It is always big news when Tom Brady and Bill Belichick roll in to Buffalo to do battle with Rex Ryan and his Buffalo Bills. It is no secret that these parties do not like each other all that much, and given that the Bills dealt the Pats a tough first (and only) loss of the season earlier in 2016, you can bet Brady and Belichick have redemption on their mind for Sunday.
After a rough start in Buffalo, the team has played some much better football of late. Their defence is looking like many expected them to, and though a LeSean McCoy injury looms large, the Bills remain focused on the post-season. Coming off of a tough loss in Miami during Week 7, the Bills will need another inspired performance to hold down a motivated and elite New England squad.
The worst thing to give the Patriots is extra motivation, and they will have plenty of that this week as they head to Orchard Park. Despite the raucous atmosphere that surely awaits Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Pats are keen on silencing the skeptics in a big win during Week 8. They enter with a 6-1 record and the only thing they’ve set their sights on is that top seed in the AFC.
As is often the case when these teams meet, this is a match-up where the storylines extend far beyond football – and that makes for some fascinating television. It also helps that both these teams are good this time around, and this should make for a great game to kick off your Sunday afternoon. After a red-hot slate of picks in Week 7, I’ll look to keep things rolling in Week 8. It’s the Patriots and Bills and your betting needs are covered below. Read on for a full breakdown and official betting selection for this AFC East showdown.
Patriots vs. Bills Betting Odds:
New England Patriots -6 (-110)
@ Buffalo Bills +6 (-110)
Over 47 (-105)
Under 47 (-115)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Patriots vs. Bills Pick:
The big news entering this match-up has to be the health status of key Bills’ running back LeSean McCoy. For whatever reason, McCoy suited up last week in a game he wasn’t really utilized in Miami. Of course, he re-injured himself and now his status for the next few weeks is in serious doubt. In all likelihood, the talented runner won’t be playing on Sunday and the Bills’ offence will certainly suffer as a result. Already without Sammy Watkins at receiver, the Bills’ attack can ill afford to lose another playmaker from its offence. We’ll see how they cope without this duo on Sunday.
Without these guys, the Bills certainly are devoid of playmakers on offence. Though Tyrod Taylor has been pretty good, you can’t really count on him to score all the points on his own. Belichick has built a solid New England defence, and you can bet they won’t be giving up much on Sunday. Look for the Pats to focus on limiting Taylor’s excellent ability to scramble and move the chains with his feet, and force another element to beat them. Newsflash: they can’t do this and won’t be able to.
When Brady has the ball, look out because he’s still on his revenge-seeking mission. Though they couldn’t put any points up when they first played, that’s got a ton to do with the fact that third-stringer Jacoby Brissett was under centre. Now, there’s no safety option for Buffalo. Despite the fact that they do a lot of things well on the defensive side of the ball, and that it’ll be loud in Buffalo – Brady and the Pats simply possess too much offensive talent. Rob Gronkowski finally looks healthy and can’t be stopped. Tom Brady looks to be on a mission. Julian Edelman still causes all kinds of speed mismatches. And to top things off, the Bills’ run defence has really struggled of late. If they can’t limit the gains of LeGarrette Blount, it could really open things up for New England and their heralded passing attack. After conceding 200 yards to Jay Ajayi, Blount has to be fired up for this contest.
Though it really is too bad LeSean McCoy won’t be playing, I’m not sure it would have mattered all that much. New England is ready for revenge, and prepare yourselves for a statement win on Sunday. Look for the Pats to limit Tyrod Taylor’s legs, and look to establish the run game to open things up deep and downfield. This is a big number on the road, but New England will get the early lead and won’t relinquish. Roll with New England on Sunday.
PICK = Patriots -6 (-110)