NFL Week 9 Odds, Picks and Live Scores
We are officially halfway through the season, and there are a ton of divisional games and marquee matchups this week in Week 9. Luck vs Rodgers will be one to watch, but let's not forget Pittsburgh and Baltimore vying for 1st place in the AFC North. The Broncos and Chargers also battle in the AFC West, while the Dolphins try to make it 3 in a row in an AFC East contest. We kick it off with the trigger happy Atlanta Falcons as they face Tampa Bay in an NFC South matchup under the primetime lights that's sure to excite.
NFL Odds Week 9
We are coming off another week with close games. We cashed with the Panthers, who held off a rallying Cardinals team, and with the Saints. Cleveland pushed the number, after giving up a late lead. Regarding some of our losses, we had a bad beat with the Bengals tying the Redskins, and the Falcons winning straight up but failing to cover the 2.5. These things happen, but we are generally on the same side as the sharps and that's what will matter in the long run.
Week 9 NFL Predictions
This week, we have another 7 picks for you. The Indianapolis Colts are facing a Green Bay team that is coming off a tough loss, the Titans are traveling out West to face a regressing Chargers team, the Ravens are hosting the Steelers in a weaker than usual AFC North matchup, Denver vs Oakland, the Jets against Dolphins in an AFC East basement battle, the Falcons and Bucs yet another divisional game in the NFC South, and the perhaps resurgent Panthers, trying to make it two in a row, against the Rams. Let's get into it!
Indianapolis Colts @ Green Bay Packers Prediction
BET INDIANAPOLIS COLTS +7.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Our first match pits two incredible QBs against one another. Both are performing well, but neither team is where they want to be in the standings. The Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is trying to turn things around as his team is reeling from injuries. Despite that, in the past 2 weeks, he ranks 3rd in QB rating, and 1st in the league in TD passes. They played and almost won a tough game last week against the Falcons, but psychologically, that loss will affect this team more than they think. The Indianapolis Colts are not impressing this season sitting at 3-5, but they are primed to make a turnaround. Andrew Luck is already has 16 TD passes and 2284 passing yards, and against an injury riddled Packers' secondary, he should be able to pick out his targets more easily than usual.
The Colts are due for a win as well, considering they've alternated wins and losses since Week 3. Not only that, but they are an astounding 24-9 ATS in their last 33 after a straight up loss. The underdog is also 4-1 ATS in the last 5 between these teams. The Packers are only 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 after allowing their opponents more than 30 points in their last game. This team hasn't proven themselves to be top echelon yet this season, and shouldn't be giving up more than a TD to an offensive team like the Colts. Take the Indianapolis Colts at +7.5.
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers Prediction
BET TENNESSEE TITANS +5.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Look for the Tennessee Titans to continue rolling this week as they travel out West. They will be itching to take down the first place Texans team and climb the AFC South ranks. To do that though, they have to go through a San Diego Chargers team that is putting up good numbers, but fail to close out games. Look for this game to go according to formula, but whether San Diego wins or not, it won't be by more than 4. Big 10 rivals, rookies Jack Conklin and Joey Bosa will also have eyes on them, playing for the Titans and Chargers respectively. Conklin will have the advantage in this player matchup, and that could decide the pace for the game. If the Chargers can't stop the Titans passing, or Murray's runs, they'll be in trouble.
The only trend that is significant for this game is that the Chargers are a dismal 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games. That is significant, and good enough to make the Chargers an autofade at home, even without any other factors. As it stands now, they might still win, but a bad 4th quarter could bring the Titans back into it and get the cover. Take the Tennessee Titans +5.5
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens Prediction
BET PITTSBURGH STEELERS +1 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. First place in the AFC North is up for grabs on Sunday. Big Ben is most likely going to play, or at least be active for Pittsburgh Steelers, and the markets have already adjusted. They are only 1-6 against the Baltimore Ravens when he doesn't play, but 9-8 when he does, and in such an important divisional game, he should be out there. In the midst of a 4 game losting streak, the most in coach John Harbaugh's 9 years with the team as head coach. Both teams have struggled this year, but they are still in control of the division, as the AFC North is weak as sin this season, garnering a meager 10 wins combined, but we can blame that on the Browns, right?
Look for more Raven troubles, as they continue their losing streak. They are ice cold situationally, going 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 after a straight up loss, 2-11-1 ATS in their last 14 home games, and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games. If Big Ben plays, and markets are suggesting he will, this game should go to the Steelers, and they will stay firmly in control of the AFC North for yet another week. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers at +1.
