NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 9: Advice and Predictions
It was another hectic week of football and an even crazier trade deadline this week. It has become clear which teams intend on contending and which are not, as the NFL saw the most trades ever recorded on deadline day. Players like Bradley Chubb, T.J. Hockenson, Calvin Ridley, and Nyheim Hines each are heading to new destinations, which will impact the league greatly.
Regardless, the season must continue on, and each team will have their eyes on their Week 9 matchup. Last week favorites went 11-4 straight up and 9-6 against the spread. It will be a quieter week as the Browns, Cowboys, Giants, Steelers, and 49ers will each be on their bye week. With the top picks for the survivor pool likely already used up, here are the most confident selections for Week 9 ranked from strongest to weakest.
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Buffalo Bills (-12.5) over New York Jets
If you have not used the Bills already this year, then you are wise with your selections. Buffalo has been dominant on both sides of the ball this year and are riding a four-game winning streak coming into the matchup. The Bills lead the NFL in passing yards, overall yards, and are second in points scored this year. Expect their dominance to be far too much for the Jets, who are coming back down to earth after their strong start. Count on this game to turn into blowout territory in favor of the Bills.
New England Patriots (-5.5) over Indianapolis Colts
It has been a up and down season already for the Patriots, who enter the matchup with a 4-4 record. However, they are primed for a victory against the Colts, who are in a state of flux. The team handed the starting quarterback reigns to Sam Ehlinger, who looked solid in his debut but did not do enough to get the win. The franchise also fired their offensive coordinator this week. The Colts have lost eight of their last nine games against the Patriots and have not won at Gillette Stadium in 16 years. Expect the Patriots to produce a convincing victory as Bill Belichick will have a scheme ready for the young quarterback.
Thursday Night: Philadelphia Eagles (-14) over Houston Texans
The vibes could not be higher surrounding the Eagles right now. They have now moved to 7-0 on the season after a dominant 35-13 win over the Steelers. Houston comes into the matchup with a 1-5-1 record and coming off a loss to the Titans. Philadelphia has looked dominant on both sides of the ball, and the Texans simply lack the talent to keep up. While the fans of both teams may be conflicted by the Phillies and Astros facing off in the World Series at the same time, count on the Eagles to cruise to another comfortable victory in this Thursday Night matchup.
Miami Dolphins (-5) over Chicago Bears
The Dolphins have impressed this season and hold a 5-3 record on the year. Tua Tagovailoa has exceeded expectations and deserves a ton of credit for the offense growing into the high-powered unit it has become. Last week he connected on 29 of his 36 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns without recording an interception. While Justin Fields has shown some signs of development this year, the Bears rank 32nd in pass yards per game. The Dolphins clearly have their sights set on contending and proved this by trading for Bradley Chubb and Jeff Wilson. Look for them to pick up another victory here and continue to cement their place in the contending category.
Cincinnati Bengals (-7.5) over Carolina Panthers
The Bengals will be coming off a short week and should have their eyes on revenge after their frustrating loss to the Browns on Monday night. The Panthers have shown more life than expected following their decision to trade away Christian McCaffrey. They beat the Buccaneers in Week 7 and were an extra point away from picking up a win against the Falcons. The Bengals have not looked to be the contender it was expected but can still be counted on to get the victory in this one. The Panthers have played with impressive passion and will not quit, but they simply will be overmatched in this one.
Sunday Night: Kansas City Chiefs (-12.5) over Tennessee Titans
The Chiefs have looked every bit the Super Bowl contenders it was hoped, but the Titans have not been that far off. Tennessee holds a record of 5-2 and possess the top-ranked rushing defense on the season. Their defense will be put to the test against the Chiefs, who rank second in the NFL with 403.3 yards per game. Expect both these teams to find their way into the playoffs but for the Chiefs offensive firepower to be too much in this one.
