- The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 14-10 on Monday Night football.
- New England has now won seven straight games and has covered in each of those games.
- The Patriots are now tied with the Bills for the shortest odds to win the AFC (+275) and tied with the Chiefs for the second-best odds to win Super Bowl LVI (+650).
The New England Patriots pulled off a methodical 14-10 upset of the Buffalo Bills in a historic Monday Night Football game.
The Patriots used 10 designated runs to start the game, setting their longest streak under Bill Belichick. It is also the longest by any team since the Baltimore Ravens during Lamar Jackson’s first NFL start in Week 11 of the 2018 season against the Cincinnati Bengals. That was just the beginning.
With 40mph wins gusts, New England adjusted to the inclement weather and ran the football on 94% of their plays, the highest run rate in an NFL game in this millennium.
New England has won seven straight games and has also covered every game during that stretch.
The Patriots have now covered 7 straight games
-7 vs NYJ✅
+3 vs LAC✅
-4 vs CAR✅
-2.5 vs CLE✅
-7 vs ATL✅
-7 vs TEN✅
+3 vs BUF✅
— Bets Trends (@betstrends) December 7, 2021
They are the first AFC team to win 9 games. They have the league’s no. 1 scoring defense and are the current top seed in the AFC. Their futures odds also moved up after the win.
Everything Hit Under for Mac Jones
Every under hit tonight for Mac Jones ✅ pic.twitter.com/TrQmbpIgEw
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) December 7, 2021
Given the game plan, rookie QB Mac Jones was more than happy to just hand off the ball to his running backs and watch the Patriots’ backfield literally run away with the 14-10 victory. Jones threw just a total of three passes – for the entire game, completing two for 19 passing yards with zero touchdowns, essentially hitting the under for his game prop bets.
Jones’ three TD passes attempted were the fewest in the history of the New England Patriots and the fewest by any team in the league since 1974. New England also became the first team since 1978 to throw just one pass in the first half of an NFL game.
He also became only the third quarterback in NFL history to win at least 9 games in his rookie season, joining Ben Roethlisberger in 2008 and Dak Prescott in 2016. Jones also joined Roethlisberger and Prescott as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win six road starts
Patriots Odds Move Up
Updated odds to win the AFC:
Bengals +2000 pic.twitter.com/SaUQo0zkTD
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) December 7, 2021
New England entered Monday at +400 to win the AFC and Buffalo the odds on favorite at +375. After the win, the Patriots have now tied the Bills on top of the AFC Conference Title odds board at BetOnline. Buffalo was also a -130 to win the AFC East before the game with New England chasing them at even money odds. After Monday Night Football, the Patriots are the new -250 odds on favorite to win the AFC East while Buffalo fell to +170.
Likewise, The Pats’ Super Bowl LVI odds moved up. They traveled to Buffalo with +850 odds but left tied with the Kansas City Chiefs with the second-best odds to win it all this season at +650 with only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of them at +525. That’s impressive, considering they opened the season with +3000 odds and dropped as long as +12500 when they were 2-4, or right before this current seven-game winning run began.
Along with the team’s futures odds moving up are the individual odds for the two main characters this season: Mac Jones and head coach Bill Belichick. The Offensive Rookie of the Year odds board at BetOnline is down to a two-man race and Jones is now at -500 with Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase at +300. Meanwhile, Belichick is now the even-money betting favorite to win Coach of the Year with Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury behind him at +300. With a masterpiece of a game like Monday, it’s hard to deny Belichick now.