A Complete Look at NFL Week 9 Betting

Six teams have byes during week 9 in the NFL (Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Tennessee), but there are still intriguing matchups throughout the league. The week starts with a battle among NFC South contenders, and includes NFC heavyweights meeting in Big D, plus the next chapter in the Manning/Brady saga. Let’s take a look a closer look at each game.

Six teams have byes during week 9 in the NFL (Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Tennessee), but there are still intriguing matchups throughout the league. The week starts with a battle among NFC South contenders, and includes NFC heavyweights meeting in Big D, plus the next chapter in the Manning/Brady saga. Let’s take a look a closer look at each game.

Thursday

New Orleans (3-4) at Carolina (3-4-1) – Spread: Saints -3

In a huge NFC South game, the Saints will travel to Carolina looking to get their first road win the of the year. New Orleans is 0-4 on the road, but three of the four games have been decided by a field goal or less. The Saints are 2-10 against the spread on the road over the past two seasons. Last year, New Orleans beat Carolina at home 31-13, and lost in Charlotte 17-13. The Panthers’ record has suffered the last three weeks as their level of competition has picked up. They earned a tie at Cincinnati before dropping games at Green Bay and against Seattle. This is the second straight home game for Carolina. They travel to Philadelphia on Monday Night Football in week 10.

 

Sunday

San Diego (5-3) at Miami (4-3) – Spread: Dolphins -1

The Chargers have a bit of extra time to prepare for their meeting with the Dolphins after losing at Denver 35-21 on Thursday night in week 8. It was a second straight setback for San Diego after Kansas City beat them 23-20 in week 7. Last year, Miami beat San Diego at home 20-16. The Chargers committed 10 penalties against Miami while the Dolphins were flagged only three times. The Dolphins are 1-2 at home on the year while the Chargers are 2-1 on the road. Miami opened the year with a win over New England, but lost to Kansas City 34-15 in week 3, and allowed a last-second touchdown to Green Bay in week 6, falling 27-24.

Tampa Bay (1-6) at Cleveland (4-3) – Spread: Browns -7

Tampa Bay will be on the road for the first time in almost a month. Tampa’s only win of the year came on the road against Pittsburgh in week 4. They also played the Saints tough in New Orleans, ultimately falling in overtime. Prior to that, they put in a dismal performance on TNF in week 3, falling to Atlanta 56-14. But that was back when Josh McCown was the starter. The Browns will be at home for a second straight week. Cleveland beat Oakland 23-13 last Sunday improving to 3-1 in front of their fans. Cleveland fell at Tampa Bay 17-14 in 2010, their only matchup since 2006.

Arizona (6-1) at Dallas (6-2) – Spread: Cowboys -4.5

The Cardinals hope to improve to 3-1 on the road as they travel to face the Cowboys. So far this season, Arizona beat the Giants in New York 25-14, fell at Denver 41-20, and knocked off the Raiders in Oakland 24-13. The Cardinals are 7-3-1 on the road against the spread over the last two years. This is the last of a three game homestand for Dallas who beat the Giants 31-21 and fell to Washington 20-17 in OT on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys were ten-point favorites in that game, but QB Tony Romo had to leave part way through the game (though he returned late in the fourth) and is questionable for week 9. Five of their final seven games are on the road. The Cowboys have dropped three straight meetings with Arizona but, oddly, all three games were in Phoenix.

For our early look at this game, check out the sneak peek we posted prior to week 8.

Philadelphia (5-2) at Houston (4-4) – Spread: Eagles -2.5

The Eagles began the year with four home dates in their first six contests and are now paying for it. Last week, Philadelphia fell at Arizona 24-20 after their week 7 bye. They are now 1-2 on the road with all three games decided by five points or fewer. But Philadelphia is 3-0 all time against Houston with each game decided by at least ten. The Texans are returning home after back-to-back road games. Houston is 2-1 in front of friendly fans, beating Washington 17-6 in week 1 and Buffalo 23-17 in week 4, before falling to Indianapolis 33-28 in week 6.

New York Jets (1-7) at Kansas City (4-3) – Spread: Chiefs -10

The Jets travel to Kansas City seeking their first road win of the year. While New York is 0-3 away from home, they are 1-1-1 against the spread. The Jets fell at Green Bay 31-24 in week 2, lost in San Diego 31-0 in week 5, and, most recently, dropped a narrow 27-25 decision at New England in week 7. The Jets can take some consolation out of knowing they were in a position to win at Foxborough – one of the toughest stadiums in the league – but had a last second field goal try blocked. The Chiefs are at home for a second straight Sunday after blasting the Rams 34-7 in week 8. They are 2-1 on the season at Arrowhead Stadium.. After an abomination in week 1 where they fell to the Titans 26-10, KC rebounded at home in week 4 thumping the Pats 41-14. Kansas City has not beaten the Jets in three meetings since 2005.

