The Buffalo Bills are 1-2 and already at least game behind all the other AFC East teams three weeks into the season. They’ve already lost two games to division opponents and one of those was at home. All in all the AFC East has started off the season with a 9-3 record, and the Bills have two of the three losses. To say that they are digging themselves an early hole would be an understatement. To make matters worse the Bills will play host to the 2-1 defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Ravens don’t come in without problems of their own. They’re without two of their biggest offensive weapons — WR Jacoby Jones and TE Dennis Pitta — and star running back Ray Rice missed last week’s game with the Houston Texans as well. The 30-9 win over the Texans last week was a strong showing, however, and it stands to reason that the Texans are a much better test for the Ravens than the Bills. A defense that was heavily turned over during the offseason may be starting to find its footing, and that may not be a good thing for rookie E.J. Manuel who struggled against a similar defense in the New York Jets last week.
The question now is whether or not the Bills will even be able to field a competent team on Sunday. Nine of 22 starters for the Bills were limited or missing from practice on Wednesday due to injury, and those names include Stevie Johnson, C.J. Spiller and Mario Williams. If the Bills don’t get their health in order quickly it might be a long day for them against the Ravens, particularly in the secondary. If Stephon Gilmore, Jairus Byrd, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks all remain out for this week Joe Flacco may earn a lot of that guaranteed money he got in his new contract this Sunday.