Green Bay Packers (-3.5) over Detroit Lions
The Packers have disappointed greatly to start the year and come in with a 3-5 record overall. They are riding a four-game losing streak, and this NFC North showdown will be crucial to turning around their season. Luckily, they will be facing off with the Detroit Lions, who are on a five-game losing streak and have lost five of their last six matchups with Green Bay. The Lions rank last in the NFL in both points and yards allowed at 32.1 points and 421.4 yards per game. This will be the cure that is necessary for this Packers team’s offense, and look for them to get back in the win column in this matchup.
Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) over Washington Commanders
The Vikings offense has not been as explosive as expected this season. They rank 11th in the NFL in passing yards and 21st in rushing yards but still hold a 6-1 record on the season. Luckily, the Commanders have struggled on both sides of the football this year, ranking 27th in scoring and 15th in points allowed. Washington has held opponents to 21 or fewer points in the previous three matchup but still has some work to do offensively. Count on the Vikings to pick up the comfortable victory and move to 7-1 on the season.
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens (-3) over New Orleans Saints
The 5-3 Ravens will travel down to New Orleans, with both teams coming off convincing wins. The Saints defeated the Raiders 24-0 in a game where Andy Dalton had likely his best performance of the year thus far. Despite the quarterback changes, the Saints rank 5th in the NFL offensively and are averaging 394.4 yards per game. Baltimore will be coming off an extended period of rest as they played on Thursday night last week. Expect the strong play of Lamar Jackson to be too much but for this game to likely end up as a shootout.
Los Angeles Rams (+3) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Each of these teams is disappointed with their performance to start the season. The Rams have dropped three of their last four games and are 3-4 on the year. The Buccaneers are 3-5 on the season and are riding a three-game losing streak. With Tom Brady finally looking to be human, this is a great chance for the Rams to get a win. Los Angeles is 8-1 straight up in their last nine games with Tampa Bay, and Tom Brady is 0-3 against the Rams as quarterback of the Buccaneers. Count on the Rams to get the victory and to further push the Buccaneers into a state of panic.
Seattle Seahawks (+2) over Arizona Cardinals
Don’t look now, but it may be time to start believing in the Seahawks. They have moved to 5-3 on the season behind the strong play of Geno Smith and took down the Cardinals just three weeks ago by a score of 19-9. The Cardinals sit in last place in the division and have been inconsistent in their play thus far this year. Seattle has fully found its stride and will carry a three-game winning streak into this matchup. Expect them to be too much and for this to serve as a statement game for the Seahawks.
Atlanta Falcons (+3) over Los Angeles Chargers
The 4-3 Chargers will travel to Atlanta to face off with the 4-4 Falcons in this matchup. Los Angeles will be coming off their bye week, while Atlanta is riding the momentum of their thrilling overtime win against the Panthers. Things seem to be aligned for an upset victory for the Falcons. The Chargers have struggled to stop the run this season and are allowing 5.7 yards per carry, which is the worst mark in the NFL. Atlanta is running the ball at the second-highest rate in the NFL and rank 5th in rush yards per game by averaging 158.1 yards on the ground. While the Falcons are vulnerable through the air defensively, the Chargers have already ruled out Mike Williams and Keenan Allen is questionable. Atlanta is 6-2 straight up in their last eight matchups against the Chargers as well as 6-1 against the spread on the year. The Falcons are a better team than they have been given credit for and will have their intentions set on picking up a noteworthy victory in this one.
Las Vegas Raiders (-1.5) over Jacksonville Jaguars
This is a matchup in which both teams have disappointed and will be desperate for a win. The Raiders hold a record of 2-5, while the Jaguars are 2-6 on the season. Las Vegas is coming off an embarrassing 24-0 loss to the Saints which is the first time they have been held scoreless since 2014. The Raiders are 1-5 straight up in their last six away games while Jacksonville is 0-5 against the spread in their last five game. This is a matchup that may be better to stay away from, but the Raiders seem in a better position to get the win.
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