As fans of football can testify, coaches are full of clichés in the wake of a defeat.
After a particularly chastening defeat, for example, a coach will often suggest that his team will ‘dust themselves down and go again’ in time for the next encounter. This is why there is a great deal to be said for playing quickly after such a defeat, as they have less time to dwell on their disappointment and lose confidence.
This will certainly be outlook of the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins this Thursday night, as the two meet in a bid to return to winning ways once more.
The Dolphins experienced a humbling, last-minute 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions, while the Bills were defeated in similar fashion at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. Both sides dominated their respective encounters for the most part, only for repeated turnovers and individual errors to undermine their chances of success. These performances betrayed both sides’ lack of confidence heading into the game, meaning that fans can expect a tight and tense encounter to kick-off round eleven in the NFL.
With this in mind, the bookmakers have hedged their bets when it comes to setting odds for Thursdays clash at the Ralph Wilson Stadium. According to Paddy Power’s NFL match betting odds, for example, the Bills will start as slight outsiders and can be backed at a less than appealing 21/10 to succeed.
Fans of the Miami Dolphins can at least back their side as favorites at a price of 2/5, although this also offering little incentive to would-be betters. Although the draw is unlikely its price of 33/1 is alluring, so it may be worth a small flutter for those who are willing to take a chance.
The match is certainly too close to call, and it is likely that an individual error or a moment of unbridled brilliance will ultimately decide the game. It will certainly make for fascinating viewing, unless you are unfortunate enough to be cheering on one side or the other.