This Bills team boasts an underachieving running game, a rookie quarterback in E.J. Manuel, and a lackluster defense, to say the least. Why do I think this game will be closer than many people think? Two words: trap game.
Yes, this Ravens team doesn’t really have much to brag about early on, other than the fact that they just handed the 2-1 Houston Texans a 30-9 beat down at home. They have one of the more pedestrian offenses thus far, and the running game that Baltimore has been known for in the past simply has faded into the background. Also, the Ravens didn’t light up the scoreboard last week because of their offense primarily; a special teams touchdown from return specialist Tandon Doss and an interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Daryl Smith.
The Bills haven’t looked incredibly impressive in their first three games either, but they did put the New England Patriots on the ropes, and their loss to the New York Jets in Week 3 was a fight until the end.
This game will come down to who wants it more and who was more focused during the week of practice. The Ravens have the Miami Dolphins on the horizon in Week 5, and if they happen to defeat the New Orleans Saints Monday night, that game could have even larger implications than originally expected. If these Ravens are anything like the group from 2011 that dropped disappointing road losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, to name a few, then it could be a pretty ugly showing Sunday. However, I suspect Ravens head coach John Harbaugh to be on his “A” game this week to try and get his team over the hump of defeating team handily that they should do some damage to.