Betting against the spread is always tricky, and this week’s slate of NFL games will offer a few contests that will trip up those looking to make a smart wager.
Teams often win but fail to do so convincingly, and this pattern will remain unchanged in Week 9.
Here are the games featuring teams that will add another win to their record—as they were expected to—but will let the underdogs hang around for all four quarters.
Note: All spreads provided by Sportsbook.com.
Green Bay Packers (-11) vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals defense has been impressive this year and has allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards to opposing teams.
Aaron Rodgers has not been as prolific as he was during last season’s MVP-winning campaign, and the Arizona pass rush will get to him throughout this game. In addition, the Packers showed last week that they are capable of playing down to their competition, letting a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars stay in the game.
But the Arizona offensive line is atrocious, and this has been a debilitating weakness during the team’s four-game losing streak. Clay Matthews will have a field day in this contest.
Ultimately, this will be a low-scoring affair that will not be decided by more than 11 points.
Seattle Seahawks (-5) vs. Minnesota Vikings
These two teams are extremely similar.
Both have stout defenses that are complemented by dominant running backs. The Vikings and the Seahawks also have young, inexperienced quarterbacks who are talented but are also still prone to making costly errors.
Seattle will have the advantage of one of the rowdiest crowds in the NFL, but the team does not have a player like Minnesota’s Percy Harvin, who is capable of making game-changing plays.
Ultimately, the Seahawks will pull off a home victory, but it will not be easy, and this game will be extremely close.
New York Giants (-3.5) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
What will happen when the Giants take on the Steelers?
The Giants and the Steelers are also remarkably similar teams.
Both have superb pass-rushers, talented wide receivers, well-respected coaches and quarterbacks with two Super Bowl rings. These are all qualities of a successful team.
However, New York has been more consistent this season and has also remained healthier. These factors will allow the Giants to improve to 7-2 on the season, but the Steelers will ensure that this will be a difficult task.
This game will be a thrilling contest, and it will be close through all 60 minutes.