Bills Open as Slight Home Favorites Over Ravens for Divisional Round Matchup
The NFL point spreads are out for the divisional round match-ups, and the Buffalo Bills are a 2.5-point home favorite over the Baltimore Ravens at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Bills (14-3, including playoffs) are riding a 7-game winning streak following their Wild Card win over the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24. Buffalo's streak of eight straight point spread covers came to an end in the victory, but the Bills offense is still scoring at a strong clip with 26 points or more in nine straight games.
The Bills vs Ravens over/under opened 49.5 and the total is up to 50 at FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Bills are now 8-1 SU and 6-3 ATS at home this season and 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS against playoff teams. The Ravens are the Bills toughest opponent this season not named Kansas City, who handed the Bills their only home loss, 26-17 back in Week 6.
The Ravens (12-5) have been a very strong road team this season going 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS after the playoff win at Tennessee. Baltimore has now won six straight games, and their noteable win down the stretch was 47-42 at Cleveland. But the Browns racked up 493 yards offense, and the Bills should be encouraged they can continue to move the ball and score.
Concern for Bills backers and fans is that the Chiefs rushed for 245 yards in the Week 6 match-up. Baltimore enters the divisional round contest with the league's No. 1 rushing offense (192/game) and most dynamic quarterback in Lamar Jackson. The third-year pro led the Ravens in rushing this season (1,005) and just ripped off 136 yards in the Ravens 20-13 Wild Card win over the Tennessee Titans.
Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (805 rushing) and Gus Edwards (723) combined for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season, and Baltimore runners had 236 rushing yards against an inferior Titans defense and front.
“The most action has been on Buffalo,” FanDuel Sportsbook director of trading John Sheeran said prior to the Bills Wild Card win over the Colts.
That won't be the case in the Bills and Ravens divisional round match-up as two-way action is expected along with more scoring. Watch the weather in Buffalo, as freezing temperatures in the upper 20's and up to a 30% chance of snow showers are in the forecast for Saturday night's playoff game on NBC.
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