Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 NFL Picks & Game Predictions

Ravens vs. Bills: Week 14 NFL Picks & Game Predictions
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 01: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

The Ravens and Bills are two of the hottest teams in the NFL and will meet in a potential playoff preview. Baltimore is used to showcase matchups, having beaten the Patriots and 49ers in recent weeks. The Bills present a different looking challenge, but Buffalo also needs to solve the Ravens’ league-leading offense.

Baltimore Ravens (10-2) vs. Buffalo Bills (9-3)

Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 PM ET (CBS), New Era Field

NFL Pick: Ravens -5.5 (-116) at Pinnacle

For a second week in a row, the Baltimore Ravens are in the NFL matchup of the week. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens knocked off the top team in the NFC last week, beating the 49ers in a potential Super Bowl preview. Now the Ravens draw one of the hottest teams in the AFC, other than themselves, in the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo has won three straight, the third longest winning streak in the league, behind the Seahawks (five) and the Ravens (eight). The Bills are 9-3, a game behind the Ravens, and in the drivers seat in the AFC Wildcard race, assuming they don’t catch the 10-2 Patriots.

Both teams are on a roll and are also healthy. The only Raven to miss practice due to injury was tight end Nick Boyle, who is sick. Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor was also limited by an ankle injury, but coach John Harbaugh said he’s “working through it.” Buffalo’s only entry on the injury report was Ty Nsekhe, who missed last week’s game after injuring his ankle the previous week.

Offenses are Rolling

The Ravens and Lamar Jackson are the league’s hottest offense. Baltimore leads the NFL in points scored (406) and scoring differential (+187), and coordinator Greg Roman is the hot new NFL coaching candidate as the offseason carousel begins to warm up. Jackson was NFL Offensive Player of the Month for November after completing 73 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last five games. He also gains 80 yards a game on the ground. He admitted he struggled a bit in the rain last week against the Niners, but the weather for Sunday is expected to be pleasantly mild for a December game in Buffalo.

While Jackson’s passing is much improved over his rookie year and is the reason the offense is the rage of the league, Baltimore’s running game is the key to the attack. Baltimore is on pace to become the first team since the NFL went to 16 games to rush for 200 yards a game. Jackson is 63 yards away from Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record for quarterbacks, and Mark Ingram II is on pace for 1,000 yards.

Buffalo also has a strong running attack, with rookie Devin Singletary, ageless veteran Frank Gore and the running threat from quarterback Josh Allen. The second year passer also isn’t afraid to throw the deep ball and stretch the field, which will put pressure on the Baltimore secondary. Allen has 11 touchdown passes and one pick in his last seven games, and Baltimore has struggled with its pass rush, which will give him time for look for open Bills downfield.

The Pick

Baltimore has beaten the Patriots and 49ers during its current run, beating the NFL odds. The Bills will prevent a different looking challenge from those teams, but Buffalo also needs to find a solution to slow down the Ravens offense, which no one has done so far.

NFL Pick: Ravens -5.5 (-116) at Pinnacle