Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Monday, November 7, 2016, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Week 9 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Seahawks -6.5, 43.5
Bills vs. Seahawks TV Coverage: ESPN
Facing the New England Patriots at full strength is tough enough as it is. Running up against them without a full deck is close to impossible. The Bills never had a shot last week falling into a 14-3 hole after one quarter and trailing by a couple touchdowns at the half. The Bills were never able to eat into that deficit and ended up falling and failing to cover for the second straight week.
Two major components of their offensive attack sat that game out with LeSean McCoy out with an injured hammy and Marquise Goodwin in the concussion protocol. Still, the offense was able to rack up 167 yards on the ground with Mike Gillislee and Tyrod Taylor doing most of the damage. If Shady and Goodwin are able to return, it would give the offense a much better shot of breaking down a Seahawks defense that’s been thrown through the ringer each of the last three weeks.
Like many other teams in the league, injuries have dramatically hampered Seattle’s ability to win ball games. Already with a couple head scratching losses to date, the Seahawks dropped yet another one last week in the bayou where they fell to the Saints 25-20 as one point favorites.
Kam Chancellor and Michael Bennett were each forced to miss the game, and their absences were felt with New Orleans racking up 375 yards of total offense. That effort came a week after Carson Palmer ripped them for 342 passing yards, but Seattle managed to get out of the desert with a tie due to missed field goals even though it was decisively beaten on the stat sheet.
Player to Watch
Russell Wilson – Seattle’s offense ranks amongst the worst in the league. It’s averaged just 339.9 total yards per game (No. 23) and scored an average of just 18.7 points per game (No. 290). Only the Giants, Jets, Texans, Bengals and Bears possess worse offensive yards per point averages.
While injuries have taken a toll on the rushing attack, the biggest injuries of all have been incurred by Mr. Wilson who looks to be a shell of his former self right now. He only threw for 253 yards last week against the Saints No. 29 ranked pass defense. Not good! Buffalo is extremely penetrable on the ground, but it owns a pretty decent pass defense. It’s being recommended to drop Wilson in fantasy leagues right now. That’s how bad its gotten for Seattle’s QB1.
Bills vs. Seahawks Free Picks
While Seattle won outright three of the last four times it was favored at home, it only managed a 1-3 mark versus the odds at BookMaker.eu in those matchups. I want absolutely no part of laying any kind of chalk with this team right now. The defense isn’t as ferocious as it once was down a few bodies, and the offensive attack is completely one dimensional and struggling.
If the Bills are back to full health on the offensive side of the ball for this tilt, they can win it outright in a higher scorer. Seattle will be best served moving the ball on the ground against Buffalo’s porous rush D, but has only averaged 66.0 rushing yards over its last three games. The Bills will be sky-high for this Monday night tilt, and with it 5-1-1 ATS versus the last seven +.500 opponents they’ve faced, I’ll be taking the points and sprinkling some action on the money-line as well.
Bills vs. Seahawks ATS Pick: Bills +6.5 at BookMaker.eu
Bills vs. Seahawks Score Prediction: Bills 27 – Seahawks 20