Baltimore Ravens 30, Buffalo Bills 28
8:15pm EST (NBC) | Beale Stadium (Orchard Park, New York)
This is the best game of the week because of the two quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson, backed by two rosters who are now preparing to win the Super Bowl .
Although there may be a recent bias here, I have a little advantage over the Ravens, because the Beal defense that appeared in the wild card round is very similar to the Beal defense in the first half of the season. Since Sean McDermott took over, the bill has twice given up more than 200 punching yards this year. Indianapolis had a chance to win last week because Buffalo̵
At the same time, Baltimore’s defense has reached its peak. The Ravens will not be able to strike Allen in lightning strikes like last season’s regular season, but even a small number of negative performances and turnovers are enough in a game that is unlikely to have many defensive stops. Buffalo’s impulse to pass is also unlikely to disturb Jackson, which put too much pressure on defenders Tremaine Edmonds and Matt Milano to continue to save the day.
Allen is the X factor. In the quarterback league, no one plays better. Even if the Ravens have the right game plan, he can do games that can’t be defended outside his pocket. Even if the Ravens pass more sporadically, Jackson can say the same. This may be the best combination of young mobile quarterbacks in NFL playoff history, and no matter what happens, I am very happy to see it.
- Josh Allen will have more passing and rushing yards than Lamar Jackson. I love Jackson, but Allen’s combined yards in the regular season are 1,000 yards more than him. Like last week, Allen’s legs have become an important factor in the playoffs.
- The total score in the game will exceed 50.5. The strange number should be close to 56. Great offense defeated good defense in 2021.