NFL Picks, Predictions Against Spread Week 9: Chiefs Cut Packers; Steelers Hit Bears; Cowboys, patriots roll


There were some good lines to explode in Week 8, and we squashed them with our picks and predictions against the spread. You know that means everything gets a lot tougher for the Week 9 game schedule.

Las Vegas has done a great job of trying to trip us up with a host of challenging numbers involving the upcoming roster of 14 contests. When the lines are blurred between favorites and pick ’ems, it is particularly difficult.

But this is an intrepid forecast, in which each game must be navigated and ultimately chosen in one way or another. Here you are diving right into the fun, for entertainment purposes only:

(Game odds courtesy of FanDuel )

Packers trap Cardinals at No. 1; Saints, Steelers get up; Buccaneers, Fall of Browns

NFL Picks vs. Spread for Week 9

Sunday 4:25 pm ET, Fox

The Packers were able to beat wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard in Week 8 on Thursday night, but losing Aaron Rodgers (COVID-19) and tight end Robert Tonyan are very different stories with Jordan Love now needing to do. his first NFL start. in a hurry into the hostile Arrowhead Steadium. Love will lean heavily on Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon’s running game in a great showdown to help out, and Adams can also roast a bad secondary. Green Bay may stay in the game, but their defense won’t hold up against Patrick Mahomes like it did against Kyler Murray. Mahomes rebounds with plenty of Tyreek Hill and a rebounding Travis Kelce, with a little more support from his running game again.

Choose: The Chiefs win 31-24 but can’t make up the difference.

Thursday 8:20 pm ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video

The Colts got sloppy with their offense against the Titans and lost, which fell to Frank Reich and Carson Wentz. That means an over-correction by featuring Jonathan Taylor against a weak running defense but a tough pass defense overall. New York cannot stop Taylor from practice and will set a more comfortable outing for Wentz at home in prime time. Mike White and the Jets had their great moments against the Bengals, as did previous great titans. They are destined for a disappointment in front of a host in desperate need of a rebound.

Choose: The Colts win 27-14 and cover the spread.

Result: the Colts win 45-30 and cover the spread.

Monday 8:15 pm ET, ESPN

The Steelers are suddenly seeing things turn in their favor in the AFC North. After a dangerous fall to 1-3, coach Mike Tomlin has got them back on track with the combination of defense and running game. The schedule may keep them warm until a critical week 12 rematch against the Bengals. Chicago has shown some inconsistent flashes with Justin Fields, but on the road in Pittsburgh facing that crowd, against that defense it’s a tough rookie task. The Bears defense is starting to unravel in key areas and the Steelers will exploit it well with Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool.

Choose: The Steelers win 24-13 and cover the difference.

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Sunday 1 pm ET, Fox

The Texans could be getting Tyrod Taylor back to start at quarterback. They should stay in this game because of the Dolphins’ defensive problems that allow them to have some running and passing success. Tua Tagovailoa is leading more of an intense passing offense than a great play and Miami is unable to flee with the game.

Choose: Dolphins win 24-20 but fail to cover the margin.

Sunday 1 pm ET, Fox

The Broncos are starting to see the wheels come off, even though they are back to normal. 500 with a limp victory over Washington. Teddy Bridgewater is getting cold and the running game will be contained by the Cowboys. Dallas should have Dak Prescott back to operate his offense at the usual high level and again strangle a visiting opponent with much less firepower.

Choose: The cowboys win 31-20 and cover the difference.

Sunday 1 pm ET, Fox

Vikings cannot go out of their own way in close matches. Each contest has been down to one possession except for their beating of the Seahawks in Week 3. Minnesota lost to two previous AFC North opponents in the Bengals and Browns. The Ravens have the right way to exploit them after a break with a running quarterback and dangerous receivers on the field. Kirk Cousins ​​will see a much better Ravens defense, the one that frustrated the Chargers in Week 6. John Harbaugh’s team has struggled with some finals as well, but will enjoy the purple reign with a stronger fourth quarter.

Choose: The crows win 31-24 and cover the spread.

