NFL Picks, Predictions Against the Spread Week 9: Cowboys, Chargers, Chiefs all best bets?

Here are our most recent Week 9 NFL picks and predictions against the spread. Which teams will come out victorious, and which will falter?

Week 9 of the season has a couple of interesting games in terms of NFL betting lines and odds. Here are our most recent NFL Week 9 picks and predictions against the spread for each of the games on this week’s slate.

NFL picks and predictions against the spread Week 9 | NFL lines and odds

The NFL standings and the 2021 NFL Playoff picture are starting to take shape, which is helping to guide the weekly NFL odds from the sportsbooks. However, there are always surprises in the NFL, and those often lead to interesting anomalies in the lines and spreads. If you can identify where those odds differ from the potential outcome, it provides a great opportunity to make a profit.

Let’s take a look at the Week 9 picks against the spread, predictions, and NFL odds from DraftKings sportsbook as of 1 PM ET on November 4.

Sunday, Week 9: Free NFL picks and predictions

This week’s slate of games includes some interesting divisional matchups. Will teams like the Cowboys and Packers be able to take a stranglehold on their divisions with wins this week? Or will some suddenly surging opponents be able to do enough to stay in the race?

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-6.5)

This game looks completely different compared to what it would have at the start of the season. The Falcons are going to be without Calvin Ridley for the foreseeable future, and the Saints will now turn to Taysom Hill at quarterback with Jameis Winston ruled out the rest of the year with a torn ACL.

This is a tough game to make a prediction for. The betting line and odds are exactly where I would expect them to be. The Saints deserve to be the favorites at home against a struggling Atlanta offense. If the Falcons can get Kyle Pitts more involved, I do think they can keep this one close. My faith in Hill is questionable; however, his style of play is tough on defenses. Saints win, but Atlanta keeps it close.

Falcons vs. Saints Prediction: Saints 27, Falcons 23

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (-10)

This line opened at 4.5 and has done nothing but climb throughout the week. After an impressive victory on the road in Minnesota with Cooper Rush at QB, the Cowboys are now double-digit favorites at home against Denver. When Denver traded Von Miller, was that their way of admitting defeat this season? Sportbooks might think so.

With Dak Prescott likely to play this week, it makes sense for Dallas to be big favorites here. The Cowboys’ offense has been lights out all year, and the Denver defense just got that much worse. I expect Dallas to cover the number against the spread and love them as the first part of a 6-point teaser.

Broncos vs. Cowboys Prediction: Cowboys 34, Broncos 20

New England Patriots (-3.5) at Carolina Panthers

The New England Patriots have managed to salvage what was a rocky start to their season and are now looking like legit playoff contenders with Mac Jones under center. They are coming off two big wins, one over their division rival New York Jets and the other over the Los Angeles Chargers. Now, after traveling to LA, they head to Carolina to take on the struggling Panthers.

Carolina is in a rough spot right now. After starting out 3-0, they lost their next four before finally getting a win against the Falcons last week. Sam Darnold hasn’t looked good, but their defense has kept them in most games. Can the Panthers’ defense force Jones into a mistake or two? Will this be a revenge game for Stephon Gilmore? Unlikely. The Patriots get the win and the cover.

Patriots vs. Panthers Prediction: Patriots 23, Panthers 17

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-6)

The Vikings are a tough team to make predictions for, whether straight up or against the spread. We never know which offense is going to show up. Last week against a Prescott-less Cowboys, they somehow managed to let the game slip away with under two minutes left.

Now, they are up against the Ravens who are coming off a bye. There is no way I can put my money on Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Give me the Ravens to cover this one and likely be the second part of a 6-point tease.

Vikings vs. Ravens Prediction: Ravens 31, Vikings 21

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)

The Browns take on the Bengals in an AFC North battle. Both teams are coming off surprising losses, but the Bengals falling to the Jets takes the cake.

This is one of the easier NFL picks for Week 9. I think the Bengals bounce back at home and get a big win against the Browns. They should easily cover against the spread, especially if you can still get this number under a field goal.

