The New England Patriots travel to take on the Buffalo Bills Sunday in Week 16 in a matchup of AFC East division rivals. Well, rivals may be a bit of a stretch.
The Patriots have won 14 straight against the Bills, and 19 of their past 20 meetings. Buffalo has just two wins against New England this decade: Week 10 of the 2000 season and the first week of the 2003 season. But Bill Belichick is ensuring his team is ready, and not overlooking Buffalo.
We're going full speed ahead here on Buffalo. It's been quite a while since we played them. There're a few new faces, but the big thing is, just looking at it over the last couple of months, they're really probably playing about as well as any team in the league. [It's] just good, solid football - good on offense, good on defense, good on special teams. They've got a lot of good skill players. I know they've lost a couple, but still with [Fred] Jackson and [C.J.] Spiller. They've had a couple of guys step up like [David] Nelson and they've had some big plays from their skill guys - [Steve] Johnson.
Indeed, although the Bills are just 4-10 this season, they're won two straight, and four of their past six games. Additionally, four of their losses were by just three points. But still, the Patriots are still nine-point favorites at Bodog, the second-highest line in the NFL Week 16 odds.
The Steelers 15-point favorites when they host the Panthers Thursday night. More lines:
Colts (-3) at Raiders (ever think you'd see the day Peyton Manning and the Colts were only laying three-points against Oakland?)