Buffalo Bills Breakdown take a look at defense, what it has and what it doesn’t have. Sal Maiorana and Leo Roth and Virginia Butler, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
BALTIMORE ‚Äď Miserable would be the word most accurate to describe the weather for Buffalo‚Äôs season-opening game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Bills and Ravens are looking at an afternoon that will feature ‚Äď at least according to the most current radar ‚Äď a steady rain that could be heavy at times.
It‚Äôs funny because Nathan Peterman just can‚Äôt seem to catch a break from Mother Nature. In his first start in Los Angeles last November, the infamous five-interception game, the temperature was in the mid-80s. In his other start, a blizzard blew through Orchard Park and made playing conditions virtually impossible. Now, he‚Äôs going to be confronted with soaking rain that will likely make ball-handling and throwing more difficult.
Of course, even with the horrible playing conditions, it won‚Äôt be asking much from Peterman to surpass what Tyrod Taylor and the Bills offense did in their last visit to Baltimore for the season opener in 2016. That day, Buffalo managed just 11 first downs and 160 yards, one of those performances that left you shaking your head at the ineptness.
The Bills announced their inactive players as follows and there was one surprise. Cornerback Vontae Davis will not play in the game, and that follows along on the narrative during the week when coach Sean McDermott would not commit to him as a starter. Phillip Gaines will start in his place. The other inactives are WR Ray Ray McCloud, LB Julian Stanford, OT Conor McDermott, TE Khari Lee, OG Wyatt Teller, and CB Ryan Lewis.¬†
Bills vs. Ravens: How to watch, listen, plus things to know before kickoff
In the first seven games of the series between these teams, each team has topped 30 points only once, and it happened in the same game ‚Äď in 2010 the Ravens pulled out a 37-34 overtime victory. In the other six games, the highest point total by either team was 23 by the Bills in the 2013 game at Buffalo. ‚Ä¶ In that 2010 game, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for what was then a career-high 382 yards. That total is the sixth-best in Bills history. ‚Ä¶ The Bills are coming off a season in which they turned the ball over 16 times on offense, the second-lowest total in franchise history. ‚Ä¶ The defense allowed only 14 passing TDs last year which was second-best in the NFL, but not to be outdone, the Ravens led the NFL in 2017 with 22 interceptions. ‚Ä¶ LeSean McCoy became the fifth Bills player to with multiple seasons of at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage. ‚Ä¶ Charles Clay is one of only four active tight ends with at least 500 yards receiving in each of the last five years, joining Rob Gronkowski, Delanie Walker and Jimmy Graham. ‚Ä¶ The Ravens will unveil a new receiving corps that includes Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd and Willie Snead. ‚Ä¶ Ravens LB Terrell Suggs ranks second in the NFL among active players with 122.5 sacks, and last year was the seventh time he reached double digits with 11. ‚Ä¶ Ravens LB C.J. Mosley is one of only two players since 2014 (Luke Kuechly is the other) with at least 450 tackles, five-plus sacks, and five-plus interceptions.