BAL­TI­MORE over Buf­falo by 8

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Nathan Peter­man was named the Bills’ start­ing quar­ter­back in this game. Hardly the sort of good news Buf­falo fans were look­ing for­ward to at the end of last sea­son when they earned their first play­off berth in 16 years – be­hind Ty­rod Tay­lor. Nonethe­less, the Bills were ob­vi­ously not sat­is­fied with a 300-yard of­fense when they jet­ti­soned Tay­lor to Cleve­land and then traded up to land QB Josh Allen in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. Allen ap­pears to be a work in progress, though, and with pro­jected start­ing QB A.J.McCar­ron go­ing down with a shoul­der in­jury (and sub­se­quently traded to Oak­land), Buffy’s fate is now in the hands of Peter­man and a shaky of­fen­sive line. Ugh. And a 1-4 SUATS record in the last five games in Crab town does not bode well, ei­ther. Mean­while the dis­ap­point­ing Ravens have missed the post­sea­son three straight years and will rely once again on post Su­per Bowl bust QB Joe Flacco. The feel­ing here is with La­mar Jack­son and Robert Grif­fin III lurk­ing over his shoul­der, he’ll ei­ther stand and de­liver or be­come the most costly quar­ter­back to hold an NFL clip­board on the side­lines. Mean­while, the Black Birds own a log at home in sea­son open­ers un­der Flacco, so there are no ex­cuses here to­day.

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