Bills get into predicting game before facing Miami
Hey, Leodis McKelvin, want to try your hand at Pro Picks?
The Buffalo cornerback got into the predicting business this week in preparation for the Bills' visit to Miami on Thursday night. McKelvin said he "ain't going to lose no sleep, man. I'm just going to take (myself) home, put myself to sleep and get ready to play the Dolphins and beat (them), point blank, period."
Confident or desperate? Maybe a bit of both.
Each team is 5-4 and looking up at New England in the AFC East. Both also are looking up at Kansas City and everyone in the AFC North in the chase for a wild-card berth.
In their earlier meeting, the Bills manhandled the Dolphins in Buffalo 29-10 in Week 2. Buffalo has won four of the past five matchups, and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is sick of the losing to their division rival.
"We didn't put it up on the board or anything, but we're aware of what's been said," Tannehill said. "It's just a matter of going out and playing well. At the end of the day it doesn't matter what you say during the week, it matters how you play - in this case on Thursday."
Miami played well in a last-second loss at Detroit last weekend and has the league's second-ranked pass defense. Buffalo led most of the way at home before falling to the Chiefs and has a dynamic pass rush.
Miami (No. 15 in AP Pro32) is a 5-point favorite over Buffalo (No. 19, AP Pro32). McKelvin notwithstanding, this one will be tight.
No. 3 Denver (minus 9 1/2) at No. 23 St. Louis
A fast track for the Broncos' speedsters and Peyton Manning? That spells BEST BET, despite the Rams' improved D.
BEST BET: BRONCOS, 31-17
No. 1 New England (plus 3) at No. 7 Indianapolis
We can't pass on a chance to take the Patriots with points.
UPSET SPECIAL: PATRIOTS, 30-28
No. 5 Detroit (plus 1 1/2) at No. 2 Arizona
This one will tell us plenty about both contenders. The Cardinals are so resilient ...
No. 8 Seattle (plus 1 1/2) at No. 10 Kansas City
This one will tell us plenty about both contenders. The Chiefs are so resilient ...
No. 4 Philadelphia (plus 5) at No. 6 Green Bay
This one will ... you get the message. And both teams are resilient.
No. 13 Pittsburgh (minus 5 1/2) at No. 29 Tennessee, Monday night
Steelers really burned us as a road favorite last week. We didn't learn.
No. 26 Atlanta (plus 1 1/2) at No. 22 Carolina
Pro Picks thought about this for the Upset Special.
No. 11 San Francisco (minus 4) at No. 24 New York Giants
This would be three straight road teams we like to win this week.
No. 16 Cincinnati (plus 7) at No. 18 New Orleans
Cincinnati's bungling days are back. The Saints just need a .500 mark to win weak NFC South.
No. 32 Oakland (plus 10) at No. 17 San Diego
Another loss gives the Raiders 16 straight over a one-year span. Book it.
No. 20 Houston (plus 3) at No. 12 Cleveland
First-place Browns? At least for one more week in the AFC North.
No. 21 Minnesota (plus 3 1/2) at No. 27 Chicago
The Bears can't really be that bad, right? If they have any pride ...
No. 31 Tampa Bay (plus 7) at No. 25 Washington
It would be nice to see a healthy RG3 working his quarterbacking magic.
2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (6-6); Season (71-69-4). Straight up: This week (8-5); Season (95-50-1)
Best Bet: 5-5 against spread, 6-4 straight up.
Upset special: 6-4 against spread, 4-6 straight up.