The hype and frenzy of sports betting get even bigger this week with NFL Divisional Playoff games as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills on Saturday. Let’s dive into our Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills injury analysis for this matchup.
|Game: Baltimore Ravens (12-5) vs Buffalo Bills (14-3)
Location: Bills Stadium
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Split action at the sportsbook on this one, as Buffalo Bills opened as 2½-point favorites flat. At first, the line moved in the Ravens’ favor down to 2, but has since climbed back up to 2½, now juiced to the favorite. The total notched up from 50 to 50½.
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The good news out of Baltimore is that quarterback Lamar Jackson doesn’t show up on the injury report. After banging his thumb in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, Jackson wore a glove for the last part of the game. His insistence he is alright is settled by his absence from the list. ESPN touches on his next challenge: Snow!
Three players do appear on the injury list though, with two of them (more or less) new to report this week. That’s CB Marcus Peters who didn’t practice on Tuesday due to a back injury. Also OLB Matt Judon who missed practice with the dreaded “illness” description, that’s impossible to gauge if the player will be active.
The other listing, RT D.J. Fluker didn’t start last Sunday but did play nearly half the snaps after taking over for Tyre Phillips. Normally, they had been starting Fluker and rotating in Phillips, but it will remain to be seen if Fluker can play on Sunday. (We’d guess he will.)
The Ravens also designated CB Davontae Harris to return from the injured reserve. Expect him to be activated before the game. Also, to no shock, the team placed OG Ben Bredeson on injured reserve due to the fact that his “bum” knee freed up a roster spot.
The Buffalo Bills’ largest NFL injury loss from last Saturday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts doesn’t even show up on the report. That’s because RB Zack Moss’ high-ankle sprain suffered early in the fourth quarter of the game was bad enough to have him carted off the field and onto the injured reserve. His season is effectively done, not barring a miracle comeback and a Bills’ Super Bowl appearance.
A half-dozen other players do appear on the report, most prominently two of the wide receivers who were listed questionable coming into last week’s Wild-Card game. Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs return with the same injuries they listed last week, respectively, a knee and an oblique. Beasley caught attention last game for not looking to be in 100% of his normal shape.
Otherwise, the Bills have four defenders presumably injured from last week who now appear on the report. MLB Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), DT Justin Zimmer (groin) and backup DE Darryl Johnson (knee). Johnson didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice, while the other three were limited.