NFL Week 9 Odds and Predictions: Best Picks Against the Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 02, 2020

Here’s a quick look at all the Week 9 matchups with Sports Interaction’s NFL odds. Games Sunday unless noted.

The NFL Trade Deadline is Tuesday afternoon, so some players are bound to be on the move by then – although likely no major odds-shifting trades. That’s not really how the NFL works.  Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia and the LA Rams are on the bye.

2020 NFL Week 9 Point Spreads

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, Thursday

Could be an NFC playoff preview, and the teams also met in the Bay Area in last season’s NFC Championship Game. The Niners rolled 37-20 behind a record-setting 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns from Raheem Mostert. San Francisco only attempted eight passes. The Niners could be down numerous injured starters for this one. Mostert is out, and QB Jimmy Garoppolo and star tight end George Kittle might be too.

Point spread: Packers -2.5

Pick ATS: Green Bay

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta on a few days of extra rest after pulling a small 25-17 upset at Carolina last Thursday on a rainy night in Charlotte. That improved the Falcons to 2-1 (they should be 3-0) since firing Coach Dan Quinn and replacing him on an interim basis with Raheem Morris. Denver rallied from down 24-3 in the third quarter Sunday vs. the Chargers to win on the game’s final play (and with the PAT).

Point spread: Falcons -4

Pick ATS: Atlanta

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills

Not impossible this is a Super Bowl preview, although it’s much tougher to see Buffalo get there. Seattle had little trouble Sunday in a win over the Niners as Russell Wilson had four more TD passes – he leads the NFL with 26 of them. Buffalo held off New England 24-21 thanks to 190 yards and three scores on the ground.

Point spread: Seahawks -3

Pick ATS: Buffalo (alternate line of +3.5)

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

Chicago’s offence embarrassed itself again Sunday in in a 26-23 overtime home loss to New Orleans. Ten of the points and many of the team’s yards came in the final three-plus minutes of regulation to force overtime. Matt Nagy still has no plans to pull QB Nick Foles. The Titans perhaps got caught in a trap game Sunday and were throttled 31-20 in Cincinnati. NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry had 112 yards and a TD.

Point spread: Titans -6

Pick ATS: Tennessee

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts

This could be huge for AFC playoff seeding. Baltimore was upset Sunday at home by Pittsburgh as reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson turned it over four times – he had just three giveaways all season. The team also lost All-Pro offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley for the season. The Colts came out of their bye and looked sharp in an easy win in Detroit. They are now tied for first in the AFC South.

Point spread: Ravens -3

Pick ATS: Indianapolis (alternate line of +3.5)

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs

The Panthers are rather streaky. They lost their first two of the season, won the next three and now are on a three-game losing streak following a 25-17 home defeat to Atlanta last Thursday. All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey sat again with an ankle injury suffered in Week 2, but he was fairly close to playing. Expect him back here. The Chief snoozed past the horrible Jets behind 416 yards passing and five TDs from Patrick Mahomes.

Point spread: Chiefs -11.5

Pick ATS: Carolina

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

It’s the first meeting of the season between NFC North rivals. Minnesota easily won both in 2019. Detroit was dominated Sunday in a home loss to Indianapolis, while the Vikings shocked the Packers behind a career game from tailback Dalvin Cook.

Point spread: Vikings -4

Pick ATS: Minnesota

New York Giants at Washington Football Team

Washington comes out of its bye week as a surprising contender in the NFC East despite a 2-5 record. It’s a short week for the Giants after hosting Tampa Bay on Monday. New York’s lone win (barring an upset Monday) was 20-19 over Washington in Week 6 when Washington coach Ron Rivera opted to try a 2-point PAT in the final seconds and it failed.

Point spread: Washington -3 (may change after Monday)

Pick ATS: Washington (alternate line of -2.5)

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags come off their bye week on a six-game skid and having allowed at least 30 points in each of those. Coach Doug Marrone has hinted at some changes going forward – frankly, Marrone has no right still coaching this team. It could mean rookie Jake Luton starts at QB. Houston also comes off its bye week and looks for the season sweep. The Texans were 30-14 home winners over the Jaguars in Week 5, which was Romeo Crennel’s first game as Houston’s interim coach.

Point spread: Texans -6.5

Pick ATS: Houston

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

It’s the first meeting between AFC West foes. The Raiders swept last year but by only a combined nine points. Las Vegas was a 16-6 upset winner in Cleveland on Sunday. The Raiders rode Josh Jacobs on a very windy day as he had 31 carries for 128 yards. The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to lose three straight games in which they led by 17 points. They were up 21 over Denver in the third quarter Sunday but lost on the final play.

Point spread: Chargers -1.5

Pick ATS: Los Angeles

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

It’s hard to call teams in opposite conferences rivals, but these two are simply with their Super Bowl history against one another. Will Dallas have QB Andy Dalton back from a concussion? Probably, and that Cowboys offence was inept without him in Sunday’s 23-9 loss in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1978 with an upset in Baltimore.

Point spread: TBA (Because of Dalton)


Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals

Terrific matchup of young quarterbacks here in Fins rookie Tua Tagovailoa and Cardinals second-year Kyler Murray. Arizona comes off its bye week contending in the NFC West. Miami beat the Rams on Sunday in Tua’s first start. He only threw for 93 yards, but the Fins scored via rush, pass, on defence and special teams.

Point spread: Cardinals -4.5

Pick ATS: Arizona

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday night game. Short week for Tampa Bay as it visited the Giants on Monday. New Orleans was an overtime winner in Chicago. This might be the last time future Hall of Fame QBs Drew Brees and Tom Brady face off and in fact probably will be barring a playoff meeting. In Brady’s Bucs debut in Week 1, he wasn’t very sharp in a 34-23 loss at New Orleans. Brady was picked twice, one returned for a score. Brees had two TD passes. To make the rematch even juicier, it should be the Bucs debut of Antonio Brown.

Point spread: Bucs -4 (may change Monday)

Pick ATS: Tampa Bay

New England Patriots at New York Jets, Monday

It’s criminal that the hapless Jets are featured in a Monday night game, but there’s no flexible scheduling for MNF. It’s the first meeting of the season between AFC East rivals. New England was knocked off in Buffalo on Sunday and misses Tom Brady more each week. The Pats are 2-5 for the first time since 2000 and on a four-game slide. The Jets were predictably blasted Sunday by the Chiefs.

Point spread: Patriots -7

Pick ATS: New England (alternate line of -6.5)