Eight weeks down, and just nine weeks remaining in the 2020 NFL season. Despite some concerns and setbacks along the way, things appear to be running smoothly heading into Week 9.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, while the New York Jets are still looking for their first win. Four teams have a bye in Week 9, meaning that there will be 14 games on the schedule.
There are some exciting matchups in Week 9 and also some games that could lead to some big money. Here is a brief look at each of the 14 games set to take place in Week 9 of the NFL season.
Week 9 of the NFL season will kick off with a huge NFC showdown between the 5-2 Green Bay Packers and the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers. Both of these teams suffered disappointing losses in Week 8 and will be looking to turn things around on a short week.
The 49ers lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle to injury late in their Week 8 loss to Seattle, and their status for this game is unknown. San Francisco loves to run the football, and that will be a huge key in this game.
Green Bay played without running back Aaron Jones in Week 8, and it really hurt their offense. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in the loss, but Green Bay will have to give their star some support in this game.
It's hard to see the Packers playing two straight bad games, and the 49ers are extremely beat up. Bet the Green Bay Packers -2.5 over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.
The 5-2 Tennessee Titans host the 5-3 Chicago Bears on Sunday in an important game for each team. Both the Titans and Bears have struggled of late and need to turn things back around.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry had 112 rushing yards in a Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a game in which the Titans were favored. The Titans are starting to rely too heavily on Henry, and the rest of the team needs to step up.
Chicago continues to be a mess on offense even though David Montgomery ran for 89 yards in a Week 8 loss. The Bears continue to get great play from the defense, but that unit is starting to wear down.
It's hard to bet on the Bears at this point with their lack of offense. Take the Tennessee Titans -6.0 over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos were both winners in Week 8, and both teams have some momentum. Atlanta is still just 2-6 on the season, while the Broncos are 3-4.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had seven receptions for 137 yards in Week 8, and the Falcons can score points in a hurry. There are still some concerns on defense, but that unit has shown some improvement.
Denver scored 21 fourth-quarter points to earn a comeback win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8. Quarterback Drew Lock was responsible for leading the charge, and running back Phillip Lindsay chipped in with a 55-yard touchdown run.
The Falcons have been a much better team since firing head coach Dan Quinn, and that momentum should continue into this game. Bet the Falcons -4.0 over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The 6-2 Buffalo Bills are the clear favorites to win the AFC East this season, but they are underdogs at home in Week 9. That's because the Seattle Seahawks are 6-1 so far this season and look like a Super Bowl favorite.
The Bills have turned into a pass-first offense, and quarterback Josh Allen has thrown 16 touchdown passes this season. Buffalo should score some points in this game, but the defense will need to play great to win.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leads the league with 26 touchdown passes, and wide receiver DK Metcalf is a monster. Seattle does give up some points on defense, but this offense is almost impossible to stop.
Until someone can slow down Russell Wilson, betting against the Seahawks is a bad choice. Take Seattle -2.5 to move to 7-1 with another victory.
In a matchup of 5-2 teams in the AFC, it will be the visiting Baltimore Ravens that are three-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts. This game could potentially be a playoff preview and will have a huge impact on playoff positioning.
The Colts are outscoring opponents by almost nine points per game, and that offense just scored 41 points on Sunday. This team wants to win games with its defense, but the offense has been playing well of late.
Baltimore blew a 10-point halftime lead on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the best rushing attack in the NFL, but the Ravens need more balance on offense.
The Ravens could be dealing with some COVID-19 concerns, and that will allow Indianapolis to win this game outright.
The 7-1 Kansas City Chiefs are huge favorites over the 3-5 Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Kansas City has won three straight games since suffering a loss, and the Panthers have now lost three in a row.
Kansas City can score points in a hurry, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes is back to playing at an MVP level. The Chiefs will have little trouble scoring on an average Panthers defense.
Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for more than 2,100 yards this season and has also been incredibly accurate. The Panthers will need a 400-yard performance from their QB to keep this close.
The Panthers just don't have the weapons to keep up in this game as the Chiefs easily cover the spread.
NFC North rivals will meet up when the Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions. Minnesota earned a huge upset win over Green Bay in Week 8, while the Lions were blown out by the Colts.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had 226 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns in the Week 8 victory. Minnesota is still looking for a better passing attack, but Cook is a beast.
