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Buffalo Bills news, 9/30: reliving an improbable win

The Buffalo Bills pulled off an improbable win on Sunday, rolling up 55 rushes against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Alonso's big play game days continue -
" Few on the roster have come up with big plays as frequently as Alonso. In fact with four interceptions on the season Alonso leads the league. He has a takeaway in every games so far this season. Alonso was again a central playmaker Sunday, adding two tackles and three assists, along with several pressure plays on Flacco to force unsuccessful throws. His work on the day found him trending on Twitter at the game’s close, and earning acclamation from statisticians and coaches."

Five INTs lift Bills to tight win over Ravens -
"Five interceptions usually seals a game with ease for the team that records those takeaways, but somehow the defending Super Bowl champions had a chance to tie the game or take the lead with just over a minute remaining. Buffalo had turnovers of their own so it took Joe Flacco’s fifth interception with 57 seconds remaining, and the second of the day by Kiko Alonso, to nail down a hard-fought 23-20 Bills victory over Baltimore."

Kiko Alonso: "We knew it was in our hands" - Press Conference -
Aaron Williams: "The sky is the limit" - Press Conference -

Robert Woods: "The whole running game opens up everything" - Press Conference -
EJ Manuel: "We beat a great team today" - Press Conference -
Doug Marrone: "I'm proud of this team" - Press Conference -

Bills Focus: Fundamentals Fuel Bills Victory - VIDEO -
"In a pass-happy league, the Bills returned to the basic football fundamentals on Sunday, run and stop the run. John Murphy looks at how the Bills ground game and solid defensive front lifted the Bills over the Ravens."

Bills Roundup: 5 Interceptions Key 23-20 Win - VIDEO -
"Buffalo's defense had 5 interceptions, 4 sacks, and shut down Baltimore's running game, in a 23-20 win over the Ravens."

Inside The Bills | Jackson expects to be ready Thursday
"I sprained my MCL again, but it’s not as significant," said Jackson in reference to the knee injury that forced him to miss two games last season. "Something that we can manage and I expect to play. I’m sore, but I’ll be all right, ready to go."

Inside The Bills | Dareus raises game, inspired by Kyle
"It was just a point of emphasis from Kyle Williams-give everything you have," he said. "He’s going to do it for us, that’s how I always feel like I should play, do the best I can regardless of the situation. Head down, whatever, just keep pushing until the whistle blows. Super Bowl champs-you’ve got to do the best you can. I didn’t know what they had for us, I just wanted to do the best I can."

Inside The Bills | Spiller: It’s just soreness in the ankle
"It’s just soreness in the ankle," said Spiller. "I’ll see how I feel in the morning and do as much training as I can and get ready for Thursday even though it’s a short week. It’s going to be tough but I’m going to do everything on my end to be in a position to be ready to play."

Bills’ pick-off artists stop Flacco, Ravens - Sports - The Buffalo News
"A week after being skewered by the New York Jets on the ground and in the air, the Bills’ defense rose up and keyed the 23-20 victory before a crowd of 68,296 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills’ 31st-ranked run defense held the Ravens to 24 rushing yards."

Bills notebook: Offense shows it can slow it down, and milk clock - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo’s fast-paced offense, criticized for leaving its defense on the field too long through the first three games, pumped the brakes. Buffalo’s offense huddled at times, ran way more often than it threw, used its fullback and played the kind of style your grandfather would recognize."

Bills Alonso keeps it simple, but it isn’t easy - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Flacco must have wondered on the flight home where Alonso came from after seeing him all over the field Sunday. He has a nose for the ball, a knack for baiting quarterbacks on mid-range passes and the speed to make a break on them. He’s had two interceptions this season in which he appeared to be the intended receiver, including his first pick Sunday. "

Hackett’s offense shows staying power - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It’s a new system, a new group, and you have to see everybody getting better," he said. "And if they’re doing that, it’s all about December. That’s when you want to be hitting your stride."

Mark Gaughan’s Quarter by Quarter report - Sports - The Buffalo News
Re-live the happenings of each quarter here.

Points after: Bills 23, Ravens 20 - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"Stevie nearly snuffed: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson entered today's game with a 51-game reception streak, fourth-longest in club history. Johnson had one catch for minus-1 yard. But he also made a colossal play by recovering an EJ Manuel fumble deep in Buffalo territory right before the two-minute warning."

Buffalo Bills defeat defending champion Baltimore Ravens - Democrat and Chronicle
"I honestly think if you look at it, we let them back in the ballgame," Kyle Williams said. "We didn't steal a game, we didn't squeak by. We let them back in and let it get that close."

Sal Maiorana: Rookies shine for Buffalo Bills - Democrat and Chronicle
"While it's only a four-game sample size, no one would blame able-bodied Bills fans for turning cartwheels up and down One Bills Drive based on what they've seen from EJ Manuel, Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Bills 23 - Ravens 20
Joe Buscaglia focuses on the defense in his write-up but does get some EJ Manuel.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: It's Enjoyable When You Get The Unexpected
"I would be an out and out liar if I told you I expected the Bills to out rush Baltimore 203 yards to 24. The Ravens only ran the ball nine times while Buffalo had 55 attempts. E.J. Manuel only threw 22 passes while the Ravens Joe Flacco had 50."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills: Happy Endings Happen
"I think it's pretty great when what you're pretty sure is going to be a soul crushing disappointment turns out to be cause for celebration instead."

Buffalo Bills' report card vs. Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
The only unit to go backward in their grade was special teams, thanks mostly to Shawn Powell's 29-yard fourth quarter punt.

Kiko Alonso making early case for Defensive ROY - ESPN
"Early on in camp everyone said, 'Is he your starting middle linebacker?' and I said, 'Yeah," head coach Doug Marrone said after Sunday's win. "And they said, 'Well is he a three-down linebacker?' and for us, early on, we felt that way."

Buffalo Bills run 55 times in win over Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
"Overall, the Bills ran 55 times, the most since 56 carries against the Redskins on Nov. 3, 1996."

Battered Buffalo Bills secondary comes up big vs. Ravens - ESPN
"Head coach Doug Marrone said the Bills would like to have Williams return to safety, but they also want him to settle in at one position instead of worrying about when McKelvin or Byrd may return."

Sunday Blitz: Ravens-Bills Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Michele Steele and Tom Waddle break down the Bills week 4 win over the Ravens."

Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
Some chatter from the last 57 seconds is featured in the locker room buzz.

Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 17 - ESPN
"Flacco and the Ravens' offense were just 3-for-16 on third downs, and 1-for-4 in the red zone. Doug Marrone stressed the importance of these stats earlier in the week, and they were part of the difference Sunday."