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When the Expenses have the ball

This might sound obvious, but Buffalo’s video game quite depend on Josh Allen’s hands. The Ravens are adepts on the protective side of the ball, regardless of a few notable leakages during the routine season (see: Dec. 14, when they enabled 42 to the Browns). They rank No. 6 against the pass and No. 8 against the run. They’ve got feisty competitors in the secondary. And they love to bring the warm up front.

It’s up to Allen, then, not only to handle the ball in what might be a lower-scoring, weather-affected battle but also display his trademark aggressiveness when the chance presents itself. When the Ravens blitz, for instance, Allen can’t pay for to stumble into turnovers considering the method Baltimore can keeping ownership for long stretches of time. It’s his arm, above all, that needs to shine if the Bills desire to best a run-heavy Ravens squad, so he’ll have to be looking to take shots when extra pressure shows up.

We all look in wonder when Lamar Jackson lofts a deep ball with the flick of a wrist, but 2 stats paint the whole photo here: The Ravens are the outright best hurrying group in the NFL, and the Expenses are just below average (No. Greg Roman has plenty of ways to feed his wide variety of ball-carriers– Jackson included– and the Expenses, for all their skill on the back end, have shown vulnerable to huge opposing run games at numerous points this year. Spray in some play-action, and take a shot here or there, however this truly couldn’t be much easier for Baltimore: Keep the ball on the ground, eat up clock on methodical drives, and make the Bills have to toss the ball late.

Latest Chances:

Buffalo Costs.
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This is really such a tossup. The Bills have the firepower to strike on huge plays versus Baltimore’s otherwise stout “D.” The Ravens have the hurrying attack to gash Buffalo on the road. At the end of the day, it might boil down to the QBs, and truthfully, the more secure bet may be Allen, who’s more effective as a true downfield passer. The Costs likewise have the advantage of playing at house on an extra day of rest. You know what? Jackson’s legs, combined with all the Ravens’ other runners, must still offer Baltimore a minor edge.

Select: Ravens 26, Bills 23

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