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What to watch for: Ravens at Bills

Posted Sep 25, 2013

An in-depth look inside the Ravens-Bills matchup

Bills RB Fred Jackson evades Ravens DT Haloti Ngata in their last meeting in 2010.

BILLS HOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPS ON SUNDAY
The Buffalo Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week Four when they welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens for a 1:00 PM ET contest on Sunday, September 29th.

Sunday’s game will mark the sixth regular season meeting between Buffalo and Baltimore.

With a win over the Ravens on Sunday, the Bills will:
• Win back-to-back home games for the first time since 2011 (Weeks 2-3)

BILLS-RAVENS REGULAR SEASON SERIES
• Overall regular season record: 2-3
• Bills at home vs. Ravens: 1-0
• Last meeting at home: 10/21/07, W 19-14
• First regular season meeting: 10/31/1999, W 13-10 at Baltimore
• Last regular season meeting: 10/24/2010, L 34-37 at Baltimore

Buffalo will travel to Cleveland for a Week Five Thursday Night Football game at the Browns on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:25 PM ET.

BILLS-RAVENS SERIES
Buffalo and Baltimore will meet for the sixth time in the regular season this week. The Bills are 2-3 in their previous five meetings against the Ravens.

Sunday’s game will mark the second regular season home game for Buffalo against Baltimore, with the Bills earning a 19-14 win in the Ravens’ previous trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2007.

BILLS-RAVENS SERIES HIGHS
Rushing Yards
Bills: 84, Marshawn Lynch 10/21/2007 @ BUF
Ravens: 114, Willis McGahee 10/21/2007 @ BUF

Receiving Yards
Bills: 158, Stevie Johnson 10/24/2010 @ BAL
Ravens: 92, Anquan Boldin 10/24/2010 @ BAL

Passing Yards
Bills: 382, Ryan Fitzpatrick 10/24/2010 @ BAL
Ravens: 250, Joe Flacco 10/24/2010 @ BAL

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
FORMER BILLS/RAVENS
• Bills DC Mike Pettine spent seven years with the Ravens from 2002-08, spending time as a Coaching and Video Assistant, a Coaching Assistant/Quality Control, a Defensive Assistant and then as the Outside Linebackers coach.
• Bills DB Coach Donnie Henderson was the Asst. DB coach for the Ravens in 1999 and the DB Coach from 2000-03.
• Bills DL Coach Anthony Weaver was drafted in the second-round of the 2002 draft by the Ravens and played there from 2002-05.
• Ravens Run Game Coordinator Juan Castillo spent a summer interning with the Bills in 1992.

AREA CONNECTIONS
• Bills DB Coach Donnie Henderson is a native of Baltimore, MD.
• Ravens CB Corey Graham is a native of Buffalo, NY and attended Turner Carroll High School

NFL CONNECTIONS
• Bills DC Mike Pettine coached Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs from 2003-08.
• Bills DE Mario Williams and Ravens FB Vonta Leach played together in Houston during the 2006-10 seasons.
• Bills RB Tashard Choice and Ravens DL Chris Canty were Dallas Cowboys teammates during the 2008 season.
• Bills LB Manny Lawson and Ravens TE Billy Bajema played in San Francisco together from 2006-08
• Bills S Jim Leonhard and Ravens SS James Ihedigbo manned the New York Jets defense in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
• Bills HC Doug Marrone coached Ravens DE Arthur Jones at Syracuse while serving as the head coach of the Orange in 2009.
• Bills OQC coach Kurt Anderson spent the 2007 season as a graduate assistant coach for the offensive line at Michigan where he worked under Andy Moeller, now the offensive line coach for the Ravens
• Buffalo LB Jamaal Westerman and Ravens RB Ray Rice were Rutgers teammates from 2005-07.
• Bills DT Marcell Dareus manned the Alabama defensive line with Ravens NT Terrence Cody and OLB Courtney Upshaw.
• Bills OT Cordy Glenn played at Georgia with Ravens WR Marlon Brown and DE DeAngelo Tyson.
• Bills TE Scott Chandler was a Iowa teammate of Ravens OG/T Marshal Yanda.
• Bills DT Kyle Williams and Ravens DT Marcus Spears led the pass rush along the LSU defensive line together.
• Bills OL Doug Legursky and TE Lee Smith played at Marshall with Ravens LB Albert McClellan.
• Bills S Da’Norris Searcy and Ravens RB Shaun Draughn were North Carolina teammates.
• Bills S Aaron Williams played at Texas with Ravens K Justin Tucker and FS Michael Huff.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
OFFENSE
QB EJ Manuel
• One touchdown pass to break a tie with Joe Ferguson (1973 - 4) for the third-most among Bills rookie quarterbacks in a single-season
• Ten completions to move into fourth among Bills rookie quarterbacks (Joe Ferguson, 1973: 73)
• 29 completed throws to move into third among Bills rookie quarterbacks (Dan Darragh, 1968: 92)
• 229 passing yards to surpass Dan Darragh (917, 1968) for fourth-most among Bills rookie quarterbacks and 251 to move into third (Joe Ferguson, 1973: 939)

RB C.J. Spiller
• One 100-yard rushing game for his eighth such game and to break a tie for sole possession of eighth-most in team history (Antowain Smith, 7)
• 86 receiving yards to record 1,000 in his career

RB Fred Jackson
• 46 rushing yards to surpass Joe Cribbs (4,445) for third in team history

WR Stevie Johnson
• Is scheduled to make the 50th start of his career on Sunday
• Will extend his current streak of consecutive games with a catch to 52 with a reception on Sunday
• Four catches to move into 11th in team history (Frank Lewis - 269)
• 29 receiving yards to reach 3,500 in his career
• 105 receiving yards to move in 10th in team history (Josh Reed: 3,575)

TE Scott Chandler
• Two touchdown catches to match Reuben Grant (15) for third-most among Bills tight ends all-time
• Six catches to record 100 in his NFL career

DEFENSE
DE Mario Williams
• 2.0 sacks to register 70.0 in his NFL career

DT Kyle Williams
• 0.5 a sack to become the 11th Bill with 20 or more in their career

DE Manny Lawson
• Will play in the 100th game of his NFL career on Sunday

CB Justin Rogers
• Will set a personal single-season best of two interceptions with his next pick
(1 in 2011, 2012 and 2013)

DB Jim Leonhard
• One interception to record the 10th of his NFL career

FS Jairus Byrd
• One multi-interception game to become the third Bill with five multi-pick games (Tom Janik - 6 and Billy Atkins - 5)

SPECIAL TEAMS
K Dan Carpenter
• Will record his 135th career field goal made with his next successful kick

P Shawn Powell
• Four punts inside-the-20 to move into eighth in team history (Rusty Jackson - 33)

CB/PR Leodis McKelvin
• 45 punt return yards to move into fourth in team history (Kevin Williams - 700)