Another day of NFL Preseason action on Saturday, as teams gear up for the start of the regular season. After this weekend, we’ll have the dreaded Week 4 of the preseason to get through, and then the regular season will be here. Starters will typically take the field for a series next week. The main show next Thursday will be college football. The Patriots found out how dangerous it can be giving starters work in the preseason. Julian Edelman appeared to tear his ACL on a non-contact play in the 1st quarter against the Lions. It wasn’t like Edelman was playing deep into the game, so you can’t really blame anyone there. The Bills and Ravens will hope for a clean bill of health tonight.
The Bills are looking for answers on offense just a couple weeks away from the opener. They traded away Sammy Watkins with the expectation that Anquan Boldin was going to be their feature receiver. I mean, an aging Boldin wasn’t really ideal either, but Boldin bolted and retired a few days after Watkins was traded. It puts the Bills in a tough position now. Let’s imagine for a minute that Watkins and Boldin were still here, though. That doesn’t exactly get me too excited, but take them out of the equation, and what you have is a very bad offense in Buffalo.
I will say one thing, there are going to be a lot of bad teams in the NFL this season. Take your pick on who is going to get the first pick in the NFL Draft. Could it be the Jags, Jets, Browns, Bills, or how about the 49ers? You get the picture. The Bills will have a serviceable defensive unit to lean on, though. If they want to avoid the basement of the NFL, the defense must steal games. LeSean McCoy has been mentioned in trade rumors, but how do they get rid of him now? He is going to be the focal point of the offense with no suitable option at wide receiver. Let’s get to our Bills vs. Ravens preseason pick below.
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Bills vs. Ravens Pick:
The Bills will hope that Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy will do enough to keep the offense afloat in Buffalo. Taylor isn’t a bad quarterback, but he’s in a rather unfortunate situation where they don’t have an outstanding receiver on the roster. No offense to Jordan Matthews and Andre Holmes, but they aren’t really guys you want as your first options. Matthews is a terrific number 2, but perhaps he breaks out as a start. Holmes has only started three games his last two years, both with Oakland. He set a career-high with 693 receiving yards in 2014.
Taylor is a guy who doesn’t make many mistakes. Last season he threw for 17 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. The year prior in 2015 about the same for him, as he passed for 20 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. Taylor has also rushed for 568 yards and 580 yards the last two years. He spent four years in Baltimore before they gave up on him, ending his career there without throwing a touchdown pass. We’ll see if he gets a small piece of retribution in this one.
Note that Flacco will skip out again on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back from a lingering back problem. The Ravens indicate that he will be ready for the regular season, so not too much of a concern for them. Ryan Mallett will get the chance to prove that he should be the backup quarterback, again. He hasn’t proven himself to this point, and now he has second-year player Josh Woodrum looking to steal that spot. Yeah, the Ravens better hope that Flacco can stay healthy this season. Points should be tough to come by in this one. At the least, I don’t believe we’re going to see more than 38 in this game. In other words, I like a pick on the UNDER in Baltimore.
PICK: UNDER 38 (-110)