Time for some more NFL bets! Last week, we were a Packers backdoor cover away from a winning record. Hopefully we can bounce back with this week’s games. We’ll also try to make our own luck with five great NFL bets picks for this Sunday’s Week 9 games. All betting lines come via Draft Kings as of Saturday morning.
Dolphins at Bears: Bears +4 (-110)
I know everyone likes the Dolphins right now, but folks need to be careful this team has not looked dominant all season. They have only won one game by more than a touchdown all season. Most of those wins have come by four points or less. The Bears have been playing their best football as of late.
This one is at home in what appears to be another windy day at Soldier Field. Also, people forget that Chicago’s defense is top-five in passing yards allowed. We might not see the same vaunted Miami passing offense that we have for most of this season.
Look for this one to be closer than expected. The Bears moneyline (+165) is worth a look, but we’re going to play it safe and take the points.
Panthers at Bengals: Bengals -7.5 (+100)
We are getting to that point in the season where teams start to settle in and play closer to expectations. The Panthers are not a good football team. They are completely devoid of talent. On the flip side, the Bengals have too much talent to continue to wallow in mediocrity.
The Bengals have won four out of their last six. In those four wins, three have come by double-digits. For that reason, I like Cincinnati to win by eight or more, and I love the value at +100.
Chargers at Falcons: Falcons Moneyline (+130)
I’m not a huge fan of gambling stats, but the fact that the Falcons are 6-2 against the spread this year. Also, they are 3-1 at home this season. Then, you have to factor in that the Chargers have not played great this year, and that they are coming into this game without most of Justin Herbert’s top weapons.
For all of these reasons, I like Atlanta a lot this week. The spread is only three points, so we’re going to take the extra value here and pick them to win outright.
Colts at Patriots: UNDER 40 (-110)
The injury report for this game is a big reason why I like the under here. The Patriots have a ton of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, especially up front. Offensive line injuries are hard to overcome because the league, as a whole, is just generally not very deep at that position. New England only has an average offense when healthy, playing shorthanded against a very good Colts defense is not conducive to scoring a lot of points.
On the other side, Indianapolis didn’t have much of an offense before they thrust a rookie quarterback into the starting lineup, their star running back got hurt, and they traded their third-down back. It is hard to see any way either team breaks 20 this week. Hammer the under.
Raiders at Jaguars: Raiders -2 (-110)
The Raiders got absolutely embarrassed last week in New Orleans. It was the kind of game that has to elicit a visceral response. The Raiders stayed on the East coast this week for the Jacksonville game, so they have had another week to settle into a routine.
The Jags, on the other hand, have to re-acclimate themselves after playing in London last week. Not having the bye after playing overseas is a tough draw. The Raiders are too talented to lose to two bad teams in a row. Take the Raiders to cover. That’s it for the Week 9 NFL bets. Go out there and make some money, and come back next week for the Week 10 piece!