NFL Divisional Round: Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/15/2021, 9:09 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills sealed a spot in this year’s AFC Divisional Round Playoffs with a commanding win over Indianapolis Colts last weekend.

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Sean McDermott’s boys have built some momentum heading into Saturday’s crucial face-off against the Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson finally showed a glimpse of his full-potential with a record-breaking display against Tennessee Titans. The Bills will come prepared.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and NFL Divisional Round predictions.

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The Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills aiming for AFC Championship

It’s not been an easy journey to the NFL Divisional Playoff Round for Josh Allen and the Bills. They started their campaign with a strong run with dipped midway through the season.

However, coach McDermott did enough to guide the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1996. Allen threw for 300+ yards with 2 passing touchdowns as the Bills beat the Colts in the Wild Card Playoffs. He further rushed for 54 yards with 1 rushing TD.

He will be the Bills’ main player on Saturday, along with experienced WR Stefon Diggs. The likes of Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley will also be crucial for the home team this weekend.

But the major onus will remain on the Bills defense who will be tasked with stopping reigning NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson. Bills fans will be hopeful that defensive stars Jordan Poyer, AJ Epenesa, Tre’Davious White will step up if DE Darryl Johnson fails to make it to the matchday squad.

Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens looking to silence critics

John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens had an inconsistent start to their 2020 NFL campaign. The AFC North big boys made a strong point in the Wild Card Playoffs by beating the Titans with a 13-20 scoreline. Jackson, in particular, impressed last weekend.

The former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 49 yards to score the second-longest touchdown in NFL Playoffs history, behind Colin Kaepernick.

But credit must be given to the Ravens defense, who did just about enough to stop Ryan Tannehill and the dangerous Derrick Henry.

They will now be up against another strong offensive team in the form of Josh Allen and the Bills. Diggs was the league leader for the regular season in receiving yards.

On 6 receptions, Stefon had 128 receiving yards and 1 TD in the win over the Colts last weekend. Marcus Peters, Calais Campbell, Patrick Queen, and Marlon Humphrey will be the deciding factors in tomorrow’s game.

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Buffalo – Questionable

DE Darryl Johnson – Knee

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T DJ Fluker – Knee

CB Marcus Peters – Back

Bills vs Ravens Prediction

Buffalo Bills 26 – 29 Baltimore Ravens

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Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter in an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We’re slowly edging towards this year’s Super Bowl as we approach the Divisional Round Playoffs on January 16th, 2020. The Ravens will start as favorites against the Bills, especially after their comprehensive display against the Titans. Jackson seems to have rediscovered his MVP form in the NFL Playoffs.

On his best day, the Florida-born athlete is unplayable on all fronts. It will take something truly special from the Bills defense to stop the 23-year-old quarterback.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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