AFC Divisional Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Billsby Kyle O'Connell January 15, 2021 0 comments
The Baltimore Ravens (12-5) travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (14-3) in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. In a game between two of the best rushing quarterbacks in the league–Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen–this one has the potential for game of the year.
The Bills are coming off their first playoff win since 1995, while the Ravens look to reach their first AFC Championship with Jackson under center. This marks the first meeting between the two franchises in the postseason.
Baltimore took down rushing leader Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans on Wild Card Weekend by a score of 20-13. Jackson was nothing short of amazing, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown in his first-career playoff win. Despite a season filled with ups-and-downs, Jackson finished with 1,005 yards rushing, becoming the first quarterback in league history to do so multiple times (1,206 in 2019).
The Ravens have two key players on the injury report ahead of Saturday’s game, including cornerback Marcus Peters, who recorded the game-sealing interception last week. He is listed as questionable with a back injury after only practicing Friday in a limited capacity, but most assumptions are that’ll suit up. On the other side of the ball, offensive guard D.J. Fluker is also questionable to play with a knee injury, although he was able to practice every day this past week.
The Bills won 27-24 against the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs. Allen and Stefon Diggs continued to dominate, connecting six times for 138 yards and a touchdown. Allen had an MVP-caliber season, throwing for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns, which rushing for another eight. Meanwhile, Diggs ended the season first among all players with 127 catches and 1,535 receiving yards.
Buffalo enters the game with only one player on the final injury report. Defensive end Darryl Johnson Jr. is listed as questionable with a knee injury after not practicing all week. His pregame workout should determine whether or not he will be able to suit up.
Date: January 16, 2021
Start Time: 8:15 P.M. EST
Location: Orchard Park, NY
Stadium: Bills Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Betting Odds Sponsored by Jazz Sportsbook
Point Spread: BAL +2.5 (-110) | BUF -2.5 (-110)
Moneyline: BAL +120 | BUF -150
Over/Under: O 50 (-110) | U 50 (-110)
With two of the best offenses matching up in primetime, take the over with confidence. Baltimore’s defense and volatile offense should set the tone for the game and cover the spread.
In an entertaining shootout, the Ravens will beat the Bills in a nail-biter and advance to the AFC Championship. Both offenses will score with ease throughout the game, but a late defensive stop by Baltimore will help seal the victory.
Final Score: Baltimore Ravens 31, Buffalo Bills 28