|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLThis Sunday afternoon, the Buffalo Bills make a short trip to face the New England Patriots. Gametime in Giellette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET. You can watch all of the action regionally on CBS.
The Bills became the latest victim of the nearly-perfect Houston Texans, losing on the road 21-9. Buffalo suffered deficits in first downs at 21-17, total yards at 374-308, and rushing yards at 118-78. While the stats game was close, the Bills could not get anything going on offense. The Texans held onto the ball for 9 more minutes and forced 1 turnover on a lost fumble. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 25-of-38, for 239 yards. The Bills are now -144 ½ points spreadwise over their previous 18 games.
The Patriots had Week 9 off, but are coming off of a rout of the St. Louis Rams, 45-7. The game was over by halftime, with the Pats up 28-7. The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first 5 possessions. New England held edges in first downs at 29-17, total yards at 473-326, and passing yards at 321-219. They sacked the Rams twice, and forced two turnovers, both on interceptions. QB Tom Brady threw 23-of-35, for 304 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Over their last 5 games, New England holds are 868-466 edge in rushing yards.
Buffalo is 3-5 ATS on the year so far, and 1-3 ATS as an away underdog. The Patriots are 0-7 ATS as home favorites of more than 10 points and facing an opponent seeking revenge. They are 5-3 ATS on the year, and 1-2 ATS as a home favorite.
These two teams have met 23 times since 2001, with the Patriots leading the series 21-2. Their last meeting, on September 20, resulted in a 52-28 New England victory. In that one, the Patriots were 3 ½ point favorites. In a January 2012 matchup, the Pats won 49-21, in a game in which they were favored by 10 ½ points.
For this weekend's matchup, the Patriots are 11 point home favorites from BetRoyal.com sportsbook. The over/under is set at 51 points.
We took a look at the Titans-Bills game in Week 7 right here. On this page, we previewed the Week 6 Bills-Cardinals game. Before that, we previewed them in Week 2 in this article. Our Bills-Jets opening week preview is available here. Click here to read our Week 8 preview of the Pats-Rams game. In this article, we covered them as they played the Denver Broncos. We also previewed the Cardinals-Patriots game from Week 2 right here.