Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills, 9-24-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: George Middleton
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-1)
NFL: Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Line: Denver -3
The Denver Broncos hit the road to take on the Buffalo Bills for Week Three of the NFL season. Denver has been arguably the most impressive team in the league so far with two good wins against the Chargers and Cowboys. The Broncos are led by a balanced offense featuring Trevor Siemian and C.J. Anderson. Siemian has 450 passing yards and six touchdowns, and Anderson is second in the league with 199 rushing yards. The same can’t be said for Buffalo who has struggled scoring the ball. Buffalo has 24 points combined in both games. The offense is led by Tyrod Taylor who has 349 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Broncos dominate Cowboys
On Sunday afternoon, the Denver Broncos did the unthinkable by dominating the Dallas Cowboys 41-17 at home as an underdog. They held star running back Ezekiel Elliott to just eight yards on nine carries. Going into the game the star back never had under 50 rushing yards.
The story of the game was the play of Trevor Siemian and C.J. Anderson. Siemian had 231 passing yards and four touchdowns, taking advantage of a decimated Dallas secondary. Veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had 71 receiving yards and big-play receiver Emmanuel Sanders wound up with 62 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Anderson led all players with 118 rushing yards and a touchdown. The running back also added a 16-yard touchdown reception. The only thing that went wrong on Sunday was a leg injury to first-round tackle Garrett Bolles. Fortunately for the Broncos he is listed as week-to-week.
Bills fall to Panthers in ugly game
The Buffalo Bills lost 9-3 to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon. It was truly an ugly game as neither team saw the end zone. The Bills had their shot to win the game but they turned the ball over on downs with 14 seconds to play on the Carolina 33-yard line. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor had an unproductive game with 125 passing yards on 17/25 completions. Taylor did an element to the lackluster ground attack with a game-high 55 rushing yards on eight carries.
The Panthers defense was just a tad better in this one. They held Bills star back LeSean McCoy to just nine yards on 12 carries. McCoy did lead the Bills with 34 receiving yards. Carolina outgained Buffalo 255-176 in total yards, though the Bills’ defense kept the team in the game. Right now after two games, it appears that the Bills have a playoff defense. The offense is another story. The Panthers dominated the time of possession as they had the ball for 39 minutes.
The Denver Broncos are:
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
- 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Buffalo Bills are:
- 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. AFC.
- 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Denver is a much more complete team and it will show. The Bills home crowd will keep them in it early, but the Broncos should win by about a touchdown or 10 points.
The pick: Denver
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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