2018 NFL Week 9 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game
Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5), ThursdayMight be the last time this year that the 49ers are favored. There’s honestly nothing good to say about this putrid Thursday night game between teams with one victory apiece. I guess bragging rights in the San Francisco Bay area are up for grabs. I’ll be watching the NBA! Bet Niners.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-6)Minnesota off a tough home game on Sunday night vs. the Saints, while the Lions are last in the NFC North following Sunday’s 28-14 home loss to Seattle. Special teams were a killer. Ameer Abdullah lost a fumble on a kick return that, three plays later, led to Seattle’s second touchdown. They struggled in coverage, picking up three penalties, and allowed punter Michael Dickson to run for nine yards and a first down to seal the game. These teams split last year. Go Vikings.
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns (+8.5)Bit of a trap game for high-flying Chiefs? They kept rolling Sunday, beating Denver 30-23. Patrick Mahomes had his seventh straight 300-yard passing game and third straight four-TD game. The last player with three straight games of at least four TDs passing was Peyton Manning in 2004.
The Chiefs already have matched their total TD passes from last year with Alex Smith. The Browns lost their third straight, getting routed in Pittsburgh. There’s speculation that Coach Hue Jackson could be in trouble. We’ll go Cleveland to cover.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-3)These bitter rivals play for the final time this regular season. In Week 4, the Steelers lost 26-14 at home to Baltimore. Joe Flacco threw a pair of early touchdown passes, and Justin Tucker kicked four second-half field goals. Tucker’s four field goals were the only second-half points. Take Ravens.
Tampa Bay Bucs at Carolina Panthers (-6)Who will Tampa start at QB? In Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati, starting QB Jameis Winston was picked off four times and replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Dirk Koetter was asked after if he would be making a change at quarterback for this game. “We don’t need to talk about that, Today is not the day I have to decide that. I don’t have any problems making decisions and I’ll make it when the time is right.” The Panthers impressively spanked Baltimore on Sunday. Go Panthers.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (TBA)No number yet until it’s determined if Fins starting QB Ryan Tannehill will play. He has missed the past three with a shoulder injury. In Week 2, the Jets lost in Miami 20-12. Tannehill threw two TD passes and Kenyan Drake ran for a score. Sam Darnold threw for 334 yards but was picked off twice and missed some open receivers. Take Miami whether Tannehill plays or not.
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins (-2.5)Atlanta comes off its bye, while at 5-2 Washington has a two-game lead in the loss column atop the NFC East. The Skins won their third straight Sunday, 20-13 at the Giants. Safety D.J. Swearinger intercepted two passes, Matt Ioannidis had 2 1/2 sacks and Washington took down Eli Manning seven times overall. Take Atlanta.
Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills (TBA)No line on this yet as Buffalo played Monday night and not while rookie Josh Allen was out for that one, it’s still not known if he will be able to return under center for this game. The Bears play their fourth straight against an AFC East team. They beat the Jets 24-10 on Sunday without star pass-rusher Khalil Mack. Too early to tell if he plays here. Go Chicago.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos (-2.5)Houston brings a five-game winning streak into this one after thumping Miami last Thursday night. However, the news isn’t all good as big-play and speedy WR Will Fuller tore his ACL in the win.
He finished the game with five catches for 124 yards, including a career-long 73-yard touchdown. He is averaging 11.7 yards per target this season. Among players averaging six targets per game, that ranks second in the NFL. Go Houston.
LA Chargers at Seattle (-2)The Bolts are off their bye. Seattle came off its bye and won 28-14 in Detroit. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to put the Seahawks ahead. Seattle has won four of five since starting 0-2. Wilson finished the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 for the first time in his seven-year career Go Chargers.
LA Rams at New Orleans (-1)Potential NFC title game preview. The Rams remained the only unbeaten in the NFL with Sunday’s 29-27 win over the Packers, but running back Todd Gurley screwed bettors backing L.A. at -7.5 and over the total of 57 when he purposefully fell down just shy of the end zone at the end. Talk about a double bad beat! Take Saints.
Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots (-6.5)This could well be the most-wagered game of the regular season at Mybookie.ag, and it’s the Sunday nighter. Rather amazingly, it’s only the second time that future Hall of Famers Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have faced off. The first was in 2014 as Rodgers was hurt when the teams played in 2010. Probably will be the last time they face off barring a Super Bowl rematch. Take the Pats.