Can Patriots Cover Spread Every Week with Brady?
In one of the first rematches of the season, the New England Patriots will go on the road this Sunday. They will be looking to avenge their only defeat of the year to the Buffalo Bills. In NFL Week 8, oddsmakers have them as 5.5-point favorites. They square off against the Buffalo Bills in a 1 p.m. (ET) start at New Era Field. BetAnySports has set the total line for this AFC East tilt at 48 points.
The Patriots moved to 6-1 both straight-up and against the spread with this past Sunday’s 27-16 pasting of Pittsburgh. They were seven-point road favorites. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 49-point line. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games. New England’s lone loss of the season was a 16-0 shutout against the Bills on Oct. 2 as a 3.5-point favorite at home. New England comes into this NFL Week 8 rematch with a 9-2-1 record ATS in its last 12 road games against Buffalo.
The big difference in NFL Week 8 will be Tom Brady at quarterback. He missed that first game while serving out a four-game league suspension. Since his return to the starting lineup he has thrown for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns. The future Hall of Famer has completed 76 of his 101 passing attempts. His top target has been tight end Rob Gronkowski with 17 catches for 375 yards and two scores. New England’s defense is also playing at a very high level and it is now ranked fourth in the NFL in points allowed (15.3).
Can Bills Slow Down the Pats?
Buffalo slipped to 4-3 on the year both SU and ATS this past Sunday. They lost 28-25 to Miami as a 2.5-point road favorite with BetAnySports. The total in that game went OVER the closing 46-point line and it has gone OVER in five of the Bills last six games. Buffalo returns to New Era Field with a 6-1 record both SU and ATS in its last seven home games.
The one thing that the Bills do extremely well is run the ball on an offense that is ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game (152.3). That was not the case against the Dolphins with a total of just 67 yards on the ground and to make matters worse running back LeSean McCoy appeared to have aggravated his sore hamstring in Sunday’s loss. Defensively, Buffalo is eighth in the NFL in points allowed (18.7) and 11th against the pass.
BetAnySports’ NFL Week 8 Pick
The Bills might have drawn first blood in the season series, but I am betting on New England to even the score this Sunday with a win that covers BetAnySports’ current 5.5-point spread.