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On the line from Vegas: Bills haven't been bad on the West Coast

Bettors don't have much confidence in the Buffalo Bills this week.

The line for Monday night's game between the Bills and Seattle Seahawks opened with the hosts at 5.5-point favorites, but quickly moved to 7 in most Las Vegas sportsbooks, according to Joel Staniszewski, a St. Joe's and Buffalo State graduate who has lived in Las Vegas for more than 10 years and worked as an oddsmaker, handicapper and casino analyst.

"This is a battle of two teams who have had a very similar start to their seasons," Staniszewski wrote in an email to The Buffalo news. "Both teams came out flat the first two weeks, had a good run in the middle and have disappointed again the last two weeks.

"The action primarily hinges on the recent history of both teams. In the past few seasons Seattle has had a lot of success, while the Bills have continued their struggles. Seattle's home-field advantage is one of the best in the NFL and the Bills have agonized on Monday night as of late."

Staniszewski points out that the Bills are 1-5 straigt up in their last six Monday Night games. However, traveling to the West Coast might not be as big a factor as some might think.

"Some bettors use the East-to-West thought regarding their wagers, but the Bills have had success traveling to the West Coast," Staniszewski wrote. "They are 9-5 against the spread since 2008.

Seattle, however, is 6-1 straigt up in its last seven home games.

"The scariest trend is that Seattle is 12-2 straight up their last 14 home games coming after consecutive road games. If the Bills stick with their run game and can have long drives to keep their 'D' rested, they are definitely able to pull off the upset."

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