Counterpoint: Patriots Bent on Battering Bills in Buffalo on Monday

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 2:39 PM UTC

Although the public backed the Falcons in droves last week, Swinging Johnson proved to be a prescient contrarian and cashed with the Giants. Let’s see why Swinger believes there isn’t a line big enough to sway him from backing the Patriots on Monday night.

Swinger's "Monday Night Football" picks record: 3-4

New England (5-2) at Buffalo (2-5)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NFL Pick: Patriots ATSBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Dear, sweet, precious Doug Upstone shook his head and rolled his eyes the same way my father did when I told him of my plans to strike out on my own after college and enter the world of high fashion accoutrements with my stunning line of fur sinks for the uber rich. Okay, so Dad was right about that but when Doug heard I was on the Giants it was as though I had challenged Magnus Carlsen to a winner-take-all chess match in Central Park. I had no shot at beating the greatest grandmaster who ever played the game, nor would I have a prayer of cashing with the underdog Giants. Well look at me now, look at me now, I’m gettin’ paper!

Alright, so one backdoor cover and a 3-4 record hardly qualifies me as getting it done but I did inch ever closer to even with my esteemed SBR colleague and professional handicapper Doug Upstone. This week I am demonstrating that I can run the gamut from contrarian to square as a microwave by including the New England Patriots in my NFL picks. The Patriots had their fair share of gaffes last week but ultimately came away from Soldier Field with a 38-31 victory. Rookie running back Sony Michele left the game with a knee injury, the extent of which is not known at this time, but it didn’t look good. However, in a Belichick offense it’s plug-and-play and next man up. It’s a strategy that has worked for two decades and it will work again this coming weekend in Buffalo.

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Memorable Moments: A 2009 #Patriots comeback win vs. Buffalo on MNF. #TBT pic.twitter.com/wa3GiUszs0

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Speaking of which, the Bills’ offense remains totally offensive to those who pay to watch and those who pay to play. If you are backing the Bills with your hard-earned money then I presume you also like to use C-Notes as rolling papers because you might as well smoke it up rather than hand it over to the bookmaker of your choice. Buffalo is down to their third-string QB and LeSean McCoy left Sunday’s game with a head injury.

The Bills are not a good team to begin with but with their prevailing injuries, they’re a hot mess. The number on this game is almost stupid, but ask yourself, what line could the books use that would make you pull the trigger on a team that can’t score versus one that can’t help but score? Sure, the game is in Buffalo but who cares? The Patriots won ugly last week, but they won, and beat a much better team than the Bills by a touchdown. The NFL odds board is dealing New England -14 across the board but I say lay it and like it on the steamrolling Pats.

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