The betting odds are here for all of the matchups that await us in Week 9 of the NFL.
Heading into Week 9 of the NFL season, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs are the teams to beat in their respective conferences, whereas teams like the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders are rebuilding for the future.
Despite a close call in the Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Rams game, Week 8 failed to feature a true upset on Sunday. NFL fans wanting a shakeup (or poised to bet big on an underdog) will hope for more unpredictability in Week 9.
As it stands right now, the best teams in the NFL are the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, with few teams looking capable of beating either side. The Packers took Los Angeles to the limit, but the Rams remain undefeated. Meanwhile, the Chiefs close loss to the New England Patriots is the lone blemish on their record, and there’s no shame in losing to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
This week’s slate of games will feature one huge mismatch between the Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. While the Browns have shown signs of encouragement due to their rookie quarterback, rookie running back, and standouts on defense, they remain one of the least effective teams in the NFL. Plagued by poor wide receiver and offensive line play, the Browns have lost several close games this season, with both head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley feeling the heat.
Looking at the rest of the games in Week 9, there are several exciting rivalry contests that could have playoff implications down-the-road. The rising Carolina Panthers will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with FitzMagic), the Pittsburgh Steelers will hope to have a better outing against the Baltimore Ravens this time around, and both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions need to get back on track as Week 9 opponents in the NFC North.
Sunday’s games will finish with a bang, as the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints are both marquee matchups between legitimate playoff teams. In fact, the Rams and Saints have even odds. It gets even better on Sunday Night Football, as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will look to produce a quarterback duel for the ages when the Packers take on the Patriots after losing to the Rams in heart-breaking fashion.
All the odds for the Week 9 games can be viewed below, courtesy of OddsShark.
Thursday Night Football
Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)
Sunday Early Games
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings (-6)
Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers (-5.5)
Kansas City Chiefs (-8.5) vs. Cleveland Browns
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins (-3)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (-3)
Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins (-2.5)
Sunday Late Games
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks (-2.5)
Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos (-1)
Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints (EVEN)
Sunday Night Football
Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots (-6)
Monday Night Football
Tennessee Titans vs. Dallas Cowboys (-4)
Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars