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    Stat Predictions for Ravens vs. Bills Following an undefeated preseason Cheap Ronnie Stanley Jersey , the Ravens are looking to hit the ground running in Week 1. Other than the fluid situation on the offensive line, the starters on both sides of the ball are unlikely to change between now and Sunday - barring any injuries. Joe Flacco and Alex Collins headline the first-team offense, which performed well in limited action during the preseason. So too did the defense, which is led once again by Terrell Suggs, C.J Mosley and several other notable playmakers.Looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2014, a convincing Week 1 victory against Buffalo would be an excellent starting point. How will some of the Ravens key players perform? Joe Flacco – 19/30, 63.3% comp, 224 yards, 7.4 YPA, 2 TD, 0 INT Coming off a strong preseason showing, Flacco should be set up for an impressive home opener. The Bills secondary allowed roughly 230 passing yards per game last season, which ranked just 20th in the NFL. They were even worse in terms of completion percentage, where they placed 25th. Given the friendly match up and home-field advantage, expect Flacco to have a relatively accurate, mistake-free day. He may not have to throw too much, however, as there is a good chance Baltimore jumps out to a sizeable lead early. Alex Collins – 18 attempts, 72 yards, 4.0 YPC http://www.ravenscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-brandon-carr-jersey , 1 TD // 2 receptions, 17 yards In addition to their struggles in the defensive backfield, Buffalo also had difficulty stopping the run last season. They gave up an average of 4.3 YPC and 124.6 rushing yards per game, both of which placed in the bottom half of the league.Unlike last season, Collins begins this year as the unquestioned lead back. He only received three carries in the preseason and should be fresh come Sunday. If Baltimore can get out to a good start offensively and maintain the lead, then they will look to control the tempo by running the ball. Regardless of the game flow, Collins figures to see a heavy workload and should find running room against a porous Buffalo run defense. There is a solid chance he finds the end zone too.Michael Crabtree – 5 receptions, 62 yards, 12.4 YPC, 1 TD Crabtree figures to be shadowed by Tre’Davious White for much of the game. White is a talented, second-year player who was the fifth highest-graded cornerback by Pro Football Focus last season. He could make things tough on Crabtree throughout the contest. While he may not rack up a lot of yardage, Crabtree should still find ways to get involved. Flacco will look his way early and often, and a high-volume of targets should equal a solid stat line for Crabtree. John Brown – 4 receptions, 69 yards, 17.3 YPC Outside of White, the Bills lack many playmakers in the secondary. Crabtree will garner most of the attention, which could set up a productive day for John “Smokey” Brown. Brown has generated a lot of hype this offseason, reaping the praise of coaches and teammates alike. Him and Flacco have developed a solid rapport throughout training camp, and we saw it on display in the preseason matchup against the Colts. Brown possesses elite speed and big-play ability, much like many of the Baltimore receivers before him such as Torrey Smith and Mike Wallace. He should find himself open for several big chunks of yardage on Sunday. Willie Snead IV – 4 receptions, 42 yards Brent Urban Jersey , 10.5 YPC Snead, the other newcomer at the wide receiver position, should also be involved in his regular season debut as a Raven. His ability to make plays in the slot will prove valuable, particularly on intermediate routes and third-down conversions. He is not much of a red zone or big-play threat, but Snead should find space to make plays over the middle of the field given the Bills’ suspect coverage. Defensive Statistics: 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 4 sacks After tying for the league-lead in takeaways in 2017 with 38, Baltimore picked up where they left off this preseason. The Ravens ranked first in both sacks and interceptions in five exhibition contests, and this trend should continue Sunday. The Ravens defense surely would have enjoyed welcoming Josh Allen to the NFL, but facing Nathan Peterman is arguably an even more inviting match up. Peterman will be under pressure all day, and Baltimore should easily force him into mistakes. Suggs and Judon, along with the other pass-rushers on defense, will have no issue getting to the quarterback. Expect another disruptive performance from the defense behind an energized M&T Bank Stadium.Ravens vs. Bills: The good, the bad and the ugly While I’ve joked multiple times now about yesterday’s win as the sixth preseason game for the Ravens, this team is, in fact, 1-0 on the season. There is a lot of good, but there still is some bad and a little bit of ugly to mention.The Good:A dominant win over an AFC opponent: The Ravens didn’t let this game be close. Far too often we witness Baltimore play to their opponent. If they’re bad, the Ravens play bad. When they compete against a top team, they answer with their best. Yesterday, they didn’t give Nathan Peterman or Josh Allen room to breath. They devoured LeSean McCoy at the line of scrimmage and the Ravens racked up 40 points before pulling starters from multiple offensive positions. They didn’t keep this a one- or two-possession game; Baltimore buried the Bills in points and cruised to an easy victory.Joe Flacco shared the wealth: With a new set of weapons Youth Tony Jefferson Jersey , we all wondered if Joe’s chemistry was ready for live action. A new trio of receivers is great, but they must be on the same page to find success. Flacco answered with three touchdowns, one for each free agent signing. Safe to say they are not only on the same page, but the same sentence.Pass rush surplus: The Ravens didn’t depend upon Terrell Suggs alone for pressure. They hit both Peterman and Allen with successful slot-corner blitzes, Suggs notched his sack and Tim Williams made his mark in the fourth quarter with a redzone sack. Also, in his contract year, Za’Darius Smith was unrelenting in his pursuit of the quarterback.Secondary produces impressive results sans Jimmy Smith: The Ravens’ star cornerback missed the first of his four games from his suspension, but Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr picked up the slack. Carr had another Week 1 interception and Humphrey batted down multiple passes thrown his way. To imagine this defense when Jimmy returns is an exciting thought for Ravens fans and terrifying for the rest of the NFL.Resting the starters: The Ravens play on Thursday night against an AFC North opponent. This is a rapid schedule shift. While it would have been fun to see Joe throw a few more touchdowns to further embarrass Buffalo, it’s wise to get out of a dreary, rain-filled football game without an injury to a key producer on the roster.The Bad:The offensive line is still uncertain: While the offense put up 47 points, the Ravens didn’t give Alex Collins much to work with. On seven carries, the starting tailback only rushed for 13 yards. Flacco’s quick release and footwork also opened up many more plays than initially noticed. They also had Flacco rolling out and this moved the pocket to keep the Bills guessing. Against a stout Bengals defense with the tandem of Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, we’ll see if they can replicate the success.Drops were overcome, but there were still drops: Nitpicking a 47-3 game feels silly, but Michael Crabtree dropped two passes. The rain pouring sideways was clearly a factor but these are failed plays Pittsburgh or New England take advantage of.The Ugly:Fumbling: Twice against the Bills, Baltimore coughed up the football. One from Alex Collins which occurred from a perfect tackle by Bills’ rookie Tremaine Edmunds and a second from Janarion Grant muffing the punt. Turnovers lose football games. Those turn into touchdowns against better teams. Rain or shine, you must secure the football.