The clash between New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills will close Thursday’s action in the NFL 2021 season Week 12. The home side is on a winless streak, which they want to end after this match. The visitors have been running hot and cold lately, and they want to stabilize their form.
New Orleans has lost its momentum, and they jeopardized their chances to enter the post-season. The hosts look forward to bouncing back and improving their game in the coming weeks. On the other hand, the away side has been pretty inconsistent lately. Nevertheless, they are still in the game to secure the top spot in the division, and they want to lock it.
New Orleans Saints – Can they cope without Winston?
The Saints topped the NFC South until recently, but a series of three defeats saw them declining to the 2nd spot. They are two wins behind the Buccaneers, having a 5-5 record. New Orleans has been in trouble since their starting quarterback got injured, as they lost their offensive sharpness. The Saints turned the ball over three times against the Eagles in the latest round and suffered a 40-29 defeat. Trevor Siemian went 214 yards through the air but completed only 22 passes from 40 attempts.
Jameis Winston has thrown for 1,170 yards on seven appearances, with 14 touchdowns and three picks. Alvin Kamara has been the Saints’ leading rusher with 530 yards and three TDs, while Mark Ingram II and Jameis Winston have combined for 371 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Deonte Harris leads the receiving department with 418 yards and two touchdowns, while Marquez Callaway and Alvin Kamara have combined for 682 receiving yards and ten scores. Demario Davis stands out in defense with 66 total tackles, while Marcus Davenport has logged 5.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Tony Jones Jr., Marquez Callaway, Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Nick Vannett, Alex Armah, James Hurst, Calvin Throckmorton, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Jordan Mills
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Cameron Jordan, Shy Tuttle, David Onyemata, Christian Ringo, Kwon Alexander, Demario Davis, Zack Baun, Paulson Adebo, Malkolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore
Quarter Back: Trevor Siemian
Kicker: Brett Maher
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Buffalo Bills – Will they stabilize their form?
The Bills have been pretty inconsistent lately, as they suffered three defeats on the last five occasions. They are second in the AFC East, being one win behind the Patriots but having one game in hand. Buffalo had an abysmal game against the Colts at home last weekend, in which they lost 41-15. The Bills gained 307 yards in the offense but made four turnovers. Josh Allen threw for 209 yards on 21-35, with a pair of scores and picks.
Buffalo’s starting QB Josh Allen has gone 2,811 yards through the air this season, with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Devin Singletary has contributed the most in the rushing department with 415 yards and two TDs, while Josh Allen and Zack Moss have combined for 605 rushing yards and seven scores. Stefon Diggs generated 773 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley have 480+ receiving yards. Defensively, Jordan Poyer is the leading tackler with 56, while Greg Rousseau and Mario Addison logged three sacks each.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Zack Moss, Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Jake Kumerow, Dawson Knox, Reggie Gilliam, Dion Dawkins, Ike Boettger, Mitch Morse, Daryl Williams, Tommy Doyle
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Greg Rousseau, Ed Oliver, Harrison Phillips, Jerry Hughes, Matt Milano, Tremaine Edmunds, A.J. Klein, Tre’Davious White, Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Levi Wallace
Quarter Back: Josh Allen
Kicker: Tyler Bass
Expert Pick #1 – Buffalo Bills -5.5 @-110
Although the Bills haven’t impressed lately, they are still in a better momentum than their rivals. The Saints have had a lot of issues on their own, which they still haven’t resolved. The margin is a bit tricky, but I believe Buffalo can win this one and cover the spread, and I’m backing them for my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 45.5 @-110
New Orleans has been struggling in the offense lately, as they cannot generate much traction without Winston on the quarterback. Michael Thomas is still out of the contest for the hosts, and I don’t expect many points from them. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Bills & Under 51.5 @+115
I’ll go with the moneyline & totals combo on the plus money odds for my third pick. I expect the Bills to get back home with a win, while I’ll extend the totals margin a bit, believing that we’ll see less than 52 points.