The Baltimore Ravens are about to take on the Buffalo Bills in week 14. This is a really interesting game and here are three things to think about beforehand:
1. The Ravens road to 10-2 was tougher than the Bills road to 9-3:
- Stats were collected for this article at NFL.com
The Baltimore Ravens have had to play a very tough schedule to get their 10-2 mark. The Ravens beat an undefeated New England Patriots team just past the half way point of the season. The Ravens dominated the Houston Texans, the only other team to take down New England. The NFC West has two 10 win teams (the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks) and Baltimore beat both of them. The Ravens strength of schedule is the reason they look like the best team in football. It’s not that they’ve won eight straight games, it’s that they went through good teams like a knife going through butter.
The Buffalo Bills have nine wins and their path hasn’t been an uphill one. The Bills have wins against the New York Giants, the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. The Bills beat a Philadelphia Eagles team that is having a frustrating season. The Dallas Cowboys met the Bills in the middle of their mid-season crisis.
The Bills got their battle in against the Tennessee Titans before Marcus Mariota was benched and Ryan Tannehill heated up their season. Buffalo is a good team. The reason they have something to prove is because they have the record you would expect them to have against their schedule. If they beat the Ravens they prove themselves, if they lose people will still wonder if they are legitimate contenders.
The dangerous part of this game is that the Bills have something to prove. The Ravens are sitting on top of the AFC with a huge lead in the AFC North. Baltimore’s eight win streak has given them some margin of error. A game against a nine win opponent is never a trap game, however John Harbaugh better have his team ready in Buffalo. If this game goes the way it should, Baltimore will get another win against a good team. The Ravens can’t let the Bills change the narrative of this match up.