By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:00 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.
Buffalo Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso was one of the biggest reasons why the Ravens offense had so many problems during Sunday's 23-20 loss.
An aggressive, athletic second-round draft pick from Oregon, Alonso hauled in two of quarterback Joe Flacco's career-high five interceptions.
"You see a player that's getting a better feel each week, getting better each week," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "He's playing very well, at a high level."
The 6-foot-3, 238-pound linebacker made a diving interception with 57 seconds remaining to preserve the win.
On that play, Flacco tried to connect with tight end Dallas Clark on a short pass over the middle. It was deflected by safety Da'Norris Searcy, and Alonso lunged for the ball. The interception upheld after a replay review.
"Every game is like a roller-coaster," Alonso told Buffalo reporters after recording five tackles with the Ravens rushing for just 24 yards on nine carries. "There's going to be ups and downs. We just got to keep fighting until the end every game."
In his first four NFL games, Alonso has four interceptions. He's the first rookie to intercept a pass in three games in a row since Bills safety Jairus Byrd had interceptions in five consecutive games during the 2009 season.
"His instincts are phenomenal,” Bills cornerback Aaron Williams told Buffalo reporters. “That’s the kind of plays we need out of young players like him."