Alexander: 'We have a bigger picture here'


The last time the Buffalo Bills had gotten to 10 wins through the first 14 weeks of the season was when the team was 10-1 following Week 12 of the 1991 season.

Buffalo will look to hit the double-digit win mark for the first time since the 1999 season on Sunday when the 10-2 Baltimore Ravens come to New Era Field in Orchard Park.

After coming off an impressive Thanksgiving Day win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills will face an even tougher opponent in the Ravens that rank in the top-10 of many major statistical categories on both offense and defense.

Where the Ravens have really impressed many around football this season is on offense under the leadership of second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore currently ranks second in average yards per-game (420.8), while ranking first in average points per-game (33.8) and average time of possession (34:52).

As for Jackson, he leads the NFL in rushing yards for a quarterback (977), and is just 63 yards away from surpassing Michael Vick’s record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. That's also on top of his 2,532 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes this season, which has put him atop the running for the NFL's Most Valuable Player.

If there is one team that may be able to contain the Ravens' potent offense, it may be the Bills, who currently ranks third in fewest yards per-game allowed (300.1), fewest points allowed this season (188), and fewest point per-game allowed (15.7).

Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander took the time on Thursday to join Jeremy White and Nate Geary on WGR. Alexander talked about what has gone in to preparing for the Ravens, as well as the play of Jackson and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:


Alexander on the preparations for the Ravens this week:

"It definitely helps to have a couple of extra days to work and practice against their scheme. The players probably didn't start until Monday, I'm pretty sure some guys watched their game (against the San Francisco 49ers) on Sunday. But the coaches jumped right into the gameplan, as far as breaking them down and really try to devise a plan that will probably put us in the best position, especially defensively, to beat them."


Alexander on facing a top-ranked Baltimore offense:

"I obviously respect Lamar. He's going to go out there and going to make plays. They have a lot of guys out there that we have to worry about. Mark Ingram is another guy who comes to mind. He's a great runner, came here a couple of years ago (with the New Orleans Saints) and did a great job against us. They have a really good scheme where everybody's is playing really well downhill. For us, it's really going to be a game about complimentary football, having our offense put up points, having our special teams control field position, and then making sure that we (the defense) try to put Lamar in some advantageous spots for us."


Alexander on the play of Lamar Jackson:

"Lamar reminds me of [Michael] Vick. That's what I remember most, and I got to play Vick when he was in [Philadelphia], and he was pretty good then. I think Lamar is probably one of the more elite athletes. I'd put him and Vick in that same breath as far as what they're able to do with the ball in their hands, the big plays they're able to make when it seems like there's nothing there. That's the scary part is that this dude is on a whole nother when you talk about his athleticism and vision as a ball carrier."


Alexander on the anticipation of playing one of the NFL's best teams:

"It's the next game. I've been around this league long enough. They're all big games; they're all important. Obviously once you get to this time of year, the games, I guess, mean a little bit more because you can start to see the playoff picture. It's not that far out. This is going to be a team that is obviously going to be in the playoffs, and we have to come out and show that we can compete with a team of their caliber. But if we don't win, it's not like it breaks our season... We're going to come out here and compete, and obviously trying to come away with a 'W', but understanding that we have a bigger picture here. This game is not going to define us."


You can listen to the entire interview below: