. Do do doo dodo do dodododo

  21. Bills played tough football. Good game Bills. Ravens O couldn’t get it done. A broken run game and still a “work in progress” in the passing game won’t go far. Good thing the rest of the AFCN sucks too.

  22. Ravens lost by just three points. They’ll bounce back, they always do. Steelers are a total joke. I’d be surprised if all the players came back. Better to find jobs as chimney sweeps than come back and listen to the miserable fan base with all their pathetic excuses.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says:
    Sep 29, 2013 8:01 PM
    Ravens lost by just three points. They’ll bounce back, they always do. Steelers are a total joke.
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    Wait, did you just try to reassure yourself that your team “only lost” to the BUFFALO BILLS by “just three points”? The by-gosh BUFFALO BILLS? And you’re here bragging you at least kept it close losing to BUFFALO? Oh man, this is hilarious!

    You mean the Bills who were 3 1/2 point dogs at HOME versus your big bad Bowl champs Ravens? Yeah, good job only losing by 3 to them and practically reversing the line, big boy! Yep, nothing to worry about, not even that hero QB of yours who continues to put up those big bad 50-yard passing performances in the first half of every game… but hey I see your point, you’re fine as long as your defense AND your special teams continue to score TDs and cover for your impotent QB.

  24. Ravens are pitiful………..win again…ha not with a 30th rank offense…..losing to the bills when they had a chance to go up in the division…..steelers are gonna clean their clock when they play em in a few weeks. Floppo is a joke.

  25. To a couple of you: your post will seem more intelligent if you learn the difference between your and you’re. Just saying…

  26. @gochargersgo great he has had a nice start to the season…what happens last three year before that? And 95 career ints? Great math…but good luck missing the playoffs yet again…

  27. @Jamesundee – “he’s shown he cannot perform well on the road”

    Doesn’t Joe Flacco have the most road wins by a QB in NFL playoff history?

    Thought so…

  28. So, let me get this straight. When the Steelers level Todd Heap on an obvious kneel-down play, Ravens fans whine for WEEKS. When Suggs and Upshaw hit Manuel on an obvious kneel-down play, it’s perfectly fine. YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Sep 29, 2013 4:49 PM
    @realitycheckbaby. Champs to chumps? Very impressive against the Bills? Sssshhh that knocking noise is getting louder….. I got it you are getting nervous.
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    Sorry nofool, i can’t hear your pathetic whining from the basement of AFCN. How is 0-4 treating you?

  30. lswooden says:
    Sep 30, 2013 12:46 AM
    So, let me get this straight. When the Steelers level Todd Heap on an obvious kneel-down play, Ravens fans whine for WEEKS. When Suggs and Upshaw hit Manuel on an obvious kneel-down play, it’s perfectly fine. YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS.
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    Heap was injured and limping badly, he was heading for the sideline, but they had to spike the ball to stop the clock so he had to line up one more time. The steelers player (i think it was harrison) blew him up knowing full well he was injured. That was a blatant cheap shot. Yesterday, Manuel was trying to run as much time off the clock as possible before taking a knee. Suggs hit a perfectly healthy qb that was trying to run the clock. Two completely different scenarios, try to watch the game with a little less bias…

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