The Washington Redskins (1-7) head to Orchard Park this weekend for an inter-conference clash with the Buffalo Bills (5-2). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on November 3rd at New Era Field and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bills listed as 9.5-point home favorites. The spread has shifted upwards by a full point after early betting, as Buffalo is currently available at -10.5. The total for this matchup is 37 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 9 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bills vs Redskins Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Redskins have lost seven out of their first eight games to start the season, falling 19-9 on the road in Minnesota their last time out to drop to just 1-7 overall. Washington battled hard all game but couldn’t find a way to get into the end zone for a second straight week, scoring only three field goals all game. QB Case Keenum went 12/16 for 130 passing yards while rookie Dwayne Haskins saw some action as well, throwing for 33 yards but getting picked off yet again after a multi-interception performance in his debut. Haskins has already been announced as the starter here in Week 9, which certainly doesn’t bode well for the offense heading into a tough matchup with a strong Bills defense. Haskins will likely lean heavily on veteran RB Adrian Peterson, who averaged over five yards per carry against the Vikings.
Washington was pretty solid defensively against the Vikings, surrendering only a single touchdown despite giving up almost 450 total yards of offense. The Redskins did have a tough time trying to slow down WR Stephon Diggs, as he torched the secondary for 143 yards on a team-high seven receptions.
The Bills lost their second game of the season last weekend after ending up on the wrong end of a 31-13 scoreline against Philadelphia to drop to 5-2 overall. Buffalo trailed by just a single field goal at the half but fell apart over the final two quarters, getting outscored 20-6 en route to a double-digit defeat at home. QB Josh Allen wasn’t at his best, going 16/34 for 169 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also leading the way on the ground with 45 rushing yards. WR John Brown hauled in five catches for 54 yards while Cole Beasley and Devin Singletary both found the end zone despite combining for only 71 receiving yards. Overall, the Bills generated over 250 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the loss.
Buffalo had a rough outing on the other side of the ball in Week 8, giving up over 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Bills got torched on the ground by Philadelphia, as the Eagles racked up 200+ rushing yards and found the end zone on three different running plays.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 37
Despite being somewhat tempted by the 10.5 points and the road underdog in this Week 9 matchup, there are simply too many question marks for the Redskins on offense with Haskins getting the start at quarterback. He really hasn’t looked good at all in his first taste of NFL action, throwing four interceptions and no touchdowns. However, Buffalo hasn’t really been blowing teams out of the water either as they only beat the lowly Dolphins by ten points and four out of their five victories so far this year have been by ten points or less. With the spread looking pretty efficient overall, the only play from this inter-conference battle that I’m considering is the UNDER on 37 total points scored. Both defenses have really been playing well as of late, although the Bills did put up a bit of a dud last weekend against Philadelphia. Even so, the total for four out of their first seven games has been 38 or less.
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On the other side, Washington has only scored 33 total points over their last four games combined. However, their defense has actually been quite solid, as they have only given up 44 total points in their last three outings combined. They also haven’t had the easiest schedule either, playing Minnesota, San Francisco, and New England over the last four weeks. The Bills offense also hasn’t really been all that impressive, as Allen and Co. have scored 14 points or less in three out of their last four games. I’m going to avoid both teams against the spread in this particular spot in favor of the UNDER on 37 total points scored in what should be a slow-paced, defensive struggle.