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Bills 28, Ravens 24
Here’s what others think:
The Bills have issues in a lot of spots and quarterback is No. 1 on that list. They will start Nathan Peterman, who threw five picks in a half in his first start in 2017. This won’t be that bad, but it won’t be good either against an improved Ravens defense. Joe Flacco will also have a big day. Ravens big.
Ravens 31, Bills 17
Last season the Bills broke a 19-year drought and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. This season will reset the playoff clock for many of the same reasons the team was mired in mediocrity between 1999-2016: Huge questions at quarterbacks. Buffalo shipped Tyrod Taylor to the Browns in the offseason; traded AJ McCarron to the Raiders last week, months after signing him; have decided to keep rookie first-rounder Josh Allen safely on the bench, at least for the brutal stretch of games to open the season; and will roll with 2017 fifth-rounder Nathan Peterman, the same poor soul who tossed five interceptions in 30 minutes of football in his first NFL start against the Chargers in Week 11 last season.
The Ravens, meanwhile, are hoping the Joe Flacco Revitalization Project continues into the regular season after a strong preseason, aided by the additions of wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and first-rounders, quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Hayden Hurst. Hurst will be sidelined with an injury to start the season but the Ravens won’t need him against a punchless Bills offense that is worse in every way from the same unit that made it to the postseason a season ago.
May God have mercy on Peterman’s soul against this Ravens defense.
Ravens 17, Bills 6
Two teams on opposite sides of the result of Andy Dalton’s fourth-down, last-minute touchdown pass in the season finale; it knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and let the Bills in. Buffalo’s reaction was to gut its quarterback room; the notorious Nathan Peterman starts and Josh Allen waits. A healthy and motivated Joe Flacco starts for the Ravens, and Lamar Jackson waits (as does Robert Griffin III). The Ravens’ defense, even without the suspended Jimmy Smith, should make all this who’s-in-and-out quarterback talk irrelevant.
Ravens 19, Bills 16
Patrick Webb (Head Honcho, CBBB):
Joe Flacco’s status will remain ever dubious in the Elite/Not Elite debate. Kelvin Benjamin will score 2 TDs. Peterman will trhow 0 INTs. Bills pull the upset.
Bills 24, Ravens 10
David Hilder (CBBB):
Bills 24, Ravens 17
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