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If it weren’t for bad luck, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would have no luck at all. Or more specifically, if the Colts' defense ever decides to show up, it just might put the beleaguered quarterback in a position to win. Thanks to Luck's play, in its last three games, Indianapolis has managed to outgain each of its opponents despite surrendering 42, 38, an…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff for Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Houston Texans game. Houston is favored by 9 1/2 points. VIC CARUCCI Last week’s old-school win against the Tennessee Titans should serve as a general blueprint for the Bills’ offensive approach to most of their remaining games. Especially this one. The Texans have game-wre…

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Members of The Buffalo News sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 6, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): Skurski Gaughan Wolf THURSDAY Eagles 3 at Giants Eagles Eagles Eagles …

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The Tennessee Titans hit the road after a come-from-behind overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it's worth nothing that Tennessee (3-1) has coughed up season-high yards in half their games. Furthermore, this from the well-oiled machine: Away teams are just 13-41 straight up and 16-38 against the spread since 1992 after having upset the defending Super Bowl …

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff for Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Tennessee Titans game: VIC CARUCCI Is this the week the Bills are going to remember there are no rules against trying to run the football? The Titans have a big, physical front, and the Bills need to challenge it if they’re to avoid another week of pounding for Josh Allen. Ex…

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How big of an upset was the Buffalo Bills' 27-6 victory Sunday? The Bills won the game outright as a 16.5-point underdog. According to the Playbook.com database, which goes back to 1980, only three NFL teams have won outright as underdogs of 16 points or more. Two of those involved the Bills. Nov. 29, 1992: The Bills were 16.5-point favorites against the Colts. In…

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Here are predictions from members of The Buffalo News' sports staff on Sunday's Bills-Vikings game in Minneapolis. VIC CARUCCI Even with the promise Josh Allen provides at quarterback, the Bills don’t seem to have much of a chance to get their collective act together any time soon. It’s especially hard to see that happening on the road against one of the NFL’s best teams…

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The NFL season is here and members of the News sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 3, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet):   Skurski Gaughan Wolf Thursday At Cleveland 3…

Nathan Peterman was named the Bills’ starting quarterback to the chagrin of some fans. Nonetheless, the Bills were obviously not satisfied with a 300-yard offense when they jettisoned Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland and then traded up to land QB Josh Allen in the first round. Allen appears to be a work in progress, though, and with projected starting QB A.J.McCarron going dow…

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The betting public seems to be losing faith in the Bills. According to data compiled by Warren Sharp, the three original Las Vegas sports books had the Bills with a win total of 6.8 in May. That total has dropped to 5.9, the biggest drop in the league in that span. The May total had the Bills projected to finish second in the AFC East and to have more wins than seven…

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Many prognosticators are expecting the Bills to take a step back from a nine-win season and the playoff berth from last season. If the early odds are any indication, the Bills face an uphill climb. CG Technology says it is the only sportsbook to release point spreads for all games from Week 1 to Week 16. Many sportsbooks have Week 1 odds. Virtually none of these l…

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Along with the release of the NFL schedule, the way-too-early odds for Week 1 were posted Thursday night. The Bills visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 9 in the season opener. According to LVSuperBook, the Ravens are a 3.5 point favorite. VegasInsider.com has the Ravens favored by 3. This is the second time the Bills will open the season in Baltimore in the past t…

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The most favorable stat in the Bills favor is that quarterbacks in their first playoff game have struggled at home  over the last 15 years, going 7-14 straight up and and 6-15 against the spread. That is the status of Jacksonville's Blake Bortles. Then again quarterback in their first playoff game are just 4-13 straight up and 5-11-1 against the spread while on the road…

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The combination of things work nicely in Buffalo’s favor again this week. The New England Patriots have a putrid 0-4 against the spread mark as home favorites in games following the Pittsburgh Steelers. Toss in a poor 1-3 ATS mark at home in games following a three-game road trip and that New England has been outgained in each of its last two games and you have the maki…

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The Bills (6-6) are chasing the Jaguars and Ravens for an AFC wild card spot. They should be able to make up some ground in the next few weeks with Indianapolis and Miami coming to town, but with QB Tyrod Taylor day-to-day with a patellar tendon contusion and Nathan Peterman on standby, we’re more in limbo than Chubby Checker. It’s probably a good thing as our database …