Jacksonville (1-7) at Cincinnati (4-2-1) – Spread: Bengals -11.5

The Jaguars are 0-4 on the road and 1-3 against the spread. Jacksonville fell at Philadelphia 34-17 in week 1, lost at Washington 41-10 in week 2, was beaten 33-14 by San Diego in week 4, and dropped a 16-14 nail biter at Tennessee in week 6. The Jags did manage their first win of the season in week 7, though, beating the Browns 24-6 in Jacksonville. This will be the second of three straight home games for the Bengals, who beat Baltimore 27-24 last week, and haven’t lost a regular season game in front of their fans in over a season. Cincinnati has won three straight against the Jags dating back to 2005.

Washington (3-5) at Minnesota (3-5) – Spread: Vikings -3

Washington travels to TCF Bank Stadium to face the Vikings outdoors in Minnesota for the first time since 1976. Last year, indoors at the Metrodome, Minnesota beat Washington 34-27. The Skins are 1-3 on the road after winning Monday night in Dallas 20-17. The Vikings are just 1-2 at home. They fell to New England 30-7 in week 2, beat Atlanta 41-28 in week 4, and got shut down 17-3 against the Lions in week 6. The Vikings have won three of the last four in the series.

St. Louis (2-5) at San Francisco (4-3) – Spread: Niners -10

For the second time in four weeks, the Rams take on the Niners. San Francisco won 31-17 in week 6. The Rams led the first meeting 14-0, but allowed Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including a key score at the end of the second quarter to make the halftime margin 14-10. San Francisco comes off of a bye with a 2-1 home record. They blew a huge lead to Chicago in week 2 ultimately losing 28-20, rebounded with a 26-21 win over Philadelphia in week 4, and got by Kansas City 22-17 in week 5. The Rams have just one win in their last seven games against the Niners. After beating Seattle in week 7, the Rams laid an egg against the Chiefs last Sunday, falling 34-7.

Denver (6-1) at New England (6-2) – Spread: Broncos -3.5

Think we’ll hear anything about the two quarterbacks in this contest leading up to the game? Peyton Manning led the Broncos past Tom Brady and the Patriots 26-16 in last year’s AFC Championship Game. It was Manning’s first win against Brady since he left Indianapolis. While a Colt, Manning was 4-8 against Brady’s Pats, and Manning is 2-7 all time against Brady in New England. The Broncos have only played two road games so far and are 1-1 on the road, with an overtime loss at Seattle and a two touchdown win against the Jets. This is the third straight home game for the Patriots. New England is 4-0 at home and, most recently, walloped the Bears 51-23 in week 8.

For our early look at this game, check out the sneak peak we posted prior to week 8.

Oakland (0-7) at Seattle (4-3) – Spread: Seahawks -15

The second straight road game for the Raiders will take them to what used to be the most difficult venue for opponents in the league. Seattle is 2-1 at home this year, but have not been as dominant as in recent seasons. The Seahawks beat Green Bay 36-16 on opening day, got by Denver 26-20 in OT during week 3, and fell to Dallas 30-23 in week 6. Seattle is 2-1 against the spread at home this year after going 6-2 last year. The teams have split their last six meetings, but Seattle has won four straight at home.

Baltimore (5-3) at Pittsburgh (5-3) – Spread: Steelers -1

AFC North rivals will meet for the second time this year as Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore. The Steelers lost in Baltimore 26-6 in week 2. The Steelers largely beat themselves in the first game, turning the ball over three times (compared to zero for the Ravens) and taking nine penalties (compared to the Ravens’ four). The recent head-to-head history is split down the middle. Each team has won nine of the last 18. Home field has not proved decisive either, as they have also split the last six at Heinz Field. Baltimore is 1-1 in divisional road games. They won at Cleveland 23-21 in week 3, and fell last Sunday at Cincinnati 27-24. Pittsburgh is 3-1 at home after pounding the Colts in week 8. “Big Ben” could be primed for another big game as the Ravens will be without top cornerback Jimmy Smith.

 

Monday

Indianapolis (5-3) at New York Giants (3-4) – Spread: Colts -3.5

The Giants return from a bye for their first home game in a month. They are 2-1 against the spread at home this year after going 3-5 last year. New York has won five in a row following a bye and are 7-5 all time under Tom Coughlin after a week of rest. This is the second straight road game for the Colts who have a bye in week 10. After five straight wins, Indianapolis had no answer for the Steelers offense in a 51-34 loss last week. Indy has won two straight and three of their last four against the G-men.