YOU BET: Bills looking to cash are heavy favorites


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Based on their dominating debut in Los Angeles, the Buffalo Bills are fully worth their status as double-digit favorites in Week 2.

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Add the appeal of Monday night football make a stop at Orchard Park for the Bills’ home opener and the Circle the Wagons hype train is out of control as the Bills enter the meeting with the Tennessee Titans as 10-point favorites.

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Can bills cover? Of course they can, especially if Josh Allen continues to rumble and Buffalo’s revamped defense can deliver a performance similar to what it did against the Rams (who were, as a precaution) somewhat one-dimensional.

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It should be noted that the Titans were 34-31 winners when the two teams met last season and coach Mike Vrabel will see his team ignite after an upset Week 1 loss to the Giants.

How well did the books react to the events of week 1? In Week 2 lines released this summer, the Bills were listed as the 7.5-point pick and after their win over the Rams, they opened as the 9-point pick before being raised to 10.

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As is often the case in such matchups, the ticket count is heavily in favor of the Bills, but the cash flow advantage is slightly tilted towards the underdog Titans. In other words, proceed with caution.

Some other thoughts from week 2:

  • Who is an underdog’s best friend? Knowledgeable bettors are sure, but often the house is as happy as any player. For example, two of the spectacular results from Sunday’s late afternoon matches. When the Cowboys got the win over the Bengals and the Cardinals needed overtime to do the same with the Raiders, many bookmakers were in celebration. The public had strongly supported the favorites in both cases and, in the case of the Raiders, the books were made even more vulnerable by the precious money that had accumulated in Vegas, which pushed the line of 3, 5 points at the start of the week to six points at kickoff. .
  • Those who deny that the point spread propelled the NFL to the rank of the most popular North American professional sports have their heads in the sand. Each week, it seems, has dramatic fluctuations, but it was hard to get past week 2.
  • Don’t sleep on Lions. They only won three in a row last season and are 1-1 at the start of 2022 BUT they are a money-making machine. A year ago they were among the best in the NFL with an 11-6 record against the number and this year are already 2-0.
  • Sometimes it’s wise to follow the money. Sometimes it is unsuccessful. For example, the 49ers-Seahawk game that saw San Fran fluctuate from nine to 10 point favorites over the week before closing at 8.5. In the end, the gap wasn’t even close to a factor as the 49ers took a 27-7 win.
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