The Bills defense had a tough time stopping Geno Smith and the Jets last weekend, but things have gone a lot better in the first half against the Ravens.
Buffalo leads 20-7 after totally shutting down the Baltimore offense through the first 30 minutes. Joe Flacco is 11-of-22 for 114 yards against a secondary that’s missing Stephon Gilmore, Jairus Byrd, Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin with many of those yards coming before the half on a drive that ended with the Ravens well short of the end zone. Those absences haven’t kept Flacco from being intercepted twice, although one of them came when tight end Ed Dickson had a ball bounce off his hands and into those of Bills safety Jim Leonhard.
The only bit of bad news for the Bills is that cornerback/safety Aaron Williams, who had the other interception, left before halftime with a shoulder injury suffered while breaking up a deep ball intended for Torrey Smith. The Ravens are down a cornerback as well with Lardarius Webb questionable to return after a thigh injury. E.J. Manuel picked on his replacement Corey Graham for a 42-yard touchdown and has made a few other big plays to compile 126 passing yards on just nine attempts.