Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills backed by 90 percent of MNF bets

The Buffalo Bills have already clinched the AFC East title, and bettors believe they will kick the longtime division bullies while they’re down on Monday night.

The Bills (11-3) are 7-point favorites at New England, and Buffalo is being backed by 90 percent of the spread line bets and 91 percent of the moneyline (-315) bets at DraftKings. The story is similar at BetRivers, where Buffalo is being backed by 88 percent of the spread handle and 92 percent of the moneyline handle.

The Bills cannot earn a first-round bye, with the Kansas City Chiefs already clinching the lone one by in the AFC, but Buffalo is still in the hunt for the No. 2 seed with the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3). Meanwhile, New England (6-8) has been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2008 and has lost back-to-back games.

Buffalo beat New England 24-21 at home in Week 8 despite quarterback Josh Allen throwing for just 154 yards and an interception.

The Bills have covered the spread in each of their past six games, while the Patriots are 2-3 ATS in their past five.

Both sportsbooks have set the over/under at 46.5 points, with bettors backing the over with 69 percent of the handle at BetRivers and 56 percent of the handle at DraftKings. New England has not hit the over in six consecutive games, while Buffalo has hit the over in three of its past five.

The Bills are seeking to sweep the Patriots for the first time in 21 years after dethroning the Patriots from the top of the AFC East following 11 consecutive division titles by Bill Bellichick’s team.

Buffalo boasts the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense (278.5 yards per game) and fifth-ranked scoring offense (29.1 points).

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 111 receptions lead the NFL and he already has a career-high 1,314 receiving yards.

Although Buffalo enters Monday’s contest with momentum, coach Sean McDermott was quick to say that his team won’t be looking ahead to the playoffs.

“It’s the defending AFC East champs that have held that position for multiple, multiple, multiple years,” McDermott said. “It’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — coach ever to coach our game. They’re going to be prepared, they’re going to be well-coached, and they’ll be ready to go.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills backed by 90 percent of MNF bets

The Buffalo Bills have already clinched the AFC East title, and bettors believe they will kick the longtime division bullies while they’re down on Monday night.

The Bills (11-3) are 7-point favorites at New England, and Buffalo is being backed by 90 percent of the spread line bets and 91 percent of the moneyline (-315) bets at DraftKings. The story is similar at BetRivers, where Buffalo is being backed by 88 percent of the spread handle and 92 percent of the moneyline handle.

The Bills cannot earn a first-round bye, with the Kansas City Chiefs already clinching the lone one by in the AFC, but Buffalo is still in the hunt for the No. 2 seed with the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3). Meanwhile, New England (6-8) has been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2008 and has lost back-to-back games.

Buffalo beat New England 24-21 at home in Week 8 despite quarterback Josh Allen throwing for just 154 yards and an interception.

The Bills have covered the spread in each of their past six games, while the Patriots are 2-3 ATS in their past five.

Both sportsbooks have set the over/under at 46.5 points, with bettors backing the over with 69 percent of the handle at BetRivers and 56 percent of the handle at DraftKings. New England has not hit the over in six consecutive games, while Buffalo has hit the over in three of its past five.

The Bills are seeking to sweep the Patriots for the first time in 21 years after dethroning the Patriots from the top of the AFC East following 11 consecutive division titles by Bill Bellichick’s team.

Buffalo boasts the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense (278.5 yards per game) and fifth-ranked scoring offense (29.1 points).

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 111 receptions lead the NFL and he already has a career-high 1,314 receiving yards.

Although Buffalo enters Monday’s contest with momentum, coach Sean McDermott was quick to say that his team won’t be looking ahead to the playoffs.

“It’s the defending AFC East champs that have held that position for multiple, multiple, multiple years,” McDermott said. “It’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — coach ever to coach our game. They’re going to be prepared, they’re going to be well-coached, and they’ll be ready to go.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills backed by 90 percent of MNF bets

The Buffalo Bills have already clinched the AFC East title, and bettors believe they will kick the longtime division bullies while they’re down on Monday night.

The Bills (11-3) are 7-point favorites at New England, and Buffalo is being backed by 90 percent of the spread line bets and 91 percent of the moneyline (-315) bets at DraftKings. The story is similar at BetRivers, where Buffalo is being backed by 88 percent of the spread handle and 92 percent of the moneyline handle.

The Bills cannot earn a first-round bye, with the Kansas City Chiefs already clinching the lone one by in the AFC, but Buffalo is still in the hunt for the No. 2 seed with the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3). Meanwhile, New England (6-8) has been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2008 and has lost back-to-back games.

Buffalo beat New England 24-21 at home in Week 8 despite quarterback Josh Allen throwing for just 154 yards and an interception.

The Bills have covered the spread in each of their past six games, while the Patriots are 2-3 ATS in their past five.

