FBG says: Neutral matchup. Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole.
Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.