The Seattle Seahawks have won, tied, and lost their three last games, respectively. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have lost two straight. These two teams will meet on Monday, November 7th at CenturyLink Field, providing people who bet on NFL with a chance wager some money on it.
The Bills (4-4) lost to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady for the 26th time. With LeSean McCoy sidelined with an injured left hamstring, running back Mike Gillislee led Buffalo in rushing with 85 yards on 12 carries. QB Tyrod Taylor went 19 of 38 for 183 yards and no TDs – perhaps due to the fact three of his four favorite targets were also injured. Star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus made his season debut, but was not able to contain the Patriots’ offense and Brady, who threw for four touchdowns. The Bills lost 25-41.
The Hawks (4-2-1) lost 25-30 to the New Orleans Saints. Russell Wilson finished 22 of 34 for 253 yards with no TDs and one interception, which set up the Saints’ first score. Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril punched the ball out from behind and into the arms of safety Earl Thomas, who ran into the open field for a 34-yard touchdown. A trick play set up the Seahawks’ second score. Wilson threw a quick backward screen to his left to wide receiver Tanner McEvoy, who then threw deep back across the field for a 43-yard completion to running back C.J. Prosise to the Saints 2. In turn, that set up Christine Michael’s short touchdown run to make it 14-3. Seattle’s defense forced a field goal in the third quarter after the Saints had a first-and-goal on the 1.
The Seahawks’ players and head coach were upset about the officiating in their loss against the Saints, but fans who bet on NFL at sportsbooks know that offense is their real problem. Seattle ranks 14th in passing yards (258.4), 23rd in total yards (339.9), 28th in rushing yards (81.4), and 29th in points (18.7) per game. The ‘Hawks managed only one touchdown on nine possessions against a Saints defense that entered the game giving up a league-worst 32.5 points per game. It’s the defense that is keeping Seattle atop the NFC West division ahead of the Arizona Cardinals.
If Monday’s game stopped right after the coin toss, then the Bills would be the favorites of people who bet on NFL. Buffalo has won the coin toss in 10 straight games, dating back to December of last season. The chance of winning a 50-50 event that many times in a row is a minuscule 0.0977%, or less than 1,000 to 1. The Bills are currently second in the AFC East division, behind the Patriots. Buffalo and Seattle last played each other on 2012, when the Bills lost 17-50. Buffalo had won the previous two encounters. The Seattle Seahawks lead series 7-5-0. Seattle has scored 295 points while the Bills have scored 286. Both teams will be looking forward to regain their winning ways.