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Patriots listed as one point favorite at Buffalo for NFL week 2

John Morgan
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7 years ago at 11:00 pm ET
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Patriots listed as one point favorite at Buffalo for NFL week 2Greg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports

While it was only one game, apparently Buffalo’s upset victory against the over-hyped off-season champion Indianapolis Colts was enough to push the needle a bit with the betting public.

 

After the Patriots opened as 1½ point favorites, in a matter of hours the line moved down to at least one point, and as low as a pick’em depending on the which book you shop at. The Buffalo defense dominated an overwhelmed Indianapolis offensive line in Sunday’s 27-14 win at Orchard Park, constantly getting pressure on Andrew Luck to force hurried or off balance throws. A whopping 32 of the 55 times Luck dropped back to pass resulted in a play of zero yards gained or worse: two sacks, two interceptions, four penalties, one completion for a loss of yardage and 23 incomplete passes.

 

Two other games have had a noticeable movement since the initial line was listed. Denver has gone from a 1½-point favorite to a 3-point underdog at Kansas City after the Chiefs’ win at Houston, and Miami has vaulted from a 4½ point favorite at Jacksonville to 6 (and in several locations 6½) point favorite off the combination of their win at Washington and the Jags’ home loss to Carolina.

 

There are a total of four road teams listed as favorites this week. Besides the Patriots and Dolphins, the others are Arizona (at Chicago) and St. Louis (at Washington). I was slightly surprised to see that Tennessee (after winning 42-14 on the road) did not join that group playing at Cleveland, who were beat like a drum by the Jets.

 

Here is a look at the consensus NFL week two lines as of Monday:

Denver at Kansas City (-3), (over/under 42); Thursday night on CBS and NFLN

Houston at Carolina (-3), (o/u 40½); early Sunday game on CBS

Tampa Bay at New Orleans (-10), (47½); early game on FOX

San Francisco at Pittsburgh (-6½), (45); early game on FOX

Detroit at Minnesota (-3), (44); early game on FOX

New England (-1) at Buffalo (45); early game on CBS

Arizona (-2½) at Chicago; early game on FOX

Tennessee at Cleveland (-2), (41½); early game on CBS

San Diego at Cincinnati (-3½), (45½); early game on CBS

St. Louis (-3) at Washington (41½); early game on FOX

Atlanta at New York Giants (-3), (50); early game on FOX

Baltimore at Oakland (no line yet due to Derek Carr injury); late game on CBS

Miami (-6) at Jacksonville (41½); late game on CBS

Dallas at Philadelphia (-3); late game on FOX

Seattle at Green Bay (-3½), (48½); Sunday night on NBC

N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis (-7), (47); Monday night on ESPN

 


 

 

Moving on to the next game, here are some early links to reading material regarding next week’s contest at Buffalo:

Boomer Esiason: Bills Will Be ‘Major Challenge’ For Patriots | CBS Boston

Patriots Notebook: Bills’ Tyrod Taylor will be a headache | Boston Herald | Karen Guregian

Rex Ryan: ‘I’ll go home early’ because Bills’ plan for Patriots is ready | ESPN | Mike Rodak

AFC’s top contenders already falling behind Patriots, but Bills could reel them in | Sporting News

Bills’ Rex Ryan looks ahead to Patriots (5 takeaways from Monday press conference) | Syracuse.com

Bills’ Richie Incognito dominant in Week 1 win (5 observations from stats, snap counts) | Syracuse.com

And why am I not surprised by this one? CHB retreads his oft-used ‘tomato can’ column to passive-aggressively disparage the Patriots. For Shank, it’s a win-win: if he is correct he gets to pat himself on the back; if he is wrong then he gets what he really wants, which is to write a column denigrating the Patriots. And in case you are wondering: yes, true to form, he inserted a mention of the Red Sox in a metaphor in his piece.

After Patriots, AFC East is still a trio of zeros | Boston Globe | Dan Shaughnessy

 

 

 

 

 


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