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AFC Bye Week Betting Report: Ravens Roost, Bills and Raiders Regroup

The Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Las Vegas Raiders are the last three AFC teams to go on bye. Baltimore is atop the AFC but faces the most difficult remaining schedule. Buffalo is in danger of missing the playoffs and is battling plenty of injuries. And Las Vegas, still not out of the playoffs entirely, could regroup. Any of these three could be the best picks for the NFL next week if they utilize this bye week correctly.

Ravens Brace for Final Stretch

  • Record: 9-3
  • ATS: 8-4-0
  • Point Differential: +54

How long can Baltimore keep its spot atop the AFC? The Ravens have the toughest schedule based on their opponents’ combined winning percentages: 65.5%. Four of Baltimore’s next five opponents have winning records and three, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Miami, are all 8-3.

AFC Bye Week Betting Report: Ravens Roost, Bills and Raiders Regroup
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to a game/Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

The Ravens have played their best football and are ranked sixth in scoring and second in defense. The team can thank its health for a good part of its success. Star quarterback Lamar Jackson has avoided the injury list while most of the team’s core players are available, although tight end Mark Andrews was lost in Week 11.

As such, the Ravens have been a lucrative team to bet online. This bye week will give the team some much-needed rest as it gets a chance to clinch a playoff spot in Week 14 against the Rams.

Snakebitten Bills Face Steep Odds

  • Record: 6-6
  • ATS: 4-8-0
  • Point Differential: +101

While the Ravens are sitting pretty, the Bills are drowning. Getting a bye week allows Buffalo’s battered roster to get healthy. The Bills are missing a good chunk of their defense. The secondary is without a pair of its best cornerbacks. Matt Milano is absent from the linebackers. And on offense, tight end Dawson Knox as well as a pair of running backs are out.

It’s been a brutal NFL season for Buffalo as its NFL spreads record has indicated. The team even fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey while Trevon Diggs, Stefon Diggs’s brother, is sowing unrest by being vocal about the star receiver’s tenure with the team.

After the bye, Buffalo gets Kansas City and then Dallas. The Bills may just be eliminated from the playoff race with a loss to either team here. The faithful may still find value in taking Buffalo to make the playoffs at nearly 5-1 odds. But we can’t recommend it as an NFL betting tip.

Raiders Riding to Another Losing Season

  • Record: 5-7
  • ATS: 6-6-0
  • Point Differential: -54

While the Raiders finally got rid of the toxic duo of Josh McDaniels and David Ziegler, it may be too little, too late as Las Vegas could already be out of the playoffs. The team still has three division games and two more against teams with winning records.

Aidan O’Connell looked decent in the team’s loss to Kansas City, but he’s clearly nothing more than a stop-gap at quarterback. And while the defense has played admirably, the offense’s ineptitude vastly limits this team’s potential.

As such, the NFL odds have all but given up on Las Vegas’ playoff hopes. At best, backers can hope for the team to pull off a few upsets given its somewhat difficult schedule. We won’t hold our breath as the only legitimate NFL prediction for the Raiders is that they are in for another turbulent offseason.


Questions Of The Day

Could the Bills' bye week prove to be a turning point in their pursuit of a Super Bowl title?

The Bills will need to make the playoffs first before even considering winning a Super Bowl.

Could the Ravens' bye week help them to rest and recover before the playoffs begin?

The Ravens could use the bye week to rest and recover for the playoffs. If they clinch a playoff spot early, they may even rest their starters.

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