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NFL Week 9 begins with the suddenly reeling Green Bay Packers taking on the injury-plagued San Francisco 49ers. Odds are that Aaron Rodgers and Co. will come out on top here. However, the point spread is minimal.
As for Sunday’s action, the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts do battle in a tremendous AFC contest. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks will head to Western New York to take on the Buffalo Bills in what promises to be a high-scoring NFL affair.
Here’s a look at the odds and point spreads for NFL Week 9.
Updated: Nov. 8, 9:30 AM EST
NFL Week 9 Sunday games
New York Giants at Washington Football Team
Giants-Washington Week 9 point spread and odds: Washington -3.0 (over/under 43.5)
Washington’s 22-point win over the Cowboys back in NFL Week 7 represented its largest margin of victory since Week 10 of the 2015 season. How long ago was that? A then 29-year-old Sean McVay was Washington’s offensive coordinator. The moral of the story? Washington might very well win this game. However, the team won’t come out on top going away.
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs
Panthers-Chiefs Week 9 point spread and odds: Chiefs -10.0 (over/under 52.0)
Including last week’s 35-9 blowout win over the hapless Jets, half of the Chiefs’ eight games have seen more than 52 total points scored. That’s about the same rate as we saw during the team’s run to the Super Bowl a season ago. A 10-point line with an over/under of 52 is a hard bet. This is especially true given that Carolina ranks in the bottom eight of the NFL in points scored. Take the Chiefs and the points. However, avoid the over. That’s my suggestion here.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Lions-Vikings Week 9 point spread and odds: Vikings -4.0 (over/under 52.0)
Kirk Cousins boasts a 4-0 record as a Vikings starter against the Lions. Minnesota has outscored Detroit 113-55 in those four games with Cousins throwing nine touchdowns compared to one interception. Cousins is 16-17-1 in his 34 starts against other teams during his Vikings tenure. Think about that for a second with Minnesota, winners of two out of three, as a mere four-point favorite against Detroit.
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
Ravens-Colts Week 9 point spread and odds: Ravens -1.5 (over/under 48.0)
Injury update: Ravens’ Marlon Humphrey (COVID-19) out
The Baltimore Ravens are now 5-2 on the season with their two losses coming against teams in that of the Chiefs and Steelers who have posted a combined 13-1 mark thus far on the NFL season. In the Ravens’ five other games, they boast a perfect mark and are outscoring their opponents by an average of 18 points per game. For comparison’s sake, the Colts’ five wins have come against squads with a combined 9-21-1 record. The moral of this story? Take the Ravens at -1.5. Also, take the over.
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills
Seahawks-Bills Week 9 point spread and odds: Seahawks -3.0 (over/under 55.0)
After starting the season out strong with a 4-0 mark, the Bills have fallen back to earth recently. They are 2-2 in their past four games, including an ugly 24-21 win over a reeling Patriots squad in Week 8. That four-game span has seen Buffalo outscored by a combined margin of 24 points. Contrarily, the 6-1 Seahawks are coming off just their second double-digit victory of the NFL season. At -3.0 Seattle seems like a tremendous bet to cover (and then some).
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Texans-Jaguars Week 9 point spread and odds: Texans -7.0 (over/under 49.0)
How’s this for a stat? The Jaguars have lost six consecutive games, giving up 30 points or more in each outing. That span has seen Jacksonville give up 33 points per game. As for the Texans, they have scored north of 30 points in two of the three games since Bill O’Brien was fired. That included a blowout 30-14 win over Jacksonville back in NFL Week 6. Adding to this, Houston has outscored the Jags 109-39 in their past five outings (all wins). Oh, and Gardner Minshew won’t play. Elementary math here.
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
Broncos-Falcons Week 9 point spread and odds: Falcons -4.0 (over/under 49.0)
It’s a funny thing to think about. Since firing defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn following Week 5, the Falcons have won two of three. That span has seen them give up an average of 21 points per game. Prior to that, Atlanta was yielding an average of 32.2 points. That’s a huge difference. It will also help in Week 9 with the Falcons taking on a Denver squad that is coming off just its third 30-point outing since Week 7 of the 2018 NFL campaign. If nothing else, take the under in this one.
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
Bears-Titans Week 9 point spread and odds: Titans -6.5 (over/under 47.0)
In the midst of a two-game losing streak, the Titans continue to struggle on the defensive side of the field. They have given up 30-plus points in four of the past six outings. All four of those games have come against teams that rank in the bottom 13 of the NFL in scoring. Taking on a Bears team that’s 28th in this category, could that be a harbinger of things to come? Either way, the 47 over/under is silly.
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
Raiders-Chargers Week 9 point spread and odds: Pick em (over/under 53.0)
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Los Angeles is giving up an average of 32 points over its past four games. It led to the team trading a talented defensive back in Desmond King ahead of the deadline. We’re not sure what the logic was in that. The Chargers have also given up 14 passing touchdowns compared to four interceptions. Derek Carr has now put up 14 touchdowns compared to two interceptions in seven appearances. The math? Take Las Vegas and the points in this one.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys
Steelers-Cowboys Week 9 point spread and odds: Steelers 15.0 (over/under 44.0)
Injury update: Cowboys’ Andy Dalton (COVID-19) out
There’s not even a point spread or over/under for this game right now. Think about that for a second. Dallas is not going to be competitive in this one, especially with a fourth-string quarterback under center. The Cowboys have been outscored 86-22 in the past three outings. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh remains the only undefeated team in the NFL. With a spread at 15, take the Steelers and don’t think twice about it.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals
Dolphins-Cardinals Week 9 point spread and odds: Cardinals -6.0 (over/under 49.0)
Last week saw Miami hang 28 points on the Los Angeles Rams despite putting up 145 total yards of offense and eight first downs. The team’s largest gain was 14 yards. That’s primarily because the Dolphins forced four first-half Jared Goff turnovers. Conversely, the Cardinals have turned the ball over four times in their past four outings. The moral of this story? Take Arizona and the points. Last week’s win was a mirage for the Dolphins. Nothing else.
NFL Week 9 Sunday Night Football
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saints-Buccaneers Week 9 point spread and odds: Buccaneers -4.0 (over/under 50.5)
The New Orleans Saints have now given up 19 passing touchdowns compared to four interceptions for an opposing 108.4 passer rating on the season. For his part, the legendary Tom Brady has put up 18 total touchdowns compared to one interception over the past six outings. Despite the Saints’ success against Brady back in Week 1, these are very different teams. I feel confident in the Buccaneers at -4.0.
NFL Week 9 Monday Night Football
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Patriots-Jets Week 9 point spread and odds: Patriots -10.0 (over/under 41.0)
Following last week’s loss to the Bills, these Patriots find themselves at 2-5 for the first time since 2000 and just the second time since 1995. For his part, Cam Newton has accounted for zero touchdowns compared to five interceptions since returning from COVID-19. The theme here? Despite the winless Jets being outscored by an average of 18 points per outing, New England is a hard sell at -10.