A stifling run defense led the way once again for the Bills in their win over Cleveland Sunday afternoon, allowing only 33 total rush yards and 2.5 yards per carry.
Former Alabama teammates, defensive tackle
Dareus said it was key for the Bills to be able to stop him.
“I played with him for a couple years,” Dareus said. “I talked to the coaches and told the D-line, we just have to hit him before he hits us. He’s the type of running back that really gets after it. He hits DBs, he hits linebackers, he hits D-linemen. We got to hit him and swarm the ball.”
“That’s what it is,” Barnett said. “We wanted to keep him running east and west and get on top of him before he gets going. We can’t let him out there in the open field and run the screen, he almost got loose on that screen, so you got to get on top of him, and get guys running and hitting and everybody jumping on him.”
“How many yards did they have like 30-something?” Anderson said. “That’s a great game for the defense. Hats off to everybody, we played well. And we’re looking forward to next week.”
The Bills’ starting front four sacked Browns’ rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden four times on the day, but none were bigger than Anderson’s, early in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo held a 17-14 lead to start the fourth, but the Browns were driving on Buffalo’s 49. On 3rd and 12 Anderson got by his blocker and sacked Weeden from behind for an 11-yard loss. The Bills’ would end up scoring on the ensuing possession.
“I don’t even remember,” said Anderson. “I was off the edge. It was a key third down play. I think Mario caused him to scramble, and I was able to come around and get the sack. It was a big time play for us.”
“It’s great,” Williams said. “Anytime you can get in there and make a play and get in there and get that first sack is huge. It feels great. It also feels better when you can go out and perform and play off one another and you can take up two blocks and take up three blocks across the board. They had to pick and choose the poison. It was either the left side they were going to or right side they were going to and at the end of the day we were playing off one another and we made it happen.”
“This is huge,” Scott said. “To win on the road. To come out and show that we can stop the run, we can get after the passer. Our offense can score points – it’s great for us.”