The Buffalo Bills seem to be on the right track under head coach Rex Ryan, though coaching in the AFC East is one of the tallest tasks in the league. That's because Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots reign supreme, even when the New York Jets and other teams have been decent here and there. It won't be enough to be decent this season -- the Bills need to take the next step if they're going to compete with the Patriots.
On Sunday, they will get their season started on the road against the Baltimore Ravens, the former team of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor was a dark horse candidate in the Bills' quarterback battle last year, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was the best man for the job. In his first year as a starter, Taylor played well for the Bills and ended up earning a contract extension this offseason.
For the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco will be playing his first regular season game since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last November. Flacco and the Ravens struggled last season, but what little hope they had was crushed when Flacco went down with injury. Now it's a chance to start fresh, and with all three AFC North teams looking strong, they'll need to beat the teams they're expected to beat.
Are the Bills one of those teams they're expected to beat? Let's ask the experts.
Over at CBS Sports, five of the eight experts think the Ravens will beat the Bills, leaving just three picking Buffalo. The ESPN panel is somewhat divided, but the majority is siding with the home team.
Here at SB Nation, of the nine experts picking, seven think the Ravens will win it.
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That leaves just two experts -- Adam Stites and Tyler Tynes -- who think the Bills will come out on top. The OddsShark Computer is also going with the Ravens. If you want to see for yourself, Sunday's game begins at 1 p.m. ET.