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Seeing as Mahomes appears to be the comparison for Josh.

      Below are his stats against Baltimore this year:

     Mahomes went 31 for 42 for 385 yards and averaged 6.5 yards on his four rushing attempts.
       Lamar was not playing as well as he has recently, but the D is the same. 
       

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17 minutes ago, Golden said:

Seeing as Mahomes appears to be the comparison for Josh.

      Below are his stats against Baltimore this year:

     Mahomes went 31 for 42 for 385 yards and averaged 6.5 yards on his four rushing attempts.
       Lamar was not playing as well as he has recently, but the D is the same. 
       

 

Not intended to take anything away from Mahomes, but they do have some weapons we lack: the Chiefs had 132 yards rushing, 64 of them from Edwards Helaire (Helaire also had 5 receptions for 70 yards).  Only 26 rush yards from Mahomes.  Travis Kelce had 6 catches on 7 targets for 87 yards.

 

I'd feel better about the game if Brown hadn't been skunked 0 for 4 and just been invisible.

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Ravens DC Don Martindale: 'There is going to be pressure' brought vs. Bills QB Josh Allen

 

In past seasons, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a roller coaster of rifle-armed passes, stupendous runs and head-scratching turnovers.

As Allen has matured into one of the game's best quarterbacks in 2020, the aforementioned turnovers and bad decisions have largely gone to the wayside. A major factor in that has been Allen's ability to stand up to the opposition's blitz and cut down defenses in the process.

Despite Allen's success against the blitz this season, as he heads into Saturday's AFC Divisional Round matchup against the blitz-heavy Ravens, the Bills QB can expect Don Martindale's defense to stay true to form with its pass-rushing ways.

"He knows that there is going to be pressure, that's for sure," Martindale said Wednesday, via ESPN. "That's who we are. That's what we've done."

The Ravens' 45.4 blitz percentage -- including the playoffs -- is the highest in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats. They've been in the top three in blitz percentage in all three seasons under Martindale -- though their 27.0 quarterback pressure percentage when blitzing this campaign is 26th in the league.

As for Allen, he has 15 touchdowns and just two picks against the blitz this season, per Next Gen. The touchdowns are second-best in the NFL and the TD:INT ration is fourth (also including the playoffs). Going further, Allen's been able to evade pressure caused by the blitz at a 22.5% clip, which is second-highest in the NFL.

What remains to be seen Saturday is whether the new-look Allen can find success against a Ravens defense that previously harried the old (err, younger) version of Allen.

In two previous meetings against the Ravens – one in 2018 off the bench and a start in 2019 – Allen was sacked a combined nine times, fumbled twice (lost one) and the Bills lost both games.

While the Ravens will remain steadfast in their attempt to flock to the quarterback, Martindale realizes full-well that Baltimore is facing a much-improved Allen.

"Usually when you evaluate a quarterback and he's not accurate, it's hard for them to shed that tag," Martindale said. "What he's done in the offseason and what he's done this year is amazing to see. It's accuracy on the move. It's accuracy out of the pocket. Everything he's done, he's become more accurate with it."

In the '20 regular season, Allen produced a completion rate of 69.2 -- just about 10 points better than his last campaign. Along the way, he set Bills records with 396 completions, 4,544 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes -- which came against 10 interceptions and a career-low 26 sacks.

Allen's always possessed the big arm and mobility to combat a blitz, but now he's exhibiting the poise and accuracy to do so. It's paid off with an AFC East title and a trip to the Divisional Round.

The Ravens are coming -- just as Martindale's defense prides itself on doing -- and Allen's going to stand up to the blitz as he's done for most of the season or he's going to come crashing down as he's done against Baltimore in the past. Saturday will tell the tale.

 

https://www.nfl.com/news/ravens-dc-don-martindale-there-is-going-to-be-pressure-brought-vs-bills-qb-josh-

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48 minutes ago, Scott7975 said:

Ravens DC Don Martindale: 'There is going to be pressure' brought vs. Bills QB Josh Allen

 

In past seasons, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a roller coaster of rifle-armed passes, stupendous runs and head-scratching turnovers.

