NFL Betting Predictions: Week 9 Opening Line Report and Picks
The NFL Trade Deadline is set for Nov. 3. Now we get to see which teams are all in and which teams are waiting for next season. The 2-5 Chargers have blown plenty of close games and traded their cornerback in Desmond King to the Titans, who are in real need of defense in the passing game.
Kwon Alexander was acquired from the 49ers as the Saints, 5-2, prepare for a crazy second matchup against NFC South divisional rival in the Buccaneers.
The Steelers went after Jets linebacker Avery Williamson with Devin Bush’s season-ending injury. Even though Robert Spillane had a career day against the Ravens, having a player like Williamson will be beneficial to the Steelers already explosive defense.
The Seahawks brought in Carlos Dunlap, who was extremely unhappy in Cincinnati. The one thing that can hurt the Seahawks chances at another Super Bowl is their defense. Although they played better against the 49ers, no one is ready to label the Seahawks a good defensive team. That’s a problem if you’re trying to win the Super Bowl.
You get it. There have been plenty of exciting trades for contending teams. And there are still rumors swirling around the NFL about certain potential trades and ideas.
The Miami Dolphins are currently 4-3 after their win against the Rams. Nobody would be surprised if the Dolphins end up making a trade or two. But it wouldn’t be to trade Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Don’t forget, in 2020, each conference will have one more playoff spot. Instead of 12 teams there will be 14 teams in the playoffs.
The Jets and Giants, two teams that will finish the season near the bottom, if not the last two, have been trading players and getting draft pick compensation. But the Giants are actually still in playoff contention, oddly enough. They traded Markus Golden. However, the reality is, the Giants still have a chance with the Redskins and Cowboys onto their second- or third-string quarterbacks.
For Week 9, the NFL’s slate has some intriguing match-ups between teams that lead in their respective conferences, divisions or wild card spots in the standings.
Seahawks vs Bills (+3, 54): The Bills are 6-2 on the season. However, I have to admit, this Buffalo team hasn’t looked fantastic as of late. Buffalo lost two games and then defeated the Jets without a touchdown and beat the Patriots while needing a forced fumble. The Buffalo defense has allowed 370 yards per game this season and is allowing slightly more points than the offense is scoring. For a 6-2 team, that’s absurd. The Seahawks offense has been unstoppable all season long, and the Bills won’t have the answer, either. Pick: Seahawks.
Ravens vs Colts (+3, TBD): The Colts are 5-2 on the season and dismantled the Lions by 20. But are the Colts really just three-point underdogs against the Ravens? The Colts had a legitimate scare to the Bengals the week before, lost to the Browns, couldn’t score against the Bears, and had a fantastic game against the Jets. Everyone who played the Jets did. The Ravens might be without Melvin Ingram, but this Colts defense can be beat. They have a great run defense but are still allowing more points per game compared to the Ravens. Ravens will be too quick for the Colts. Pick: Ravens
Dolphins vs Cardinals (-4.5, 48): It was fun watching Tua Tagovailoa make his first start of the season. For the Dolphins to defeat the Rams, everything had to go right. They got a punt returned for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown and forced Jared Goff into many mistakes. The Dolphins have an underrated defense, but the reality is that Tua threw for fewer than 100 yards in the entire game. He’s going to be great, but hold off for now. Kyler Murray has a year under his belt. Pick: Cardinals.
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