Something happened Monday that never had before: the New York Jets and Giants made a trade. The Jets traded defensive tackle Leonard Williams to their MetLife co-tenants for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick. The fifth-round pick will become a fourth-rounder if the Giants extend Williams’ contract and the Jets are paying $4 million of the $6 million left on his deal.
Here’s a look at two games we recommend straight up in Week 9 but have included the Mybookie NFL Betting spread for informational purposes.
2019 NFL Week 9 SU Betting Picks
Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles
- When: Sunday, 1 PM ET
- TV: Fox
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 9 Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -5
Rematch of last season’s Wild-Card playoff game in Chicago won by the Eagles 16-15. Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining. Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining as the Bears were upset. That led to the term “double-doink” and got Parkey released this offseason.
A similar problem happened this past Sunday for Chicago as it lost 17-16 at home to the Chargers. Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to forgo running another play and have quarterback Mitchell Trubisky take a knee on first down with 43 seconds left to set up a 41-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro that sailed wide left as time expired. Trubisky said he didn’t think twice when Nagy called for the kneel down with so much time left on the clock.
The 24-year old Pineiro had missed just one field goal all year prior to facing Los Angeles. On Sunday, Pineiro went 3-for-5, including a misfire from 33 yards that bounced off the right upright.
Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky really struggled again with two fourth-quarter turnovers. The former second overall pick went 23 of 35 for 253 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception (75.1 passer rating) against the Chargers. Entering Sunday’s game, Trubisky ranked 29th out of 31 eligible quarterbacks in QBR, 28th in passing yards per game, 34th in yards per attempt and tied for 29th in touchdown passes.
Chicago failed to score a touchdown at the end of the first half despite having six chances from inside the 5-yard line. Head coach Matt Nagy’s offense had the ball four times inside the red zone in the opening 30 minutes and netted just three field goals. Nagy says he is sticking with Trubisky as his starter.
What about the Eagles?
Philly was a 31-13 winner in Buffalo on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak. Rookie Miles Sanders scored on a 65-yard run, one of Philadelphia’s three touchdowns rushing, on a wet and windy afternoon in which the Eagles finished with 218 yards rushing. Sanders hurt his shoulder but isn’t expected to miss any time. Carson Wentz completed 17-of-24 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown. Wentz has fewer than 200 yards passing in four of his last five games.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen) will return to practice this week. He hasn’t played since Week 2. Philly also made a trade Monday, landing defensive end Genard Avery from Cleveland for a 2021 fourth-round pick. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will look to use him as a pass rusher and see if he can provide some relief snaps for Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett. He had 4.5 sacks in 18 games while with the Browns.
New England Patriots vs Baltimore Ravens
- When: Sunday, 8:20 PM ET
- TV: NBC
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 9 Odds: New England Patriots -4
The marquee matchup of Week 9 with the Patriots as the AFC’s only unbeaten team and Baltimore atop the AFC North. The Pats dominated the Browns on Sunday 27-13 to go to 8-0 for the third time in franchise history (2007 and 2015). Bill Belichick became the third NFL coach ever with 300 wins including playoffs.
Through their first eight games, the Patriots have a +189 point differential, tied with the 1942 Chicago Bears (+189) for the third-highest point different through a team’s first eight games in NFL history. New England also has a turnover differential of +17, tied with the 1983 Minnesota Vikings (+17) for the fifth-highest turnover margin by a team through its first eight games since 1970.
After eight games, the Patriots’ defense has scored as many touchdowns (four) as it has allowed to opposing offenses. In an era in which the rules have made it easier to score than ever before, the Patriots are historical outliers. When you take out the three return touchdowns the Patriots’ offense and special teams have allowed this season, this defense has allowed 43 points over eight games. That’s 5.4 points per game. Since the AFL-NFL in 1970, no NFL defense had ever allowed fewer than 6 points per game through the first eight weeks of the season.
Tom Brady completed 20-of-36 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Both of Brady’s touchdowns went to Julian Edelman. His longest completion Sunday came on a perfectly executed screen pass to James White, who ran behind an army of blockers for a gain of 59.
What about the Ravens?
Baltimore has an advantage coming off its bye week. QB Lamar Jackson is on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards and has three 100-yard games already this year. Jackson has gone over 100 rushing yards with a score in back-to-back weeks and is making a case for MVP.
Coach John Harbaugh said CB Jimmy Smith (knee) is “on track” to return from his injury for this game. Smith has been their long-time No. 1 CB and is a key defensive leader.
Expert NFL Week 9 SU Betting Picks
Eagles roll the Bears and Ravens upset the Pats.