As Allen has matured into one of the game's best quarterbacks in 2020, the aforementioned turnovers and bad decisions have largely gone to the wayside. A major factor in that has been Allen's ability to stand up to the opposition's blitz and cut down defenses in the process.

Despite Allen's success against the blitz this season, as he heads into Saturday's AFC Divisional Round matchup against the blitz-heavy Ravens, the Bills QB can expect Don Martindale's defense to stay true to form with its pass-rushing ways.

"He knows that there is going to be pressure, that's for sure," Martindale said Wednesday, via ESPN. "That's who we are. That's what we've done."

The Ravens' 45.4 blitz percentage -- including the playoffs -- is the highest in the NFL, according to Next Gen Stats. They've been in the top three in blitz percentage in all three seasons under Martindale -- though their 27.0 quarterback pressure percentage when blitzing this campaign is 26th in the league.

As for Allen, he has 15 touchdowns and just two picks against the blitz this season, per Next Gen. The touchdowns are second-best in the NFL and the TD:INT ration is fourth (also including the playoffs). Going further, Allen's been able to evade pressure caused by the blitz at a 22.5% clip, which is second-highest in the NFL.

What remains to be seen Saturday is whether the new-look Allen can find success against a Ravens defense that previously harried the old (err, younger) version of Allen.

In two previous meetings against the Ravens – one in 2018 off the bench and a start in 2019 – Allen was sacked a combined nine times, fumbled twice (lost one) and the Bills lost both games.

While the Ravens will remain steadfast in their attempt to flock to the quarterback, Martindale realizes full-well that Baltimore is facing a much-improved Allen.

"Usually when you evaluate a quarterback and he's not accurate, it's hard for them to shed that tag," Martindale said. "What he's done in the offseason and what he's done this year is amazing to see. It's accuracy on the move. It's accuracy out of the pocket. Everything he's done, he's become more accurate with it."

In the '20 regular season, Allen produced a completion rate of 69.2 -- just about 10 points better than his last campaign. Along the way, he set Bills records with 396 completions, 4,544 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes -- which came against 10 interceptions and a career-low 26 sacks.

Allen's always possessed the big arm and mobility to combat a blitz, but now he's exhibiting the poise and accuracy to do so. It's paid off with an AFC East title and a trip to the Divisional Round.

The Ravens are coming -- just as Martindale's defense prides itself on doing -- and Allen's going to stand up to the blitz as he's done for most of the season or he's going to come crashing down as he's done against Baltimore in the past. Saturday will tell the tale.

 

https://www.nfl.com/news/ravens-dc-don-martindale-there-is-going-to-be-pressure-brought-vs-bills-qb-josh-

Interesting, Ravens' DC is saying that Allen knows they will come after him. Usually you don't hear that from opposition coaches. I think he might be bluffing, they will blitz but I believe less than the 44% they have it going. 

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2 hours ago, Golden said:

Seeing as Mahomes appears to be the comparison for Josh.

      Below are his stats against Baltimore this year:

     Mahomes went 31 for 42 for 385 yards and averaged 6.5 yards on his four rushing attempts.
       Lamar was not playing as well as he has recently, but the D is the same. 
       

Not quite the same D for the Ravens with Yannick Ngakoue added to their lineup since. He can be a force if he’s found his game and needs to be accounted for. 

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2 hours ago, Scott7975 said:

Ravens DC Don Martindale: 'There is going to be pressure' brought vs. Bills QB Josh Allen

Really playing it close to the vest there.

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2 hours ago, Chandler#81 said:

Some stats to make you feel better.

(they do me, anyway)

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The difference between Allen and Jackson's passer ratings is significant especially if you consider how much tougher our schedule was compared to Baltimore's. I knew they had beaten up on mostly bad teams down the stretch, but I didn't realize they had the easiest schedule in the NFL.

 

Slightly off topic, but what happened to Russell Wilson? The guy was the runaway MVP winner for the first half of the season...

