NFL betting handicappers see a massive rebuilding project along with the tough AFC East division as obstacles that will prevent Buffalo from achieving NFL gambling success.
Buffalo finished the 2009 season with a record of 6-10 straight up and 8-8 against the spread as they were often a value-enhanced team as odds makers would sweeten the pot to attract action their way.
Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey took over the mess and has the challenge of trying to change the losing culture of the Bills. Gailey has brought a no nonsense total businesslike approach to the job which was fully illustrated when he had all of the televisions ripped from the weight room.
“We want to make sure that we understand that when we walk into this facility it’s all work,” said Gailey. “That’s a workplace. It’s not a place to watch TV. So that was my message: It’s business.”
The Bills have not made the playoffs in the past 10 years and have posted just one winning season in that span as they have become one of the least appealing teams with those handicapping the NFL betting odds.
“We’ve got something to accomplish,” said Gailey. We’ve not been where we’ve needed to be in the last few years. And we’ve got to get back there. And I know only one way to accomplish that, and that’s through hard work.”
Gailey must decide on a starting quarterback as Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick will battle for the top job. The defense has long been a weakness with the NFL betting lines and will go to a new 3-4 alignment for the 2010 season.
Gailey has also done away with the casual training camp style run by his predecessor Dick Jauron as the Bills have had more frequent workouts and wearing pads while doing so.
So far the players are buying into the changes and that could make the Bills a potentially solid NFL betting value.
“It’s all business now and no jacking around,” said defensive lineman Chris Kelsay.
“They want to win. They want to win now.”
The Bills beat Indianapolis 34-21 in preseason action last week for an easy payout as 3.5-point chalks and will host Cincinnati on August 28.