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NFL Picks Week 3: Why the Patriots Won’t Cover the Spread vs. Bills

By Zachary D. Rymer On September - 21 - 2011

By now, the New England Patriots are used to being heavy favorites whenever they get to face the Buffalo Bills. Given the rut the Bills have been in over the last decade, the true wonder is why the oddsmakers even bother with a spread.

As such, it's no surprise the Patriots are favored over the Bills by nine points for this Sunday's clash at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That's just how things are.

But this year, things are a little different. Both the Pats and the Bills have won their first two games, and it seems there might be something special happening in Buffalo. Neither of Buffalo's wins have come cheap, as they demolished the Kansas City Chiefs 41-7 and then mounted a furious comeback to beat the Oakland Raiders 38-35. Don't look now, but they look like playoff contenders.

Obviously, it's hard to take that idea seriously at the moment, a point that is very much reflected by the spread. I admit, it's hard not to like the Patriots to win this game.

But they won't cover the spread. The Bills may not be for real, but Vegas apparently hasn't gotten the memo that they're not bad ...

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