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Early line: Buffalo underdog in only seven games

By Tim Graham

A couple days ago on the Press Coverage blog, we dissected the reasons why Las Vegas originally set the Buffalo Bills' over/under wins total at 7 and has moved it to 7.5.

To recap, it has to do with enticing action at the betting windows and is not necessarily a true representation of what Las Vegas oddsmakers think the Bills' record will be.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants already has established preliminary betting lines on every game except for Week 17, when the best teams generally rest their top players for the postseason.

So let's take a gander at LVSC's lines for the first 15 Bills games.

We'll see they are favored to win eight of them and likely would be for the game that's off the board, too. Based on the line for opening day against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands, the rematch in Ralph Wilson Stadium likely would be a pick game or have the Bills a slight favorite.

Either way, the Bills are underdogs for only seven games.

The most impressive stretch begins in Week 11, when the Bills are favorites for five straight games.

Week 1 at New York Jets (Bills +4)
Week 2 Kansas City Chiefs (Bills -2.5)
Week 3 at Cleveland Browns (Bills -1)
Week 4 New England Patriots (Bills +5.5)
Week 5 at San Francisco 49ers (Bills +7.5)
Week 6 at Arizona Cardinals (Bills +3)
Week 7 Tennessee Titans (Bills -3.5)
Week 8 Bye
Week 9 at Houston Texans (Bills +7.5)
Week 10 at New England Patriots (Bills +11)
Week 11 Miami Dolphins (Bills -2.5)
Week 12 at Indianapolis Colts (Bills -1)
Week 13 Jacksonville Jaguars (Bills -5.5)
Week 14 St. Louis Rams (Bills -6)
Week 15 Seattle Seahawks (Bills -3)
Week 16 at Miami Dolphins  (Bills +3)
Week 17 New York Jets (no line)

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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