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The Ravens will seek their 9th straight win against Josh Allen and the Bills

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens defeated the 49ers last Sunday and have now established themselves as the best team in the NFL right now. They will look to maintain their momentum and win their 9th consecutive game against the 9-3 Bills.

Here are 5 players to watch this Sunday.

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews is the Ravens leading receiver this season. He has 53 receptions for 693 yards and 7 touchdowns. Still, the Bills defense has done an excellent job of limiting tight end production. From a fantasy football perspective, the Bills have allowed the 2nd fewest standard scoring fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Of course, the Bills linebackers and safeties will be preoccupied with attempting to contain Lamar Jackson, but look for their defense to focus on slowing down Andrews.

Marlon Humphrey

The Bills will need big games from former Raven John Brown and slot receiver Cole Beasley to keep up with the Ravens offensively. The Ravens are 1st in the NFL in points per game, while the Bills are 19th. Brown is on pace for a career season with 61 receptions for 882 yards and 5 touchdowns. Beasley just had a big game against the Cowboys with 110 yards.

Marlon Humphrey will be standing in their way on Sunday, and he is clearly one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Humphrey is a versatile corner, so he could be matched up with both players at different times during the game. If not, he has the ability to shut either one down. The matchup between Humphrey and the Bills receivers could be the most critical one in the game.

Patrick Mekari

The Bills have a great pair of defensive tackles in Jordan Phillips and Ed Oliver. Phillips leads the team in sacks with 7.5. The rookie Oliver has been improving as the season progressed. He has 4 sacks and a forced fumble in his last 3 games.

Undrafted rookie free agent Patrick Mekari was inserted into starting lineup against the Rams two weeks ago due to starter Matt Skura suffering a season-ending injury. Mekari has been put through the wringer as he faced Aaron Donald followed by the 49ers elite defensive line. Mekari has been exceptional thus far and has not allowed a single sack. He will face another difficult test on Sunday. Let's see if he can maintain the strong play.

De'Anthony Thomas

Since joining the Ravens, De'Anthony Thomas has gotten off to a somewhat slow start as a kick returner. He has returned 5 kicks for only 68 yards in 4 games.

Thomas was an explosive return man for the Chiefs. Let's see if he can have a breakout game and make a big play.

Nick Boyle

Nick Boyle missed Wednesday's practice due to an illness. He returned to practice on Thursday. Nevertheless, his health is worth monitoring. Boyle is an integral part of the Ravens offense. He is arguably the best blocking tight end in the league. He is also having a career season as a receiver. He already has a career-high this season in receiving yards and scored the first receiving touchdown of his career.