Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills: Answering your burning questions
@RobertDNeal2 asks: What would you say this game will be about? Will it be about the Ravens defense stopping the Bills, or the Ravens outscoring the Bills?
Answer: Today we’re really focused on the Ravens defense aren’t we? I guess that tells us something. The Ravens need a good team win in this game. The key is twofold. The Ravens have to keep the Bills under 30 and they have to score over 30. This game is a race for the first team to get to 30 points. It’s not about one side or the other.
When you look at what the Bills can do offensively you have to think there’s no scenario in which the Ravens can survive a bad day on offense. The Bills put up 31.3 points per game and have one of the top passing attacks in the NFL. No matter what, Baltimore gets out of the defense, the offense needs to be able to keep pace.
On the other hand, the defense can’t ask the offense to do too much. The Ravens don’t want this to get into a shootout. They proved that they could come from behind, however, they have no interest in making a habit out of it. Defensively this means getting off the field on third downs and creating an extra possession or two with a turnover.
Lamar Jackson can sling it for a lot of yards if he needs to, yet that’s not how this team was built. Baltimore needs to control the ball and shorten the game. They need to limit the chances of the Bills and maximize their scoring attempts. It may sound like an easy or too convenient answer but this game isn’t about one side of the ball. The Ravens must play their most complete game of the season against a great team.