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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 AM 北京时间10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , September 11, 2016
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland  Weather: 84°, Partly Cloudy  Attendance: 71,104

Week 1 Preview: Bills at Ravens

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Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

  1. After going 9-7 in 2014, the Buffalo Bills went 8-8 last season, their first consecutive non-losing seasons since they went 11-5 in 1999 and 8-8 in 2000. After winning three of their first four road games, the Bills lost their last four, allowing 20+ points in each game. Overall, the Bills were 1-8 when allowing at least 20 points last season, tied with the Cowboys for the third-worst record in the NFL, and 0-5 on the road when doing so.
  2. The Baltimore Ravens went 5-11 last season, missing the playoffs for the second time in the last three years, while suffering their first losing season since 2007 when they also went 5-11. Without Joe Flacco, Baltimore lost four of its final six games, including four of its last five, during which time they scored only 69 points, their fewest in a five-game span since they scored 59 points from Weeks 5-10, 2007.
  3. The Bills and Ravens have faced off six times previous, with each team winning three of those contests. The last two times these teams met, each game was decided by three points, most recently in the 2013 season when the Bills won 23-20 in Buffalo. In 2010 at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens won 37-34 in overtime on a game-winning 38-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff.
  4. The Bills are 22-33 (.400) in Week 1 all-time, worst among all current AFC teams. Rex Ryan is 6-1 (.857) in season openers. Baltimore is 9-11 all-time in Week 1 games, including losing three straight season openers. Since Joe Flacco's first season in 2008, the Ravens are 6-2 in home openers, dropping the last two (23-16 in 2014 and 28-24 in 2015, both to the Bengals).
  5. Former Raven, Tyrod Taylor, was one of only three players last season with at least 3000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards (Russell Wilson and Cam Newton), becoming the first ever Bill to accomplish said feat. When Taylor threw for more than 225 yards, the Bills were 1-6, but they were 7-0 in games when he threw for less than 225 yards.
  6. Prior to his season-ending knee injury last year, Joe Flacco had started all 122 games of his career. Flacco is 1-1 in his career against Buffalo, throwing three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a 2010 victory, and passing for 347 yards with two touchdowns and a career-high five interceptions in a loss in 2013.
Team Comparison

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Takeaways

The regular season-opener between the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens features a pair of starting quarterbacks who used to share the same sideline.

While they represent a contrast in styles, the players share a common goal of getting their franchises on track after disappointing 2015 campaigns.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending left knee injury Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Rams and the Ravens never recovered, finishing 5-11. Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor is building off the best year of his career, but the Bills missed the playoffs for the 16th consecutive time -- the longest drought among active teams.

Taylor spent 2011-14 as Flacco's backup in Baltimore before leaving to take the starting job in Buffalo. Ravens coach John Harbaugh lauded his former player's development and his ability to manage the game.

"He has made himself into an NFL quarterback," Harbaugh said. "His quarterback rating last year was very high (99.4). He did it with his legs, certainly, but that is not to take away what from what he has done with his arm and his mind. He operates an offense extremely well. He manages the game very well. He is an accurate thrower. He makes good decisions. The added element of the fact that is he is probably one of the best athletes in the game just makes him a real weapon."

Taylor learned a valuable lesson in what it takes to win, serving as Flacco's understudy in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory. Taylor valued his time in Baltimore, but he was ready to lead an offense.

"They knew I wanted an opportunity to get a chance to start, or just to compete, for a starting position," Taylor said. "I wouldn't turn that down and they wouldn't have wanted me to turn it down either. I'm happy with how things turned out."

Flacco, who will wear a brace to protect his surgically repaired left knee, had a strong training camp and appears fully ready to re-take the reins. He returns with the most playmakers he's had over his past eight seasons in Baltimore.

The Ravens signed Mike Wallace to provide another downfield threat. Breshad Perriman, a first-round pick in 2015, is expected to make an impact after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Finally, rookie Chris Moore, a fourth-round pick, could also play a big role.

One of the toughest challenges for Flacco will be ensuring his receivers get enough touches, especially with Steve Smith back after a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in 2015.

"I think I have a good relationship with all of those guys," Flacco said. "They understand that it's about winning football and team football around here. They're all going to get their chances. Some games they might not get as many as others."

Flacco could have two rookies starting on the left side of the offensive line with tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard Alex Lewis. The Bills will likely try to aggressively exploit that inexperience ... if they can figure out how to fix their pass rush.

Last season, the Bills had the second fewest sacks in the league (21) behind Atlanta. The pass rush didn't get much better in the preseason as Buffalo managed just four sacks in four games.

On offense, Buffalo did the top rushing attack in the NFL last season, and that unit could help control the clock against the Ravens.

Bills coach Rex Ryan also has some familiarity with the Ravens, spending nine seasons on their coaching staff, including four years as defensive coordinator. Ed Reed, the Bills' assistant defensive backs coach, is in Baltimore's Ring of Honor and is regarded as one of the best safeties in the history of the NFL.

"Those guys do a phenomenal job of getting player that like fit a certain system, that love play the game, that are passionate about it, and that's exactly what we're trying to build here in Buffalo," Ryan said about the Ravens.

The Bills could get a boost with the return of safety Aaron Williams, who returned to practice after missing almost a month with a concussion. He provides effective support for Bills cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby.

Baltimore will be without linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who had offseason foot surgery and has not been able to practice since Aug. 29.

Updated September 7, 2016

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