NFL Week 9 predictions: Picks, point spreads, betting lines for every game
01 Nov, 2018
01 Nov, 2018
01 Nov, 2018
Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season has arrived! It's officially time to dive into point spreads and betting lines around the sport on a weekly basis. That means picks and predictions for the entire slate. With a new week, we're guaranteed the following things: Fantasy football, cheering on your favorite team, and, of course, taking a peek at the spreads in order to make sure you're on the right side of every outcome. Consider this a one-stop shop guide to picking every (or at least the majority) game correctly.
Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers (-3) Thursday, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. EST Two of the worst teams in the NFL square off to decide an important question: Who's the king of bad Bay Area football? Give me the home team.
MY PICK: 49ers.
Chicago Bears (-8.5) at Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST This is a ton of points to lay with a road team, but it's impossible to take the Bills and feel good about it.
MY PICK: Bears.
Kansas City Chiefs (-8.5) at Cleveland Browns Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST The Browns will have a temporary high thanks to coaching changes and a feeling of new life. Cleveland's defense keeps this respectable.
MY PICK: Browns.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-3) Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST The Jets feel slightly better than 3-5. The Dolphins feel worse than 4-4. Things even out with an upset with by Gang Green on the road.
MY PICK: Jets.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST The wrong message was sent to Detroit's locker room this week with the Golden Tate trade. Minnesota will take advantage of a despondent Lions team.
MY PICK: Vikings.
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins (-1.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST Upset alert! Atlanta, off a bye, heads to take on a Redskins team high off a road division win last week. The better weapons all belong to the road team.
MY PICK: Falcons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-6.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST Fitz Magic! Tampa is a different team with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and one good enough to keep a road division game close.
MY PICK: Buccaneers.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-3) Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m. EST Pittsburgh has retaken control of the AFC North in the eyes of most, but don't count me among the masses. Baltimore's plus-60 point differential is still the best in the division, and second best in the AFC. The home team wins, sweeping the season series.
MY PICK: Ravens.
Houston Texans (-1) at Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 4, 4:05 p.m. EST Take the road team outright and don't hesitate. The Broncos are a broken team with a significantly less home field advantage after the month of September. Houston keeps rolling.
MY PICK: Texans.
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 4:05 p.m. EST Toughest game of the week to call. Los Angeles brings a high-powered offense, rest off a bye and an 'us against the world' mantra to this game. Seattle takes a better-than-expected record and top defense in to their home field. In a close one, the hotter quarterback wins.
MY PICK: Chargers.
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints (-1.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 4:25 p.m. EST We could be watching a preview of the NFC Title Game on Sunday in New Orleans. The Rams have sprung some leaks in the last few weeks, but Sean McVay's offense will be too much to stop in a shootout.
MY PICK: Rams.
Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots (-5.5) Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:20 p.m. EST Get ready for this to continue to be billed as a battle of the two best quarterbacks in the NFL. The assessment is correct, as would be calling Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers two of the top five quarterback to ever play. But one plays for the better team with the far better coach.
MY PICK: Patriots.
Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys (-6.5) Monday, Nov. 5, 8:15 p.m. EST Dallas is very good at home, coming off a bye and possessing an improving defense. But don't assume this will be a blowout. Tennessee is also off its bye and brings a solid defense into this primetime game.
MY PICK: Titans.
Last week: 6-8 Season: 63-55-3
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