Josh Allen Has Significant Matchup Advantage Against Ravens' Defense

Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills Divisional Round matchup could come down to this key element.
Baltimore Ravens vs Buffalo Bills Divisional Round matchup could come down to this key element. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens have one of those defenses that looks like it can match up with anyone. But Josh Allen is not just anyone. In fact, he's been arguably the best QB in the league when blitzed, and no one blitzes more often than the Ravens.

Looking at the numbers, Allen could be a matchup nightmare for this Baltimore defense.

According to ProFootballFocus, Allen has thrown for more yards (1,850) and touchdowns (19) when blitzed than any other player in the league. Baltimore blitzed on 45.1% of its opponents' drop backs this season, which is the highest total in the league by far, according to Pro-Football-Reference. In fact, no other team even blitzed 41.0% of the time.

Clearly, something has to give. And if Baltimore is forced to blitz less and change what it likes to do defensively, that's advantage Buffalo.

But if the Ravens don't adjust, the numbers show Allen might torch this secondary. Either way, this matchup problem looks like a win-win for the Bills.

The latest Bills-Ravens odds on FanDuel Sportsbook have Buffalo sitting as a 2.5-point home favorite.

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