With New York sports betting apps awaiting live launch, to give bettors far more options than the current four upstate retail sportsbooks, the Buffalo Bills certainly will be a featured focal point among NFL bettors. The Jets and Giants continue to struggle with no playoff aspirations in sight so Buffalo will be the place to put action for those in the Empire State wishing to bet on home state teams.
Having looked like runaway winners of the AFC East early on this season, the Bills (7-4) now find themselves in a dogfight with the New England Patriots (8-4) heading into Monday night’s 8:15 matchup at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. (ESPN).
Buffalo is a 3-point favorite and -150 on the moneyline at WynnBET as of Wednesday afternoon, with over/under total points at 44. The Patriots are +130 moneyline underdogs.
Updated WynnBET odds on Tuesday showed the Bills to be a +325 favorite to capture the AFC Conference title, down from +550 at the start of the season, and their Super Bowl odds improved to +700 from +1200.
NY Sports Betting Apps Get Ready to Roll
The aim is to have New York mobile sports betting up for new betting customers by the NFL playoffs next month and certainly before Super Bowl LVI Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The operators awarded licenses on Nov. 8 in the Empire State are: Rush Street Interactive (parent company in Arizona), FanDuel NY, DraftKingsNY, BetMGM NY, Bally Bet, Caesars, WynnBET, PointsBet and Resorts World.
The Bills, who started the season 4-2 and are 3-2 (W, L, W, L, W) in their past five games, had a convincing 31-6 victory at New Orleans on Thanksgiving Night.
The win helped the Bills improve to be a -145 favorite to win the AFC East Division title, after starting the season at -140 on WynnBET.
Since 2019, the Bills are 16-1 in games when quarterback Josh Allen has one touchdown pass or one rush TD in the first quarter, which has helped bettors get off to a good start early in games.
Last week, Allen found his groove, completing 23 of 28 passes for 260 yards, four TDs (two to Dawson Knox) and two interceptions in the win.
The Patriots ... Again?
The Patriots are coming off a dominant 36-13 home victory over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. New England's defense stepped up, holding the Titans offense scoreless in the second half.
Rookie quarterback Mac Jones continues to shine for New England. He completed 23 of 32 passes for 310 yards and two TDs, both to Kendrick Bourne, in the win.
For context, here is a look at the Patriots’ future odds currently: to win AFC East (+340 to start, now +100); to win AFC (+1500 to start and now an impressive and solid +450); to win the Super Bowl (+3500 to start, now +1000.)
Last season, the Bills upended the Patriots, 38-9, on Dec. 28 to secure the division title.
It is no surprise that the key to this game is at the quarterback position.
Can Jones continue his hot, unflappable play during his first time in front of the crazed Bills Mafia fanbase? Can Allen continue to build on his 4-TD performance last week and show the same confidence he had during the start of the season?
The Patriots will look for revenge from last year’s December loss, but it still might not be enough as the Bills defense will shine in the second half for the second straight week to secure the win. Bills 34, Patriots 24.