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BALTIMORE (2 - 1) at BUFFALO (1 - 2)
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Week 4 Sunday, 9/29/2013 1:00 PM
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BALTIMORE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1+12-11-223.711.3308.3(4.5)
Road Games0-1-10-11-027.017.0393.0(4.7)
Last 3 Games2-1+12-11-223.711.3308.3(4.5)
Turf Games2-0+22-00-222.08.5266.0(4.3)
BALTIMORE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.711.319.731:1629-77(2.6)24-4060.5%231(5.8)69-308(4.5)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.111.618.630:5326-73(2.8)22-3859.5%233(6.2)63-306(4.8)(12.7)
Offense Road Games27.017.024.033:4821-58(2.8)34-6254.8%335(5.4)83-393(4.7)(14.6)
Defense (All Games)21.39.718.328:4422-75(3.4)25-3864.9%270(7.1)60-344(5.7)(16.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.112.322.631:3724-104(4.3)28-4464.1%294(6.7)68-398(5.9)(14.7)
Defense Road Games49.014.024.026:1223-65(2.8)27-4264.3%445(10.6)65-510(7.8)(10.4)
BALTIMORE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.31.31.716-640.7%1-020.0%2-40(25.9)22-2(10.8)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-535.7%1-00.0%1-33(24.7)4-33(8.3)9-69
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-537.6%1-141.7%2-54(24.5)37-4(10.5)8-66
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-853.3%0-00.0%0-0(0)6-63(10.5)8-61

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-2-0.62-12-121.77.7350.0(5.2)1.324.313.7417.3(5.5)2.0
Home Games1-1+0.42-01-122.58.5361.0(5.4)
Last 3 Games1-2-0.62-12-121.77.7350.0(5.2)1.324.313.7417.3(5.5)2.0
Turf Games1-2-0.62-12-121.77.7350.0(5.2)1.324.313.7417.3(5.5)2.0
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.77.719.024:4831-135(4.4)21-3659.3%215(6)67-350(5.2)(16.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.13.36.615.427:5626-98(3.7)19-3554.5%201(5.8)61-299(4.9)(22.4)
Offense Home Games22.58.519.524:1833-142(4.3)22-3368.2%218(6.6)66-361(5.4)(16)
Defense (All Games)24.313.723.735:1236-155(4.3)22-4055.5%262(6.6)76-417(5.5)(17.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games23.012.025.535:4233-141(4.2)25-4555.6%228(5.1)78-369(4.7)(16.1)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 17-846.0%1-00.0%3-56(18.7)3-23(8.7)9-78
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.82.1 16-741.0%1-033.3%1-26(19.7)23-3(9.1)6-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 18-950.0%0-00.0%3-57(19.2)2-26(10.4)3-33
Average power rating of opponents played: BALTIMORE 23,  BUFFALO 23
BALTIMORE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/5/2013@ DENVER27-49L7L48O21-5834-62-335223-6527-42-4452
9/29/2013@ BUFFALO            
10/6/2013@ MIAMI            
10/13/2013GREEN BAY            
10/20/2013@ PITTSBURGH            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013NEW ENGLAND21-23L10W51U34-13618-27-150235-15829-52-2733
9/22/2013@ NY JETS20-27L2.5L40.5O25-12019-42-208041-18216-29-3312
10/3/2013@ CLEVELAND            
10/20/2013@ MIAMI            
10/27/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            
BALTIMORE: The champs have steadily moved away from the running game as they've gone more no-huddle the past two seasons, but they're still middle-of-the-pack when it comes to run/pass ratio. They utilize a lot of zone-blocking plays, using some more stretch looks when Ray Rice is in the game and some inside zone plays for back-up Bernard Pierce, who should eat into Rice's workload a little more this season. Rice has typically taken 75 percent of the reps in past years, but that should be closer to 65 percent as Pierce has earned the coaching staff's trust. The Ravens finally handed the keys of the offense over to Joe Flacco last year, and despite some bumps in the road, it worked out. Expect a system heavy on no-huddle again this year. This is an Air Coryell offense that attacks downfield, and has the weapons to do it in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. Veteran Anquan Boldin is gone, with his production underneath likely going to tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, and No. 3 receiver Tandon Doss. Ray Rice continues to be frequently used as a security blanket and screen option to create mismatches. The Ravens still skew run-heavy near the goal line, where Rice takes a big workload. LBs Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe, and DBs Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams are all gone from the 17th-ranked defense (351 YPG allowed), but DT Haloti Ngata, LB Terrell Suggs and a healthy CB Lardarius Webb are still Pro Bowl defenders. Replacing Lewis and Ellerbe will be rookie ILB Arthur Brown and ILB Jameel McClain who is coming back from a spine injury. Newcomers DE/LB Elvis Dumervil, DL Chris Canty and DB Michael Huff will all help the Ravens combat the AFC's toughest schedule.
BUFFALO: Don't expect major changes to the running game under new head coach Doug Marrone's regime. O-Line coach Pat Morris has leaned toward zone blocking over his career. The Bills should continue to rely on a lot of inside zone plays, which were highly effective last year. They'll continue to utilize both of their talented backs, with C.J. Spiller getting the bulk of the work over Fred Jackson. Spiller has become more of a north-south runner, making him much more effective. They'll also bring back a fullback sometimes. Marrone and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were together at Syracuse, where they ran a tempo passing game that used a lot of no-huddle and pistol formations. If EJ Manuel isn't ready Week 1, Kevin Kolb will start and should get to make a lot of decisions pre-snap. Stevie Johnson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and the kind of cerebral, instinctive player who should thrive in this offense. Running backs are also expected to be featured much more heavily than in recent seasons. Spiller showed an ability to pick up tough yards last year and will typically get the first crack near the goal line. The Bills surrendered 35+ points six times last year, but new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Jets DC in 2012, will try to capitalize on more forced turnovers than Dave Wannstedt's defense did last year (21 takeaways, T-9th-fewest in NFL). Pettine was criticized for running too conservative of a defense in New York, but has rolled out a hybrid 3-4 scheme in Buffalo. He has plenty of pass rushers in DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and the team also has two new starting OLBs in Manny Lawson and Jerry Hughes. The quality secondary could miss hard-hitting S George Wilson, but Buffalo gets to face six opponents with bottom-6 scoring offenses from last season.
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*Ravens-Bills Preview* ======================


