Time is ticking away on the football clock. There are just two weeks left in this NFL season’s regular-season schedule. That said, one is potentially a lot easier than the other. First, they face the Buffalo Bills in Foxboro during Week 16 play, then they host the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, December 29th at 1 PM ET in Week 17.
The Texans would get the No. 4 seed coming from the AFC South. The only other thing up for grabs is positioning. The Ravens could drop both of their games and they would still win the North, but they could lose their No.
The Bills could put the Pats on the ropes and in a situation where if they didn’t beat the Dolphins it would be the Patriots playing from the wild card position. Let’s compare the competition and look at the last couple of Pats games.
4:30 PM on Saturday
The Pats host the Bills on Saturday afternoon and the best sportsbooks have lined the New England Patriots out as 6.5-point favorites in the game. But nearly a touchdown might be a little bit generous, considering that both teams have had some serious offensive productivity struggles as of late. 2 road defense going head-to-head. The Patriots allow just 12.67 per game in Gillette while the Bills have stifled their opponents and held them to just 14.43 while playing as the visiting team.
So really, the point spread should be set at 4.5 in favor of the Patriots. The match-up against the 3-11 Dolphins should be a bit easier. Miami’s offense is horrendous, putting up just 17 points per game on the season – 29th in the NFL– and is the worst rushing team in the league. The Fins defense is atrocious, allowing 31 points per game on average, which is the worst scoring defense stat in the NFL.
The Pats, despite their offensive missteps, should pound the Fins into the field and still sneak away with another division win regardless of what happens with the Bills. The Bills could get a win and put some pressure on the New England Patriots, especially with their elite road defense.