By Austin Payne
In a game that had upset alert written all over it, the Ravens managed to essentially smother the Bills on offense and come out with a playoff seed clinching win on Sunday.
In what was really a slow game offensively where both team did their best to contain the opposing young QB, the Ravens ended up with only 257 total yards of offense while the Bills racked up only 209. This is far below the Ravens average of 408.2, which ranks 2nd in the league. (Stats)
Despite the sputtering and inconsistent scoring we saw throughout the game, Lamar Jackson will undoubtedly continue to get his due shine simply because of the fact that he still managed to score all three of the Ravens touchdowns through the air, and also only turned the ball over once. Josh Allen on the other hand…ended up completing 17 of 39 passing attempts that leaves him with a very nice 43.6% completion percentage, while also only throwing one touchdown pass and managing to fumble twice.
Though Devin Singletary had a decent outing at 5.2 yards per carry, it was an all around rough day for the running game of either team, with no other rusher surpassing the 3.6 yard per mark aside from Gus Edwards, who only had 4 carries, and Josh Allen, who had…9 yards. (More stats)
Buffalo still retains that top wild card spot in the AFC, but surprisingly, Pittsburg and…Tennessee? These are both teams on winning streaks that are only a game back from the Bills spot, and they’re doing it under the guidance of uh…Devlin Hodges…and…Ryan Tannehill? Did i read that correct? With Pitt, New England, and the Jets remaining on their schedule, the Bills could easily go 3-0 or 0-3, and while i’m at it water is wet. But seriously, they should be able to beat Pittsburgh and New England with how they’ve looked as of late, and will probably need at least one win to get in.
The story of the game should again be the Ravens improving defense. While Buffalo’s offense isn’t exactly impressive on paper, they’ve been scoring competently enough to keep pace and win games this year, so to suppress them to only 17 in this defensive battle is good enough. Marcus Peters headlines the group with 3 passes defended, while the young Stud Marlon Humphrey came home with two of his own. Add in 5 more sacks from the defense as a whole and you’ve got an all together impressive performance yet again.
Baltimore continues to beat solid and even elite teams, proving Lamar and the defense’s status as among the leagues best is not just a fluke. The improving defense is serving as a great compliment to this chameleon of an offense, and is undoubtedly one of the NFL’s best combinations. With a playoff seed secured Baltimore should be in line for a first round bye soon, and looks to be ready to maybe even knock off the Patriots this time…