The Lions thought the defense was figuring things out, but giving up 41 points to the Colts is a major concern. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will have to play great in this game to keep it close.
Minnesota has the momentum, and the Vikings win this game by a touchdown.
The 2-5 Washington Football Team hosts the 1-7 New York Giants in an important NFC East battle on Sunday. Despite the poor records for each team, the race to the division crown is still in play.
Washinton had a bye in Week 8, and that should allow it to be prepared well for this game. The defensive line in Washington is really good, and that will give the Giants some problems.
New York nearly pulled off an improbable upset on Monday Night Football but suffered a two-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Daniel Jones had a solid game but did throw a pair of costly interceptions.
This should be a tight game throughout, but the Washington Football Team will cover the 3.5-point spread.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans were both off in Week 8, so both teams should be well-rested for this game. This is a matchup of 1-6 teams, but the Texans are road favorites in this game.
Jacksonville will have Jake Luton under center in this game as Garnder Minshew is out with injury. The Jaguars can't run the football, and they can't defend, which is a bad combination.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for almost 2,100 yards this season, but he has also been sacked a ton. The Texans will need to give their star some time to operate in this one.
With a backup quarterback under center for Jacksonville, it will be the Texans that cover the 6.5-point spread and cruise to victory.
The 2-5 Los Angeles Chargers will host the 4-3 Las Vegas Raiders in an AFC West showdown on Sunday. Despite having a worse record in this game, the Chargers are slim 1.5-point favorites.
Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has been terrific for the Chargers, but this team continues to find ways to lose. The defense gave up 21 fourth-quarter points in Week 8 to suffer a loss to the Denver Broncos.
The Raiders gave up just six points in a Week 8 win, as the defense is starting to improve. The Raiders have tremendous balance on offense, and that will be a huge key in this one.
It's just too hard to bet on the Chargers at this point, and taking the Las Vegas Raiders at +1.5 is the right play.
The Dallas Cowboys enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record after suffering a 23-9 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night football. Pittsburgh is now a perfect 7-0 on the season after a thrilling win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Dallas is hopeful that backup quarterback Andy Dalton will be back for this game, as the offense has been riddled with injuries under center and on the offensive line. The Cowboys still have plenty of stars on offense, but the lack of defense has to be the biggest concern.
The Steelers are scoring more than 30 points per game, and that offense should have a monster game against the Cowboys. The defense has started to show some leaks of late, but that defensive line will slow down the Cowboys rushing attack.
This game won't be close as the Steelers cruise and easily cover the 9.5-point spread.
Both the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins have won three straight games, so something has to give in this matchup. The 5-2 Cardinals are five-point favorites over the 4-3 Dolphins on Sunday.
The Cardinals are averaging 160 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Kyler Murray plays a role in that. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins leads the team with 704 receiving yards, and he has helped transform this offense.
The Dolphins have made a change at quarterback, and Tua Tagovailoa is now starting under center. The rookie didn't have to do much in the team's Week 8 win, but he will be a key in this game.
Miami has improved this season, but the Cardinals are simply the better team. Arizona covers the five-point spread in this one.
First place in the NFC South is up for grabs when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The Buccaneers enter this game with a 6-2 record, while the Saints are 5-2.
Tampa Bay struggled at times on Monday night, but Tom Brady threw a pair of second-half touchdowns to win the game. The Bucs have a very underrated defense, and that pass rush is terrific.
New Orleans has been playing without wide receiver Michael Thomas, and it needs him back in the lineup. The Saints still have Alvin Kamara to run the football, but finding balance on offense will be a key.
This could be a shootout, and that style of game favors the Bucs. Take Tampa Bay -4.5 over New Orleans in this NFC South showdown.
AFC East rivals will square off on Monday Night Football, but this game won't be an instant classic. The New York Jets enter this game with an 0-8 record, while the New England Patriots are just 2-5 on the season.
The Jets are the lowest-scoring team in the league, and that unit doesn't do anything particularly well. The lack of offense has hurt the defense, and that unit is starting to get worn down by opponents.
The Patriots need more from quarterback Cam Newton, especially when throwing the ball. New England just hasn't been scoring enough points to win games with consistency, despite a dominant defense at times.
New York will still be looking for its first win after Monday night. The Patriots will start to turn things around by beating the Jets by more than a touchdown in this one.
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