NFL Spreads Week 9: Favorites That Deserve Bigger Lines

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers on October 14, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Although the oddsmakers usually know best, Week 9 of the NFL season features some favorites with strangely low point spreads. 

In a week that features only one game between two teams with a winning record, fans are likely to see a lot of blowouts and ugly football. As a result, the spread starts to become almost as important for people as who wins the game.

For these gamblers, it might be a smart idea to bet on a few favorites who should easily cover these lines on Sunday.


Carolina Panthers (-7.5) over Atlanta Falcons 

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Pantherz runs upfield in the 2nd half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 24, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Carolina won 31 - 13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty I
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Before the start of the season, you would not have believed the Panthers would even be favored in this game, let alone by more than a touchdown. However, fans should expect a blowout in this one.

Injuries have torn apart the Falcons offense, and Matt Ryan is left without many weapons around him. This has hindered a once-dominant attack, which will struggle even more against Carolina's second-ranked defense.

Meanwhile, Atlanta has not been able to stop anyone defensively, most recently allowing 154 rushing yards to Andre Ellington. With the pass defense being just as bad, the red-hot Cam Newton should be able to torch this unit with both his arm and his legs. 

Even with a relatively big line, the Panthers should easily cover and move to 5-3 on the season.


Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) over Houston Texans

If this game came directly after the big win over the Denver Broncos, you can factor this divisional battle as a letdown game. However, a bye week allows the Colts to get refocused on the Texans in an effort to virtually end their season.

Indianapolis has played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball, and that will not change any time soon. Even the injury to Reggie Wayne will not stop Andrew Luck from breaking through as one of the best young quarterbacks in football.

On the other side, there is little reason to have any faith in Houston at this point of the season. The squad has lost five games in a row and allowed over 30 points in three of them. The quarterback situation is also far from settled, with Case Keenum making his second career start.

The Colts have proven the ability to win on the road with a blowout victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and they should get another one against the Texans.


Seattle Seahawks (-16) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Obviously, this is no small line. However, there might not be a spread big enough for the Buccaneers to cover.

With rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback and rookie Mike James at running back, Tampa Bay had a hard time moving the ball at home against the Panthers. It is hard to imagine finding much more success in Seattle.

The Seahawks have allowed the second-fewest yards per game in the NFL, and Glennon is going to struggle in the hostile environment at CenturyLink Field. 

Seattle has only played three home games this year, but all three have been wins with a combined score of 94-33. The average margin of victory should be even greater after facing the winless Buccaneers. 

NFL Week 9 Spreads
Cincinnati BengalsMiami DolphinsCIN -3
Atlanta FalconsCarolina PanthersCAR -7.5
Minnesota VikingsDallas CowboysDAL -10
New Orleans SaintsNew York JetsNO -6
Tennessee TitansSt. Louis RamsTEN -3
Kansas City ChiefsBuffalo BillsKC -3
San Diego ChargersWashington RedskinsSD -1
Philadelphia EaglesOakland RaidersOAK -2.5
Tampa Bay BuccaneersSeattle SeahawksSEA -16
Baltimore RavensCleveland BrownsBAL -2.5
Pittsburgh SteelersNew England PatriotsNE -6.5
Indianapolis ColtsHouston TexansIND -2.5
Chicago BearsGreen Bay PackersGB -10.5
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