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Instant analysis of the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills

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Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their thoughts on the Ravens' loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens fell, 23-20, to the Buffalo Bills, an eye-opening setback lowlighted by an awful game by quarterback Joe Flacco as he threw five interceptions for the first time in his NFL career. If it wasn't Flacco failing to see rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso or cornerback Aaron Williams on interceptions, there was tight end Ed Dickson dropping the football with the pass ricocheting into the Bills' hands. The running game was a complete nonfactor, ineffective despite the return of Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice from a strained left hip flexor. And the run defense got pounded mercilessly by the Bills, allowing over 200 rushing yards.

Matt Vensel, reporter: A week after an impressive win over the Houston Texans, the Ravens were at the opposite end of the spectrum with an ugly loss against the young Bills. Joe Flacco threw a career-high five interceptions and the Ravens run defense got gouged by the Bills, but the biggest problem was their inability to run the ball against a Bills run defense that was ranked as one of the worst entering the game. The Ravens were so sick of seeing their backs run into a wall, they washed their hands of the running game in the second half, running the ball just twice. More than anything, that is the issue that needs to get corrected quickly.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: No NFL team will win throwing five interceptions -- and the Ravens are no exception. They need to find an offensive line, too. Just a pitiful performance.

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