Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens- 9/11/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bills (8-8) at Baltimore Ravens (5-11)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Bills look to pull off the week one upset on the road as they head into Balitmore to face off against the Ravens.
The Bills look to continue their recent trend of starting the season off with a bang and a road matchup with the Ravens looks like the perfect opportunity for the Bills to prove they belong in the discussion as an AFC elite. Buffalo will hand the reigns over to Tyrod Taylor who was extended in the offseason to be the team’s franchise quarterback and his play making abilities certainly make him worthy of being designated as such and with a handful of weapons around him the Bills could surprise a number of people on the offensive side of the ball. Buffalo will be without Marcell Dareus for at least the first four games due to suspension but they do have some guys who can ball on defense led by Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, and Stephon Gilmore but they will miss their two rookie sensations in Reggie Ragland and Shaq Lawson to start the year who are both out with injuries.
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The Ravens meanwhile are a very interesting group as they look to resolve their revolving door at running back and while the Justin Forsett release was just a formality for financial restructure it begs the question whether or not this team is happy with their ground game as a number of suitors are in the mix for carries. Joe Flacco will look to bounce back after a tough go last season and he will get Steve Smith back in the receiving corps to go alongside Kamar Aiken and Mike Wallace who could emerge as the team’s number one option through the air. Defensively, the Ravens still have Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil though neither are expected to see action here, and they did bring in veteran safety Eric Weddle who will be out to prove his worth once again but overall this looks like it should be a very tightly contested show down between two sides looking to sneak into the playoffs.
Buffalo is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 season openers, 4-1-1 in their last six against the AFC, and 0-3-1 in their last four games on the road while the Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last five against the AFC, 3-9-1 in their last 13 ATS on turf, and 1-9-1 in their last 11 home games. The Bills are a team I like a lot this season and they could surprise people in the AFC and starting with a road cover and outright win is a great way to start against an uncertain and injured Ravens side.