NFL Week 9 presents plenty of solid potential financial gains for fans because the NFL is extremely top heavy, but more cash can be made by brave fans willing to take the dive with an underdog.
Last week a few teams made the aforementioned brave very happy, and this week will be no different.
For one reason or another, the money lines are a bit predictable in who is favored, which can be taken advantage of with smart plays. Here's a look at the full set of lines for the week, followed by three underdogs worth a risky play.
|Kansas City Chiefs (-205)||Buffalo Bills (+175)||Chiefs|
|Minnesota Vikings (+420)||Dallas Cowboys (-550)||Cowboys|
|Tennessee Titans (-150)||St. Louis Rams (+130)||Titans|
|New Orleans Saints (-300)||New York Jets (+250)||Saints|
|San Diego Chargers (-115)||Washington Redskins (-105)||Chargers|
|Atlanta Falcons (+280)||Carolina Panthers (-360)||Panthers|
|Philadelphia Eagles (+125)||Oakland Raiders (-145)||Raiders|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1000)||Seattle Seahawks (-1600)||Seahawks|
|Baltimore Ravens (-135)||Cleveland Browns (+115)||Browns|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (+250)||New England Patriots (-300)||Steelers|
|Indianapolis Colts (-135)||Houston Texans (+115)||Colts|
|Chicago Bears (+420)||Green Bay Packers (-550)||Packers|
Lines via Sports Book.
Note: Lines courtesy of Sports Book.
Buffalo Bills (+175) Over Kansas City Chiefs
The streak has to end at some point.
This is not the 16-0 New England Patriots. This is the 2013 edition of the Kansas City Chiefs with Alex Smith under center. It's a team that has feasted on inferior opposition typically experiencing quarterback woes.
Buffalo is both but different at the same time. The Bills don't know who to start at quarterback, but both Jeff Tuel and Matt Flynn are horrific options:
So why bet? Kansas City has won its last two games by a total of seven points, must travel across the country for the game and of course must deal with the pressure an undefeated record brings.
At home, Buffalo can utilize the combo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, which ranks as the No. 7 rushing attack in the NFL at 133.9 yards per game, and control the pace of the game en route to a close victory.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+250) Over New England Patriots
Is it wise to bet against Tom Brady?
Yes, New England is 6-2, and yes, Pittsburgh has been one of the NFL's bigger disappointments this year, but Sunday's showdown from Foxborough is the perfect mixture of factors for an upset.
Pittsburgh is elite against the pass as it allows just 181 yards per game, which is second best in the league. Meanwhile, Brady has thrown just nine touchdowns and passed 300 yards once, even with Rob Gronkowski on the field.
Tom Brady has an NFL-high 76 off-target passes this season, 15 more than the next-closest QB (Eli Manning)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2013
Among 36 qualifying quarterbacks in the NFL this season, Tom Brady ranks 31st in completion percentage (55.4%).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2013
Want another reason to throw the cash down? Pittsburgh has a budding star in rookie back Le'Veon Bell, and he will feast on the NFL's second-to-last run defense that allows 130.8 yards per game. Brady may not see the field often, and when he does, the forecast calls for his worst game of the season.
Cleveland Browns (+115) Over Baltimore Ravens
Once again, the Cleveland Browns are back on the rise in 2013 but, as usual, continue to fly under the radar.
Brandon Weeden was sent to the pine last week against Kansas City, and the result was 293 passing yards and two touchdowns from veteran Jason Campbell as the Browns nearly knocked off the Chiefs.
Gone from Baltimore is Ray Lewis, and the results have not been pretty as the once-feared unit only ranks at No. 16 overall. That gives Cleveland a fighter's chance, and that's without talking about how horrific Baltimore has been offensively.
Ray Rice averages just 2.8 yards per carry and Joe Flacco has been the definition of mediocre without weapons such as Dennis Pitta. Now Flacco encounters an elite pass defense that ranks just outside of the top five.
At home with plenty of factors swinging its way, expect Cleveland to come out on top and buck the line.