New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills: Spread Analysis and Pick Prediction
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The two teams tied for the AFC lead meet in Buffalo on Sunday as the Bills host the New England Patriots, who have won the division title in 11 of the last 13 years. The Patriots have also won 20 of the last 21 meetings with the Bills but have dropped seven of their past nine games against the spread as road favorites.

Point spread: The game opened as a pick’em; the total was 45. (Line updates and matchup report)

Odds Shark computer prediction: 29.3-21.7 Patriots

Why the Patriots can cover the spread

New England shut up all the naysayers who questioned whether or not this team could still compete at a high level by handing the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season, 43-17, on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots were coming off one of their most demoralizing losses in recent memory the previous Monday night but pulled together to beat the Bengals badly as 2.5-point home underdogs.

New England quarterback Tom Brady made it his mission to get his team a big win after taking some serious criticism, throwing for a season-high 292 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against Cincinnati. When Brady is extra motivated and plays with a chip on his shoulder like he did last week, the Pats are nearly unbeatable.

Why the Bills can cover the spread

Buffalo may have lost 20 of the last 21 meetings with New England, but the Bills have played extremely well at home lately against divisional opponents, going 6-0 ATS in the last six games. They have also won five of those six games straight up, the exception being a 23-21 loss to the Patriots in last year’s season opener that they covered as 10-point underdogs.

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