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NFL Predictions: Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots NFL Odds

by Steve Hastings on Monday, September 14th, 2009

NFL Predictions: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots NFL Odds: The first edition of Monday Night Football in the 2009 NFL Predictions season takes us to Gillette Stadium in One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA, for the opener of an ESPN doubleheader. In the early game, beginning at 7 PM ET (4 PM PT) NFC East divisional rivals will collide, as the Buffalo Bills [+12½] will do their best to keep up with the sports betting odds favorite New England Patriots [-12½].

For this particular NFL Predictions game, I don’t think the question is will the New England Patriots destroy the Buffalo Bills more so than, by how much will New England crush Buffalo. Acording to Bodog.com, the OVER/UNDER for this, NFL Predictions: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots NFL Odds game has been officially set at a combined total of 47½ points scored.

In their last meeting in Week 17 a season ago, the Patriots pitched a shutout against the Bills, thanks in part to Sammy Morris and his game-high, 85 rushing yards. New England has absolutely owned the Bills winning 11 consecutive and boosting their head-to-head series lead to 56-40-1.

Look out for ankle injuries! As e all remember, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in last season’s opening game at home against Kansas City. Be sure that the Bills defense will want to test Brady’s mobility in and outside the pocket after he missed an entire season. I fully expect different blitz packages to be sent his way early and often, which could open things up for Randy Moss and the rest of the Pats receivers.

For Buffalo, they don’t seem to have much of a chance going up against a motivated and anxious New England team. Offensive coordinating duties, which now belong to Alex Van Pelt by a way of Turk Schonert’s firing, will be interesting to keep an eye on. It would be a great injustice to talk about the Bills and exclude their brand new top-dollar receiver, Terrell Owens.

After missing most of the preseason with a lingering toe injury, T.O. will probably want the ball thrown in his direction a certain number of times in order to be satisfied with the team’s performance. This might not happen due to the lack of practice time together, in what I expect to start off as a chemistry-less relationship between he and quarterback Trent Edwards. How will T.O. react? I don’t know, but it’s going to be entertaining to watch, so… “Get your popcorn ready!”

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