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Monday Night Football on ESPN features an AFC East matchup between the 5-2 New England Patriots and the 2-5 Buffalo Bills in an 8:15 p.m. start at New Era Field.
The Patriots’ current winning streak reached four games with last Sunday’s 38-31 victory against Chicago as two-point favorites on the road. This was on the heels of a wild 43-40 win at home against Kansas City as 3.5-point favorites. New England is now 5-2 straight-up with a 4-3 record against the spread. The total has gone OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in its last three games.
Behind veteran quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots’ offense is rolling during this winning streak with a scoring average of 39.3 points per game. He has thrown for 1,876 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rookie running back Sony Michel leads the team in rushing with 422 yards and four scores and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has been Brady’s top target in the passing game with 26 receptions for 405 yards and one touchdown. However, both players are dealing with injuries that could keep them out of Monday night’s game.
Buffalo continues to head in the wrong direction at 2-5 SU with a 3-4 record ATS. The Bills have lost their last two games to Houston and Indianapolis on the road as underdogs by a combined score of 57-18. The total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in their last five games. This will be their third home game of the season after losing to the Los Angeles Chargers and beating Tennessee as underdogs in the first two outings at home.
The issues run deep on this team starting with the quarterback position. Rookie Josh Allen took over the starting role, but an elbow injury will keep him out of this game. Derek Anderson is expected to get the start, but he is still listed as questionable with back and leg injuries. Running back LeSean McCoy remains in concussion protocol and he is also questionable for Monday night. Scoring points has come at a premium for the Bills with an average of 11.3 PPG.
These two teams are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but covering two touchdowns on the road against a familiar division foe still comes with some risk. New England should put up another big number and Buffalo should score just enough points to take this game OVER the 44-point total line.