All the picks in one place! The BookieSmash team breaks down every NFL game for Week 9, and offers the best bet for each game using our wide array of betting sites. Read on before placing your bets this week!
SUNDAY, NOV. 6
Jacksonville Jaguars at KC Chiefs
The Jags come into Kansas City on short rest after getting the doors blown off against the Titans in embarrassing fashion on national TV. However, they're facing what looks like a very short-handed squad as the Chiefs will not have Spencer Ware or Alex Smith, instead turning to Charcandrick West and Nick Foles. While Foles looked decent in spot duty last weekend, he has shown the propensity to make mistakes, so coach Andy Reid is likely looking at a very conservative game plan this week. The Jags don't stop the run very well, but the Chiefs' game plan is not likely to allow them to pull ahead by multiple scores here, and an injury to West would mean the Chiefs have almost nothing left on offense.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
The total is very low for this one, but that's for good reason. The Vikings offense continues to scuffle along after getting shut down by the Bears of all teams on Monday night. The Lions actually have a pretty decent offense, but it's quite pass-centric. That's bad news against a ferocious Vikings pass rush that knows it will have to pick up the slack for this horrid offensive line. Unders have been the ticket in Minnesota games all year, and that should continue this week.
Philadelphia Eagles at NY Giants
After losing a heartbreaker to the Cowboys, the Eagles travel to East Rutherford to face a Giants team coming off a bye. This is another game where we don't expect much scoring, but the matchup to watch here is the Eagles pass rush against the Giants offensive line. They should be able to get to Eli Manning, and he's shown the propensity for forcing things when he's under pressure, while Eagles QB Carson Wentz has looked as cool as can be. The kid outperforms the veteran in the turnover department and the Eagles take this one.
Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns
The warts are starting to show for Dak Prescott, who looked pretty bad against the Eagles in the comeback win on Sunday night. That said, he has a much easier assignment against the Browns this week. However, he can't keep throwing the ball into DBs' chests and expect to keep walking away with another chance. It's letdown spot here on the road after a big win, too, and we think the Browns get the cover behind an offense that puts up some points in a shootout.
NY Jets at Miami Dolphins
The season has picked up a semblance of momentum for the Dolphins, who have seemingly figured out that their best chance to win is to simply keep handing the ball off on offense and keep the ball out of the hands of Ryan Tannehill as much as possible. That's a great idea on paper and will work in some spots, but this is the week it likely crashes and burns against the Jets' third-ranked run defense. You simply have to pass against this team, and we don't like Tannehill's chances of passing on a college defense at this point.
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers
Totals over 50 in the NFL are usually reserved for meetings of two explosive offenses in a dome. That's not exactly the case here. We know the Saints are considerably worse outside their home confines, and the 49ers have had an extra week to prepare coming off of the bye. The 49ers can probably move the ball on New Orleans' putrid defense, but they'll be running plenty to minimize the chances of backbreaking mistakes from Colin Kaepernick. It's always tough to pull the trigger on a Chip Kelly under, but we like this one.
Carolina Panthers at LA Rams
Should the Panthers even be favored here on the road against a tough Rams team coming off of a bye? The Rams are admittedly very flawed and particularly bad on offense, but if there's anyone Case Keenum should be semi-safe against, it's one of the worst secondaries in the league. Everyone has fresh memories of Keenum's turnover-fest in London, but he should have safe opportunities to produce against the league's 27th-ranked pass defense. The Rams look undervalued here.
Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers
The Packers' aerial show heads home for a date against an absolutely awful Colts defense, and things are expected to get ugly as the Packers are big favorites. But Aaron Rodgers is basically dinking and dunking his way down the field with one of the worst yards per attempt of his career, and those short passes aren't much different than running. Andrew Luck is going to be under massive pressure on the other side of the ball, and we expect Clay Matthews and Co. to get to him and significantly slow down the Colts attack.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers
Two defenses that look to be overperforming meet in this battle on the West Coast. The Chargers somehow have the sixth-ranked pass defense, but the Titans will come in and get their running game going with DeMarco Murray and a great offensive line. Philip Rivers and the Chargers should bounce back and get their passing game going again after a tough week facing the Broncos' extraordinary secondary and pass rush. Both teams put up over 23 and get this one to the over.
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
The public's love for the Raiders continued to pay off with yet another win and cover on the road, and they head back to the friendly confines for a massively important date with the Broncos. The defense has been playing much better for Oakland in recent weeks, and the offense continues to look good behind Derek Carr. Carr is one of the few QBs talented enough that we won't count him out against this Broncos unit, so if Devontae Booker can find some holes for the Broncos, we think this can over the low total of 43.5.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
The Bills got boat raced by the Patriots at home, and are no doubt going to be heated and looking to show out in prime time against the Seahawks. However, we have absolutely no idea how they are going to move the ball with a litany of injuries and a matchup with a pretty brutal Seahawks defense that's definitely in the league's top five. On the other hand, the Bills did get Marcel Dareus back, and it's scary to think what he might do to a Seahawks offensive line that's playing abysmally. The Bills score under 17 here win or lose, so take the under.
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