New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: Preview and Pick
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The Buffalo Bills hope that a recent youth movement will get this team ready to compete in the upcoming season. That will be tested right away in week one as they host the New England Patriots and superstar quarterback Tom Brady.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Odds
As expected the Patriots are anticipated to easily defeat the Bills and therefore there is a double digit spread in this game. When this point spread was originally released the Patriots were listed at less than a touchdown favorite at (-6.5) points. However with recent injuries to the Buffalo Bills and the public pounding the Patriots, this line has jumped up to (-10.5) at several online sportsbooks.
The Buffalo Bills had two possible starting quarterbacks when preseason started and now they are down to a signal caller in Jeff Tuel that they had to call in for tryouts. Veteran Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion that will most likely end his career and rookie EJ Manuel had to be shelved during the preseason for a minor surgery. Manuel looked good in preseason until he got hurt and is not ruled out as a possible starter for this game. Keep an eye on the updates as this game gets closer to kickoff.
Regardless of who is under center, the ball will go through running back CJ Spiller who is one of the most exciting players in football today. Spiller’s ability to run the ball will ultimately test the Patriots defense, but all eyes in New England will be on Brady and the new-look offense.
Wes Welker left for free agency and Aaron Hernandez is in jail. Rob Gronkowski is hurt and the Patriots will be ushering out a young receiving core of undrafted rookies to try and keep this offense on track.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick will make sure that his team is ready for this season and the opener against the Bills.
The football betting trends indicate that the Patriots have dominated this series over the years.
The Patriots are 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine meetings in Buffalo, and 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 meetings. The favorite is 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 meetings and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. These trends were accumulated by a vastly superior Patriots team against a rebuilding Buffalo team. The Bills hope they have what it takes to be a different team this year that competes for an AFC East championship.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Pick
Since the injury news for the Bills can change the landscape of this game and the point spread, I will wait to post a pick as we get closer to game time!