Once again, the Baltimore Ravens wide receiving corps is thought to be the deepest and best the Ravens have ever had. The same thought was present in the prior season, only to have injuries derail the group.
But optimism is once again abound when Ravens receivers are concerned, and rightly so. Mike Wallace is dialed in. Breshad Perriman is healthy. Kamar Aiken is reliable. Steve Smith is... Steve Smith. Questions do remain on how their individual skill-sets will be used.
The Bills corners present the challenge of separating from man coverage. This is an area that the Ravens have struggled to excel in since the days of Cam Cameron. Marc Trestman's stack releases and motions figure to help, but the Ravens receivers will be faced with a titanic test right out of the gate.
Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore represent one of the better tandems in the league. With Nickell Robey as the nickel, (I just had to) they possess the ability to matchup with any Ravens receiver regardless of alignment. Robey is also one of the best defensive back blitzers in the league, though that fact is unlikely to directly affect the receivers.
Fans will find out if Mike Wallace's speed is what it used to be when matched up Darby, who was an track star in college. Gilmore's physicality will test every receivers ability to release off the line of scrimmage, though it is already known that Steve Smith has mastered the ability.
The game is likely to be decided by this matchup. If Marc Trestman and the Ravens receivers are either schemed open or simply win their one-on-ones, the Ravens offense could put up upwards of 27 points, which is likely to be too much to match.