Both sportsbooks have set the over/under at 46.5 points, with bettors backing the over with 69 percent of the handle at BetRivers and 56 percent of the handle at DraftKings. New England has not hit the over in six consecutive games, while Buffalo has hit the over in three of its past five.

The Bills are seeking to sweep the Patriots for the first time in 21 years after dethroning the Patriots from the top of the AFC East following 11 consecutive division titles by Bill Bellichick’s team.

Buffalo boasts the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense (278.5 yards per game) and fifth-ranked scoring offense (29.1 points).

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 111 receptions lead the NFL and he already has a career-high 1,314 receiving yards.

Although Buffalo enters Monday’s contest with momentum, coach Sean McDermott was quick to say that his team won’t be looking ahead to the playoffs.

“It’s the defending AFC East champs that have held that position for multiple, multiple, multiple years,” McDermott said. “It’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — coach ever to coach our game. They’re going to be prepared, they’re going to be well-coached, and they’ll be ready to go.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) passes the ball against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills backed by 90 percent of MNF bets

The Buffalo Bills have already clinched the AFC East title, and bettors believe they will kick the longtime division bullies while they’re down on Monday night.

The Bills (11-3) are 7-point favorites at New England, and Buffalo is being backed by 90 percent of the spread line bets and 91 percent of the moneyline (-315) bets at DraftKings. The story is similar at BetRivers, where Buffalo is being backed by 88 percent of the spread handle and 92 percent of the moneyline handle.

The Bills cannot earn a first-round bye, with the Kansas City Chiefs already clinching the lone one by in the AFC, but Buffalo is still in the hunt for the No. 2 seed with the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3). Meanwhile, New England (6-8) has been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2008 and has lost back-to-back games.

Buffalo beat New England 24-21 at home in Week 8 despite quarterback Josh Allen throwing for just 154 yards and an interception.

The Bills have covered the spread in each of their past six games, while the Patriots are 2-3 ATS in their past five.

Both sportsbooks have set the over/under at 46.5 points, with bettors backing the over with 69 percent of the handle at BetRivers and 56 percent of the handle at DraftKings. New England has not hit the over in six consecutive games, while Buffalo has hit the over in three of its past five.

The Bills are seeking to sweep the Patriots for the first time in 21 years after dethroning the Patriots from the top of the AFC East following 11 consecutive division titles by Bill Bellichick’s team.

Buffalo boasts the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense (278.5 yards per game) and fifth-ranked scoring offense (29.1 points).

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ 111 receptions lead the NFL and he already has a career-high 1,314 receiving yards.

Although Buffalo enters Monday’s contest with momentum, coach Sean McDermott was quick to say that his team won’t be looking ahead to the playoffs.

“It’s the defending AFC East champs that have held that position for multiple, multiple, multiple years,” McDermott said. “It’s one of the greatest — if not the greatest — coach ever to coach our game. They’re going to be prepared, they’re going to be well-coached, and they’ll be ready to go.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 7, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) reacts after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Washington won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Bettors still not buying into Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team has charged into the lead of the beleaguered NFC East with a four-game winning streak, but that has yet to impress bettors.

Washington (6-7) is the -305 moneyline favorite to win the division by DraftKings, but only 1 percent of the total bets and 7 percent of the money wagered back the division leaders.

That’s compared to 93 percent of the bets and 64 percent of the handle backing the last-place Dallas Cowboys (4-9), who are being offered at +7500

The New York Giants (5-8) are being backed by 2 percent of the bets and 16 percent of the handle at +400. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles moved to 4-8-1 with Sunday’s upset of the New Orleans Saints and are backed by 4 percent of the bets and 13 percent of the handle at +600.

The money behind the Cowboys can be attributed to their status as heavy favorites to win the division before the season-ending injury to quarterback Dak Prescott in October.

Not only do the Cowboys have to make up two games on Washington with only three to play, Dallas also was swept in the season series. So outside of a three-way tie that changes the tiebreaker scenario, the Cowboys would need to win out and have Washington lose all three of its remaining games.

Washington is scheduled to close out the regular season with road games at Seattle (9-4) and Carolina (4-9), with a home game against the Eagles sandwiched between them.

Dallas will host San Francisco (5-8) and Philadelphia before traveling to East Rutherford, N.J., to finish the regular season against the Giants.

The Giants have one of the hardest remaining schedules with a home game against Cleveland (9-3) followed by a road trip to Baltimore (7-5) before hosting the Cowboys. The Eagles will travel to Arizona (7-6) before an opportunity to eliminate the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 16. Philadelphia closes the regular season at home in a game against Washington that could determine the division title.

–Field Level Media

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) against the New England Patriots in the third quarter in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams favored to sink surging Patriots’ playoff hopes

The New England Patriots have won four of their past five games to cling to the fringe of playoff contention in the AFC, and they face another crucial game at the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

The Rams (8-4) have taken back first place in the NFC West with three wins in the past four weeks. This is also a key game for Los Angeles, with a contest against the winless New York Jets next week ahead of season-ending games against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals that could determine the division winner.

