Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Sunday when the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills meet at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
New England at Buffalo
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS.
LINE: Patriots -1. O/U: 45
PREDICTION: Patriots 21, Bills 17
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Oddsmakers currently have the Patriots listed as 1½-point favorites versus the Bills, while the game’s total is sitting at 45.
Ryan has reason to be confident after Buffalo manhandled the other AFC finalists from a season ago, the Indianapolis Colts, in a 27-14 victory in Week 1. The defense was a big part of that success, but the offense was firing on all cylinders as well behind Tyrod Taylor, who went 14-of-19 for 195 yards and a touchdown while adding 41 yards on the ground after winning the starting quarterback job in camp. “Each week is going to be a challenge, and I’m confident in my guys to go out there and take the challenge head on,” Taylor told reporters. “We’re confident as a team and we’re just going to go out there and play ball.”
The Bills were a 27-14 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Colts. They covered the +1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors.
Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Buffalo is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Buffalo is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Buffalo’s last 9 games
Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Quarterback Tom Brady is used to hearing Ryan talk in the week leading up to games and takes the jabs in stride. “The games are won by what you do over the course of the week and how you go about your preparation so that you can be prepared for the game on Sunday,” Brady told reporters. “He’s a great coach. He’s obviously got them confident.” Brady, who said the Bills had “probably the best D-line in football,” showed no signs of any wear in his game following a summer spent defending his reputation and completed 19 passes in a row at one point en route to a 25-of-32, 288-yard, four-TD performance in the opener.
New England won its last outing, a 28-21 result against the Steelers on September 10. The Patriots earned a push in that game as a -7-point favorite, while the 49 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Team record: 1-0 SU,0-0-1 ATS
New England is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
New England is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of New England’s last 10 games
New England is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road