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17 minutes ago, Dont Stop Billeiving said:

The difference between Allen and Jackson's passer ratings is significant especially if you consider how much tougher our schedule was compared to Baltimore's. I knew they had beaten up on mostly bad teams down the stretch, but I didn't realize they had the easiest schedule in the NFL.

 

Slightly off topic, but what happened to Russell Wilson? The guy was the runaway MVP winner for the first half of the season...

 

The Bills happened to him......we reminded him he is a JAG ;)

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On 1/12/2021 at 12:02 PM, uninja said:

 

Felt pretty lukewarm about the Beasley signing when it went down, but he bet on himself that he would shine in an offense that let his skills do the talking and he's been 1000% right

 

He's not the strongest, or the tallest, or the biggest guy on the field but he's going to get open and catch the ball when it matters most.

Beasley is like the Buffalo version of Wes Welker IMO

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7 hours ago, Golden said:

Seeing as Mahomes appears to be the comparison for Josh.

      Below are his stats against Baltimore this year:

     Mahomes went 31 for 42 for 385 yards and averaged 6.5 yards on his four rushing attempts.
       Lamar was not playing as well as he has recently, but the D is the same. 
       

Mahomes devours their blitz. Bad matchup for for their D.

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5 hours ago, Chandler#81 said:

Some stats to make you feel better.

(they do me, anyway)

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A little deceptive putting these together as the passer rating is only for Wild Card games and the SOS is obviously season long. The SOS data is, to me, more relevant for this weekend in terms of giving me hope the Bills are the superior team. Josh having a much better passer rating than Lamar in the WC game is not surprising since Jackson killed Tennessee with his running and could possibly do that again this weekend.  We need a similar gap in passer ratings this weekend for a Bills win. 

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7 hours ago, billsherd said:

Interesting, Ravens' DC is saying that Allen knows they will come after him. Usually you don't hear that from opposition coaches. I think he might be bluffing, they will blitz but I believe less than the 44% they have it going. 

 

I wonder if they are going to try to copy the Colts? Say they're blitzing but sell out to stop the pass, daring us to run Singletary figuring he won't hurt them?

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Listening to “The Opening Drive” with Solomon Wilcotts and Ed Mccaferry as I’m typing this. Here’s the summary of their Bills-Ravens preview..... 5 minutes of how fast Lamar Jackson is and then another 5 min of how good the Ravens D is at getting the ball. That’s it. That’s the preview. No joke. It was 10 minutes or Lamar Jackson talk and Ravens defense..... SERIOUSLY? 
 

I find this funny beings the bills offense scored at a higher clip during the regular season and in the playoffs. And our defense caused 4 more TO’s on the season. I really enjoy these guys analysis every morning so that was super disappointing.  

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Hello, Bills fans! My first post here (had to wait a long time for approval!). 
 

I have been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens since 1996 (and the Baltimore Colts long before that), but I am not here to talk smack. I’m here because I like to debate the merits of the game with fans of other teams (I post a lot on a Steelers forum). 
 

I hoped for this matchup rather than the Chiefs. Not because I simply chalked in a W against the Bills for a trip to the AFCC, but due to the fact that KC has been the Ravens’ nemesis the past few years. So were the Titans, but the Chiefs (when on their game) are on another level. 
 

I have reservations about this game. If both teams are on their marks, it should be a close game (27-24, etc.). The Ravens should be able to control the clock via the rushing attack, limiting the time Allen has to score points with his arm. But the Bills should have success in the air and can score points quickly with the deep ball (trust me, as a Terps fan I know all about Diggs). 
 

I think this game could come down to intangibles that cannot be determined beforehand. A pick-six, an untimely fumble, a long return on a kick-off or punt, or as last week showed us, either a terrible or gutless call by a head coach (yeah, that’s YOU Tomlin and Vrabel). 
 

