The Buffalo Bills endured 17 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance before Sean McDermott came along. Since becoming a head coach in the NFL for the first time in 2017, McDermott has guided Buffalo to the postseason in three of his four seasons and led the Bills to their first playoff victory since 1995 last weekend. The Bills will aim for another when they host the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in an AFC Divisional Round contest in the 2021 NFL Playoffs. Kickoff from Bills Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Buffalo (14-3), which captured its first AFC East title since 1995 this season, posted its seventh straight win and 10th in 11 games with a 27-24 victory over Indianapolis in the Wild Card round. The Ravens (12-5) recorded a 20-13 victory at Tennessee last Sunday and are looking to return to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2012. Buffalo is a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Bills vs. Ravens odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 49.5. Before locking in any Ravens vs. Bills picks or NFL predictions, see what SportsLine’s resident Baltimore expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He prefers to evaluate each game from the underdog’s point of view and has used that philosophy to dominate the NFL, going 66-44 against the spread in 2019 and 63-46 in 2018.
Tierney entered the 2020 season with a 282-222 record at SportsLine (2016-19) on all NFL picks, returning $3,704 to $100 players. He has just finished another solid regular season and entered the playoffs on a 23-15 run on his NFL selections.
In addition, Tierney has gone an incredible 19-8 on his last 27 against-the-spread picks involving the Ravens. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Tierney has set his sights on Ravens vs. Bills. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL odds and trends for Bills vs. Ravens:
Bills vs. Ravens spread: Buffalo -2.5Bills vs. Ravens over-under: 49.5 pointsBills vs. Ravens money line: Buffalo -150, Baltimore +130BUF: Bills are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine gamesBAL: Has a plus-10.1 point differential
Why the Bills can cover
Buffalo was a dangerous team during the regular season, as it finished second in total offense (396.4 yards) and scoring (31.3 points) while ranking third in passing (288.8 yards). Quarterback Josh Allen registered eight 300-yard performances and threw two or more touchdown passes on 13 occasions. The 24-year-old was just as effective against the Colts last weekend, throwing for 324 yards and two TDs while running for a team-high 54 yards and another score.
Allen was fourth in the league in completion percentage (69.2), fifth in yards (4,544), fifth in TD tosses (37), and sixth in yards per game (284) while leading the Bills with eight rushing scores.
Why the Ravens can cover
The third time was a charm for quarterback Lamar Jackson, who picked up his first career postseason victory with an impressive effort. The 2019 NFL MVP threw for only 179 yards and was picked off once without recording a touchdown pass, but he ran 16 times for 136 yards, including a 48-yard scamper for a TD late in the second quarter.
Jackson, who had 143 rushing yards in last season’s playoff loss to the Titans, joined Colin Kaepernick as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with two 100-yard rushing performances in the postseason.
Although he didn’t find the end zone, Marquise Brown had seven catches for 109 yards last Sunday. It was the first 100-yard effort by the 23-year-old from the University of Oklahoma since the 2020 season-opener and the fourth of his two-year career, with two coming against Tennessee in the playoffs. Brown led the Ravens with 769 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while tying for first on the team with 58 catches.
How to make Ravens vs. Bills picks
Tierney has analyzed this matchup, and while he’s leaning under on the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing it here.
So who wins Ravens vs. Bills in the NFL Playoffs 2021? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Bills vs. Ravens spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the expert who’s 19-8 on Ravens picks, and find out.
Published: 2021-01-16 17:35:41
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