NFL Spreads Week 9: Best Picks Against the Spread

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 31, 2016

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In a 17-week regular season where every team has one bye in its schedule, Week 9 signals the halfway point of the NFL campaign. And here’s hoping we don’t have a tie for the third straight Sunday! Here’s a quick look at all Week 9 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games on Sunday unless noted. The Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins and Texans are on the bye.

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday

Point spread: Atlanta -3 Total: 51.5 I will have an in-depth preview of this game on Tuesday at Sports Interaction. Tampa Bay swept Atlanta last season and beat the Falcons in Week 1 this year at the Georgia Dome, 31-24. It’s the Bucs’ first three-game winning streak in the series this decade. Pick ATS: Bucs

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Point spread: Baltimore -3 Total: 43 Pittsburgh comes out of its bye week hoping that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can return sooner than expected from knee surgery and play in this big AFC North rivalry game. Roethlisberger was originally ruled out 4-6 weeks and missed a Week 6 loss to New England but tends to return earlier than projections. Still, it’s not likely he can go. The Ravens are also out of their bye. They opened the season with three straight close wins but followed that with four close losses in a row. Baltimore swept Pittsburgh last year for the first time since 2011. Pick ATS: Ravens if Roethlisberger out.

Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns

Point spread: Dallas -7.5 Total: 46.5 The Cowboys rallied for a 29-23 overtime win over visiting Philadelphia on Sunday night for their sixth straight victory. Rookie Dak Prescott continued his stellar season with the winning 5-yard TD pass to Jason Witten. Dez Bryant returned from a three-game injury absence and had four catches for 113 yards and a score. Cleveland remains the NFL’s only winless club following a 31-28 home loss to the Jets. The Browns, in typical Browns fashion, couldn’t hold a 13-point halftime lead. Pick ATS: Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

Point spread: Kansas City -8 Total: 45.5 I’m a bit shocked that Gus Bradley is still the head coach of the disappointing Jaguars as they were embarrassed last Thursday night at Tennessee. Bradley did fire offensive coordinator Greg Olson, however. The Jaguars are averaging 18.2 fewer yards, 18.5 fewer rushing yards and 3.7 fewer points compared to last year. Quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett was promoted to offensive coordinator. Kansas City won a third straight game Sunday, 30-14 over Indianapolis. However, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and running back Spencer Ware both left with concussions so they are in question this week. Kansas City has decisively won the past two meetings vs. the Jaguars, most recently in 2013. Pick ATS: Chiefs

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Point spread: Miami -3.5 Total: 44.5 All eyes will be on Miami running back Jay Ajayi as the Dolphins come out of the bye. He’s working on back-to-back 200-yard rushing games. The only other players to accomplish that are O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams. But no player has done it three times in a row. The Jets, who rallied for a win in Cleveland on Sunday, have one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Pick ATS: Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Point spread: New York -3 Total: 44 The Eagles lost in Dallas on Sunday night, 29-23 in overtime, blowing a 23-13 fourth-quarter lead. Philadelphia never got the ball in OT as Dallas scored a TD on its first possession. The Giants were on their bye week. Philadelphia swept New York last season. The Week 17 35-30 result at MetLife Stadium was Tom Coughlin’s final game as Giants coach. Pick ATS: Giants

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Detroit had at three-game winning streak end Sunday in a 20-13 loss in Houston. The Lions were without top cornerback Darius Slay, who missed the game because of a hamstring injury and is questionable for this one. It’s a short week for Minnesota after visiting Chicago on Monday. The Vikings swept their NFC North rival Lions last season. Pick ATS: Vikings

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams

Point spread: Carolina -3 Total: 46 Carolina temporarily saved its season with a 30-20 win over Arizona in Week 8 in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game and to end a four-game losing streak. Jonathan Stewart ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and the Panthers sacked Arizona QB Carson Palmer eight times. The Rams were on their bye and rookie No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff has started to take first-team reps in practice. However, Coach Jeff Fisher says that struggling Case Keenum remains his starting QB. Keenum is coming off a four-interception game in a loss against the Giants. Pick ATS: Panthers

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

Point spread: New Orleans -3 Total: 51 New Orleans rallied past Seattle 25-20 on Sunday for its third win in the past four games. The 49ers are off their bye, which they entered on a six-game losing streak. They look like the NFC’s version of the Browns. San Francisco beat the Saints in New Orleans in 2014 in the last meeting. This 49ers team is a long way from that one. Pick ATS: Saints

Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers

Point spread: San Diego -4.5 Total: 48 Tennessee beat visiting Jacksonville 36-22 last Thursday as Marcus Mariota was 18-for-22 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans also rushed for 214 yards. San Diego’s two-game winning streak ended in a 27-19 loss in Denver on Sunday. Philip Rivers was picked off three times, one returned for a touchdown. Back before the 2015 draft, the Chargers attempted to trade for the Titans’ No. 2 overall pick as San Diego officials loved Mariota. But the Titans wouldn’t budge and took the former Heisman winner. Now Mariota gets his first professional look at the Chargers. Pick ATS: Chargers

Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers

Point spread: Green Bay -7 Total: 52 Indianapolis lost 30-14 at home to Kansas City on Sunday. Andrew Luck threw an interception and lost a fumble. Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis left with a concussion. Green Bay lost a thriller in Atlanta, 33-32 as the Packers allowed the game-winning TD pass with 31 seconds to go. The first big NFL win for Luck was in Week 5 of his 2012 rookie season against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The two QBs combined for nearly 600 yards passing and six total touchdowns. Pick ATS: Packers

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Point spread: Oakland -1 Total: 44.5 I will have an in-depth preview of this Sunday night game later this week. It could signal a changing of the guard in the AFC West with the Raiders on the rise. Denver and Oakland are tied atop the division at 6-2. The teams split two low-scoring meetings last year. Pick ATS: Raiders

Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks, Monday

Point spread: Seattle -7 Total: 44 Look for an in-depth preview of this game later this week. It’s Buffalo’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest for a regular-season game since 2004. This has the potential to be a trap game for Seattle as it visits New England next Sunday in arguably the regular season game of the year and a rematch of that amazing Super Bowl XLIX. Pick ATS: Seahawks

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