After the Buffalo Bills' offense struggled in their most recent contest, maybe the last thing they need is to face a Baltimore Ravens defense that has been dominant since a rough season opener.

The visiting Ravens look to hold an opponent without a touchdown in three straight games for the first time in franchise history Sunday against the banged-up Bills.

Baltimore (2-1) has bounced back nicely from its forgettable 49-27 season-opening loss at Denver. The Ravens allowed 510 yards and seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning in that game, but have yielded only five field goals and 523 yards in home victories over Cleveland and Houston.

"In the NFL you're going to have highs and lows," said linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has a team-high three of Baltimore's 11 sacks. "(The Broncos were) the first game. They had some success. We knew we had to go to work."

Baltimore put that work to good use during last Sunday's 30-9 rout of a Texans team which totaled 61 points in its first two games. Linebacker Daryl Smith scored on a 37-yard return of an interception off Matt Schaub, who was held to 194 yards, and the Ravens limited Houston to a season-low 94 yards rushing.

"They've played two weeks now where they haven't given up a touchdown," said quarterback Joe Flacco, who has thrown one TD but no interceptions in the last two games. "That's pretty good. You're going to have a tough time losing when that happens."

Facing Baltimore's defense presents a daunting challenge for the Bills (1-2), who lost 27-20 at New York last weekend despite the Jets being flagged 20 times for 168 yards. Buffalo became the first team since the Chicago Bears in 1951 to lose when its opponent was penalized 20 or more times.

That's partially because the Bills went 4 of 18 converting third downs, managed three field goals on three trips inside the Jets 20 and allowed eight sacks after giving up one over the previous two weeks against Carolina and New England.

"Some of the mistakes we made were terrible, myself included," center Eric Wood said. "We obviously have to bounce back, but that was a game we kind of threw away."

Buffalo expects to have C.J. Spiller available after a quad injury limited him to nine yards on 10 carries against the Jets. Fred Jackson tried to pick up the slack, rushing seven times for 72 yards and catching four passes for 37.

Rookie EJ Manuel went 19 of 42 for 243 yards with a touchdown, struggling with his accuracy and ability to handle the blitz.

"We want to make sure we're giving our players an opportunity to make those plays," said coach Doug Marrone, whose team's three games have been decided by 10 points. "Am I disappointed? Absolutely. I can tell you this, EJ Manuel is disappointed too. I think those are the things that we'll work on to correct."

Things are equally concerning on the other side of the ball after the Bills yielded 513 yards, including 182 on the ground, at New York. Buffalo ranks second-to-last in the league in run defense, giving up 155.0 yards per game.

Already without injured cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Ron Brooks (foot) and Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd (foot), Buffalo lost defensive end Alex Carrington to a season-ending quad injury last weekend and could be minus defensive back Leodis McKelvin due to a hamstring injury.

Ankle injuries are not expected to keep defensive linemen Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus from playing.

Having both in the lineup would help if Baltimore's Ray Rice returns after missing his first game since 2008 with a hip injury.

"We have a chance to get Ray back," coach John Harbaugh told the Ravens' official website.

Though Rice has rushed for 36 yards in each of his two games this season, he might provide a boost for a running game that ranks 31st at 2.6 per carry.

Rice's backup, Bernard Pierce, has averaged 2.8 yards on 58 attempts but has a TD in each of the last two weeks.

Jackson outgained Rice 73-72 on the ground in these teams' last meeting, but Flacco threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in Baltimore's 37-34 overtime win in 2010.

Buffalo's Stevie Johnson, who has 14 receptions for 197 yards over the last two games, caught eight passes for 158 yards and a TD in that meeting.

The Ravens lost 19-14 in their only previous trip to Buffalo in 2007.

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