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Henderson gets game ball: Game balls are often given out by coaches to players, but the Bills gave a game ball to defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson following Sunday's game, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. The Bills' secondary was without its top three players but held its own against Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Henderson came up through the coaching ranks with the Ravens and Jets early last decade, along with Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine. But four years ago Henderson was out of work and volunteering for the California Redwoods of the now-defunct United Football League. Quite the turnaround for the veteran coach.
Too close for comfort: Despite what looked like a lopsided matchup on paper -- the defending Super Bowl MVP leading a 2-1 Ravens team against a 1-2 Bills squad with a rookie quarterback -- this was a game the Bills controlled nearly from start to finish. Two Buffalo drives stalled in the red zone in the first quarter, and even so, the Bills were still able to lead 23-14 by late in the third quarter. It wasn't ideal for Buffalo to allow the Ravens to make it a three-point game late, with a chance to tie or win prior to Flacco's last interception. "We let them back in the ballgame," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. "We didn't steal a game or we didn't squeak by. We let them back in and we let it that get close."
Bills tie team record: The Ravens didn't exactly try too hard to run against the Bills' defense, but when they did, they weren't able to gain any first downs rushing. That ties a Bills record, set three times prior: Oct. 30, 1966 against the Jets; Oct. 26, 1982 against the Patriots; and Oct. 30, 2011 against the Redskins.
Test for Bills ahead: The Bills are 2-2 entering the second month of the season. They're 2-1 at home, but they enter a tough October stretch that includes three road trips, starting Thursday in Cleveland on a short week. They return home to face Cincinnati in Week 6, but play only three of their final 10 games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills have gotten the job done at home, but they'll need to prove themselves on the road.
A review of four hot issues from the Buffalo Bills' 23-20 win against the Baltimore Ravens:Henderson gets game ball: Game balls are often given out by coaches to players, but the Bills gave a game ball to defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson following Sunday's game, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.