Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills: The history of this match up
Here is a look at the history between the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills:
The 10-2 Baltimore Ravens head up to Buffalo this weekend to take on the 9-3 Bills in a game that will hold major playoff ramifications for both teams. Though these two squads do not have a traditional rivalry, they have faced off with one another eight previous times, with the Ravens holding a 5-3 lead to this point, outscoring the Bills by a combined score of 180-112.
Let’s take a look back at the previous eight installments in this AFC match up, via recaps on ESPN.com and Pro Football Reference, with a tip of the cap to Football Database for historical numbers.
Oct. 31, 1999
Buffalo came to Baltimore 20 years ago and handed the Ravens a 13-10 loss in their first meeting. Doug Flutie quarterbacked the Bills that day, going 18-40 for one touchdown and three picks, while Tony Banks put up an ugly line, as well, finishing 13-34 with a touchdown pass to Justin Armor. Ray Lewis picked up 14 tackles and a sack on the day, while Andre Reed posted seven catches for 76 yards.
Oct. 24, 2004
Baltimore evened up the series, taking a 20-6 game where they were out gained by Buffalo by a healthy 270-160 margin. Drew Bledsoe threw four picks for Buffalo on the day, including two by Deion Sanders, who returned one for a touchdown. B.J. Sams scored the only offensive touchdown for the Ravens on the day, and Kyle Boller — yes, THE Kyle Boller — threw for 86 yards on 19 attempts. Chester Taylor contributed 89 yards on the ground.
Dec. 31, 2006
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Baltimore came out on top of this one by a score of 19-6, with their only touchdown coming via a Chris McCalister pick-six. Todd Heap caught five passes for 60 yards, and Buffalo was led on offense by Lee Evans, with seven catches for 145 yards and a score. Lee Evans. Why does that name feel familiar to Ravens fans?
Oct. 21, 2007
Buffalo evened up the series at 2-2 with a 19-14 win, led by Lee Evans (!) and a young Marshawn Lynch. Willis McGahee had 19 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Ravens, and Derrick Mason contributed a touchdown in a losing effort.
Oct. 24, 2010
Baltimore won an overtime thriller, 37-34, and were paced by young quarterback Joe Flacco, and his three touchdown passes — two to Todd Heap, and one to Anquan Boldin. Ed Reed gad two picks off Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ray Lewis had 15 tackles and a sack.
Sept. 29, 2013
The Bills came out on top of a 23-20 game, led by the running of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, while Joe Flacco threw five interceptions on the day for the Ravens. Torrey Smith went off, catching five passes for 166 yards and a 74-yard touchdown.
Sept. 11, 2016
The Ravens topped their former defensive coordinator in Rex Ryan with a tough 13-7 win. Mike Wallace caught a 66-yard touchdown from Joe Flacco for the Ravens’ only touchdown of the game, and Buffalo only mustered 160 yards of total offense.
Sept. 9, 2018
The Ravens kicked off last season with a resounding 47-3 win over the Bills. Joe Flacco went 25-34 for 236 yards, with three touchdowns on the day, and a young quarterback named Lamar Jackson came in during mop-up duty to complete one of four passes for 24 yards. The Ravens picked up six sacks, led by Tavon Young‘s pair.