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Betting public is backing the Bills at Patriots

We break down betting splits midway through Week 16.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen celebrates his touchdown with running back Devin Singletary against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has its now annual Saturday triple-header set for Week 16, and we get three matchups with significant playoff implications. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills, and the San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams, all on NFL Network, and all with plenty to play for in Week 16.

DraftKings Sportsbook released their Wednesday line updates, and broke down how the betting public is approaching the point spread, money line, and point total. Bills-Patriots offers the most interesting matchup in that regard. The betting public is backing Buffalo on the point spread, with 55 percent of the handle and 63 percent of the tickets bet. 63 percent of tickets bet on the money line are on the Patriots, but 55 percent of the handle is on the underdog Bills. Bettors expect a defensive affair with a majority of tickets and handle on the under.

The other two games have the favorites getting north of 80 percent support on the point spread, and over 70 percent of the money line. Those two games are also viewed as more high-scoring affairs, with more than two thirds of Rams-49ers money on the over and 84 percent of Texans-Bucs money on the over.

Here’s the full rundown of betting splits as of Wednesday morning.

Week 16 betting splits (Wednesday)

Team Spread % Handle % Bets Total % Handle % Bets Money Line % Handle % Bets
Team Spread % Handle % Bets Total % Handle % Bets Money Line % Handle % Bets
Texans -3.5 87% 80% Over 49.5 84% 81% -175 78% 71%
Buccaneers 3.5 13% 20% Under 49.5 16% 19% 155 22% 29%
Bills 6.5 55% 63% Over 37.5 37% 46% 245 55% 37%
Patriots -6.5 45% 37% Under 37.5 63% 54% -286 45% 63%
Rams 6.5 13% 19% Over 45 67% 74% 225 13% 10%
49ers -6.5 87% 81% Under 45 33% 26% -265 87% 90%