Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Week 4 game between the Ravens and Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore:
Jonas Shaffer, reporter
Ravens 24, Bills 21: Buffalo won’t have an All-Pro safety (Micah Hyde) or an All-Pro cornerback (Tre’Davious White) on Sunday. It probably won’t have a starting defensive tackle (Jordan Phillips). It might not have a starting wide receiver (Gabe Davis) or a handful of other contributors. Even if the Ravens don’t match up well with the Bills’ stout run defense, scary pass rush or well-executed zone coverages, injuries at some point start to matter. Playing at home amid a possible downpour, the Ravens should be in this one until the end.
Mike Preston, columnist
Bills 28, Ravens 24: It’s always great to watch quarterbacks like the Bills’ Josh Allen and the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson compete against each other, and Jackson gets somewhat of a break because Buffalo has suffered major injuries at safety, a major component of its defense. But the Bills have a strong defensive line and they can get consistent pressure on the quarterback. The Ravens have been quite the opposite on defense and haven’t slowed anybody. The Bills will be angry after losing to the Dolphins last week in Miami. The Ravens have to match that energy.
Childs Walker, reporter
Bills 30, Ravens 27: These are two of the NFL’s top three scoring teams, with quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen at or near the top of early Most Valuable Player lists. The essential matchup will be Allen vs. the Ravens’ erratic pass defense. Can the Baltimore secondary clamp down on big plays while continuing to generate turnovers? The Bills are the safer bet because they’ve been sounder on both sides of the ball.
Ryan McFadden, reporter
Bills 27, Ravens 24: Sunday will feature a matchup between two MVP candidates in Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen. If the Ravens’ offensive line can contain the Bills’ pass rush to some degree, I expect Jackson to take advantage of Buffalo’s secondary that’s ravaged by injuries. The biggest concern will be the Ravens’ pass defense, which has been inconsistent at best. Baltimore struggled against Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker, so there’s no telling what Allen and Stefon Diggs will do.
C.J. Doon, editor
Ravens 27, Bills 24: With both teams at full strength, I’d give the slight edge to the Bills. But with cornerback Tre’Davious White and safety Micah Hyde already out and more injuries looming in the Buffalo secondary, Lamar Jackson should take advantage. Buffalo’s stacked defensive line against the Ravens’ banged-up offensive line is a mismatch, but if there’s one quarterback who can mitigate an effective pass rush, it’s Jackson. Just like last week, the Ravens’ defense makes enough big plays down the stretch to stop Josh Allen and the Bills’ talented offense.
Tim Schwartz, editor
Bills 35, Ravens 31: The Bills found a way to lose last week, and I don’t anticipate they do it two weeks in a row — the same way the Ravens didn’t between Weeks 2 and 3. Josh Allen is the most important player to his team in the NFL, and the Ravens haven’t shown an ability to get after quarterbacks through three games. I wouldn’t be surprised if Allen throws 50-plus passes and surpasses 400 yards against Baltimore’s league-worst pass defense. But Lamar Jackson is on a tear, and no defense is going to slow him down. Expect a shootout with both quarterbacks putting up big numbers but the better overall team — the Bills — coming out on top.