Meanwhile, the 6-6 Patriots face division rivals Miami and Buffalo, who are still battling for the AFC East title, in the next two weeks. New England’s upcoming three opponents have a combined 25-11 record, and if they get through that obstacle still in playoff contention, will close against the Jets.

The Rams are being offered as +205 favorites by BetRivers, with 53 percent of the total money wagered on the moneyline backing Los Angeles. The action is even more split on the spread handle, where 51 percent is backing the Rams as 5-point favorites.

BetRivers set the over/under at 45.5 points, with 81 percent of the handle backing the over as of Thursday morning.

Interestingly, this marks the first meeting between the teams since New England beat Los Angeles 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. Rams quarterback Jared Goff completed just 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards with an interception that day.

Los Angeles enters Thursday’s contest with the NFL’s third-ranked offense (395.3 yards per game) and sixth-ranked passing offense (271.2)

The Patriots are only 2-4 on the road this season, with their two wins coming against the Jets and 3-9 Los Angeles Chargers. New England stayed in Los Angeles and worked out at UCLA following their 45-0 shutout of the Chargers last week.

Meanwhile, the Rams have dropped just one of their first five home games — a 23-20 setback against division-rival San Francisco on Nov. 29.

Los Angeles boasts the league’s second-ranked defense (291.3) and third-ranked rush defense (93.1).

All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald likely will have his eyes locked on Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, who accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) against the Chargers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Bettors heavily backing Seahawks on MNF

The Seattle Seahawks enter Monday night’s game at the Philadelphia Eagles riding a three-game road losing streak and owning the league’s worst defense in terms of yards allowed per game.

That hasn’t dissuaded bettors from putting their money behind the NFC West leaders.

Seattle (7-3) is a 6.5-point favorite among sportsbooks including BetRivers and DraftKings. The Seahawks are being backed by 88 percent of the spread cover handle at BetRivers and a whopping 95 percent at DraftKings, where 91 percent of the total bets have been on the Seahawks.

The action has been similar on the moneyline, with both sportsbooks offering Seattle at -278. The Seahawks have been backed by 84 percent of the moneyline handle at BetRivers and 92 percent at DraftKings.

Bettors also expect plenty of points to be put up at Lincoln Financial Field.

While the defense has been on an historically bad pace most of the season, Seattle is third in the NFL with an average of 400 offensive yards per game. And the Seahawks are welcoming the return of running back Chris Carson from a foot injury.

Meanwhile, the Eagles (3-6-1) are hoping to get their floundering offense on track as they attempt to reclaim first place in the NFC East.

Averaging only 22 points through 10 games, Philadelphia will again be without tight end Zach Ertz.

The over/under at BetRivers moved from 51 to 49 points, with 87 percent of the wagers coming in on the over. The Eagles are 3-1 on the over-under in games against teams with winning records this season.

The over/under also settled at 49 at DraftKings, where 63 percent of the handle and 71 percent of the total bets have backed the over.

It’s an important game for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who enters with an NFL-leading 18 turnovers (14 interceptions, four fumbles). He has also been sacked a league-leading 40 times.

“In this city, it’s all about the QB and the head coach, and everybody else can almost go by the wayside, I guess,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “So it’s almost like a two-man band, but there is enough work to be done by all positions.”

Meanwhile, Seattle expects cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) and center Ethan Pocic (concussion) to return after missing multiple games.

This will be the Seahawks’ third trip to Philadelphia in the past 53 weeks. They posted a pair of 17-9 victories there last season, one of those occurring in the opening round of the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bettors expecting MNF fireworks from Rams-Bucs

The last time Tom Brady faced the Los Angeles Rams it was while leading the New England Patriots to victory in Super Bowl 53.

That defensive slugfest featured only 16 combined points.

It’s safe to say bettor expect far more offensive fireworks when Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play host to the Rams on Monday Night Football.

BetRivers and DraftKings set the over/under at 48.5 points. Bettors are backing the over at both books: 77 percent of the handle at BetRivers and 76 percent at DraftKings.

The Rams (+180 by BetRivers) have covered the spread in five of nine games while their games have hit the over seven times. The Bucs (-210) have covered in half of their 10 games this season, with all five of the wins coming by double-digits.

The Bucs are being backed by 69 percent of the moneyline handle at both sportsbooks, with Tampa Bay also receiving 63 percent of the total bets at DraftKings. The story is similar in point spread wagering, with 65 percent of the handle at BetRivers on the Bucs (-4.5) and 64 percent at DraftKings on Tampa Bay (-4).

DraftKings is also offering several matchup prop bets. Among them:
–Most Passing Yards: Tom Brady (-141) vs. Jared Goff (+113)
–Most Passing TDs: Brady (-137) vs. Goff (+110)
–Most Receiving Yards: Mike Evans (-124) vs. Robert Woods (+100)

–Field Level Media