The Bills defense was top three in interceptions last season and top two in takeaways. On Friday night Buffalo’s defenders despite undertaking a new scheme showed they’re ready to pick up where they left off in 2013.
“That’s the main thing we want to pride ourselves on as a defense is getting takeaways as well as sacks. We did a good job of that last year,” said Da’Norris Searcy, whose second quarter INT led to a field goal. “We want to continue that going into this year. This year our goal is to get even more. That’s a good way to get our hands on the ball and we came up with them.”
Searcy’s pick came on a cover two look by Buffalo’s defense with Carolina QB Matt Blanchard simply overthrowing his intended target.
Manny Lawson had the first takeaway. After Jarius Wynn forced a quarterback fumble, Lawson lunged onto the ball for the recovery at the Carolina 28. A touchdown soon followed.
“Our defense is ball hungry and our offense capitalized off us getting turnovers for them,” said Lawson. “That’s one of the things we pride ourselves on as a defense.”
Jonathan Meeks closed out the turnover tally with an interception in the waning moments of the game to preserve the team’s two-point lead for the win.
“Once that first turnover happens everybody intensity level goes up even more and everybody is trying to get their hands on another one,” said Searcy. “I think we got three of them so it was a good day overall.”
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