2 TEAM TEASER: Bills/Texans UNDER 50.5 and Seahawks +5
Sean McDermott’s squad has the third best defense in the league and are led by 2nd year cornerback Tre’Davious White who finished the regular season tied for most interceptions in the league with six. The Texans all everything JJ Watt is expected to return from an early season injury to cause major issues for Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Both teams have players who can efficiently run the ball such as the Bills Devin Singletary, Frank Gore, and the Texans Carlos Hyde (had over 1000 yards). As we all know being able to run the ball keeps the game clock running. The Bills defense at sometimes underrated and with the actual total in this game sitting at 43.5, eight of the last nine Buffalo games the total has gone under that number. When it comes to the playoffs and scoring points the Texans over the past three years have certainly had their problems. Houston quarterback DeSean Watson had issues last year mustering just 1 touchdown at home against Indianapolis on wildcard weekend, just 16 points the year before versus New England and three years ago they were shutout out 30-0 at home against Andy Reid and the Chiefs. The Bills may not show all their cards here if they are able to control the game and make the Texans panic so the under is the play. Plus, four of the last five times these two squads have faced off the total of their game has gone under so tack on seven points here and under 50.5 comes in without much of a sweat in the first game of the new decade in the NFL.
20 Buffalo Bills
19 Houston Texans
You have to give the Philadelphia Eagles credit for finding a way to win the last four games (all divisional games) of the season despite all of their injuries and capturing the NFC East division. These injuries however are what I think sink them this week even though they are playing at home. The Seahawks shut the Eagles offense down a little over a month ago and won a defensive battle and didn’t give up a touchdown in a 17-9 slugfest. The Seahawks have had injuries as well, losing 3 running backs in the last month but rookie Travis Homer and veteran Marshawn Lynch looked good in the season finale against San Francisco and should be fine this week in Philadelphia. Seattle still has the 6th best offense in the league and quarterback Russell Wilson has one of the best percentages when it comes to not losing two games in a row. Well, Seattle has in fact done that losing their final two regular season games at home to division rivals Arizona and San Francisco so losing three in a row is unheard of for Wilson so just in case taking the extra seven points for security should work out well as the Seahawks could still lose by a field goal but we win with the +5.
23 Seattle Seahawks
20 Philadelphia Eagles
GOOD LUCK !