Bet On Bills Patriots – Patriots Play For Home Field, Playoff Bye
With the AFC East wrapped up, and already in position to clinch home field advantage and a first round bye for the playoffs, it is somewhat surprising to see such a large sports betting spread as the New England Patriots get set to host the Buffalo Bills. But the fact of the matter is that although the Bills have played well of late and did beat the Patriots in the first meeting between these teams, New England has now won seven straight games and head coach Bill Belichick and company will look to keep their destiny in their own hands as they take their final tune up before the postseason.
Buffalo Bills @ New England PatriotsSunday January 1, 2011 - TBD
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
NFL Betting Line: New England Patriots – 11.5
Creating turnovers was the story last week for a Bills’ defense that shut down Tim Tebow, but the Patriots had no trouble with the Broncos a couple of weeks ago either, and will be eager to avenge that first loss to Buffalo.
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It had to feel good for the Bills and their fans to finally end a losing streak that had reached seven straight games by the time that they knocked off Denver, but in the end it will be nothing more than a brush of optimism now looking forward to next season. Buffalo still has a ton of work to do to become a contender, and consistency will be among the many keys after a fast start dissolved in to a losing season. The Bills are stuck with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for better or for worse, and while he hasn’t been great, it must be noted that Buffalo did lose its top running back in Fred Jackson and its top center in Eric Wood due to injuries this year.
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While that should make them better when those guys are healthy next year, it will have no effect on this game as Tom Brady and the Patriots go for the jugular and look to wrap up the top spot. New England has won seven straight, with four of those wins coming by double-digits, and they will be eager to add another after suffering their first loss of the season to Buffalo back in week four. The Patriots’ pass defense still ranks among the worst in the league, which makes this game another one that comes down to Brady executing on offense.
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It is hard to bet against the Patriots in this situation, but with the sportsbook number for this game so high, it’s unrealistic to think that a desperate Bills’ team that will lay it all on the line won’t cover nearly two touchdowns. Buffalo was able to execute against Denver last weekend and will be eager to parlay that effort to finish the season with a little bit of optimism, and although they may not win, they should be able to keep it close.
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