NFL Lines Week 9: Teams Guaranteed to Cover the Spread This Weekend
With Week 8 set to conclude on Monday night in St. Louis, it's time to look ahead to the 13 matchups awaiting NFL fans in Week 9.
Six more teams will enjoy a bye this week, including contenders like the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. As a result, marquee showdowns will be scarce on Sunday afternoon.
But don't expect bettors to complain.
Below we'll take an early look at the lines for Week 9, highlighting a few teams guaranteed to cover the spread this coming weekend.
*Lines according to VegasInsider.com.
|Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)||vs||Miami Dolphins||40.0|
|Atlanta Falcons||vs||Carolina Panthers (-7)||46.0|
|Minnesota Vikings||vs||Dallas Cowboys (-10)||47.0|
|New Orleans Saints (-3.5)||vs||New York Jets||44.0|
|Tennessee Titans (-3)||vs||St. Louis Rams||43.0|
|Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5)||vs||Buffalo Bills||42.5|
|San Diego Chargers||vs||Washington Redskins (Even)||50.0|
|Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)||vs||Oakland Raiders||N/A|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs||Seattle Seahawks (-16)||41.5|
|Baltimore Ravens (-2.5)||vs||Cleveland Browns||40.0|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||vs||New England Patriots (-7)||42.5|
|Indianapolis Colts||vs||Houston Texans (Even)||43.5|
|Chicago Bears||vs||Green Bay Packers (-8)||49.0|
Spread info according to VegasInsider.com
New Orleans Saints (-3.5) Over New York Jets
If the New York Jets' pattern of wins and losses continues in Week 9, they'll wind up upsetting the New Orleans Saints at home on Sunday. But that's an awfully silly way to pick games.
The 6-1 Saints are clearly the more dangerous team through eight weeks, and judging by how poor Rex Ryan's secondary looked in Week 8 at Cincinnati (surrendering five touchdown passes to Andy Dalton and the Bengals), it's safe to say that Drew Brees and company will hang some points on the scoreboard inside MetLife Stadium this weekend.
New Orleans is averaging 28 points per game in 2013 while allowing just 17 per game to their opponents. Even on the road, the Saints should be able to beat the inconsistent Jets by at least a touchdown.
Each of the Jets' past three losses have been double-digit games, while two of the three defeats have come by 25 points or more.
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) Over Buffalo Bills
No team in the NFL is allowing fewer points per game than the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, who are holding opponents to just 12.3 points on average.
Over/Under 12.3 points for the Bills in Week 9?
On top of that, the Chiefs offense is putting up 24 points each week on average. Both numbers spell trouble for the Buffalo Bills in Week 9.
Buffalo has lost three of its last four games and has been giving up tons of points in the process. The Bills are allowing 30 points per game over their last four games, while the Chiefs haven't allowed more than 17 points to a single opponent in 2013.
Kansas City may not reach the 30-point mark on Sunday, but you can be sure that they'll come away with a comfortable victory, as Buffalo will struggle to score even two touchdowns in this game.
Seattle Seahawks (-16) Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Seattle Seahawks are a massive favorite in Week 9, and for obvious reason.
Not only is Pete Carroll's squad taking on the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Hawks will be hosting the NFC's only winless team on Sunday afternoon.
That's important to note, because Seattle is outscoring opponents by 20.3 points per game at home in 2013.
Also keep in mind that the Bucs have allowed 31 points in each of their last three outings, while the Seattle defense is letting up just 11 points per game at CenturyLink Field. This game has 31-10 Seahawks written all over it.
Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) Over Cleveland Browns
It's been nearly six years since the Cleveland Browns last beat the Baltimore Ravens. Since John Harbaugh took over as head coach, the Ravens are 11-0 against Cleveland.
Will the Ravens make it 12 in a row over the Browns in Week 9?
The Ravens have won five straight against the Browns in Cleveland, winning by at least 10 points on each occasion.
That should be all the reason you need to have confidence in Baltimore to cover the spread in Week 9.
But if not, remember that Cleveland is 0-5 this season without quarterback Brian Hoyer and Baltimore will be refreshed coming off a much-needed bye week.
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