The Buffalo Bills will host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC playoff game at Bills Stadium on Saturday. The launch is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on NBC. The bills were opened as a 2.5 point favorite.
Here are five things you should know about the Ravens, who advanced with a 20-13 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday:
Running Ravens: The Ravens, who were 11-15 years old in the regular season, have 1,573 rushing yards in their last six games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the highest number in six games, including the playoffs, since the Eagles won for 1,600 in 1949. The Eagles won the NFL championship that season. The ravens total is 236 yards on 35 carry against the Titans in Sunday's wildcard game, a whopping 6.7 yards per carry. The Ravens led the NFL during the regular season at 191.9 yards per game and 53% of their total offensive came to the ground. The Bills were in the middle of the field in rapid defense, allowing an average of 119.6 yards per game but having allowed less than 100 yards in four of their last seven games.
One-dimensional ?: That was the goal for the Bills against the Colts – stop the rookie running back Jonathan Taylor and let Philip Rivers beat them. Rivers was only the eighth quarterback in playoff history to throw more than 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and lose. The bills limited Taylor to 78 yards with 21 runs, and 20 of those yards came with a carry. The bills won't have that luxury with Raven's quarterback Lamar Jackson. In Sunday's wildcard win against the Titans, Jackson was 17 for 24 for 179 yards and an air interception and ran for 136 yards and a touchdown to 16 carry. His 48-yard TD run was the longest quarterback run in playoff history. In the regular season, Jackson ran for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on 176 runs. Its rapid production would have taken 28th place among the returns of the season.