Tampa Bay’s defense also will have problems trying to contain Cooper Kupp, and Sean McVay makes good use of his other weapons — Cam Akers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Tyler Higbie. Matthew Stafford had some Detroit Lions-like moments in the closing weeks of the season. If he can keep it together, the Rams can knock the champs off the throne.
Buffalo Bills (+1.5) over KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, Over 53.5
Talk about a perfect game in football! Last week, not counting kneel-downs at the end of each half, the Bills had seven drives and scored seven touchdowns. Not just against anybody. Against Bill Belichick! It was unbelievable to watch it play out. And it was all legit. Except for the final drive, which was 38 yards after a 52-yard Micah Hyde punt return, the Bills’ scoring marches went 70, 80, 81, 89, 58 and 79 yards.
The spread for this game at first strikes as a bit low, but it’s in line with the two most recent meetings. In last year’s AFC Championship at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs were favored by 2.5 points. Buffalo jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but K.C. took over the game with three touchdowns in 10 minutes in the second quarter. In Week 5 of this season, the Bills won 38-20 as three-point road underdogs. They went on a bit of a roller-coaster ride after that while the Chiefs fixed their defense and surged.
But after the perfect game vs. the Patriots, I’m convinced. This is the Bills’ time.