AFC East rival Jets up next
The Buffalo Bills had closed to within three points before halftime on a 1-yard score/run by LeSean McCoy bringing the game to 10-7. That was the last time the Bills would score as both the Baltimore Ravens and Bills defense stiffened up in the second half.
The Ravens managed to score a fourth quarter field goal to make the score what would be the final, 13-7.
“It’s a pretty darn good defense over there,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “I’m probably one of the only coaches that’ll give credit to the opponent because they deserve it. That defense played extremely well. They’re well coached and they got after us.”
The Bills have little time nor inclination to dwell on this loss. Playing in Baltimore is tough. Playing on opening day in Baltimore is nearly impossible. So let this game pass because Thursday is upon us and the New York Jets are a series team who are also looking for positive energy after also beginning with an 0-1 record.
Tomorrow’s game is the 111th meeting between the two teams and the Bills have won six of their last seven meetings with them. Whoever wins this game will avoid the early AFC East cellar so be sure to get out and get your tickets and help support your Buffalo Bills tomorrow night!
Rob Ryan’s reputation on the line
When Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan hired on his brother as an assistant head coach/defense and head turned and some wondered aloud if this would help a defense that was lackluster last season. Ryan’s last three stops had failed defenses and he has not been able to get back to his 2006 Oakland Raiders defense which ranked third in yards allowed. Last season as a part of the New Orleans Saints, Ryan’s defense allowed the most points in NFL history.
The Bills face the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants also lost their preseason opener and are expected to play their starters a bit more this game.
A Stadium Note, the official name has been changed from Ralph Wilson Stadium to New Era Field after completing a seven year, $35 million deal with the New Era Cap Co.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for this game as well as all preseason and regular season games. Get yours today and help cheer on Your Buffalo Bills!
1 p.m. Eastern, CBS
Matchup to Watch: –Jets Receivers –vs. Bills’ secondary
Despite the Jets’ inconsistent passing game, this is, in theory, a favorable matchup for them. Buffalo placed the starting cornerback Terrence McGee on injured reserve, and his potential replacement, Aaron Williams, is a rookie coming off a serious collarbone injury. The Jets victimized this unit on Nov. 6, when Santonio Holmes drew two pass-interference calls and Plaxico Burress picked on the nickel back Leodis McKelvin, who did not play on defense last Sunday against Miami.
Number to Watch: 38.8
The percentage of Buffalo’s offense provided by running back Fred Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve last week. Think the Bills will miss him? Taking over will be C.–J. Spiller, their first-round pick in 2010, who has yet to make much of an impact in the N.F.L. Spiller forces the Jets to adjust a few of their packages, but their goal remains what it was on Nov. 6: stop the run and disrupt Buffalo’s short passing game.
Quotation of the Week
”I’m sure the brothers talked.”
Buffalo Coach CHAN GAILEY, when asked whether the Bills’ last two opponents, Dallas and Miami, had borrowed from the Jets’ defensive blueprint from their Nov. 6 meeting. The Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, and Jets Coach Rex Ryan are twins.
This is a more complete version of the story than the one that appeared in print.