The Buffalo Bills looked a lot like the Super Bowl contender many expect them to be in last week’s dismantling of division rival Miami. Bouncing back from a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, the Bills were crisp in every facet blanking the Fins 35-0. They are a big favorite to continue the roll in Week 3 against the visiting Washington Football Team.
Getting a second chance at a game-winning field goal, the team formerly known as the Redskins converted to knock off the Giants 30-29 for their first victory. They failed to cover the 4-point spread dropping to 0-2 ATS. Washington will play as an underdog for the first time this season catching 9-points on the NFL betting line.
The Week 3 matchup between the Washington Football Teams and Buffalo Bills will take place at Highmark Stadium at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 26 and will be televised on FOX.
Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills Odds
Washington Football Team +9 | Buffalo Bills -9 [BET NOW]
Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills Money Line
Washington Football Team +317 | Buffalo Bills -400 [BET NOW]
Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills Over/Under
Over/Under 45 [BET NOW]
Buffalo’s complete annihilation of Miami sent the betting public into a frenzy. Oddsmakers originally positioned the Bills as a touchdown favorite but last week’s result pushed the line to Buffalo -9. The Bills are 5-0 SU over their last five games when laying at least 9-points. They closed as a 9.5-point road favorite against the Jets last season winning 18-10. They are just 2-3 ATS in those games. The total came in at 47 and has since been wagered down to 45. It’s easy to see why with a couple of strong defensive clubs going at it. The Bills are 2-0 on the UNDER while the Football Team is 1-1.
Washington (Redskins) Football Team
It hasn’t been quite the start defensively the Football Team was looking for. Second in total defense and fourth in points allowed last year, Washington allowed 49 points total in its first two games. They allowed 391 yards to the Giants last week but escaped with their first victory thanks to a walk off Dustin Hopkins field goal. And the Football Team got a break when the G-men were offsides on the first attempt that missed.
Maybe the mini-bye after playing on Thursday night can help the defense get in order. According to Ron Rivera a lack of communication led to the struggles. Last week’s game was tough to stomach until the end. The Giants are not good on offense yet the former Skins allowed 163 yards and 5.8 yards per carry on the ground. And that included a 58-yard scoring run that was called back. Four sacks helped but the group was consistently torched by the Giants.
The team was bailed out by Taylor Heinicke, who drove the team 50 yards in the final two minutes to set up the game-winning kick. Hienicke completed 34 of 46 for 336 yards with a pair of touchdowns overcoming a late interception that led to field goal giving the Giants a 29-27 lead. Washington needs Hienicke to play well until the defense stiffens if the Football Team wants to successfully defend its NFC East title.
The Bills were pissed off after the opening day loss to the Steelers and they took it out on the Dolphins in what can only be described as a complete effort. If there was a negative it would be from the most unlikely source. Josh Allen had a pair of scoring passes, but he completed just 17 of 33 for 179 yards with a pick. It’s still early, but Allen has struggled with his accuracy completing 56 percent of his throws through two weeks. He had a completion percentage near 70 last season.
While the game was a rout you have to chalk this one up to the defense. The Bills allowed just 216 yards, recorded six sacks and forced three turnovers. The unit was solid against Pittsburgh on opening day as well and is yielding an average of 234 yards and 11.5 points, both No. 2 in the NFL.
You would expect Allen to find a groove sooner rather than later. He’s coming off an MVP-type season and became one of the wealthiest men in Buffalo over the offseason. He has been able to rely on the ground game a bit more this season. Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards last week and the Bills churned out 143 yards. They rank sixth running the football after two games and the balance will throw a wrench in Washington’s defensive game plan.
Redskins vs Bills Predictions
Our Prediction: Washington Redskins Football Team +9 and UNDER 45
Washington is much better defensively than they’ve shown in the early season and the Bills have been downright dominant. That’s a solid recipe for betting the UNDER on this game. I like the Bills, but there’s something about the Football Team, maybe it’s the 9-points they’re getting. That’s a lot and I’ll back the visitors.
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