NFL Week 9 Picks: Underdogs Poised to Confuse Oddsmakers

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 4, 2011

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Wide receiver A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 30, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Coming into Week 9 of the NFL, the only team that hasn’t confused the sports world at any point of the season is Green Bay.

The Packers are the only undefeated team left in the league, and they sit exactly where they started at the beginning of the season—at the top of the league. Every other team in the NFL has done something this season that left fans and other teams scratching their heads.

Here’s three underdogs that will make Vegas oddsmakers do a double-take with wins on Sunday.

*All spreads come from

New York Jets (+1.5) over Buffalo Bills

The Jets have managed to muster a 4-3 record despite a sputtering offense. Darrelle Revis and the Jets D can take lots of credit for that.

Regardless of the criticism surrounding Revis Island, it’s still not a luxurious place to be for any wide receiver in the league.

The Bills are a good story this season, but the Jets defense will clamp down on their three main weapons. Revis will give Stevie Johnson fits, and the lineman and linebackers will be able to keep Fred Jackson from going ballistic.

On offense, the Jets will use Shonn Greene to wear down the Buffalo D. Greene has been steadily improving his output week by week, and that will take loads of pressure off the shoulders of Mark Sanchez.

Miami Dolphins (+5.5) over Kansas City Chiefs

At first glance, the Dolphins look like a floundering franchise in search of a messiah.

However, in Miami’s seven losses this season, only one was an abomination. The Dolphins' 24-6 clubbing at the hands of the Jets, was not a game the Dolphins can really reflect on.

Other than that, the Fish have been competitive in every other game. In fact, their biggest defeat of the season not to the Jets was a 14-point loss to the New England Patriots in Week 1.

Against Kansas City, the Dolphins should be able to find running room for Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. The Chiefs allow 122 yards per game on the ground, and four straight wins have not convinced me they’re all the way recovered.

This game will be close, but the Dolphins will collect their first win at the end of the day.

Cincinnati Bengals (+3) over Tennessee Titans

The Bengals continue to get no love by oddsmakers, despite their 5-2 record and continuous late-game valor.

The Bengals, like the Jets, receive no attention because their offense. On defense, however, these teams know how to grind it out and close the deal.

The Titans are coming off a 27-10 win over the lowly Indianapolis Colts. In Week 7, Arian Foster and the Houston Texans annihilated the Titans, proving a dynamic running back can beat the Titans.

Cedric Benson isn’t at Foster’s level, but he’s strong enough to wear down the Titans' defense.