With the most important offseason moves and divisional previews wrapped up, let’s continue with our series of articles on the best online betting football wagers for the already-released regular season points spreads. Below, kindly find the NFL Week 9 free picks succinctly prepared for you.
Analyzing The 2016 NFL Week 9 Winning Predictions
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-6.5)
NFL Week 9 Free Pick: Minnesota (-6.5)
Up-and-coming quarterback Teddy Bridgewater linking vertically with standout first-round pick Laquon Treadwell and chewing up yards on the ground via running back extraordinaire Adrian Peterson will be a joy to watch, and will certainly make the Vikings offense better than just a game-management unit. So, if you have any hopes about a Megatron-less Detroit Lions measuring up to Minnesota in this game, squash those dreams right now because it won’t be happening. As for Mathew Stafford, be on the lookout for Minnesota’s suffocating defense to chase him all day, adding to the futility the toothless Lions had when they were swept in their two meetings against Minnesota last season.
Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Los Angeles Rams
NFL Week 9 Free Pick: Carolina (-3.5)
The No. 1-ranked player in 2016 NFL top-100 Players, Cam Newton, is well-aware that teams will be keeping a close eye on him after he led the Panthers to a stellar 15-1 regular season record and took his team all the way to the Super Bowl. But after being criticized for nearly the whole of last season yet still disappointing his haters week after week, there is little doubt about Newton being able to keep his head above water for another season, particularly now that he’ll have his top receiver Kelvin Benjamin back in the fold. This game against the Rams, who are 1-5 in their last six meetings against Carolina, will therefore be business as usual for the Panthers. 2015 offensive rookie of the year RB Todd Gurley and high-potential rookie quarterback Jared Goff will nearly match the effort of Newton and his offense in an interesting matchup between two dual-threat attacking units, but Luke Kuechly and Carolina’s superior defense will come up big to hand the Panthers a hard-earned win and cover of the cheap point spread.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers (-4.5)
NFL Week 9 Free Pick: San Diego (-4.5)
As much as anybody, I am salivating about the run-oriented Tennessee offense that will feature dual-threat QB Marcus Mariota—who memorably torched the Jags for that 87-yard running touchdown last season—alongside two of the best bulldozing machines in the league in DeMarco Murray and 6-foot-3, 247-pound rookie Derrick Henry. The Chargers, who weren’t the best of teams in defending the run–or defending anything for that matter—last year will have their work cut out for them. Unfortunately for the Titans, Philip Rivers (NFL’s second-leading passer in 2015 with 4,792 passing yards), Danny Woodhead and Travis Benjamin can do twice as much harm in the air as the trio of Mariota, Murray and Henry can do with their legs. Meanwhile, word out in San Diego is that the Chargers have silently improved a good number of their defensive inadequacies from last season. Add to the fact that the Chargers HAVEN’T lost at home to the Titans in 26 freaking years, we don’t need to emphasize to you why San Diego should be your lock here.
Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks (-10)
NFL Week 9 Free Pick: Seattle (-10)
The Seattle Seahawks have led the NFL in points allowed per game for the past four seasons in a row, and with sufficient personnel at their disposal, doing so for a record fifth straight year should be within the strong realms of possibility. And if they don’t, they should still be solid enough to frustrate Tyrod Taylor or whoever will start for Buffalo at QB in this game. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson (Congratulations to him for finally tying the knot to pop singer Ciara!) needs no introduction as one of the finest journeymen in the league. As for the talks about the effect of Beast Mode’s absence, I have two words for you; Thomas Rawls. This kid is no Marshawn Lynch, I admit, but if you watched him closely last season; you’d agree with me that he had the pedigree and stamina to keep Seattle’s running offense efficient enough all season. Throw in the undisputable observation that the Hawks’ often fly best down the stretch of the season when postseason qualification is on the line, you have every reason to chalk in Seattle for the victory and points in this game.