NFL Monday Night Football Week 13 Odds
The Buffalo Bills are closing in on their first division title in 25 years. Buffalo is one game ahead of Miami and three games ahead of New England with a record of 8-3. The Bills have won four of their last five games, and they are 2-1 against the NFC West heading into this week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. This will be the second game in a Monday night doubleheader as the Pittsburgh Steelers will host Washington on CBS at 5 p.m. prior to this one.
Monday, December 7, 8:15 PM | ESPN
Buffalo Bills -2.5
San Francisco 49ers +2.5
Kyle Shanahan should be an NFL Coach of the Year candidate. Although San Francisco is in last place in the NFC West with a record of 5-6, it’s a wonder the defending NFC champions are a playoff contender considering the injuries they have sustained. Virtually every star has missed at least a few games, and key players like George Kittle, Solomon Thomas, on Nick Bosa have been on season-ending injured reserve. Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, Dee Ford, K’Waun Williams, Jaquiski Tartt, and Richard Sherman have all missed extended periods of time too.
Garoppolo has not played for a little over a month due to a high-ankle sprain. Shanahan has stated that he hopes Garoppolo can return by the end of the season, but he won’t be available for this week’s game. That will cause San Francisco to turn to Nick Mullens once more.
Mullens has been more mistake prone than Garoppolo, but he has been essentially the same quarterback. He is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 8.0 YPA with six touchdowns against seven interceptions.
The good news for the 49ers is that Mostert and San Francisco’s best receivers are back in the lineup. Mostert is averaging 5.2 YPC, and he has been far more efficient than any other running back on the roster. Aiyuk is still out, but Samuel and Bourne are ready to pace the receiving corps once more. Samuel has 27 receptions for 318 yards and a touchdown in five games, while Bourne is averaging 12.9 YPR.
Buffalo has one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in Tre’Davious White. White hasn’t been as sharp as he was in 2019 though, and the Bills have struggled as a whole on this side of the ball. They rank in the bottom half of the league in both scoring defense and total defense. The Bills are allowing 4.7 YPC, and that’s not a good thing headed into a game with the 49ers since San Francisco is known for its power run game.
The Bills do have a pretty good offense though. Josh Allen is having the best season of his young career, completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 7.8 YPA with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has shown that he can make things happen in the pocket, but he is still a lethal runner in short yardage situations with 3.8 YPC and six touchdowns.
Stefon Diggs was one of the most important acquisitions of the offseason. Diggs has opened up this offense, and he has 80 receptions for 945 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with Buffalo. Cole Beasley is thriving alongside him with 57 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns, but we won’t see John Brown for at least another few weeks due to a high-ankle sprain. That will give rookie Gabriel Davis some more chances to stand out.
The ground game has been respectable with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss leading the way. Both players are averaging more than 4.2 YPC, but Buffalo is not running the ball nearly as much as it did in 2019. Sean McDermott has mixed things up, so the Bills are now throwing on over 60 percent of their plays.
Richard Sherman is back in action for San Francisco, giving the 49ers’ secondary a big boost. He has been needed due to injuries to other defensive backs. San Francisco’s front seven has played well despite all the injuries too with rookie Javon Kinlaw returning an interception for a touchdown last week against the Rams.
San Francisco should win this game outright as the Bills are a good matchup for this offense.
Monday Night Football Betting Schedule
Since 2006, week one features a Monday Night Football doubleheader and this year’s twin bill of the Steelers at Giants and Titans at Broncos is appointment viewing. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is likely down to his last season and shot at a second Super Bowl title while Joe Judge begins his Giants coaching career. The Titans and quarterback Ryan Tannehill will try to prove that last year’s stunning playoff run was no fluke while Denver will be looking to maintain the momentum of a strong 2019 finish.
Week two wastes no time in welcoming Las Vegas to the NFL with the Saints and Raiders matching up from Sin City. Can anyone say party time?
Week three features what most expect to be an AFC championship game preview between futures board co-favorites Kansas City and Baltimore.
The Packers will host the Falcons in a week 4 matchup of NFC playoff contenders. Lambeau Field is always a draw and Green Bay’s home field is a true advantage.
No team moves the ratings needle like the Cowboys and they will be hosting the Cardinals in week six as a bona fide contender and NFC East favorite.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will invade MetLife Stadium in a winnable but important game at the Giants in week eight. MetLife Stadium is the venue again the following week as the Jets host the Tom Brady-less Patriots.
The Bears will host the Vikings in a week ten showdown of NFC North rivals with potentially high stakes and first place on the line in week 10.
Brady and his Bucs will host the Rams in week 11 as NFC playoff spots could well be on the line. Can the Rams get back to their 2018 NFC championship level after falling back last year?
Week 12 is a strong matchup of NFC playoff contenders with the Seahawks at the Eagles. Seattle’s suspect defense is a question that should be answered by the time this game is played.
The Bills will make two road appearances in the final four weeks of the season with a week 13 matchup at San Francisco and a week 16 showdown at New England in what could be for the AFC East division title.
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