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Saturday Night Football: Best Bets and Odds

The AFC East race was not supposed to be this close.

Buffalo came into 2021 off the back of a run to the AFC Championship, and as the favorite to win the AFC, and the Super Bowl, prior to the National Football League season.

But by midseason, all of that had changed. Not only had the Bills fallen back in the AFC race, they had also fallen behind a New England team that started 2-4. The Pats turned that around with a seven-game winning streak, which culminated with a 14-10 masterclass win in Buffalo that saw Bill Belichick once again lavished with praise: it was the infamous three-throw game for the Pats.

New England gave some of that momentum back the following week with a loss to the Colts (which looks bad now), and then Buffalo got some revenge with a 33-21 win over the Pats to take back control of the AFC East.

For the Bills, that loss to New England was followed by another close defeat (33-27 to the Bucs), which saw them fall to 7-6. But that would be the turning point: Buffalo won four in a row to win the division, and host the Wild Card game.

So now, the two division rivals are going to face off in primetime on Saturday night, with a chance to keep their season alive.

Which team is going to come through the fire? Or maybe, looking at the weather report, who is going to come through the ice and snow?

NFL Wild Card Saturday Night Football 

  • Matchup: 5-New England Patriots (10-7) at 4-Buffalo Bills (11-6)
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. EDT, 7:15 p.m. CDT, 6:15 p.m. MDT, 5:15 p.m. PDT 
  • USA TV Channel: CBS and fubo.TV
  • Last week’s results: New England fell 33-24 to Miami, and has now lost three of four heading into the playoffs. Buffalo beat the Jets 27-10 to win the AFC East
  • Opening Moneyline: Pats +180, Buffalo -225
  • Current Moneyline: Pats +173, Buffalo -192
  • Opening Point Spread Lookahead Line: Buffalo -4
  • Current Point Spread Line: Buffalo -4.5
  • Opening Over/Under Total Line: over/under 43.5
  • Current Over/Under Total Line: over/under 43.5

🤕 Injury updates: New England has a few players listed as questionable, while the Bills come into the contest relatively healthy, except for the long-term injuries. 

You have to think if players are on the fence, they will probably at least suit up for the playoffs.

Remember, with COVID-19, the status of players can change quickly, so make sure you check the NFL injury report here before the game. 

Head to head: the two teams split the season series in 2021, with New England famously winning in Buffalo 14-10 (the game when the Pats only threw the ball three times in the crazy weather), while the Bills won 33-21 in New England to take back control of the AFC East.

What to watch for: will this late-season swoon for the Patriots hurt their chances heading into the postseason? It might have been the case, but New England also knows that it has a win over the Bills in Buffalo under challenging conditions already, so that could help.

Bill Belichick will have his team ready to take away Allen, so the Bills will have to at least TRY to be a little less one-dimensional in the playoffs, right? Devin Singletary had 88 yards rushing against the Jets, and has gone over 85 yards in three of the last four games (although he had just 39 against the Pats) and is going to be the guy here.

Oh, and it is going to be very cold Saturday night in Buffalo (single-digit wind chill) and we might even see some snow!

Prediction: the Bills have turned it around on defense, and with Singletary running the ball well now, looks like they are back heading the right direction. Belichick will have his team ready, but the late-season wobble has me worried. I will take the Bills to win here, 27-17.

Best Prop Bets For Saturday Night Football 

  • Bills race to 20 points (-133)
  • Bills -3.5 and over 43.5 points (+230)
  • Bills -3.5 and under 43.5 points (+250)

About Sean Miller
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Sean has been covering sports for the Trenton Times and NJ.com since 2013 and has been writing about sports betting since 2017. He was the beat writer for the Premier League for six years and for the TrentonThunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, now going on his seventh season. Sean also covers local sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling) for the Times. He has a UEFA B license (so he knows a little bit about soccer) and is a big fan of the Red team in Manchester.

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