Baltimore Ravens: The One Thing They Must Do to Beat the Buffalo Bills

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The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a rather convincing victory over one of their biggest AFC rivals in the Houston Texans and enter week four facing a totally different animal.

The Buffalo Bills may be 1-2, but they’re an interesting team and cannot be taken lightly. It’s still early on, and rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel is continuing to get more comfortable within the offense and seeking to improve week by week.

The key to this game will be won in the back field. Buffalo comes into this matchup boasting the 5th best rushing attack in the league, averaging 135 yards per game. Baltimore, on the other hand, is ranked 4th when it comes to rush defense where they are holding opponents to an average of 74.7 yards per game.

The funny thing here is that on the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s completely flip-flopped. The Ravens are only rushing for an average of 77.3 yards per game where they rank 25th, but Buffalo is allowing 155 yards per game on the ground, ranking almost dead last at 30th.

Those numbers tell me that the Ravens should be in a good position to take advantage come Sunday. The rushing attacks will be at full force because both Ray Rice and C.J. Spiller have said they will play after coming off injuries previously. The two respective backups, Bernard Pierce and Fred Jackson, are nothing to take lightly either.

With Joe Flacco not having enough options through the air and Manuel continuing to develop, this game screams to be a battle between rushing attacks. The only difference between the two teams’ back fields are that the Bills have a third weapon in the mix — Manuel.

The rookie has ran for 76 yards this season including a pair of 19-yard dashes. Baltimore must keep him in containment as well, because he has the ability to take off when he needs to. If the Ravens can take hold of their advantage on paper, they will be in a great position to win the game.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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