Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens Week 1 NFL Picks & Predictions 9/9/2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
M&T Bank Stadium
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The Buffalo Bills travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 9, 2018. The opening line for this game has Baltimore as 3 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 42.5. The Bills had an ATS record of 10-6-1 last season while their over/under record was 8-9-0. The Ravens had an over/under record of 9-7-0 and they were 8-7-1 against the spread.
Valuable Buffalo Bills Betting Trends
The Buffalo Bills were 8-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Buffalo Bills were 10-6-1 against the spread last year
Important Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends
The Baltimore Ravens were 9-7-0 against the over/under last season
The Baltimore Ravens were 8-7-1 against the spread last year
Key Buffalo Bills Injuries
08/26/18 RB LeSean McCoy Possible Suspension is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Cincinnati
08/20/18 DT Kyle Williams Knee is questionable Sunday vs Baltimore
08/18/18 P Cory Carter ACL is out for season
Key Baltimore Ravens Injuries
08/24/18 TE Hayden Hurst Foot is out indefinitely
08/21/18 CB Jimmy Smith Suspension 4-game suspension (eligible to return 10/7 vs Cleveland).
08/03/18 CB Jaylen Hill Knee is questionable Sunday vs Buffalo
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Buffalo Bills were 22nd in the NFL in points scored with 302 last season. They ran 1,010 plays last year for 4,842 yards, which ranked them 29th in the league in total offense. The Bills averaged 4.8 yards per play, which was 27th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 278 1st downs last year, placing them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Buffalo ran for 2,017 yards as a team, which ranked 6th in the NFL. They ran 487 times last year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bills were penalized on offense 98 times for 872 yards last season, which had them 23rd in the league in penalties. Nathan Peterman threw for 252 yards last season. He completed 24 passes on 49 attempts for a completion percentage of 49%. His quarterback rating last year was 38.4. He averaged 5.1 yards per pass attempt and 10.5 yards per completion.
Buffalo was 18th in the league in points allowed on defense with 359 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,682 yards on D, which was 26th in the NFL. The Bills were ranked 15th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense gave up 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 17th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 370 passes on 573 attempts against the Buffalo Bills defense last season, placing them 30th and 29th in the National Football League. The Buffalo pass defense also gave up a total of 3,688 yards through the air, which was 20th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 466 attempts for 1,994 yards last year, putting them in 29th place in the league against the run. The Bills committed 97 penalties for 873 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 10th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 37.2% of possessions on defense, which was 25th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Buffalo was ranked 31st in the league in punt returns last season with 24. They accumulated 213 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 10th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 40 yards. They returned 32 kicks for 640 yards on special teams, ranking 17th in kick return yardage. The Bills averaged 20 yards per kick return and had a long of 29 yards last year. They were 30th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,956. The Buffalo Bills attempted 33 field goals last season and made 29, which was 14th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 87.9%. Buffalo Bills kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 29 for 29 last year. Their punters totaled 3,528 yards on 79 punts, averaging 44.7 yards per punt. That placed them 17th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Baltimore Ravens ran for 1,856 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 11th in the league. They ran 460 times, averaging 4 yards per rush as a unit. The Ravens were penalized on offense 91 times for 749 yards last season, which had them 29th in the NFL in penalties. They were 9th in the National Football League in points scored with 395. They ran 1,054 plays last year for 4,886 yards, which ranked them 27th in the NFL in total offense. The Ravens averaged 4.6 yards per play, which was 31st in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 311 1st downs last season, ranking them 15th overall as an offensive unit. Joe Flacco completed 352 throws while attempting 549 passes for a completion percentage of 64.1% last year. He passed for 3,141 yards. He averaged 8.9 yards per completion and 5.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 80.4.
The Ravens rush defense gave up 435 attempts for 1,780 yards last season, putting them in 15th place in the NFL against the run. They had 96 penalties for 807 yards on defense last year. That placed them 2nd in the league. They allowed a score on 29.7% of possessions on defense, which was 5th in the NFL. Baltimore was 6th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 303. They gave up a total of 5,201 yards on D, which was 12th in the league. The Ravens were 6th in yards per play allowed with 5. Their pass defense allowed 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 3rd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 333 throws on 569 attempts against the Baltimore defense last season, ranking them 14th and 26th in the league. The Baltimore Ravens pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,421 yards in the air, which was 10th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Baltimore Ravens tried 37 field goals last season and made 34, which was 7th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 91.9%. Baltimore kickers made 100% of their extra points, going 39 for 39 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,765 yards on 85 punts, averaging 44.3 yards per punt. That ranked them 21st in the NFL in punting average. Baltimore was 19th in the NFL in punt returns with 32 last year. They totaled 322 punt return yards and averaged 10.1 yards per return, which was 5th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 77 yards. They returned 34 kicks for 936 yards on special teams, placing them 5th in kick return yardage. The Ravens averaged 27.5 yards per kick return and had a long of 96 yards last season. They were 19th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,349.
Who will win tonight's Bills/Ravens NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bills +3
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