Buffalo at Los Angeles Betting Spread & Prediction
After two games, the Buffalo Bills were 0-2 and Coach Rex Ryan was in big trouble. But now Ryan is off the hot seat with back-to- back wins as Buffalo plays its first game in Los Angeles in many years on Sunday against the NFC West co-leading Rams. L.A. is a slight favorite in NFL lines.
Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Buffalo at Los Angeles Betting Spread, Prediction & TV Info
We’re heading west for one reason.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 7, 2016
Why Bet on Buffalo?
The Bills won in New England 16-0 last week. Even if the Patriots’ QB was rookie Jacoby Brissett playing with a badly bruised thumb on his throwing hand, prior to last Sunday’s whitewash no club had shut out the Patriots at home since 1993. Tyrod Taylor connected with LeSean McCoy for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and Dan Carpenter added three field goals for Buffalo.
Taylor finished 27 for 39 for 246 yards, and directed a unit that was 7 for 15 on third downs. The Bills had been 10 of 36 combined in the first three games. It was Buffalo’s second win in its last 16 visits to Foxborough. The last Bills' shutout win away From Orchard Park was 23-0 over Washington in a Buffalo “home” game at Toronto on Oct. 30, 2011.
Pro Bowl Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus completed his four-game league-imposed suspension this past Sunday. After being suspended for what Dareus later termed a missed drug test, the Bills released a statement Aug. 20 from Dareus saying that he decided to enter a rehabilitation facility. Head coach Rex Ryan said it is their full intention to have him back in the lineup on Sunday. The Bills already have 13 sacks through 4 games (3 in Week 4) after managing a franchise-low 21 last season.
A player who could make his Bills debut Sunday is WR Justin Hunter, whom the Bills claimed off waivers from Miami last week. Buffalo put the claim in after they knew they were placing WR Sammy Watkins on injured reserve.
This will be the Bills’ first trip to the Coliseum since an Oct. 1992 loss to the then-Los Angeles Raiders. The West Coast has not been kind to the Bills. In the past 20 seasons, the Bills are 3-11 when playing in the Pacific time zone. Their last cross-country win came Dec. 26, 2004 over the San Francisco 49ers, their second West Coast win of that season. Since then, the Bills have lost six Pacific time zone games in a row.
Why Bet on Los Angeles?
The Rams (3-1) enter on a three-game winning streak. They upset the Cardinals in Arizona 17-13 last week. Tavon Austin returned a punt 47 yards to set up Case Keenum’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Brian Quick with 2:36 to play, and Los Angeles improved to 3-1 for the first time in a decade. Arizona outgained the Rams 420-288 but committed five turnovers to the Rams’ one.
Rams DT Aaron Donald was been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4. Donald has been on a tear to open the season. He notched his first 1.5 sacks of the year this past Sunday against the Cardinals, but has a combined 24 QB hits and hurries. Donald also has 12 “stops,” according to Pro Football Focus, which constitutes a solo tackle for an offensive failure.
The Rams’ defense has carried the team to the three straight wins, but the offense has progressively played better, even while Todd Gurley — 19 carries for only 33 yards in Week 4 — waits to get going on the ground. The Rams have gone 12-for- 27 on third down over the past two games, after going 6-for- 27 in the first two.
The Rams have gone through a series of three consecutive games that have essentially come down to the final seconds with the defense having to make a play to win the game. Fortunately, Los Angeles hascome out on top for all three. The Rams played plenty of close games last year as well, not always coming out on top.
Jeff Fisher is 7-1 against Buffalo as head coach dating to 1995. His Tennessee Titans beat Buffalo with “Music City Miracle” in January 2000.
My Betting Pick
Bills are 4-0- 1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Bills are 5-1- 1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Under is 9-2 in Rams last 11 games following a straight up win.
Under is 9-2 in Rams last 11 games following a ATS win.
Go Bills on NFL odds and the under that small total.