On first downs, the Bills ran the ball 26-times during the course of the game, and passed only 6 times. In the first half, especially, they were able to get significant first down yardage.
-One of the elements of Buffalo’s successful running attack was the inclusion of fullback
The Bills started the game in the I-Formation, and Summers set the tone with a huge block of Baltimore inside linebacker Daryl Smith, a block that allowed Spiller to pick up ten yards. On Fred Jackson’s 2nd quarter touchdown, Summers burst out of his fullback slot and buried Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes with a crushing block. He almost blocked Bynes right out of his shoes.
When I talked to Summers about his big day, he said he plays an important role not just in blocking, but in communicating the no-huddle play calls to his teammates in the offensive backfield.
“It’s being able to communicate and help them with the play calls,” Summers said. “We’re a no huddle offense, I communicate from EJ to them, so they understand what’s going on, and to help them see what I see. I’m kind of like their eyes as far as linebackers go, letting them know what’s going on and how they’re playing certain runs or things like that.”
I asked Summers if the straight I-formation the Bills employed Sunday would become a staple of the Buffalo offense.
“I’m not a coach,” he said. “When my number’s called I go out there and do my best to compete and go out and have fun. If the coaches think they can use me more, I’m all for it. If they think maybe one week there’s a game plan where we might need to do something else, then, hey, I’m a team player and I just want to win.”
-I’m wondering if Joe Flacco’s five interceptions may have been partly caused by the Bills extensive use of zone defense in the backfield. On
-Mike Pettine’s defensive play calling was outstanding all day, no more so than a 3rd quarter sequence after an EJ Manuel interception. The Ravens took over on the Bills 18-yard line, down by 13 and trying to get back into the game. Pettine drew up a series of different defensive looks that stymied Joe Flacco and the Ravens. On 2nd-and-3 from the Bills 11, linebacker Manny Lawson came in unblocked on a new pressure the Bills drew up and sacked Flacco for a loss of 8. On the next play, Pettine send CB Nickel Robey and DE
-Finally, the Bills toughness and grit were revealed in the close win over the Ravens. With a roster hit hard by injuries, Buffalo suffered several more injuries during the course of the game. But the injured Bills refused to stay out of the lineup.
Aaron Williams landed hard on his right shoulder making a play in the second quarter and clearly was in pain. He missed one play and returned to the lineup. Guard
The determination to fight through injuries was not lost on offensive captain
“We are banged up at certain positions,” Wood said in the locker room Sunday. “Credit those guys for making plays and really stepping it up. At this point, it looks like we’re only going to get healthier as we go, but great job by the guys fighting through injuries.”