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Bills Jets Betting Tips - All Eyes Will Be On The Quarterback Spot In Bills-Jets

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/5/2012 6:43:20 PM

The Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets are trying to climb the ladder and become next-level NFL teams. In order to make that progression, they'll need quality quarterback play this year.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – Sunday, September 9    
Betting line: No line

Why Buffalo Will Win

The online sports betting legal community is going to have some passionate discussions about this AFC East confrontation in week one of the NFL season. With the New England Patriots being the clear division favorite and the Miami Dolphins being almost certain to occupy the basement in that same division, these are the two teams with uncertain roads ahead in 2012. Both the Bills and the Jets will sink or swim based on their quarterback play this season, and so the best reason to pick Buffalo, even on the road, is that the Bills are not as bad at that position.

No, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not an elite quarterback. It's not as though Buffalo is superior to the Jets under center. It's much more true and accurate to say that New York is worse than the Bills. Mark Sanchez got the starting nod over Tim Tebow, but that's not too much of an accomplishment, given Tebow's manifest inconsistency as a passer in 2011. Sanchez has simply not been a distinguished quarterback in his brief stay in the Big Apple. Sanchez has the arm strength but not the precision of a top quarterback. He doesn't read defenses well, he forces passes into coverages, and as shown by the Jets' tailspin last season, he doesn't have the trust of his teammates. The Jets' defense was more than good enough to win most games, but Sanchez and the New York offense were unable to score even modest amounts of points. Buffalo won't ring up big numbers in this game. It won't have to, either.

Why New York Will Win

When football betting pundits dissect this contest, they're going to look with open eyes at the Jets' limitations, but they're also going to note just how mediocre Fitzpatrick is as a quarterback. The Bills started really well last season, rolling to a 4-1 start, but they were brought in touch with reality over the final 11 games of their season, failing to finish with a winning record because Fitzpatrick was not able to make plays down the field.
Buffalo made a big acquisition of defensive end Mario Williams in the offseason; the Bills have a better chance of making the playoffs this season, but that's only because of their defense. You don't see or hear many football experts talking about Buffalo's offense, and with very good reason. Head coach Chan Gailey was not able to sustain the Dallas Cowboys when he took over for Barry Switzer in the latter half of the 1990s. He shows few signs that he's going to transform Buffalo's offense, and more specifically, its level of production. New York can shut down Buffalo and even get a few game-changing turnovers from Fitzpatrick's right arm.

Who Will Win

It’s a very close call, especially since the Jets are hosting this game, but the sense here is that Sanchez will play a horrible game. Fitzpatrick will merely be average… but that will be enough for the Bills. Pick Buffalo in a tight contest that will probably be decided by a field goal, one way or the other.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Buffalo


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