Lombardi's Way GRAPEVINE: HOW OTHERS SEE US

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Peter King, SI & HBO
 
The Bills end the season the same way they’ve played every Sunday — scaring the bejeezus out of a good team.
 
Prediction: Baltimore 16, Buffalo 10
 
Allen Wilson, The Buffalo News
 
The Bills would love to finish the season on a good note, but the Ravens have too much to play for to suffer a letdown.
 
Prediction: Baltimore, 24-13
 
 
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
 
The Bills’ offense has improved greatly with quarterback J.P. Losman becoming a more consistent playmaker to complement the running of Willis McGahee, but as Losman still is learning, he’s still prone to making major mistakes, something that will happen against the Ravens’ opportunistic defense on the road. As for burning Buffalo’s D, the Ravens will just turn to their power running game to lock up the AFC’s No. 2 seed.
 
Prediction: Ravens 26, Bills 13
 
Eric Karabell, ESPN
 
Baltimore’s still playing for something, and Steve McNair has been playing well. He’s likely to top 220 passing yards and throw at least one touchdown. I’ll give Jamal Lewis the other score. Mark Clayton is worth being a No. 2 fantasy wideout.
 
Nothing against J.P. Losman, but this is a top defense he’s playing, and on the road. I’d sit all Bills, maybe even Willis McGahee and Lee Evans. Depends how much depth you have, I suppose.
 
Prediction: Ravens 21, Bills 6
 
Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Ravens 29, Bills 17
 
Scouts, Inc.
 
The Ravens are playing outstanding football as they head into the postseason, winning eight of their last nine games. They plastered the Steelers in Pittsburgh last week and are in great shape to get a first-round bye in the playoffs. Buffalo couldn’t overcome the Titans’ buzz saw last week and the Bills will be watching the playoffs from home. Baltimore is 6-1 at home this season and will go to 7-1 after another convincing win. This team is rolling and will not slip up this week.

Prediction: Ravens 27, Bills 13

 

Pete Prisco, CBS Sportsline
 
The Ravens can lock up the second seed in the playoffs by winning here — and maybe the first if the Chargers lose. So they will be focused. The Bills are out, so they won’t be. This could be ugly.
 
Prediction: Ravens 24-10
 
Harmon Forecast, CBS Sportsline
 
The Bills’ pass protection was inconsistent against the Titans’ 31st-ranked pass rush in the NFL. Buffalo QB J.P. Losman was sacked three times and hurried on numerous occasions. Losman faces a Ravens defense that sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and hurried him five other times.
 
Prediction: Ravens 24-13
 
Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today
 
It’s a long shot but the Ravens can clinch home field in the AFC with a win and a Chargers loss. But the Ravens need this game to clinch a first-round bye.
 
Prediction: Ravens 21, Bills 14

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