We are in Week 9 and approaching the halfway point of the NFL season. Unlike last week, we have evenly matched games; only two games have spreads over six points and none in double digits.
Here some games I think you should keep in mind for Week 9.
Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills (-9.5)
Things could not be going worse for Washington. The Redskins fired their head coach, they don’t have a quarterback they’re confident in, and now Trent Williams came out and said the Redskins mistreated a cancerous growth and says “there’s no trust there.”
Now they have to go into Buffalo, who is looking to avenge an upset loss to the Eagles. The Bills are six of their last seven against the spread versus the Redskins.
Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina Panthers (-4)
With the Titans 2-0 under Ryan Tannehill and the 51-13 beating the Panthers took in San Fransisco, I was surprised to see them this heavily favored.
I like Carolina getting four. They are 4-1 in their last five against the spread, while Tennessee is 3-4-1 in their previous seven.
This will undoubtedly be the toughest challenge Tannehill has faced in his short tenure as the Titans’ starting quarterback. The Panthers’ defense is third in takeaways, second in sacks and eighth in quarterback pressure percentage. With Tannehill not having a dependable receiving core, this could be a rough day.
Green Bay Packers (-3) vs. Los Angeles Chargers
In terms of their offensive play, these teams could not be heading in more opposite directions. Aaron Rodgers is looking the like old Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones is playing like a top running back, and Green Bay may see the return of Davante Adams. The Chargers have failed to score at least 20 points in two of their last three games, and they just fired their offensive coordinator.
The Packers are 6-2 against the spread this season, and although it’s technically a road game for the Pack, the California-native Rodgers shouldn’t have a problem against a team that doesn’t have a strong fan base in their town. The game will feel like home.
Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos Under 39
These two teams are at the bottom eight in points scored per game. There are only two games in which the Browns didn’t score either 3 or 13 points this season.
The Broncos, even with Joe Flacco as the quarterback, were scoring only 6.3 points over the last three games, and now Brandon Allen will get his first-ever NFL start.
Just in case you didn’t know, at one point, Allen was the third-string quarterback behind Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.
You add the inconsistent offense of Cleveland, we’ve got all the makings of a low scoring game.
Detroit Lions vs Oakland Raiders Over 50.5
Detroit has only allowed below 20 points once this year, and Oakland is allowing nearly 30 points in their last six games.
Both of these offenses are playing well: the Lions are coming off back-to-back 30+ point games, and the Raiders have three consecutive games with 24 points.
The total has gone over in four of the Raiders’ last five games. Both quarterbacks in this game are going to have great numbers and multiple touchdowns.
Underdog Of The Week
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens (+3.5)
Even with how talented the Ravens are, you understand why they are home dogs to this Patriots squad who have the best-ranked offense and defense in football. Baltimore can put up the points as well; they’re only scoring 0.7 fewer points than New England’s 31.2.
Not only do I like them to cover the three and a half, but I’m saying they hand New England their first loss of the season.
The Ravens have the best opportunity to stop Brady and this offense. Baltimore’s defense has the highest blitz percentage and quarterback knockdowns in the league. Brady always struggles when he gets pressured in the pocket. If they can execute this game plan, the Ravens can come away with a win.
John “Supi” Supowitz is a graduate from Quinnipiac University with a Masters in Sports Journalism. He is also currently a part of the Game Day Production Staff for a minor league baseball team. If you want to pique his interest, bring up the Yankees, pro-wrestling, or King of The Hill. You can follow him on Twitter @Imthatsupi85 and Instagram @Imthatsupi.