How the Ravens Dean Pees prepares for the Bills
It's been nine years since the Bills have had a winning season, and 13 years since they reached the playoffs, the longest such drought in the league. In an attempt to reverse that, the Bills have put the franchise in the hands of a new coach (Doug Marrone) and a rookie quarterback (E.J. Manuel). The Bills have begun the Marrone era with a 1-2 record, with all three games decided by seven points or less.
Here are some other enlightening numbers about the Ravens opponent on Sunday:
2: Punt return touchdowns last season by Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin, who is questionable for Sunday (hamstring), led the NFL last season with an average of 18.7 yards per punt return.
3: Consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons for wide receiver Stevie Johnson. He had 79 catches for 1,046 yards a year ago, joining Andre Reed as the only Bills receivers with at least 70 catches three years in a row.
4.5: Sacks recorded by defensive end Mario Williams against Carolina in Week 2. That set a Buffalo single-game record. Since coming into the league in 2006, Williams has 68 sacks, the sixth-highest total in the league.
5: Interceptions in 2012 by Bills safety Jairus Byrd. That tied for the AFC lead. Byrd has 18 interceptions since joining the NFL in 2009.
6.0: Running back C.J. Spiller's average gain per carry last season. Spiller ran 207 times for 1,244 yards (6.01), finishing just a hair behind Adrian Peterson (6.03) for the best average in the NFL among running backs.
11.2: The cumulative rating given by stats web site Pro Football Focus to Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn through the first three games this season. That is tied for the best rating among all tackles.
13: Career touchdown catches for tight end Scott Chandler. The former fourth-round draft pick had six touchdown catches each of the past two years -- tying a Bills single-season record for a tight end -- and had a 33-yard touchdown in the Bills' loss to the Jets this past Sunday.
27: Completions for E.J. Manuel against Carolina, which set a Bills rookie record. Manuel is the fourth Bills rookie quarterback to start a season opener.
113: Career games played by Bills safety Jim Leonhard, who played 16 of them with the Ravens in 2008. With nine NFL seasons, Leonhard is the most veteran player on the Bills roster.
158: Receiving yards by Bills receiver Stevie Johnson in his only career game against the Ravens. Johnson had eight catches for 158 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens' 37-34 overtime win over Buffalo in 2010.