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Sunday 1 pm ET, CBS

Bill Belichick vs. Matt Rhule is not really a contest. The Panthers’ offense is too limited in weaponry and the Patriots will have an easy time shutting down a key part, wide receiver DJ Moore. On the other hand, the Patriots will be relentless in exploiting the Panthers’ running defense and keeping Mac Jones out of harm’s way against an aggressive passing defense.

Choose: The Patriots win 20-14 and cover the difference.

Sunday 1 pm ET, CBS

The Bills made things interesting against the Dolphins before re-accelerating for a divisional loss in Week 8. The Jaguars declared no contest early in Seattle with an atrocious performance after a break. The Bills defense is a daunting rookie attraction for Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars’ pass defense was roasted by great passing plays against top wide receivers in Seattle and Buffalo can present the same problems with Josh Allen’s big arm. There should be a strong contingent of #BillsMafia to help #Duval.

Choose: The bills win 34-14 and cover the margin.

Sunday 1 pm ET, CBS

The Battle of Ohio can always have wild and wacky results. This boils down to the fact that No. 1 overall QB Baker Mayfield is not doing well and No. 1 overall QB Joe Burrow is already one of the best in the league. Look for the Bengals’ defense to bounce back from the Jets’ mess to take advantage of the Browns’ offense. On the other hand, the state of the Browns’ passing defense isn’t good enough to stop Burrow and his trio of red-hot wide receivers.

Choose: The Bengals win 24-20 and cover the spread.

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Sunday 1 pm ET, Fox

The Falcons offense will continue to lose the dimension of a true No. 1 wide receiver in Calvin Ridley. The passing run and Saints coverage will make life difficult for Matt Ryan, without being disappointed in what he did against Tom Brady. Whoever the Saints start at quarterback, they will move the ball as usual, distributing it and fielding Alvin Kamara frequently.

Choose: The Saints win 23-13 and cover the spread.

Sunday 1 pm ET, CBS

The Raiders will be coming out of a goodbye so they will be well rested for the road. The Giants will come out of a short week, having made a rough trip to AFC West foe Kansas City on Monday night. This smells like a great cheat game for Derek Carr, but the sudden versatility and multiplicity of offense minus Jon Gruden will help. On the other hand, the passing race will accelerate and allow the rest of the defense to be opportunistic against Daniel Jones.

Choose: The Raiders win 30-20 and cover the spread.

Sunday 4:05 pm ET, CBS

The Chargers’ greatest weakness is their running defense. The Eagles were committed to running more without Miles Sanders in Detroit, but that was tied to being guaranteed a positive playing script. The Chargers will adjust with Justin Herbert in the passing game and won’t force things downfield, working the ERA from short to middle with Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. Jalen Hurts will be a solid dual threat with the Los Angeles secondary dealing with injuries, but he doesn’t have the same reliable depth to catch up with Herbert.

Choose: Chargers win 34-31 and cover the spread.

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Sunday 4:25 pm ET, Fox

The Cardinals will have used the mini bye to reclaim all of their key offensive pieces, led by Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. The 49ers supporting and linebacking corps can be exploited by deep passing games and moving quarterbacks. San Francisco’s offense will come to life much more than the Week 5 battle of attrition between the two teams in Arizona. But the Cardinals, after their first loss, will spread their wings for more big plays from more sources.

Choose: The Cardinals win 30-27.

Sunday 8:20 pm ET, NBC

It may seem like the Titans have finished without Derrick Henry, but Mike Vrabel, who continues to be underrated as a head coach, will have his staff adapt to get enough of the running game to maintain confidence in Ryan Tannehill’s passing. The Rams ‘Sean McVay will know that Matthew Stafford can light up the Titans’ secondary, but look for Vrabel to try and shorten the game. Los Angeles seems to be speeding more on the highway, so that sets Tennessee up for the backdoor lid.

Choose: The Rams win 31-24 but can’t make up the difference.

Vinnie Iyer picks in 2021:

  • Week 8 record against the spread: 11-4
  • Week 8 log directly: 10-5
  • ATS season: 67-53
  • Straight season: 82-40


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