NFL Week 9 Recap: What We Learned

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look, now, at the biggest storylines from another exciting week of NFL football betting. Two teams remained undefeated, one team (congrats, Tampa!) got it’s first victory of the season while a bevy of outstanding individual performances (in no particular order: Kurt Warner, Randy Moss, Michael Turner, Josh Freeman) highlighted the day. Let’s get into it:

Saints and Colts keep rolling…Barely. It wasn’t pretty, but both New Orleans and Indianapolis remained undefeated with less-than-comfortable home victories over Carolina and Houston, respectively. Indy needed Texans kicker Kris Brown to miss a potential game-tying field goal at the end of regulation to push its record to 8-0 while New Orleans had to once again rally from an early deficit to dispatch of the Panthers. A somewhat significant sports betting trend with regards to the Saints: after starting the season 6-0 both SU and ATS, they’ve failed to cover their last two contests. Drew Brees continues to lead the offense to big scoring days, but the New Orleans defense hasn’t been great. In its last three, the unit has allowed 34 (to Miami), 27 (to Atlanta) and 20 (to Carolina).

Redskin Woes. Not an especially good time to be a Washington Redskins fan, or backer. The ‘Skins lost RB Clinton Portis to a concussion Sunday, and sports betting enthusiasts who thought they were a good shot to cover in Atlanta got burned, badly. All told, Washington is 1-7 ATS this season, mostly due to its anemic offense. The ‘Skins haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game this season and have been held to single-digits twice.

Remember the Titans? Granted, it’s only two wins against the Jaguars and 49ers, but the Tennessee Titans look like they’re back to being a semi-competitive football team again! Thanks to the play of Chris Johnson (last two games: 363 yards, four touchdowns) and some inspired quarterbacking from Vince Young, the Titans have won two straight-up and against-the-spread for the first time this season. Hard to fathom that this team – just three games ago – was getting throttled 59-0 by the New England Patriots (as a nine-point road dog, no less). Now, as a four-point road dog in San Fran, the Titans played arguably their finest game of the year, racking up 34 points against a stout 49ers defense. Keep an eye on this team moving forward, as the Titans have highly-winnable games (vs. Buffalo, at Houston, vs. Arizona) coming up. Could they get to 5-6 before facing division rivals Indianapolis on December 6th? It’s possible…

Other notes: It’s hard to wager against the Cardinals when Larry Fitzgerald is on. Despite missing the presence of Anquan Boldin, Fitzgerald still hauled in nine passes for 123 yards and two TDs…Cedric Benson continued his outstanding year with 117 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens “staunch” run defense. The Bengals (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS) are definitely for real….Kansas City might’ve found something in WR Chris Chambers, recently plucked off waivers from San Diego. Chambers had two TD grabs as the Chiefs made a game of it late against the Jaguars….