Fearless Freddie’s Football Forecast

BABY STEPS. The Buffalo Bills have a new coach, new general manager and new starting quarterback. Not exactly a recipe for success in the National Football League, especially early in the season.

That’s why the New England Patriots will stroll into Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday and have their way with the new guys.

Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel is back from his knee injury and ready to play, as is C.J. Spiller, but it won’t be enough. Tom Brady will find more than enough targets to make it seem all too easy.

Freddie sees it this way:

Patriots 31, BILLS 17

HOME teams are capitalized. Teams chosen to win the game are listed first, with the predicted margin of victory next. The official Las Vegas odds are in parentheses:

PROS

Thursday night

DENVER +6 over Baltimore +7.5

Sunday

New England +14 over BUFFALO (+9.5)

Seattle +3 over CAROLINA (-3.5)

CHICAGO +5 over Cincinnati (+3)

CLEVELAND +3 over Miami (pick ’em)

DETROIT +3 over Minnesota (+5)

INDIANAPOLIS +7 over Oakland (+10)

Kansas City +3 over JAX (+3.5)

NEW ORLEANS +7 over Atlanta (+3)

Tampa Bay +1 over N.Y. JETS (+3.5)

PITTSBURGH +6 over Tennessee (+7)

SAN FRAN +3 over Green Bay (+4.5)

ST. LOUIS +6 over Arizona (+4.5)

DALLAS + 10 over N.Y. Giants +3.5)

Monday

WASH. +3 over Philadelphia (+3.5)

Houston +3 over SAN DIEGO (+3.5)

LAST SEASON: 150-80-1 (.649) Vs. line 117-114 (.506)

COLLEGES

Saturday

LOUISVILLE +24 over E. Kentucky (off)

Florida +6 over MIAMI (+3)

Oregon +21 over VIRGINIA (+22.5)

GEORGIA +7 over South Carolina (+3)

NEBRASKA +24 over S. Miss. (+28)

NORTHWESTERN +7 over Syracuse (+17)

OKLAHOMA +17 over W. Va. (+21)

Texas +10 over BYU (+7)

MICHIGAN +6 over Notre Dame (+3.5)

OREGON ST. +24 over Hawaii (+27)

USC +12 over Washington St. (+15.5)

STANFORD +28 over San Jose St. (+25)

MICH. ST. +21 over S. Florida (+23)

PENN ST. +22 over E. Michigan (+24)

Cincinnati +7 over ILLINOIS (+8)

TENNESSEE +17 over W. Kentucky (+13)

N. CAR. +16 over Middle Tenn. (+17.5)

BALL ST. +7 over Army (+7.5)

BAYLOR +35 over Buffalo (+27.5)

INDIANA +12 over Navy (+13.5)

LAST SEASON: 230-62 (.787) Vs. line 157-135 (.538)