Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills: 1/16/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Buffalo Bills (14-3) vs Baltimore Ravens (12-5)
Game Info: Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 8:15 pm (Bills Stadium)
Betting Odds: Buffalo Bills -2.5 -- Over/Under: 50 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Baltimore Ravens will travel to Bills Stadium to take on the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Playoffs this Saturday night in NFL action.
The Baltimore Ravens continued their strong play from the end of the regular season and also got some revenge as Baltimore was able to defeat the Tennessee Titans, 20-13, in an AFC wild card game this past Sunday. Baltimore fell behind by a 10-0 margin early in the game, however, the defense was outstanding the rest of the way and was able to take the lead for good on a 4-yard TD run by J.K. Dobbins early in the 3rd quarter. Baltimore outgained Tennessee by a 401-209 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Ravens was QB Lamar Jackson who despite completing just 17 for 24 passes for 179 yards & 1 INT, was outstanding on the ground as he racked up 136 rushing yards & 1 TD on 16 carries.
In the regular season, Baltimore averaged 29.3 ppg on 363.1 total yards per game (171.2 passing yds/g; 191.9 rushing yds/g). Baltimore was led by QB Lamar Jackson who completed 64.4% of his passes for 2,757 yards, 26 TD’s, 7 9 INT. Jackson was also the leading rusher for the Ravens as he finished with 1,005 rushing yards & 7 TD’s on 159 carries. Also, in the backfield for the Ravens has been the duo of J.K. Dobbins (134 att, 805 yards, 9 TD) & Gus Edwards (144 att, 723 yards, 6 TD). The top receiving threats for the Ravens have been Marquise Brown (58 rec, 769 yards, 8 TD), Mark Andrews (58 rec, 701 yards, 7 TD), Willie Snead IV (33 rec, 432 yards, 3 TD), & Miles Boykin (19 rec, 266 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Baltimore held their opponents to an average of 18.9 ppg on 329.8 total yards per game (221.0 passing yds/g; 108.8 rushing yds/g).
The Buffalo Bills picked up their first playoff in win in 25 years after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 this past Saturday. Buffalo was able to take a 24-10 lead early in the 4th quarter on a 35-yards TD reception by Stefon Diggs and was able to hang on late after a late charge by the Colts. Buffalo was outgained by Indianapolis by a 472-397 margin and didn’t commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Bills was QB Josh Allen who completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards & 2 TD’s while also adding 54 rushing yards & 1 TD on 11 carries.
In the regular season, Buffalo average 31.3 ppg on 396.4 total yards per game (288.8 passing yds/g; 107.7 rushing yds/g). Buffalo was led by QB Josh Allen who completed 69.2% of his passes for 4,544 yards, 37 TD, & 10 INT. Allen also has been a threat with his legs as he has piled up 421 rushing yards & 8 TD’s on 102 carries. The top receiving threats for the Bills have been Stefon Diggs (127 rec, 1,535 yards, 8 TD), Cole Beasley (82 rec, 967 yards, 4 TD), Gabriel Davis (35 rec, 599 yards, 7 TD), & John Brown (33 rec, 458 yards, 3 TD). In the backfield with Josh Allen has been the duo of Devin Singletary (156 att, 687 yards, 2 TD) & Zach Moss (112 att, 481 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Buffalo held their opponents to an average of 23.4 ppg on 352.5 total yards per game (232.9 passing yds/g; 119.6 rushing yds/g).
The Ravens are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 playoff games. The Bills are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. AFC opponents.
Buffalo has been a great story line this season and certainly has a bright future in front of them with the duo of Josh Allen & Stephon Diggs, however, this is going to be a tough matchup for the Bills as the Ravens have the defense to slow down Allen and company and is going have to trouble containing Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore rushing attack. Baltimore has more playoff experience and as I just don’t think the Bills defense will have much success in this one, I think the play here is to take Baltimore and the points. Good Luck!