Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills News & Picks
Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills
|Baltimore Ravens||+2½ Ev||49½ -110 O||+125|
|Buffalo Bills||-2½ -120||49½ -110 U||-145|
**Odds as of 01/015**
Against the Spread (Devlin Duckett)
Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson ran for 136 yards and a TD vs Tennessee, surging to his first career playoff victory. Jackson also completed 17-of-24 passes for 179 yards, but relied more on the ground game and the Ravens’ defense to secure the win. Baltimore bulldozed Tennessee for 236 total rushing yards, controlling the clock in the process.
The Ravens’ D held the NFL’s leading rusher, Derrick Henry, to 40 yards on 18 carries. Henry averaged a paltry 2.2 YPC and was kept out of the endzone. Winning 20-13, Baltimore avenged the early exit that Tennessee gave them in last year’s playoff dance, thereby exorcising some demons. The Ravens are playing extremely well lately, and most certainly look like trouble.
Meanwhile in Buffalo, QB Josh Allen earned his first ever playoff game by helping the Bills to defeat Indianapolis 27-24. Allen connected on 26-of-35 passes for 324 yards and touchdowns, adding 54 rushing yards and a ground score. The Bills’ offense will find ways to put up points on the Ravens’ defense, but Buffalo has difficulty stopping the run. Buffalo’ stop-unit will ultimately make the difference in this tight matchup.
Baltimore is 7-0 ATS in its seven previous contests, while Buffalo is 7-0 SU over its last seven. The Bills are 8-1 at home this season, including their Wild Card win over the Colts. Both squads are peaking at the exact same time, almost making this a pick’em situation.
I’m envisioning another win ATS for Baltimore, but another straight up home victory for Buffalo. Bills 31, Ravens 30
Over/Under (Zack Robinson)
Lamar Jackson is the best running QB in the league, but Josh Allen has become a formidable dual-threat. Against Tennessee, Jackson ran for 136 yards and one touchdown against the Tennessee Titans, while Josh Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts.
There’s no doubt that the Ravens’ offensive strength comes from the backfield. Besides Jackson, both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards have been sensational.
The Ravens scored 20 points against the Titans; they finished the regular season averaging 29.3 points per game. The total has gone under in four of Baltimore’s last five games when playing on the road against Buffalo.
Allen and Stefon Diggs (128 yards and one touchdown against the Colts) have become one of the best QB-WR duos in the league.
The Bills lost RB Zack Moss due to injury. Devin Singletary and Allen will carry the running load.
Buffalo scored 27 points against the Colts; they finished the regular season averaging 31.3 points per game, good for second in the league. The total has gone over in 12 of Buffalo’s last 17 games.
Go under in a close one.
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