DREAD. Don’t know about you, but this usually fearless forecaster has a bad feeling about this weekend regarding the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills take their annoying Jekyl-Hyde act on the road to play the AFC East leaders, the hated New England Patriots. The Patriots are going to win this game and the Bills will be hard pressed to make it close.
The Pats are playing better than the Bills right now and that makes a difference, especially when you are coached by a grumpy legend and playing at home the day after Christmas.
Expect another frustrating start for the Bills, whose depleted receiving corps will prove decisive.
Home wins over Atlanta and the New York Jets will produce a 10-7 record for the Bills that may or may not be good enough to make the playoffs.
FREDDIE sees it this way:
PATRIOTS 24, Bills 21
HOME teams are capitalized. The teams picked to win the game are listed first, followed by the expected margin of victory. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses.
YEAR: 99-28 (.780). Vs. line 55-72 (.433).
TENNESSEE +6 over San Francisco (-3.5)
GREEN BAY +10 over Cleveland (+7.5)
ARIZONA +3 over Indianapolis (+2)
NEW ENGLAND +3 over Buffalo (+2)
CINCINNATI +3 over Baltimore (+2.5)
LA Chargers +7 over HOUSTON (+10.5)
ATLANTA +6 over Detroit (+4.5)
LA Rams +7 over MINNESOTA (+3)
NY JETS +6 over Jacksonville (+2.5)
PHILADELPHIA +7 over NY GIANTS (+10)
TAMPA BAY +7 over Carolina (+11)
SEATTLE +3 over Chicago (+7)
KANSAS CITY +13 over Pittsburgh (+10)
LAS VEGAS +8 over Denver (+1.5)
DALLAS +14 over Washington (+10)
NEW ORLEANS +2 over Miami (+3)
WEEK: 9-7 (.563). Vs. line 10-6 (.625).
YEAR: 140-84 (.625). Vs. line 99-125 (.442).