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders Prediction
BET OAKLAND RAIDERS PK AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Another divisional barnburner takes place for top spot in the AFC West. Will history tell the tale in this game, leading to a Denver Broncos victory? They are 8-1 over their divisional rivals since 2011, and have won 26 out of 33 divisional games since then as well, good for the best divisional record in the league. Or will the Oakland Raiders keep the past the past and turn a new leaf? They certainly have the talent this season. QB Derek Carr threw for 513 yards last week, becoming the 3rd player in history to throw for at least 500 yards and 4 TDs, without an interception. The team is also averaging a 5th ranked 401.6 yards per game. Jack Del Rio's time with the Broncos will also be beneficial to the Raiders in this spot. If they can circumvent the Broncos defense, they are in prime position to win this game at home. Limiting turnovers is the key, as that is where Denver gets a lot of points from. The line is pretty spot on for this game, but with the homefield advantage, the Raiders should eek out a win here in what could be the most interesting game of the week. Take the Oakland Raiders at a PK.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins Prediction
BET MIAMI DOLPHINS -3.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. In yet another divisional game, Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi will look to become the first RB to run for at least 200 yards in 3 straight games, alongside helping his team reach 3 consecutive wins. His potency could be snuffed though, as the New York Jets, despite some of their weak numbers, top the league in rushing yards allowed, at just 74 yards per game. They are coming off a tight win, in which they trailed almost the entire game, against an 0-8 Browns team. That alone tells us all we need to know about this Jets team. They are 3-5 for a reason, and pass defense is the big problem for them, especially last week. They rank last in the league in pass yards allowed, with 289 yards per game. The Dolphins might not be able to use Ajayi as much, but it opens us the pass option, and Tannehill is due for another big game.
The Jets do have a decent ATS record against their AFC East rivals, but the Dolphins are favored for a reason. New York is only 2-5 ATS in their last 7 coming off a bye week, and with their horrendous -9 turnover margin, this game could easily end in a Miami win because of a turnover. Coming off a bye, look for them to be more careless and have a fumble or interception cost them the game. Take the Miami Dolphins at -3.5.
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction
BET TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +4 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. This NFC South matchup takes center stage for Thursday Night Football. All eyes will be on the Atlanta Falcons' top ranked offense, and most expect them to run roughshod over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' weak defense. Falcons QB Matt Ryan tops the league in TD passes, with 19, and passing yards, with 2636. Julio Jones will be playing with an injured knee though, so that might change the dynamic. Don't forget, this Bucs team held Jones to only 66 yards in their first meeting this season. Defensively, Tampa might be able to contain the Falcons, but missing key offensive line players could prevent the Bucs from putting up a lot of points. RBs Doug Martin Charles Sims, as well as receiver Vincent Jackson are out with injuries, but their replacements, though relatively unknown, could be just the surprise Tampa needs to keep this game close. How often have we seen replacements like this make an impact when everyone counts them out?
The Falcons aren't NFC South beasts, only going 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against division opponents, and are a shocking 2-10 ATS in their last 12 after an ATS loss. The Buccaneers might not be as good as the Falcons on paper, but they are still 7-3 ATS in their last 10 against NFC South foes. This Tampa team might be sputtering, but they have still beaten Atlanta in their last 3 games together, and even if they don't win this one, they will keep it close. This line might go up by tomorrow as more people put money on the Falcons, so either wait or take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +4.
Carolina Panthers @ Los Angeles Rams Prediction
BET CAROLINA PANTHERS -3 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Mark my words, the Carolina Panthers will turn their season around. After a disastrous 1-5 start, they got back on track after a home win against the Cardinals last week. Now they need to notch their first road win of the season. After QB Cam Newton's remarks about not feeling protected, referees might start calling for more penalties when they're warranted. Riverboat Ron has contacted the refs and commissioner, and if things are arbited justly, the Panthers have a massive advantage over the Los Angeles Rams. They seem to only be able to beat NFC West teams, as their only two wins were from that division. With Jonathan Stewart's return last week, this offense is something to be feared. Their defense is nothing to sneeze at either, and could give both Keenum and Gurley a hard time.
Between these two teams, the Panthers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 matchups, and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5. With referees doing their job more stringently, and a resurgent running game, this Carolina team will go on a little run. They were never a 1-5 team, and this is part of the road back to .500. Take the Carolina Panthers at -3.
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