Both QB’s are very new in the careers. Jackson is now in his 4th playoff game, but just one his first last week against the Titans. Allen played in his first playoff game last week (and Buffalo’s first since 1995), and came away with a W. So this is the first second playoff game in the same season for both. That’s a lot on a young man’s shoulders. Allen can run, but no one is calling on him to win with his legs. Jackson can pass (don’t be fooled by stats like total yardage-look up his TD:INT ratio in the red zone), but no one is expecting him to win this game with his arm. If either Allen’s passing or Jackson’s rushing gets stymied early, it could have a big impact on their psyche. We likely can't even comprehend the stress of the responsibility on their shoulders. 
 

I believe the Ravens have what it takes to win this game, but it will not be easy. They have a HC who’s very experienced in post-season play and will not be rattled if things go awry early. They have likely the best kicker-punter-long snapper combo in the NFL, and if it comes down to a last-second 49 yd FG for the W, I’d take Tucker over Bass any day of the week and twice on Saturday. He won’t get the jitters lining up for a big kick. 
 

But if the Ravens lose, I hope the Bills win it all (even if I lost big money years ago betting on the Bills in the SB lol). They have an excellent fan base that’s supported the team for a long time when down on their luck (and playing in the same division as the Pats). So does Cleveland. But I just don’t see them beating the Chiefs. If they do, and it’s Brown-Bills in the AFCC, it will be the story of the 2020 season. Although I’d rather see Browns-Ravens lol. 

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6 minutes ago, Crow-Magnon said:

Hello, Bills fans! My first post here (had to wait a long time for approval!). 
 

I have been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens since 1996 (and the Baltimore Colts long before that), but I am not here to talk smack. I’m here because I like to debate the merits of the game with fans of other teams (I post a lot on a Steelers forum). 
 

I hoped for this matchup rather than the Chiefs. Not because I simply chalked in a W against the Bills for a trip to the AFCC, but due to the fact that KC has been the Ravens’ nemesis the past few years. So were the Titans, but the Chiefs (when on their game) are on another level. 
 

I have reservations about this game. If both teams are on their marks, it should be a close game (27-24, etc.). The Ravens should be able to control the clock via the rushing attack, limiting the time Allen has to score points with his arm. But the Bills should have success in the air and can score points quickly with the deep ball (trust me, as a Terps fan I know all about Diggs). 
 

I think this game could come down to intangibles that cannot be determined beforehand. A pick-six, an untimely fumble, a long return on a kick-off or punt, or as last week showed us, either a terrible or gutless call by a head coach (yeah, that’s YOU Tomlin and Vrabel). 
 

Both QB’s are very new in the careers. Jackson is now in his 4th playoff game, but just one his first last week against the Titans. Allen played in his first playoff game last week (and Buffalo’s first since 1995), and came away with a W. So this is the first second playoff game in the same season for both. That’s a lot on a young man’s shoulders. Allen can run, but no one is calling on him to win with his legs. Jackson can pass (don’t be fooled by stats like total yardage-look up his TD:INT ratio in the red zone), but no one is expecting him to win this game with his arm. If either Allen’s passing or Jackson’s rushing gets stymied early, it could have a big impact on their psyche. We likely can't even comprehend the stress of the responsibility on their shoulders. 
 

I believe the Ravens have what it takes to win this game, but it will not be easy. They have a HC who’s very experienced in post-season play and will not be rattled if things go awry early. They have likely the best kicker-punter-long snapper combo in the NFL, and if it comes down to a last-second 49 yd FG for the W, I’d take Tucker over Bass any day of the week and twice on Saturday. He won’t get the jitters lining up for a big kick. 
 

But if the Ravens lose, I hope the Bills win it all (even if I lost big money years ago betting on the Bills in the SB lol). They have an excellent fan base that’s supported the team for a long time when down on their luck (and playing in the same division as the Pats). So does Cleveland. But I just don’t see them beating the Chiefs. If they do, and it’s Brown-Bills in the AFCC, it will be the story of the 2020 season. Although I’d rather see Browns-Ravens lol. 

Glad to have you. This is Allen’s 3rd playoff game. 

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