NFL Thursday Night Football: Bills vs. Patriots Odds
In the first month of the season, the Buffalo Bills looked like a rampaging juggernaut that would stampede to the Super Bowl. But Buffalo is facing stiff competition in the AFC East. It has been a classic lesson about the NFL having no sure things or foregone conclusions. Buffalo has been outed as a good but perhaps not great team. And a club that has its share of flaws. On Thursday night, the Bills will face one of the best defensive teams in football. The New England Patriots are not much fun to watch. But they are improving and coming off a playoff season that ended with a blowout loss at Buffalo. Thus, a revenge opportunity awaits on Thursday night.
NFL Thursday Night Football Betting Odds
Buffalo Bills -5
New England Patriots +5
Money Line: Bills -230, Patriots +192
NFL Thursday Night Football Weekly Matchup
On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the New England Patriots of the AFC East division will host the Buffalo Bills of the AFC East division at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Kickoff time is 8:15 p.m. ET, with television coverage on AMAZON PRIME.
In this situation, Wise Guys will take a look at both sides. Buffalo will get a price break as the away favorite against a solid team. In comparison, New England could bring value as a quality home dog.
Last game, the Buffalo Bills won 28-25 against the Detroit Lions as 10-point road favorites. The game went under the total of 54.5. Buffalo has a record of 8-3 straight up, 5-5-1 against the spread, and 3-8 over/under the total. Buffalo ranks 2nd for total offense, 3rd for passing, 8th for rushing, and 2nd for scoring. Defensively they rank 12th overall, 19th against the pass, 7th against the rush, and 5th for points allowed. Also, Buffalo ranks 30th for turnovers lost and 4th for takeaways.
Tyler Bass made a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left after missing an extra point late in the fourth quarter, lifting Buffalo Allen threw a go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22 after the kicker matched his and the franchise record with six field goals in an eight-point win over the Browns on Sunday.
Allen had a passing and rushing touchdown in the first half, finishing 24 of 42 for 253 yards to more than make up for throwing his 11th interception of the season. He has accounted for 162 touchdowns, trailing only Hall of Famer Dan Marino's total of 171 for the most by an NFL player in his first five seasons.
Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver forced and recovered a fumble in the first half, leading to Allen's tiebreaking, 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Oliver also sacked Goff for a safety three plays after Allen threw an interception at the Detroit 4 to put the Bills ahead 19-14 early in the third quarter.
New England Patriots
Last game, the New England Patriots lost 33-26 against the Minnesota Vikings as 2.5-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 41. New England has a record of 6-5 straight up, 6-4-1 against the spread, and 5-6 over/under the total. New England ranks 21st for total offense, 19th for passing, 22nd for rushing and 18th for scoring. Defensively they rank 5th overall, 9th against the pass, 9th against the rush, and 6th for points allowed. Also, New England ranks 29th for turnovers lost and 8th for takeaways.
Kirk Cousins threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, the last a go-ahead score to Adam Thielen with 9:34 left to push Minnesota past the Patriots.
Justin Jefferson had 139 receiving yards and one of the touchdown passes from Cousins. Cousins delivered the clutch performance against a formidable defense the Vikings needed to bounce back from a blowout loss four days before.
They rebounded multiple times within the game, too. After an overthrow by Cousins was intercepted by Jonathan Jones and returned 55 yards to set up a field goal in the first quarter, the Vikings scored on five straight possessions, excluding a kneel-down to end the first half.
Mac Jones passed for a career-high 382 yards and two scores to snap a lagging offense to life for the Patriots, but they ran out of steam down the stretch. Their fourth quarter included two three-and-out punts, a turnover on downs at the Minnesota 39, and a brief desperation last drive.
Jones found Hunter Henry for a wide-open 37-yard touchdown pass to start the second half for a 23-16 lead. Kene Nwangwu scored on a 97-yard kickoff return to strike right back for the Vikings.
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