Bills Defense a Nightmare for Eagles

1:53 AM, Oct 10, 2011   |    comments
Courtesy: US Presswire
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills defense forced five turnovers against the Eagles leading Buffalo to a 31-24 win.

The turnovers began on the Eagles first drive of the game as defensive end Alex Carrington tipped a Michael Vick pass and cornerback Reggie Corner made a diving interception. 

"It's huge when you can have guys back there like that can swing momentum so easily," said Carrington.  Buffalo would score a touchdown on the ensuing drive to take an early 7-0 lead. 

In total the Bills scored 17 points off the five Philly turnovers.

The Corner pick was the first of a career worst four interceptions for Vick in the game.  "I give a lot of credit to Buffalo, they came out and they did their job," said Vick.  "They didn't really do anything outside of what we thought they were going to do, they just played their game."

Safety George Wilson had an interception and linebacker Nick Barnett had two picks, including one that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown. 

"We keep pulling up that ball and you know, we're going to win some games," said Barnett.

Safety Jairus Byrd forced a fumble by Eagles receiver Jason Avant in the third quarter that set up a Bills field goal.  The fumble came at the end of a 35 yard pass play. 

The Bills knew through their film study this week that they would have a chance to force the Eagles into turnovers.   "We knew that we could go in there and try to get the ball out. We talked about it, we work on it, we have turnover drills, tackling drills. Fundamentals is what wins," said Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

Late in the 4th quarter with the Eagles driving and trailing by only seven, Bills corner Drayton Florence forced Avant to bobble a pass and Barnett would haul in the loose ball to help seal the win. 

"We couldn't allow them to score on that last drive," said Wilson.  "Drayton Florence did a great job with coming up and putting a hit on the receiver.  Nick (Barnett) was right there to make the play. It's about taking advantage of those opportunities and we definitely took advantage of the ones we had today."

The Bills now lead the NFL with 12 interceptions on the season. 

However, Buffalo's defense has given up more than 450 yards in each of the past four games.  "We're going to continue to work and try to fix the mistakes that we're making and the things that are giving up those big plays," said Barnett.  "But the guys are doing a good job setting up the plays and making plays on the ball."


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