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Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens: first half open thread

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And here...we...go!

For the second time in three seasons, the Buffalo Bills will travel to M&T Bank Stadium to open their season against the Baltimore Ravens. This time, the Bills hope for a better result than the last time.

In the 2016 NFL season opener, the Ravens, beat Buffalo 13-7. A 66-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace, plus two field goals from Justin Tucker, provided the scoring edge for the Ravens. LeSean McCoy’s one-yard touchdown plunge was Buffalo’s only score of the game.

While many of the participants are the same, there are plenty more who have moved on since that game. The Bills start quarterback Nathan Peterman this week, having traded three-year starter Tyrod Taylor, himself a former Raven, to the Cleveland Browns. While Flacco remains as Baltimore’s quarterback, Wallace is no longer with the club, having moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Buffalo enters this game relatively healthy, with veteran defensive linemen Kyle Williams and Trent Murphy expected to play, although the latter will be on a “pitch count,” according to head coach Sean McDermott. Rookie wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III is out with a knee injury.

Chat along with us, Bills fans, as the team begins its journey to consecutive playoff berths for the first time this millennium. Go Bills!