The Buffalo Bills had an outside chance at the AFC East title, but that entailed them beating the Patriots – twice. The first outing went horribly wrong, now the Bills’ hopes of ending the longest playoff drought in the league are in serious jeopardy. And that will be much tougher without the services of Tyrod Taylor, whose status moving forward is in question after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Pats.
Even with Taylor the Bills offense has been uninspiring all season. The group looked good the past two seasons when it led the league in rushing, thus taking pressure off Taylor to produce in the passing game. While the run game is still solid, it hasn’t been as effective with the club averaging 122 yards per contest, eighth-best in the NFL. With more thrust on Taylor’s shoulders, he hasn’t delivered and was even benched a few weeks back. While that didn’t work out the way Sean McDermott hoped, it did show that the Bills are in desperate need of a quarterback.
It didn’t help that Taylor lost Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins before the season even started, taking the top two receiving threats out of the lineup, and Taylor has yet to find a comfort level with rookie Zay Jones. The acquisition of Kelvin Benjamin was to help in that area, but he’s missed several games with injury since being acquired at the trade deadline. The Bills are still alive in the AFC playoff picture and can make things interesting with a Week 14 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
2017 Record: 6-6
2017 ATS Record: 6-5-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 6-6
Current Super Bowl Odds: +20000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +5000
Current Odds to Win AFC East: +1600
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Bills vs. Colts NFL Preview: We're not sure if Sean McDermott should be Coach of the Year in the NFL or on his way to the unemployment line. On one hand, he's led the Buffalo Bills to a 6-6 record through three-quarters of the season, and he's done so without any legitimate quarterback play whatsoever. On the other hand, the Bills have had their doors blown off more times than we can count by suspect teams, and they don't feel like one of the 20 best teams in the NFL. Continue...
Week 13: Patriots 23, Bills 3
ATS Result: Patriots -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
The Bills kept Tom Brady out of the end zone and even had a pick against their nemesis, but they had a hard time stopping the run and further disaster by their offense resulted in a touchdown-less loss where Buffalo couldn’t cover the spread. New England ran for 191 yards and held the ball for 34 minutes, preventing Taylor and the Bills from gaining any traction on the offensive end.
Week 12: Bills 16, Chiefs 10
ATS Result: Bills +8.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
Taylor did just what he’d done all season. He wasn’t spectacular but he kept the offense moving and provided enough scoring chances for the Bills to get the upset victory, ending a streak of three consecutive SU and ATS losses. After the Chiefs got within 13-10, Stephen Hauschka kicked his third field goal and White preserved the victory with a late interception.
Week 11: Chargers 54, Bills 24
ATS Result: Chargers -7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
Peterman completed his first two passes and the Bills drove into Chargers territory before his first pick squirted through the hands of a receiver and was returned for a touchdown. The Bills came back to tie the score a few possessions later before the roof caved in. Peterman continued to give the ball away and the Bolts happily obliged, scoring 17 points off the final three picks to hand Buffalo its third straight ATS loss.
Week 10: Saints 47, Bills 10
ATS Result: Saints -2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48.5
The Bills took the opening possession and drove into the red zone only to settle for a field goal. They wouldn’t get into Saints territory again until their final drive ended in a meaningless touchdown. By that time the Saints had put a bow around Buffalo’s second straight ATS loss. New Orleans’ 47-point scoring burst allowed the Bills to cash the over for a fourth consecutive game.
Week 9: Jets 34, Bills 21
ATS Result: Jets +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
The Bills lost for just the second time ATS and they were manhandled in the trenches on both sides of the football. After tying the game on a Taylor touchdown pass to Zay Jones, the Bills gave up the next 27 points to end their two-game winning streak. Two late touchdowns allowed the over to cash for a third straight game and made the final score closer than the game was.
