Buffalo Bills vs. Atlanta Falcons - 12/1/13
Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Rogers Centre)
The Line: Buffalo Bills -3.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Falcons look to get back in the win column when they head north of the border to Toronto to take on the Bills who continue their series of home games in Canada.
Atlanta hasn’t lived up to expectations this season even before they lost all pro wide out Julio Jones for the season but since then they have dropped five straight contests and haven’t been able to do much of anything on offense. Matt Ryan lost his primary receiving threat who was on pace to have a monster year and has also been without Roddy White for a large part of the year as well as Steven Jackson who hasn’t been able to find a groove in his new digs. While there are a ton of excuses for the Falcons’ dismal season it doesn’t negate the fact that they’re in last place in the NFC South and are in line to finish the year with a top five draft choice in April. The Falcons head to Canada hoping that a change of scenery will do the trick and they may actually have a slight advantage here as the Rogers Centre is domed giving the Falcons some familiarity and eliminating the home field advantage that the Ralph is known for. Buffalo was pasted by the Seahawks in Toronto last year and Falcons fans are hoping for the same result this time around.
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It is no secret the Buffalo Bills hate the arrangement made by ownership and the Rogers group that brings the Bills to Canada once a year and last season was the boiling point as a number of players voiced their displeasure with having to play at a neutral site. Players complained that the crowd is there to experience the spectacle of the NFL nature as the fan support isn’t directly proportionate to the Bills as a number of casual football fans and others who are there just for the sake of it take away from the atmosphere that layers feed off of including on defense when they want noise to drown out the quarterback calls. While the relationship is great for both sides in terms of revenue generation the results haven’t been there for the Bills and while the Falcons have been awful this season they might have an edge here. While Kiko Alonso and the rest of the Bills’ defense will be incredibly active it is the Falcons who have more dome experience and they won’t have to deal with the traditional road woes that other stadiums produce. Buffalo is the better team this season but I think this game is close and I will take the points with the “road” team.