You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more compelling matchup during the NFL’s Week 4 Sunday afternoon slate than the one between the Buffalo Bills (2-1, 1-1 Away) and the Baltimore Ravens (2-1, 0-1 Home).
Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is scheduled for 1:00 pm EST and broadcast on CBS. Read on for our Ravens vs. Bills Best Bets, and monitor NFL Week 4 odds leading up to Sunday.
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Bills entered the season as the prohibitive favorites to win the Super Bowl. After three weeks of NFL action, that has remained consistent despite Buffalo falling in Week 3 and, thus, not being the last undefeated team standing in the AFC.
That distinction belongs to the Miami Dolphins, the team that just ended Buffalo’s hopes of finishing unblemished and now sits atop the AFC East alone. Did Miami expose some of the Bills’ weaknesses, or did the injury bug bite Buffalo too hard?
Are the Bills Missing Something?
Perhaps it was a combination of the two as they were missing their entire starting secondary heading into the game and, at one point, were without nine starters due to injury or heat exhaustion.
The Bills were unable to establish anything on the ground against Miami and ended up throwing the ball an absurd 63 times. It’s challenging to win consistently in the NFL throwing the football that much.
That said, when healthy, the Bills still possess perhaps the deepest roster in the league and only end up losing in Week 3 by two points.
Bills’ Team Stats
When looking at Bills team stats, you look at their stars. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs might be the best QB-WR combo in football as they lead the league in passing yards and receiving yards, respectively, after the first three weeks.
Watching two of sports’ greatest performers bet on themselves…and win is fascinating. Aaron Judge has put on a show in his free agent year, compiling a triple crown season for the New York Yankees.
Lamar Jackson had matched those theatrics through the first three weeks of the NFL season after rejecting a massive extension before things kicked off.
Favorites to the MVP
Jackson and Josh Allen are now the two betting favorites to win the MVP. The winner on Sunday will likely gain an edge in that department while the losing team will fall to 2-2, and suddenly the seats will get a little warmer in whichever town tastes defeat.
Lamar’s start is more impressive than the supporting cast around him. He still doesn’t have a proven weapon at wide receiver.
The running back group has yet to establish itself as a legitimate threat. JK Dobbins finally saw the field in Week 3, and he should be the guy going forward, but it will take some time for him to find his sea legs and prove to be a viable NFL running back.
Defensively, the Baltimore Ravens will have to be better if they want to hold up their end of the bargain to pair with Lamar’s incredible start.
Baltimore has allowed the most total yards in the NFL so far and is the only team to give up more than 1,000 passing yards so far this year. Certainly something worth considering when making Ravens picks this season.
Team Season Forecast
Season Forecast for Buffalo Bills:
The first seven games appeared to be the most brutal stretch of the Bills’ schedule when it was announced, and it still looks like it will play out that way. The Chiefs and Packers close out that portion, and things lighten up considerably.
Assuming NFL Week 3 was nothing more than a blip on the radar, Buffalo should be on track with most of their preseason expectations.
Check out all the NFL team stats to see where they stack up against the rest of the league’s elite.
Season Forecast for Baltimore Ravens:
Had you polled a group of NFL fans prior to the 2021 season to name a team from the AFC North that would be in the Super Bowl, the assumption is that a low percentage would have picked the Cincinnati Bengals?
Cincy’s run last year instantly made them the popular pick to win the division this year when taking a holistic look at the NFL standings, but they’re off to a slow start.
And with Cleveland and Pittsburgh changing things up at quarterback, Baltimore is primed to make a serious run this year.
What to Expect from this Matchup?
It’s a little surprising that Jim Nantz and Tony Romo aren’t on the call for this one, but you can’t fault CBS for sending their top crew to Green Bay Packers for a marquee matchup between the Packers and the Patriots. So how will things play out as we consider making our Ravens vs. Bills best bets?
Unders have been king through the first three weeks of NFL football, but oddsmakers expect fireworks in Charm City as the o/u of 51 is the highest total on the card.
Bills vs. Ravens Prediction and Best Bets
The last time these two AFC powers collided was in the Divisional Playoffs in January 2021. The Bills stifled the Ravens all afternoon, and Diggs went over 100 yards and scored a touchdown.
Our Ravens vs. Bills best bets include a repeat outcome from that game, albeit in a much higher-scoring contest.
NFL Pick: Bills -3 (-110)
NFL Pick: Over 51 (-110)