Week 8: Bills 34, Raiders 14
ATS Result: Bills -2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47
The Bills took advantage of the Raiders’ sloppiness, scoring 13 points off four turnovers to cover the 2-point line and improve to 5-1-1 ATS this season. Taylor tied the game with a scoring pass in the second and Milano gave the Bills the lead for good with his score late in the first half. McCoy iced the game with a 48-yard scoring run with just over three minutes remaining to cash the over for a second straight game.
Week 7: Bills 30, Buccaneers 27
ATS Result: PUSH Bills -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Staring at a 7-point deficit with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Bills pulled off an amazing comeback. McCoy tied the game with his second touchdown run with 2:28 to go and White made the defensive play by forcing and recovering a fumble to set up the game-winning field goal with 14 ticks left. The final resulted in a push with the Bills a 3-point favorite, but the offensive outburst allowed Buffalo to cash the over for just the second time.
Week 6: BYE
Week 5: Bengals 20, Bills 16
ATS Result: Bengals -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39
The Bills couldn’t take advantage of three turnovers and the offense was again limp as they suffered their first ATS loss of the season and saw their two-game winning streak end. Twice the Bills settled for a field goal after entering the red zone and Taylor managed just 166 yards, was picked once and sacked six times. The run game was held to 82 yards and Taylor did little with the pass attack as the under cashed for the fourth time in five games.
Week 4: Bills 23, Falcons 17
ATS Result: Bills +8
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
Tyrod Taylor continues to struggle leading the club, but McDermott’s defense has been solid and Stephen Hauschka was lights out. The Bills managed just 281 yards, but a defensive touchdown and three field goals proved to the difference in Buffalo’s fourth straight cover win, the last three as underdogs. This was the most impressive, knocking off the defending NFC champs on the road and holding them to 17 points, which was enough to cash the under.
Week 3: Bills 26, Broncos 16
ATS Result: Bills +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 40
The Bills scored the last 13 points to erase a 16-13 deficit and get the win. It was their third straight cover to open the season and a huge improvement over last week’s debacle. The run game is a concern after McCoy had just 21 yards, but Taylor was efficient and didn’t turn the ball over. Meanwhile, the Bills got a few takeaways late and converted a Stephen Hauschka field goal with just over three minutes left to seal the victory and cash the over for the first time.
Week 2: Panthers 9, Bills 3
ATS Result: Bills +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
It wasn’t the type of performance that wins football games with the Bills coming out on the short end of a 9-3 score. Buffalo amassed a total of 176 yards, LeSean McCoy was held to nine yards on 12 carries and Taylor couldn’t generate anything through the air as the Bills played below the closing total for the second straight week. At least the defense kept Buffalo in the game and they had a chance with the ball in Carolina territory late. But they couldn’t convert.
Week 1: Bills 21, Jets 12
ATS Result: Bills -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
Buffalo got a fourth quarter touchdown run from Mike Tolbert to push the lead to 21-12 and the Bills defense did the rest, giving them a cover win. The Jets are offensively-challenged and when Buffalo eliminated the ground game, Josh McCown wasn’t able to do anything through the air. Buffalo was able to keep the score below the closing total by holding New York to 214 yards of total offense.
Preseason Record: 1-3
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The Bills won’t compete with the Patriots for the division crown and neither will the other teams in the AFC East. So that leaves Buffalo fighting it out for a Wild Card berth and winning games against teams they should beat, and especially when those games are at home, is a must. The Bills lost both games last season to a 5-win Jets team and ending that curse while getting the McDermott regime off on the right foot is crucial for the long-term success of the club.
Week 1: Bills vs. Jets, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Bills at Panthers, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Bills vs. Broncos, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Bills at Falcons, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Bills at Bengals, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: Bills vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Bills vs. Raiders, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bills at Jets, Thursday, November 2, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 10: Bills vs. Saints, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Bills at Rams, Sunday, November 19, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Bills at Chiefs, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Bills vs. Patriots, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Bills vs. Colts, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Bills vs. Dolphins, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 16: Bills at Patriots, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Bills at Dolphins, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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