I can’t remember the last time the Bills were the favorite to win a divisional game. This week’s matchup with the Jets is huge in more ways than one.
There’s the statistical aspect — keeping us on top of the AFC East and sinking the Jets to 4-4 — and the more important psychological one: another shot to legitimize ourselves as contenders by beating a quality opponent in a game we should win.
The Bengals and Giants aren’t bad teams, but we should have won both games. The big boys in this league take care of business when they need to. A win today would be a statement, especially against a team that is committed to running the ball — something the Bills haven’t always shown they can stop.
I love the White Out this week; it shows the team is acknowledging the importance of this game. The Bills are a 2.5-point favorite, and I say they stay perfect at home. I can’t wait to see the look on Rex Ryan’s face.
BUFFALO (-2.5) over Jets
Atlanta (-6.5) over INDIANAPOLIS
Tampa Bay (+8) over NEW ORLEANS
HOUSTON (-10.5) over Cleveland
KANSAS CITY (-4) over Miami*
San Francisco (-4) over WASHINGTON
DALLAS (-11) over Seattle
Denver (+7) over OAKLAND
Cincinnati (+3) over TENNESSEE
St. Louis (+3) over ARIZONA
NEW ENGLAND (-9) over Giants
Green Bay (-5.5) over SAN DIEGO
PITTSBURGH (-3) over Baltimore
Chicago (+7.5) over PHILADELPHIA
Standings will be updated if the Buffalo News gets Week 9 picks on its website. I’m 58-53-4.