Buffalo Bills (9-8) at Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -7.5 -- Over/Under: 40.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Baltimore Ravens look to carry their preseason success into the regular season as they welcome the Buffalo Bills to town for their season opener.
The Bills head into the regular season as a team in transition as many people think this roster isn’t capable of going on a run back to the playoffs this season, and with Nathan Peterman behind centre until Josh Allen is ready to go they aren’t really giving their fans anything to feel good about. Buffalo will also lean heavily on the aging Lesean McCoy to get their offense rolling and against a very good Ravens defense who will be fired up playing at home I don’t see this Bills offense being able to move the football. The Bills are now down to a seven-point underdog as the sharp money is fading the Bills and hammering the Ravens at home and this line could continue to move as we approach kick off as the Ravens are quickly becoming a trendy pick to make some noise in the AFC.
The Ravens have long been a contender in the AFC and are just a few short years removed from winning their second Super Bowl and this season appears to be one that John Harbaugh and company could use to launch themselves back into relevance in the AFC. Alex Collins will take over as the team’s lead back ahead of Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon and if he can serve as a legitimate bell cow than the pressure on Joe Flacco to succeed becomes much less of an issue and that is when the Ravens are at their best. Baltimore has a revamped defense and will be led by the ageless Terrell Suggs who is still as dangerous as ever and in a division where the Bengals have some uncertainties and the Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell this could be Baltimore’s time to rise up.
The Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five season openers and 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings in Baltimore while the Ravens are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 season openers. The line is moving up here in hopes of bringing in some Buffalo money but they are going to get torched on the ground here and we can’t rely on Nathan Peterman to do much of anything. Baltimore wins by double digits.