We are now officially at the halfway point of the 17-week NFL regular season. Not every team has played eight of its 16 games yet but many have. It’s another big week for byes as off are Chicago, Cleveland, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh and the L.A. Chargers. Here’s a quick look at all the Week 9 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games Sunday unless noted.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, Thursday
Last meeting of the season between AFC East and state rivals (even though Jets home games are played in New Jersey). In Week 1, Buffalo made Sean McDermott a winner in his head coaching debut with a 21-12 victory over the Jets. Tyrod Taylor threw for two scores, and LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards. Josh McCown was picked off twice for the Jets, who never led.
Point spread: Bills -3.5 Pick ATS: Buffalo
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans
The Titans are off their bye week. The Ravens played their best game of the season by far last Thursday night in a 40-0 wipeout of visiting Miami but lost quarterback Joe Flacco to a concussion on a brutal and late hit. It’s not yet clear if Flacco can play. If not, it’s Ryan Mallett. This will be Baltimore’s first look at rising star QB Marcus Mariota of Tennessee as he was at the University of Oregon and winning a Heisman Trophy when these two franchises last played in 2014.
Point spread: Titans -5.5 Pick ATS: Tennessee
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay is one of the NFC’s top disappointments and enters on a four-game skid following a listless 17-3 home loss to Carolina on Sunday. Jameis Winston turned it over three times. New Orleans is on a five-game winning streak and beat Chicago 20-12 Sunday. The Saints are actually playing some defense for once. These NFC South rivals split last year, each winning at home. Tampa’s Week 16 loss in New Orleans essentially ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.
Point spread: Saints -7 Pick ATS: New Orleans
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants
A rare case of both teams coming off their bye week. The Rams are perhaps the NFL’s biggest surprise at 5-2 and atop the NFC West. They lead the NFL in scoring after finishing last in 2016. The Giants are also a big surprise, but for the wrong reasons. They were an 11-win playoff team last year but sit last in the NFC East at 1-6 and with one of the NFL’s worst offenses.
Point spread: Rams -3.5 Pick ATS: NY Giants
Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles
Tough task for the Broncos as they played Monday night at arguably the AFC’s best team in Kansas City and now travel on a short week to the club with the best record in the NFL in the Eagles. Philadelphia is the only one loss-team in the league and stomped winless San Francisco 33-10 on Sunday. League MVP candidate Carson Wentz threw two TD passes and leads the NFL with 19 of them.
Point spread: TBA Pick ATS: TBA
The Falcons may have saved their season by ending a three-game skid with a 25-20 win at the Jets on Sunday in horrid weather conditions. Matt Ryan threw for two scores. Carolina snapped a two-game slide with a 17-3 win in Tampa. It was the second week in a row the Panthers didn’t allow an offensive touchdown. These NFC South rivals are also the past two NFC champions and Super Bowl runners-up. Atlanta swept Carolina last year, winning each by at least 15 points.
Point spread: Panthers -2 Pick ATS: Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville comes off its bye week. The Jags are on pace to set an NFL record in sacks as they already have 33 of them. The record is 72 by the 1984 Chicago Bears. Cincinnati beat Indianapolis 24-23 on Sunday, getting the winning touchdown on a Carlos Dunlap 16-yard interception return with just under seven minutes remaining.
Point spread: Jaguars -4 Pick ATS: Jacksonville
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Indy lost its third in a row in Week 8, 24-23 in Cincinnati and is 0-4 on the road. Houston lost the most entertaining game of Week 8, 41-38 in Seattle. Deshaun Watson continued his stellar rookie season by throwing for 402 yards and four touchdowns but was picked off three times. Houston swept Indianapolis last year, but neither starting quarterback from those games, Brock Osweiler and Andrew Luck, will be on the field Sunday. Osweiler is in Denver and Luck still injured.
Point spread: Texans -13 Pick ATS: Indianapolis
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco remains the NFC’s only winless team, while the Cardinals come out of their bye and begin life without starting quarterback Carson Palmer. He broke his left arm in a Week 7 33-0 loss to the Rams. Backup Drew Stanton was just 5-for-14 for 62 yards and a pick in relief and takes over. Arizona beat San Francisco 18-15 in overtime in Week 4. Palmer threw for 357 yards and the game’s only TD to Larry Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in OT.
Point spread: Cardinals -2 Pick ATS: San Francisco
Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks
Washington has dropped two in a row and surrendered a combined 67 points in them. The Skins are really banged up, especially on the offensive line. Seattle won its fourth in a row in a 41-38 shootout against Houston. Russell Wilson had one of the games of his career in throwing for 452 yards and four scores. He found Jimmy Graham from 18 yards out with 21 seconds left to win it.
Point spread: Seahawks -7 Pick ATS: Seattle
Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys
Potential Super Bowl preview? Quite possible. AFC West leader Kansas City is on a short week after hosting Denver on Monday night. Dallas won at Washington 33-19 behind 150 yards rushing and two scores from Ezekiel Elliott. There’s expected to be an updated court ruling perhaps as soon as Monday on whether Elliott will have to start serving his six-game suspension immediately.
Point spread: TBA Pick ATS: TBA
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Sunday night game. Miami looked dreadful behind backup QB Matt Moore last Thursday night in a 40-0 loss in Baltimore. The Fins are surely going to be without starting linebacker Kiko Alonso here as he delivered a clear late hit on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco that is likely to get Alonso suspended for a game. Oakland was without running back Marshawn Lynch due to a one-game suspension on Sunday and lost in Buffalo, 34-14.
Point spread: Raiders -2.5 Pick ATS: Miami
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, Monday
Second prime-time game in a row for the Lions as they lost 20-15 at home on Sunday night vs. Pittsburgh despite putting up nearly 500 yards of offense. The Packers are off their bye week. They clearly missed the injured Aaron Rodgers in their first game without him in Week 7, a 26-17 home loss to New Orleans. Brett Hundley made his first NFL start under center and threw for only 87 yards. Green Bay swept Detroit last year, winning each by a touchdown.
Point spread: Pick’em Pick ATS: Green Bay