THE LOSS COLUMN: Bills 23, Ravens 20

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Game recap: A fourth-quarter comeback by the Ravens fell short, as Joe Flacco threw a career-high five interceptions. For the third straight game, the Ravens (2-2) had serious offensive issues that went beyond Flacco’s turnovers. Their running game was embarrassingly inept, with Ray Rice (17 yards) and Bernard Pierce (seven yards) both shut down. This came against a Bills team that was ranked 30th in the NFL against the run.

The Bills led 20-7 at halftime, forcing the Ravens to play catch up, and this time they couldn’t. The Ravens are now a .500 team, 0-2 on the road, facing a tough road game against the Dolphins next week. Meanwhile, the Bills (2-2) got a confidence-building win.

Key moment: Flacco’s fifth interception

Kiko Alonso made his second interception of the game with less than two minutes left, sealing the win for the Bills. It was typical of the entire game. Flacco forced a pass to Dallas Clark although he was covered tightly. Bills defensive back Aaron Williams made a play on the ball, and Alonso grabbed the deflection.

The Ravens were only about 30 yards away from getting Justin Tucker in position for a potential game-tying field goal. The Bills (2-2) got conservative in the fourth quarter and gave the Ravens enough opportunities to come back. But the Ravens couldn’t capitalize and steal a win they didn’t deserve.

Ravens players of the game

Offense: Torrey Smith, WR

He is proving why he’s a complete receiver (five catches, 166 yards, one touchdown) not just a home run threat. Play him to go deep, and he’ll catch it underneath. Any corner caught in one-on-one coverage against Smith is in danger of being burned, as Smith showed in the fourth quarter, when he made a 74-yard reception.

Defense: Terrell Suggs, LB

Had his fourth sack in four games, and drew holding calls that prevented him from getting more. Suggs is playing at a high level, and leading a defense that is being forced to carry a heavy load as the offense struggles.

Injuries

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb did not return after leaving the game with a thigh injury. It did not appear to be serious, but his status for next week was not immediately known.

5 Raves on “THE LOSS COLUMN: Bills 23, Ravens 20

  1. Sean Crump on said:

    Time for Juan Castillo to be relieved of duty ….15 rushing yards, no pocket protection despite having a very talented and healthy offensive line, fb, and rbs…

  2. Jimmy Dundalk on said:

    Harbaugh’s good friend has to go but everyone knows how loyal he is to his coaches, to a fault……The year after the head coach wins a ring he is totally in charge and calls all the shots , this will keep us from the playoffs as he will keep Castill most or all of the year trying to convince us it is not his fault , it’s all about execution,,,,,,he does think we are pretty dumb , sometimes it’s about preparation and this is one of them……………….

  3. Jasamine Smith Broody on said:

    That’s what happens when you misquote Ray, hang out in the party bus at 3am & then blast Ray to ESPN reporters “I don’t understand him 90% of the time” and on TV . Come on Mr “Ray knows better” Flacco, shoe some leadership!!!!

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