Ravens-Bills: The three keys

It should be quite a celebration over at M&T Bank Stadium today, with the Ravens’ Super Bowl team returning for the celebration of their 10-year anniversary.

Want another reason to celebrate, Charm City? The Bills are coming to town.

Here are three keys for today’s game between the Ravens and the 0-5 Bills:

Don’t give up easy points

The Ravens are clearly the more talented team in this matchup, they’re better coached, and they’re playing at home. The only real way I can see the Bills hanging around and making this a game is if they can win the turnover battle and get a couple big plays on special teams to either put easy points on the board or give their offense good field position. If the Ravens take care of the football and contain C.J. Spiller in the return game (Spiller has a kickoff return already this year), they should be just fine.

Get Rice rolling

I mentioned yesterday that the Bills have the NFL’s worst run defense and have allowed over 200 yards rushing in each of their last three games. With Ray Rice starting to hit a little mini-groove the last two games (he had 133 yards and two TDs two weeks ago and 88 yards against the Pats last week), this could be an opportunity for the Pro Bowl running back to really hit his stride heading into the Ravens’ bye week.

Leave with a healthy Ed Reed

Ed Reed will make his season debut today, and while Ravens fans would love to see their playmaking safety return four interceptions for touchdowns and run back a few punts for scores, the most important thing they could see today is Reed walk off the field healthy at the end of the game. This will be the first time Reed will test out his surgically-repaired hip in game action, and if he can get out there, run around a bit, and leave with a smile on his face, those in the Ravens’ organization will be thrilled.

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