The best sportsbooks favor the home team by 2.5 points when the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills play in an AFC divisional round playoff matchup in NFL action from New Era Field on Saturday night. The Baltimore Ravens journey to Buffalo to clash with the Bills (14-3 SU, 11-6 ATS) in Saturday night’s divisional-round matchup.
The Ravens (12-5 SU, 11-5-1 ATS) bring a strong defense and offense to Buffalo. That includes possibly the league’s most lethal player at quarterback. Baltimore on the other hand has not faced a QB the likes of Josh Allen since playing the Chiefs in Week 3.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Odds by BetUs
|Ravens||+2½ (-110)||50½ (-110)||+120|
|Bills||-2½ (-110)||50½ (-110)||-140|
Betting Baltimore Ravens
The Black Birds are slight road dogs according to the best College Football sportsbooks. The he-can’t-win-a-playoff-game jinx is finally put to rest. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson heads to the divisional round on a high note.
Jackson’s dually-threatening skills were on full display in Sunday’s win over Tennessee. He posted a season-best 136 rushing yards. The Ravens have now won six consecutive games. They have rushed for over 230 total yards in five of those six.
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews could be poised for a big day as well. The Bills allowed 14 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown to Colts tight ends in the wild-card round. Expect Andrews to be the weapon of choice for Jackson with receiver Marquise Brown covered by the Bills’ Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White.
Defensively, the Ravens have surrendered 14 points or fewer in four straight games. As well as fewer than 20 points in six of their last seven. Cornerback Jimmy Smith and edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue both return for the wild-card round. They should be at full strength for this contest.
Betting Buffalo Bills
The Bills are lightly favored at home by the best sportsbooks. Only two teams allowed more rushing touchdowns to QBs than the Buffalo Bills. Their main focus will be to stop the Ravens’ running game. The Bills allowed 4.6 yards per rushing attempt this season. that is eighth-worst in the league. They had the 17th-ranked rush defense overall.
They were 13th against the pass. Also they tied for third in the league in turnovers forced. Perhaps the biggest matchup of the game will be Bills star receiver Stefon Diggs versus top Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Diggs led the NFL in receptions (127) and yards (1,535). He had eight touchdowns. However, with Humphrey covering Diggs, expect other Bills receivers to potentially bear the brunt in this game. Cole Beasley had a banner year.
He posted 82 receptions for 967 yards (23rd in the league). He had four touchdowns.
Expect Beasley to be sought-after heavily on Saturday. Bills rookie running back Zach Moss was taken off in their wild-card game with an ankle injury. He is expected to be out some time. Expect Devin Singletary to fulfill a bigger role in lieu of Moss.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Pick
This is possibly the toughest game to predict for users of the best sportsbooks, of all the divisional round. It could literally go either way. This line reflects that ambiguity, with it being as low as it is.
Tennessee was not able to execute their game plan in the wild card round. Expect the Bills to have something in store for Lamar Jackson. He remains the cornerstone of this whole offense for the Ravens.
This is rightfully a field goal game, but being at home, one leans towards the Bills at first glance. After all, this is a Bills team that seems to be hellbent on fulfilling a long overdue destiny.