With historic levels of snow blanketing Western New York, the Buffalo Bills were forced to switch the date and venue for Sunday’s scheduled home game against the New York Jets. The NFL announced Thursday that the matchup between the AFC East rivals will be moved to Detroit on Monday night after nearly six feet of snow pounded Buffalo – with another two-plus feet expected before the weekend. It will be the second trip to Detroit this season for the Bills, who beat the Lions 17-14 on Oct. 5.
The Jets are searching for their first road victory and went into the bye week with some positive momentum after snapping an eight-game skid with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 9. Both Buffalo and New York have made quarterback changes this season, and Michael Vick’s turnover-free performance against the Steelers gave the Jets something around which to build. “I don’t want to let my teammates down, I don’t want to let myself down,” Vick told ESPN New York of the opportunity to start again. “I set high expectations for myself and I’m just trying to fulfill that and have fun doing it as the same time.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBS (New York, Buffalo markets only).
LINE HISTORY: When lines for this rescheduled game came out, oddsmakers had the Bills -2.5 but they are now -1.5. The total opened 41.5.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Jets (+5.0) + Bills (-1.0) = Bills -6.0
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Jets have to play four of their final six games on the road with the two home games coming against Patriots and Dolphins. The Bills playoff chances took a big hit with loss at Miami and it looks like an 8-8 record is the best they can do. 6-0 ATS L6 after gaining 250 or less yards.” Covers Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE JETS (2-8 SU, 2-7-1 ATS, 5-5 O/U): Vick got a chance in relief against Buffalo on Oct. 26 and went 18-for-36 with an interception and a pair of lost fumbles in a 43-23 setback. The former No. 1 overall pick was better in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs the following week before breaking out with a pair of touchdown passes as New York ended its eight-game slide against Pittsburgh. “Everything that goes along with this position is difficult and I think I just like the challenge,” Vick told ESPN New York. “I look forward to each and every day I get up, and one thing I’ll never do is never take it for granted again.”
ABOUT THE BILLS (5-5 SU, 4-6 ATS, 2-8 O/U): Buffalo had to estimate its injury report on Wednesday due to practice being canceled, and quarterback Kyle Orton was estimated to be a limited participant with a toe injury. The rest of the Bills were busy taking to social media with their snow experiences, hoping to ease the sting of back-to-back losses in which the team managed a total of 22 points. Orton, who is not expected to miss the game, is completing under 60 percent of his passes in the last two games and has just one scoring pass in that span after tossing four TDs in the win over the Jets on Oct. 26.
* Over is 6-0 in Bills last six Monday games.
* Underdog is 19-9 ATS in their last 28 meetings.
* Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs. AFC.
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints (-3, 50.5)
The New Orleans Saints have appeared to be the most talented team in the muddled NFC South Division. However, after consecutive losses at the Superdome, the Saints are fortunate to find themselves in a tie for first place with the Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans can’t afford to let any more home games slip away when it hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
The Ravens are also locked in a playoff battle in the tight AFC North. Currently in third place, Baltimore snapped a two-game slide by beating Tennessee last time out. The Ravens hope their bye last week will help recharge their bodies for the stretch run and they’ve beaten the Saints in four of their five all-time meetings, but New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has won his last six Monday night games.
TV: 8:30 p.m ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: The Saints opened -3.5, briefly went to -4 and are currently -3. The total opened 49.5 and is up to 50.5.
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Ravens (-2.75) + Saints (+0.75) + home field (-3.0) = Ravens -0.5
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Ravens dropped a couple spots despite being off this past week. At New Orleans this week and they have the easiest remaining schedule of the four AFC North teams. New Orleans has lost two straight at home and has never lost three straight home games under Sean Payton. Host Baltimore Monday night where they are 5-1 ATS L6.” Covers Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE RAVENS (6-4 SU, 5-4-1 ATS, 5-5 O/U): After a blazing start Joe Flacco has struggled recently, throwing five touchdown passes and five interceptions over the past four games. Running back Justin Forsett continues to have a breakout season with 721 yards rushing, ranking a surprising seventh in the NFL. Teams from the the AFC North are 8-1-1 against their counterparts from the NFC South this season.
ABOUT THE SAINTS (4-6 SU, 4-6 ATS, 7-3 O/U): Rookie receiver Brandin Cooks (53, receptions, 530 yards) was lost for the season after undergoing thumb surgery during the week. The sure-handed Cooks’ loss will be felt by Brees, who leads the league completing 69.55 percent of his passes. New Orleans, which ranks third in passing offense, hasn’t lost three straight games at home since it dropped six in a row in 2005.
* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Ravens are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games.
* Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games.