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View from Vegas: Washington has struggled against AFC East vs. spread

View from Vegas: Washington has struggled against AFC East vs. spread

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Breaking off a big run

Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) rushes for a 46-yard touchdown past Miami Dolphins cornerback Jason McCourty (30) Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

While Bills QB Josh Allen continues to look to kick-start his 2021 campaign, Buffalo’s second-ranked defense has been its savior.

Meanwhile, the Bills continue to labor offensively – don’t let last Sunday’s 35-0 walkover against injury-riddled Miami influence you. Buffalo tallied a mere 314 yards of offense. It’s what happens to teams who post record-setting stats the year prior, they tend to fall back to the mean in short order.

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Still, Buffalo has cashed in seven of the last eight meetings in this short distance series, while the Washington Football Team is a meager 2-13 against the spread in games against the AFC East.

The WFT couldn’t penetrate the New York Giants' visible offensive line last week. They’ll be in a world of hurt if they can’t lay a hand on Allen on Sunday. QB Taylor Heinicke had a monster game, going 34 for 46 for 336 yards and two TDs to earn his first NFL victory. USA Today points out this quirky fact: Washington will at least remain undefeated in NFC East division play this season until mid-December when it starts a five-game season-ending run of division opponents to close the season.

Let them find comfort where they may ... just not in Orchard Park on Sunday.

Prediction: Bills over Washington by 10. 

Marc Lawrence previews the NFL from a Vegas perspective. You can follow him online at or @MarcLawrence.

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