The Bills haven't been to the Super Bowl since 1993. Last year, they also missed out on the AFC title, losing to the Chiefs after taking the lead by 13 seconds. Now that Brian Dobbles is the Giants' head coach, Buffalo is bringing in a new offensive coordinator in Ken Dorsey.
Nevertheless, the Bills remain the top pick to win the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.
Miles Simmons and I discussed the dynamic during PFT Live on Thursday. And so we encountered a wrinkle. Sports betting can fuel this very beast.
Shortly after the scraps fell on SoFi, the Bills became the favorite to win the next Super Bowl. While this is a fairly common reality when it comes to coverage of the NFL, the gossip and the unprecedented attention the sports media are giving to such potential bets legitimize the concept.
Heck, the Bills are the 2.5-point favorite for tonight's win. Sean McVeigh did not lose the first week. Heck, the rams have never been under .500 in five years under McVeigh.
They're raising a banner tonight. Since 2004, the Super Bowl champion has been 14-2 in his first home Thursday night game of the season. (The Ravens lost on the road in 2013. In 2019, the NFL named the Packers and Bears their first game in honor of the league's 100th season.)
It will also be hot under the majestic canopy, which is the partial roof of the SoFi stadium. Billing travels across the country to play. The Rams are one of the 10 underdogs on their home ground this weekend that will give them extra momentum when it starts.
Surprisingly, this number has not changed. Maybe that will happen as kickoff approaches and more people realize that 2.5 points to the Rams is a very good deal.
Sports betting can raise expectations for Bills debut in Pro Football Talk