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Around the NFL: Bills-Ravens game predictions

Ravens over Bills: … if you're in a Yahoo pick'em, it's an easy choice. If Nathan Peterman leads an upset or even a near-upset on the road against the Ravens' defense, tip your cap and move on. My only concern is the entire world seems to be on the Ravens, and we all know how that usually turns out.

Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens pre season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 26, 2017.
 Photo by Craig Melvin.

This is the 16th-most-anticipated game on this week's slate. Buffalo's offensive line will have to endure an onslaught from both the Ravens' committee pass rush and a raucous opening-day crowd. On that note, Nate Peterman can ill-afford to lose his poise under pressure or dwell on mistakes, which is precisely what went awry for him against the Chargers in his first NFL start. Look for a heavy dose of Alex Collins in this game, like 20 to 25 carries' worth. Baltimore wins.

Mike Rodak's pick: Baltimore's defense allowed the NFL's 10th-fewest passing yards in 2017. The chances seem low of seeing new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, quarterback Nathan Peterman and an offensive line that struggled this preseason all click immediately in a road opener. Ravens 20, Bills 13

Jamison Hensley's pick: Since 2008, Baltimore is 5-1 when opening the season at home, with an average margin of victory of 17.2 points. To make matters worse for the Bills, the Ravens return every starter on defense, and their pass rush has been dominant this preseason. That spells a long day for Peterman. Ravens 20, Bills 6