BALTIMORE over Buffalo by 8
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.