NFL Week 9 Picks: Road Teams That Will Cover the Spread on Sunday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It is never easy winning on the road in the NFL, regardless of your opponent. It is even more difficult trying to correctly bet on those teams. 

However, Week 9 of the NFL season features a few road teams that have been playing very well lately and should be able to continue that streak this week.

Although these teams are all favorites away from home, they should be able to win by enough points to cover the spread.

Note: All lines courtesy of Vegas Insider.


Denver Broncos (-4) over Cincinnati Bengals

After coming into the season with a lot of promise, the Cincinnati Bengals seem to be falling apart. The team has lost three straight games, two of which were at home.

Things will not turn around until Andy Dalton starts taking better care of the football. He has thrown an interception in every game this season and it has been killing the team's chances at pulling out wins.

On the other hand, the Denver Broncos looked dominant against the New Orleans Saints last week. Peyton Manning has finally gotten acclimated with his team and the offense is now clicking on all cylinders. 

Denver should be able to handle the struggling Bengals and come out with a big win.


Detroit Lions (-5.5) over Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Stafford finally learned last week that good things happen when you spread the ball around. Instead of keying on Calvin Johnson, the Lions quarterback found eight different receivers for completions.

Titus Young finished with 100 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

This will help the offense for the rest of the season, because it will make it more difficult for defenses to defend. 

If this strategy continues against the Jacksonville Jaguars—whose defense is No. 25 in the NFL in yards against and No. 27 in points against—the Lions should be able to leave with an easy victory.


Chicago Bears (-3.5) over Tennessee Titans

Things were looking good for the Titans with two wins in a row, but a home loss to the Indianapolis Colts in overtime killed a lot of momentum for the rest of the season.

Unlike Chicago, which has now won five straight games and are one of only three teams in the NFL with fewer than two losses.

The Bears proved last week that they are capable of winning in different ways. Against the Carolina Panthers, they needed a Tim Jennings interception return for a touchdown to get back in the game. Other times, Jay Cutler or Matt Forte will need to carry the offense.

This is a complete team from top to bottom and should be able to defeat an inferior opponent like the Titans, regardless of where the game takes place.