Howard Picks the Bills: Week 14

By WGR 550 SportsRadio

After a dominating 26-15 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium, the Buffalo Bills return to New Era Field this week for, arguably, the biggest game of the 2019 season when they host the Baltimore Ravens (10-2) in Orchard Park.

With a win over Baltimore and some help around the NFL on Sunday, the Bills can clinch a playoff berth for the second time in three season. It would also be the earliest the Bills have clinched a berth in the NFL postseason since 1991.

The Bills put up its most complete effort of the season on Thursday afternoon in Dallas as they easily took care of business on both sides of the football.

Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense looked unstoppable, at times, against a stout Cowboys defense, putting up 356 total yards of offense. Allen went on to complete 79.2% of his passes for 231 yards, a touchdown pass to wide receiver Cole Beasley, and run for a touchdown of his own in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

As for the defense, they contained Dallas' high-powered offense under quarterback Dak Prescott, holding the Cowboys to just 15 points in the contest. The pass rush was able to get to Prescott four times, while also forcing an interception and a lost fumble en route to the win.

However, things will not get easier this Sunday as the Ravens enter the game as the one of the top offensive units led by second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Baltimore defense also comes into the game as one of the top-ranked units in the league, currently ranking fifth in fewest points per-game allowed.

Jackson has put up some very impressive numbers this season in Baltimore, completing 66.5% of his passes for 2,532 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. Where Jackson has impressed the most is with his numbers on the ground, rushing for 977 yards on 140 carries and seven touchdowns. Those numbers have helped put him in the conversation for the MVP race as the Ravens are bound for their second consecutive playoff appearance under Jackson.

When compared to his fellow 2018 first round pick, Allen has went on to complete 61.5% of his passes this season for 2,591 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Allen has also rushed for 430 yards on 93 carries, and has found the end zone eight times.

Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen have a combined 1,407 rushing yards this season. On Sunday that will represent the most combined rushing yards on the season by opposing QBs in the same game in NFL history. Matching dual threats.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 3, 2019

The battle between the two young quarterbacks will highlight the packed NFL schedule for Week 14.

Howard Simon was bold with his pick last week of the Bills beating the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in Dallas.

While this week's pick for the Bills does not bode so well against the Ravens, he did something that has not been done in quite some time - picking the Bills to beat the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

Howard then went on to make some picks for the Bills as they go through the playoffs:

#HowardPicksTheBills (mock) PLAYOFFS!:AFC Wild Card: at KC - WINAFC Divisional: at BAL - LOSS

— WGR 550 (@WGR550) December 3, 2019

Follow along on Twitter for the latest picks from Howard by using the hashtag #HowardPicksTheBills. You can also track all of Howard's picks throughout the season with Brayton Wilson's picks tracker on Twitter: @BJWilsonWGR.

Wait... did @hsimon62 pick the #Bills to beat the Patriots in Week 16? Yes, yes he did. Also, playoff picks!@JeremyWGR @WGR550 #HowardPicksTheBills #HowardHater #HowardHomer

— Brayton J. Wilson (@BJWilsonWGR) December 3, 2019

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