Week 9 NFL Picks: Enticing Underdog Money Lines Worth the Bet

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

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.


NFL Week 9 Moneylines and Predictions
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

Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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. 

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) throws a pass during the first half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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.




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