The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, but the Arizona Cardinals didn’t wait until the last second to make a deal as they have acquired running back Kenyan Drake from the tanking Miami Dolphins. The Fins get a 2020 conditional sixth-round pick. Here are two NFL Week 9 games we would recommend to bet against the spread at Mybookie NFL Odds.
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Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars (+2)
- When: Sunday, 9:30 AM ET
- TV: NFL Network
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 9 Odds: Jacksonville Jaguars +2.5
This game is in London at Wembley Stadium, the last game this season overseas – although there is one upcoming in Mexico. The Texans swept the Jaguars last year in two lower-scoring games.
Houston comes off a 27-24 win over Oakland on Sunday Deshaun Watson completed 27-of-39 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Trailing by three with only 6:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, Watson had a miracle play in spinning out of Arden Key’s near sack and taking a cleat to the face before breaking free and hitting Darren Fells over the middle for a nine-yard score.
The two connected again on the game’s final play, seeing Watson (with his left eye swollen shut) throw in range for Fells to corral a one-handed catch while hitting the ground. It was the fifth three-plus touchdown game for Watson this season and the former Clemson star is on pace for a career-high 4,462 yards, 32 passing touchdowns and another 10 scores on the ground.
Tough Times for the Defense
The news wasn’t all good Sunday, though, as three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle. Before he left the game, Watt had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended. Watt has four sacks this season. No. 99 also created 19 incompletions via first pressure in 2019, which is the most of any player in the NFL. Watt was able to have that success despite being double-teamed on 29.8% of his pass rushes as an edge rusher. Watt, 30, did not miss a game during the first five seasons of his career, but he has finished the year on injured reserve in three of his past four seasons.
In addition, the Texans’ secondary was thin entering the game, with cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (hamstring/neck) and Bradley Roby (hamstring) inactive, and then cornerback Lonnie Johnson was evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter and was later ruled out for the rest of the game.
What about Jacksonville?
Jacksonville was a 29-15 winner over the Jets on Sunday. The Jags picked off Sam Darnold three times and sacked him eight. He was picked off twice in the fourth quarter, including one that set up Gardner Minshew’s game-sealing score to DJ Chark with a little more than 4 minutes to play. Minshew completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns, surely making the Jaguars think twice about giving the starting job back to Nick Foles, who could return from injured reserve in a few weeks. Minshew had scores to Keelan Cole, Chris Conley and Chark.
Leonard Fournette rushed 19 times for 76 yards in the Jaguars’ Week 8 win, adding seven receptions for 60 additional yards. Fournette has now cleared 118 yards from scrimmage in five consecutive games. Receiver Dede Westbrook was forced from the Jaguars’ game against the Jets with neck and shoulder issues so he’s in question for this one.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks (-6.5)
- When: Sunday, 4:05 PM ET
- TV: Fox
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 9 Odds: Seattle Seahawks -6
The Bucs lost their third in a row Sunday, 27-23 at Tennessee. With 3:45 to go in the fourth quarter, the Titans lined up for a field goal and faked it. Bucs linebacker Devin White tackled the holder, Titans punter Brett Kern, stripping him of the ball. Safety Andrew Adams recovered it and ran it in for what would have been a touchdown. But an early whistle blew the play dead, so it was instead ruled a turnover on downs.
Jameis Winston continued to struggle with turnovers. He completed 21-of-43 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Winston also fumbled twice – one of the two was a bad snap that resulted in the ball bouncing off his face mask. His game-ending interception was a miscommunication downfield with veteran wideout Breshad Perriman.
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Sunday’s performance brings Winston’s turnovers to an incredulous 12 picks and seven fumbles on the season. With Winston coming off a five-interception performance in London in Week 6 and back-to-back divisional losses, he needed to deliver and couldn’t.
“Everyone is going to say, ‘Jameis threw interceptions,'” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said. “Jameis did not throw one damn interception that was his fault. His receivers let him down today.”
What about Seattle?
Seattle was a 27-20 winner in Atlanta on Saturday. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes to DK Metcalf, and Chris Carson ran for 90 yards and a score. The Seahawks (6-2) improved to 4-0 on the road. What could really hurt them: losing center Justin Britt to a serious-looking knee injury.
That will necessitate a roster move — maybe a trade ahead of Tuesday’s deadline — given that Joey Hunt is the only offensive lineman on their 53-man roster with experience at center.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner had six tackles and is now the Seahawks’ all-time tackles leader with 984.
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