Pick 2: Buffalo vs. Oakland and Miami vs. Minnesota

Pick 2: Buffalo vs. Oakland and Miami vs. Minnesota

The Teaser: Pair Buffalo and Miami

Game 1: Buffalo vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

Buffalo -6.5 away vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Buffalo’s line

The Final Line:

Buffalo even

The Breakdown:

Buffalo was able to pull off the huge upset home win, defeating Green Bay 21-13. The offense actually struggled, as Kyle Orton only threw for 158 yds with an INT and only had 253 total yds as a team. The defense and special teams stole the show however. On defense they had a safety and 2 INTs against Aaron Rodgers, who had his worst career game, while they had a 75 yd punt return on special teams. Oakland stayed winless on the road this season, as they got hammered in KC 31-13. A 21 pt 3rd quarter sealed the game for KC, as the defense gave up 388 total yds. Derek Carr went 27-56 for 222 yds and a TD, while Murray added 59 yds on the ground.

Buffalo is still in playoff contention with a 8-6 record in the AFC, but they need to win their last 2 games to have a realistic chance. Oakland on the other hand can’t wait for the season to end, as they only have 2 wins on the year. Buffalo has been strong on defense all year, as they rank 5th in pass yds allowed and 9th in rush yds allowed. They also have a +10 turnover differential which is 3rd in the league. Oakland however has a -16 turnover differential which ranks last in the league, and also has under 4,000 yds total offense which also ranks last in the NFL. At this time in the year every win counts, and if Buffalo can’t beat Oakland they don’t deserve to make the playoffs. Expect their fate to be decided in week 17, as they will get the W here.

Game 2: Miami vs. Minnesota

The Initial Line:

Miami -7 home vs. Minnesota

The Take:

Add 6.5 points to Miami’s line

The Final Line:

Miami -0.5

The Breakdown:

Miami saw its playoff hopes slip away, losing on the road to New England 41-13. The game was actually close due to a late Mike Wallace TD that made it 14-13 at halftime, but New England got 24 pts in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Ryan Tannehill threw for 346 yds and a TD, but he also had 2 INTs. Minnesota made it a close game in Detroit but eventually fell on a late FG 16-14. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 315 yds, a TD and 2 INTs, while Matt Asiata added a TD on the ground. The defense actually held Detroit to 233 total yds of offense, but couldn’t stop their last drive that went 65 yds for the eventual winning FG.

Both of these teams have been knocked out of playoff contention. Miami was still in the hunt until the loss Sunday. Minnesota has been out for a while with their 6-8 record in a tough NFC North Division with GB and Detroit. Miami has had a good year however, ranking 7th in total defense. They also have a lot to build off next year with Ryan Tannehill, who had some fantastic games and currently has a 66% Comp. % and a 22-11 TD-INT ratio. The season is not over yet though, and now the teams will play for pride. Expect Miami to be looking for the win in front of the home crowd, as they are they better overall team on offense and defense.

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