Saturday night’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills is thought to be the most unpredictable game of the divisional playoffs. Featuring a pair of 24-year-old quarterbacks, it’s the only second-round contest with a betting line of less than a field goal.
Buffalo is a 2-point favorite at home over Baltimore, according to odds compiled by OddsShark. The over/under is 50 in what has the potential to be a relatively high-scoring affair.
The Ravens already have one road playoff win, beating the Tennessee Titans 20-13 on Wild-Card Weekend. The Bills held off the Indianapolis Colts, winning their first-round matchup 27-24.
The play of both young star quarterbacks could ultimately determine the winner in Buffalo.
Lamar Jackson carried the Ravens past the Titans with 136 rushing yards. The 2019 NFL MVP is averaging 94.3 rushing yards during Baltimore’s six-game winning streak.
During the 2020 regular season, Allen was arguably the league’s third-best quarterback behind only Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. Allen totaled 375 yards of offense and three touchdowns against Indianapolis, extending Buffalo’s winning streak to seven games.
The Bills ranked second in the regular season with 396.4 yards and 31.3 points per game. Buffalo has scored more than 25 points in nine straight games, including four matchups with top-10 scoring defenses.
Baltimore’s second-ranked scoring defense held Tennessee’s explosive offense to just 13 points by limiting the Titans’ rushing attack. Derrick Henry was held to 40 yards on 18 attempts.
Buffalo running backs had just 10 carries in the first round. Expect Allen to air it out and have plenty of success against the Ravens.
Allen and the Bills have the edge should Saturday’s game turns into a shootout. While Jackson was terrific in Tennessee, he did throw a costly interception that could have sent the Ravens home. The Titans blew a 10-0 lead and Jackson won the game for Baltimore.
Head coach Sean McDermott and Buffalo’s offense will prevent the team from blowing such a lead.
The Bills are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games. The total has gone over in 12 of Buffalo’s 17 games this season.
Prediction: Only the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and a wild Hail Mary from the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray have defeated the Bills in the last three months. Jackson and the Ravens likely don’t have enough firepower to join that list.
Predicted Score: Buffalo over Baltimore, 30-24
Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills: Prediction, Point Spread, Over-Under For Playoff Game The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ International Business Times.