NFL Week 9 Matchups and Trend Report




New Orleans Saints (5-3 SU, 3-5 ATS)

-6.5
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Carolina Panthers (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS)

TOTAL 41

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The Saints know that they aren’t going to be in first place in the NFC South when this week is over, but a loss would be absolutely devastating. They’ll be two games back in the loss column to the loser of the duel between the Atlanta Falcons/Tampa Bay Buccaneers game if they drop this one. The Panthers are starting to figure out how to play better ball, but they need to put together an absolutely complete game to have a shot against the defending champs, particularly after losing a close call 16-14 at the Superdome.




San Diego Chargers (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS)

-1.5
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Houston Texans (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS)

TOTAL 49.5
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There are a lot of implications on this NFL betting affair. The Chargers are back on the brink of getting into the AFC West chase, but another loss would be crippling. The Texans know that they might be very well be finished in the AFC South even though they are a game back of the Indianapolis Colts. The Bolts need to get on a roll, and last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans could be just what they needed to get going.




Chicago Bears (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS)

-1
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Buffalo Bills (0-7 SU, 3-4 ATS)

TOTAL 40
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This the one regular season contest of the season that will be played at the Rogers Centre, where the Bills are going to be looking to log their first victory of the season. This is very important for Buffalo, as finding a ‘W’ against any of the next four teams on the slate is highly unlikely. The Bears are still in the race in the NFC North, but a loss would really prove to be crippling.




Arizona Cardinals (3-4 SU, 2-5 ATS)

TOTAL 40
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Minnesota Vikings (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS)

-8
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The loser of this one might very well be finished this year. The Cards at least know that they have a better record right now than Minnesota does and is playing in the significantly easier division, but the Vikes most likely have a better team. Brett Favre is going to need to prove that he is still capable of winning games, or HC Brad Childress will have no choice but to end his Ironman streak of consecutive games played that dates back to 1992.




New England Patriots (6-1 SU, 4-2-1 ATS)

-6.5
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Cleveland Browns (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS)

TOTAL 45
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HC Bill Belichick will be the center of attention this week, as this is only the second time that he has returned as a head coach to Cleveland, where he once coached a very poor team. New England is sporting the best record in the NFL, but it knows that the slightest slip right now could open the door for a ton of other teams. Cleveland is just trying to stay on a decent track as it was two weeks ago with its win over the New Orleans Saints on the road.




Miami Dolphins (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS)

TOTAL 40
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Baltimore Ravens (5-2 SU, 3-3-1 ATS)

-7
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Right now, the Ravens are leading the AFC North by virtue of a tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they know a loss to the Dolphins would probably knock them clear out of the playoffs if they started at the halfway point of the season. Miami isn’t going to run down either the New York Jets or New England Patriots in all likelihood, and it has to home that a 4-0 SU and ATS mark on the road this year turns golden once again to try to stake claim to that final playoff spot.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS)

TOTAL 45
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Atlanta Falcons (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS)

-9.5
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These two teams might have identical records this year, but they certainly are coming from two totally different molds. The Falcons have taken on some fearless teams this season with mixed results, but the Bucs have played an easy schedule that features five wins in winnable games and two blowout losses in games it looked like they had no business being in. The winner holds the edge in the NFC South by a game and the tiebreaker of the other and really has great positioning to make the second season.




New York Jets (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS)

-3.5
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Detroit Lions (2-5 SU, 6-1 ATS)

TOTAL 41
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It’s mighty interesting to see what will happen on Sunday when these two squads meet in Motown. On paper, the Jets look like the better squad, but after getting shutout last weekend at home by another NFC North opponent, the Green Bay Packers, we aren’t so sure about the outcome. Detroit is a trendy pick to catch some fire, and in this division, we aren’t putting it past the Lions to at least inch towards the playoff picture again at some point.




New York Giants (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS)

-5
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Seattle Seahawks (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS)

TOTAL 40
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If the Seahawks really think they can win the NFC West and make some noise in the playoffs if they get there, this is the type of game that just has to be won, no questions asked. The Giants are off of their bye week and are going to be looking to open up some breathing room for themselves in the NFC East, where both the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are still in hot pursuit.




Kansas City Chiefs (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS)

TOTAL 41.5
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Oakland Raiders (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS)

-3
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The Chiefs are going to still be in first place in the AFC West one way or the other when this one is over. They are going to have a much different perception on the halfway point of the season though if they are 6-2 and three up in the loss column on everyone in the division than they would be at 5-3 and just a half game in front of the Raiders. If Oakland has any postseason aspirations, this game is a must.




Indianapolis Colts (5-2 SU, 4-2-1 ATS)

TOTAL 47
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Philadelphia Eagles (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS)

-2.5
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This is an interesting showdown between two teams that can really light up the scoreboard when given the chance. Indy knows that this is a rough spot coming off of a big win on Monday Night Football on the road, in a hostile environment, playing against a team that just had two weeks to prepare, and might be playing for its season. The Eagles need a win to keep pace in the NFC East, especially if the New York Giants continue winning. There are still two Wild Card slots in this conference up in the air, and Philly would love to put one of those on lockdown in the weeks to come.




Dallas Cowboys (1-6 SU, 1-6 ATS)

TOTAL 44.5
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Green Bay Packers (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS)

-9.5
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There is clearly nothing left in this disastrous season for the Cowboys to play for, except perhaps to see just how many shades of red Jerry Jones can turn on the sidelines. The Pack are a significantly different story, though. They are still a game up in the NFC North and could easily extend that lead to two games this weekend. However, a bad outing could just as easily make the lead go away as well.


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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS)

-3.5
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Cincinnati Bengals (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS)

TOTAL 42.5
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If there’s such a thing as a game a team badly needs to have, this is it for Cincinnati. The Bengals do at least have a win in division at home against the Baltimore Ravens to fall back on, but if they don’t win this one, they’ll probably already have too many losses to make the playoffs in the hot and heavy AFC North. Pittsburgh just needs to keep pace with the other big names just to get into the playoffs in this conference.

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