NFL Saturday Night Football: Bills/Ravens Preview

by Alec McMordie

The Saturday night contest in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs involves two of the hottest teams in the league.

Baltimore has won six straight games with an average scoring margin of +17.3 points-per-game during that span. Yet Buffalo bests those numbers with their seven-game winning streak where they have outscored their opponents by +17.4 points-per-game.

The Ravens advanced to this showdown last Sunday with their 20-13 victory at Tennessee as a 3.5-point favorite. Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards with an interception in the win. The Baltimore quarterback added 136 rushing yards with a touchdown from his 16 carries. Jackson is completing 64.4% of his passes this season for 2757 yards with 26 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He has rushed for 1005 yards with another seven touchdowns.

Baltimore is scoring 28.7 points-per-game this season behind a ground attack that averages 35 rushing attempts per game that produces 194 rushing yards-per-game. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards have rushed for 805 and 723 yards, respectively. The Ravens possess the league’s best scoring defense that holds their opponents to 18.6 points-per-game. They held Derrick Henry to just 40 rushing yards last week from his 18 carries.

Buffalo is the second-highest scoring team in the NFL by averaging 31.1 points-per-game. Josh Allen leads a Bills’ attack that is third in the league by averaging 289.5 passing yards-per-game. Allen completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards with two touchdown passes in their 27-24 victory against the Colts last Saturday as a 7-point favorite. Allen also rushed for 54 yards on 11 carries. Allen is completing 69.2% of his passes this season for 4544 yards with 37 touchdown passes and ten interceptions. He has added 421 rushing yards with another eight touchdowns.

The Bills are allowing 23.5 points-per-game on defense, with opposing teams averaging 359.5 yards-per-game. Buffalo hosts this game with an 8-1 record at home.

Buffalo has only one player on their injury list, with defensive end Darryl Johnson questionable with a knee injury after not practicing all week. The Bills have lost four players to injury this season after running back Zack Moss is out for the rest of the year with his knee injury.

Baltimore has four players on their final injury report. Cornerback Marcus Peters is questionable with a back injury, but he did take part in limited practices. Tackle D.J. Fluker is also questionable with a knee, yet he was also a limited participant in practice this week. Linebacker Matthew Judon got upgraded to probable after dealing with an illness. He took part in full practice by the end of the week. Defensive end Derek Wolfe did not practice this week but was not listed on the final injury report.

These two teams last played in December of 2019 when Baltimore defeated the Bills on the road by a 24-17 score as a 6.5-point favorite. BetAnySports lists Buffalo as a 2.5-point favorite with the total set at 49.5. NBC has the broadcast at 8:15 PM ET.

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