Ebony Bird round-table: Picks/predictions for Ravens vs. Bills
Site-Expert Richard Bradshaw:
The Baltimore Ravens are rolling hot right now and no one can stop this team. Sorry Buffalo Bills fans, this includes your team.
Don’t get me wrong, the Bills have a loaded defense led by Tre’Davious White and Ed Oliver. The pass rush is ferocious and teams are struggling to pass the football against the third-best pass defense in the league. Unfortunately, they aren’t as keen on their run defense (14th ranked in the league in YPG) and the Baltimore Ravens excel in this area.
Lamar Jackson is so close to breaking Michael Vick‘s single-season quarterback rushing yards record he can almost taste it. With the way he’s been running this year, it’s hard to believe that Buffalo can slow him down. This goes the same for Mark Ingram and company in the backfield.
The main struggle for Baltimore’s offense will be through the air, but I still expect Mark Andrews to power this passing attack.
Defensively, the Ravens will need to respect Josh Allen, who has 24 touchdowns on the season. Allen is a terrific runner with a strong-arm to challenge Baltimore’s secondary. With former Raven John Brown on the Bills, we can expect them to push the ball deep consistently.
Overall, this game looks to be a one-sided match-up: Baltimore’s offense vs. Buffalo’s defense. Not much attention will go to the other match-up, but I believe the Ravens offense will simply be too electric and put the Bills in a hole early. This game will be closer than the score indicates, but Baltimore walks away victorious on the road.
Bold prediction: Lamar Jackson breaks Michael Vicks single-season rushing yards record, records four total touchdowns
Score prediction: Ravens 31 Bills 14