Fresh off the bye week, the Buffalo Bills (0-5) travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (4-2). Here we go again.
After a horrifying loss to the Jaguars, the Bills set out to fine tune their offense and re-evaluate their defense. They ran a 4-3 heavy set for the majority of the second half against Jacksonville and seemed to completely abandon the 3-4 which defensive coordinator George Edwards has implemented this season.
The problem with switching to the 3-4 is that; first of all it takes time, and second it takes personnel. Time is a luxury, there is an entire season to get the defense set, as well as the offseason and preseason.
Personnel on the other hand comes down to Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix, and to a greater extent, Ralph Wilson. Being able to get players to play effectively in the 3-4 should be the Bills top priority, which is exactly what they AREN'T doing.
They cut Chris Ellis, who showed a ton of promise in the preseason and in Week 1, and gave Chris "get burned on every passing play" Kelsay a contract extension. Why oh why?
After the season, I can only hope and pray to my merciful God (and the football gods) that Kelsay gets cut.
Another thing they should be doing is scouting quarterbacks. They're actually doing this one. A story came up a week ago saying that Buddy Nix and Ralph Wilson will be traveling the country scouting the "top" college quarterbacks. Maybe Andrew Luck will freak out and stay for his senior year (bad joke). But, truth be told he is probably the savior of the franchise. Luck or Jake Locker for that matter. Although we can only hope.
But HEY, back to the Ravens.
It seems as though Ray Lewis is prepared for a hefty fine and/or suspension from the NFL after his comments regarding this weeks game. Saying something along the lines of, "I hope Buffalo is ready, I feel bad for them," alluding to a hard-hitting redemption game for the Ravens.
To be fair, it's probably true, the Bills are nothing short of an embarrassment this year, becoming the laughing stock of the NFL. Personally, I can't stand the criticism. I want nothing more than to pour it on top of Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens! But, who am I kidding...
Ray Rice looks to have an explosive game, squaring off against a shaky-at-best Bills defense, while Joe Flacco will use the multiple weapons at his disposal to light up the board.
The only way the Bills will be able to make this one exciting is if the running game is overly explosive, and the "never short of verbal abuse" secondary finally shows up this year. Maybe Jarius Byrd can get his act together and get within a few yard of the ball for once this year.
Regardless, the defense will probably come out in shambles, allowing the Ravens to run up the score while keeping the offense on the sidelines for most of the afternoon.
Prediction: Ravens 38-13