Orchard Park, New York – In a typical season, moving from a second round match to a no. 3 seeds to no. 5 seeds will probably be considered a more favorable match.
But after the Pittsburgh Steelers were blown away by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, the Buffalo Bills division round draw against the Baltimore Ravens must prove to be a much more difficult task.
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The Bills (14-3) found themselves in silence with the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, avoiding a hard-fought 27-24 victory. Buffalo is visiting Baltimore on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. on CBS.
Here are some initial thoughts on the match.
The two best QBs of class 2018 collide in this one
Lamar Jackson won the NFL MVP award last season, and Josh Allen is likely to finish as runner-up this year after Aaron Rodgers. The two QBs for 2018 definitely took the first two places when it comes to ranking all quarterbacks in this class. Alan had a better season in 2020, finishing with a total of 46 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 total yards. Jackson had a total of 1,372 yards and a total of 33 touchdowns. The result of this game can be very much about who plays better between the two.
What did the bills against Lamar do in 2019?
Buffalo came up with a perfect game plan for Jackson in his 14th week match for 2019. They forced him to beat them with his hand and he eventually succeeded. He threw three touchdowns and the Ravens won, 24-17. But Jackson as a runner was detained only 40 yards in 11 runs. If the bills were able to generate any real violation in the game, the result could have been much different. A few weeks later, when the Titans defeated the Ravens in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Logan Ryan said Tennessee used the Bills plan set in their game with Baltimore to organize a game against Jackson in that game.
What does the line mean?
Buffalo opened as a favorite -2 1/2 according to betonline.ag. These are the numbers that books use when they are a little unsure of what to expect. The Bills played in front of the fans for the first time in the opening round and has potential for fans again in the divisional round. But these plans have not yet been finalized. Ravens and the Bills are two of the hottest teams in the league and Baltimore’s defense against Buffalo’s attack will be quite a match.
The Ravens rode a series of victories in 6 matches – and they were different
Since Jackson returned from a fight with the coronavirus, the crows have not lost and their defense has been a very different unit. They allowed 333 yards per game in their first 11 games, but reduced that to 302 per game in the last five games and their victory over the Titans on Sunday. Speaking of the Ravens’ big win, they squeezed the Titans after Ryan Tannehill led Tennessee to a quick 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the last 45 minutes, the Ravens held the Titans to just 76 yards and three points. Jackson was a leg sensation against the Titans. He is a different player during a series of six games. He has had four multiple touchdown games in his team’s last five regular season victories.
What’s different this time about the bills?
Alan was an almost different player the last time the two teams met. Last season, he was completely restrained by the Ravens, controlling just 146 passing yards in 46 attempts. Baltimore beat Allen in tune and he went 2 of 17, passing the 24 renegades, where he faced pressure. He was fired six times when the crows brought a flash. This time, Alan will probably be under pressure again. The Ravens were created to flash at the front and even added Yannick Ngakoue in the deadline to reinforce their pass. But Alan already has the NFL’s leading successor in Stephen Diggs, who raised Bills’ foul to one of the best in the league. The way the crows choose to attack Allen will be one of the most intriguing storylines in this game.
Should Bills Mafia worry about the match?
There are no easy games at this time of year. The crows are strong on both sides of the ball, but the bills have a more dynamic and dangerous violation. Sean McDermott and Leslie Fraser get an extra day to prepare for the Jackson and Baltimore attack and have probably learned some lessons about their defense on a tough outing against the Colts. The Ravens ‘defensive front will challenge the Bills’ offensive line, but Allen has answered the bell every time this season when he faces adversity. Returning home, with worries out of their system after the franchise’s first playoff victory of the century, the Bills should be able to play on both sides of the ball against the crows.
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