Oh, you think you have the National Football League figured out in 2021?
No: I can tell you that no one can figure out this wacky league, except for my Parlay Power Plays of the Week, which continue to be fire (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).
The New York Jets got a 400 yard game from a journeyman backup to stun the (formerly) red-hot Cincinnati Bengals. The Dallas Cowboys were Dak-less, but that was no thing, as they knocked off the VIkings in Minnesota (fraud alert). And how about the New Orleans Saints, who lost Jameis Winston to a knee injury in the second quarter and regrouped to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and blow open the NFC South race?
Oh, and there are no more unbeaten teams, as the Green Bay Packers took over the mantle- well, the Los Angeles Rams might say differently-of best team in the NFC, with a 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals in a game that was every bit the showdown we thought it would be.
But that was last week; what is the scoop for Week 9 of the NFL.
You are going to have to wait until late in the day Sunday ( early afternoon depending where you live in America, or maybe even Monday morning if you are watching in Europe) to see the marquee matchups this week. The three late window games are all intriguing, but it is once again the primetime game on Sunday Night that will be in lights, as the Tennessee Titans head out to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in what could be a Super Bowl LVI preview.
Remember, after Week 10, the NFL will start flexing games into the late window and Sunday night, so we should continue to get the best games later in the day.
Here is a look at all the odds and games for NFL Week 9
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Indianapolis nearly beat the Titans on Sunday, and now gets a chance with its next two games to get to .500 with games against the Jets and Jaguars. Will the Colts take advantage, or will they throw it away again?
The Jets can’t win two games in a row, can they? Can they? Mike White might say otherwise.
Read more about this game in our Thursday Night Football Best Bets & Odds guide.
There are some bad games at 1 p.m., and this one kicks off the preview. The line opened at -11 and already has jumped to -14 for the Bills, but will it really make a difference? I thought the Jaguars would have given Seattle a little bit of a game, but they stink. And the Bills don’t, and they also come in off a game in which they won but did not play relatively well. This has the Pointsbet game written all over it, like 38-3 or something to that effect.
I am sick of hearing about this Minnesota team. The Vikings get a chance, in primetime no less, to show that they can be a playoff team in the NFC against a backup quarterback, and what do they do? Nothing. Kirk Cousins threw for 184 yards against the Cowboys in a must-win game. FRAUDS!
The Ravens are not frauds and come into this game off a bye week. I can’t believe this line is this low. Baltimore is going to roll the Vikings behind Lamar Jackson.
Atlanta had a chance to make a statement against the beat up Carolina Panthers, and put up just 13 points in a loss last week. FRAUDS!
But how about your New Orleans Saints! A huge win over Tampa Bay has them right in the middle of the NFC South race, but the loss of Jameis Winston for any period of time could prove costly for the Saints. Trevor Siemian might have to hold down the fort for this week, unless Taysom Hill can go. This is a big game for New Orleans.
Who can figure out either of these two teams? Are you really going to take a team in a big spot, against a Bill Belichick led defense, that is led by Sam Darnold?
How about those pesky Patriots? If they could play every game on the road (3-0), you might fancy them to make a run to the playoffs. Mac Jones is getting better every week, and there is a chance for New England to go on a run here in the second half and get to 10-7, which would probably get them in the playoffs; it has to start with a win here, though.
The Raiders are coming into this game off of a bye, while the Giants had to play on Monday night in Kansas City. If Las Vegas wants to prove it is a contender to win the AFC West, and make a run in the playoffs, it has to come out to New Jersey and win this game.
The Giants are tough to figure out; they have played well at times, and other times have been awful. They should be up for a game like this, but Vegas might just be better.
How can you figure out these two teams? Cincinnati lost last week to the Jets, and maybe it can be chalked up to a young team learning how to win and deal with success; but in reality, they had to win that game, and now have a pretty brutal schedule in the second half of the season after this game, which looks like a must-win to ensure they don’t fall by the wayside as a first half of the season success story.
The Browns’ offense stinks, and the team is getting carried by the defense. Cleveland is not going anywhere, though, scoring 13 points per game.
Huge win for the Broncos to get to .500, powered by their defense, which has been so banged up all season.
But this is a tough spot to come and win, especially if Dak Prescott is back under center. But Dallas proved it is heading towards an elite team in the NFL with that gutsy win on Sunday night, and I would expect the Cowboys to win this rather easily.
Do I have to write about this toilet bowl? Both of these teams are a disaster on and off the field, and they both stink on both sides of the ball. I would expect Miami to show up and win this one, but who knows?
Houston was down 38-0 to the Rams before LA put in the JV team, while the Dolphins played hard in a loss to the Bills. Meh.
Try to figure out either of these teams: both have shown glimpses, and both have been bad. Los Angeles lost at home to the Patriots, and is probably a playoff team, but would you trust them coming to the East Coast to win a game it really has to?
The Eagles looked like the best team in the league Sunday against the team that is CLEARLY the worst team in the league (thankfully the Lions are on a bye; who wants to watch that dumpster fire?) But can Philadelphia do it this week in a huge spot, to jump into the playoff race?
I will be really interested to see the reaction of the Cardinals after they lost their first game of the season in excruciating fashion last Thursday. Good teams would put the loss behind them, go on the road, and get a division win.
San Fran went to Chicago and picked up an impressive victory, and if the 49ers can win this one, they would be right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. But once again, do you trust this team, which has been all over the place in 2021, in this spot?
This is going to be a fun one. Green Bay will have 10 days off before this game, and can consolidate its standing as one of the best teams in the NFL with a win on the road against the Chiefs.
Speaking of Kansas City, which team is going to show up in this big spot? The Chiefs have a chance to get a run going, but have to play the bulk (five of six games) of their AFC West schedule in the second half of the season. Division winners win those games.
Clearly the game of the week, and once again it is in primetime for all the eyes to watch.
This could have been a preview of the Super Bowl (until Derrick Henry had surgery), but what it will be is a good test for both of the teams to see where they are heading into the final two months of the season. I would expect this game to live up to the hype, and maybe be the highest scoring contest of the weekend.
Read more about this in our Sunday Night Football Best Odds & Bets guide.
I still think the Bears are not any good, and the Steelers might not be either. But Pittsburgh has found ways to win games Chicago has not, and with a win here on Monday night, the Steelers will be right in the battle for the AFC North and for a playoff spot.
Chicago can boost its playoff chances with a victory, but have the Bears given you any indication they can win a game like this? Once again, though, this is the NFL of 2021: a top tier of teams, some teams like these, and then the dregs.
Would I be stunned if Chicago won here? No. Do I expect it? No
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