Browns vs. Bengals Prediction: Bengals 24, Browns 17

Buffalo Bills (-14.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week, the Bills were laying more than two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins. They’re again laying two touchdowns, and this time it’s against the Jaguars. Jacksonville is a bad football team. Trevor Lawrence is being put in impossible situations and has no help around him.

However, this is too many points on the road. Take the Jaguars to at least cover against the spread.

Bills vs. Jaguars Prediction: Bills 30, Jaguars 17

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-5.5)

The Miami Dolphins were laying a touchdown when this line first opened. However, Tyrod Taylor has been announced as the starter for Houston, and the line has gone down. The Texans have a lot of issues, but I have faith that Taylor can help right the ship. Before going down with an injury, Taylor threw 4 touchdowns in just six quarters of action. Now, he gets to face Miami, the only other team that has been as bad as them.

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Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, I think this game might be the final nail in the coffin on this season. After a whirlwind of rumors around Deshaun Watson overtook the organization, they came out of the trade deadline in a worse spot than they were before it. Now your “franchise” QB knows you tried to trade for his replacement and have lost faith in him. The Texans get the win, and Brian Flores is sent packing.

Texans vs. Dolphins Prediction: Texans 21, Dolphins 16

Las Vegas Raiders (-3) at New York Giants

It’s tough to make a pick or prediction with everything happening around the Raiders and their organization. I will say that the Giants looked semi-decent against the Chiefs in Week 8, so we can expect them to at least play hard in front of their fans here. This will be a close game, but I think the Raiders find a way to win.

Raiders vs. Giants Prediction: Raiders 24, Giants 22

Los Angeles Chargers (-2) at Philadelphia Eagles

After a tough loss to the Patriots, you will likely never get another chance to bet on the Chargers laying less than a field goal again. Did their offense look bad last week? Yes. However, I still have faith in Justin Herbert and what he can do on a football field. The Chargers are the better football team in this one, don’t overthink it. Lay the points with LA.

Chargers vs. Eagles Prediction: Chargers 27, Eagles 21

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)

In the biggest move of the week, the Kansas City Chiefs are now laying more than a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. What caused the line to move so much you ask? Well, Aaron Rodgers will not be playing in this one, and Jordan Love is getting his first NFL start.

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As bad as the Chiefs have looked this year (very bad), there is no way I can put money on Love in his first career start. On top of that, it is on the road in a hostile environment. I expect to see a lot of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in this game as the Packers try to milk the clock. Take the under and add the Chiefs as the third part of a 6-point teaser.

Packers vs. Chiefs Prediction: Chiefs 24, Packers 17

Arizona Cardinals (-1) at San Francisco 49ers

The Cardinals suffered a tough loss on Thursday Night Football, but they should have a chance to bounce back here. The 49ers were impressive in the second half against the Bears last week, but it was a far-from-convincing performance. This one will depend on the health of Kyler Murray. If he is good to go, I like Arizona to get the road win. If not, the 49ers likely squeak by.

Cardinals vs. 49ers Prediction: Cardinals 27, 49ers 23

Sunday Night Football: Week 9 NFL picks against the spread

Two teams atop their respective conferences square off on Sunday Night Football in Week 9. Can the Titans contend in this game after losing their star running back?

Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)

The Titans come into this one fresh off the loss of Derrick Henry. After foot surgery, Henry is now out for an extended period of time, and the team will now need to rely on Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. Even those impressive receivers won’t be enough to keep the Rams’ dominant offense at bay in this one. The Rams get the win and are the last part of my 6-point teaser.

Titans vs. Rams Prediction: Rams 30, Titans 21

Monday Night Football: Week 9 picks and predictions

We have had some ugly-looking Monday Night Football games this season. Rounding out our Week 9 NFL picks and predictions is another that might not be the most aesthetically pleasing.

Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5)

Justin Fields is starting to look more comfortable marshaling the Bears’ offense. Nevertheless, he is still under fire seemingly on every single snap. Meanwhile, the Steelers’ offense continues to struggle, relying on their defense to help them stay in the AFC Playoff race. The Steelers’ experience should be the difference in this one. Still, based on the Steelers’ season so far in 2021, it will be a close game.

Bears vs. Steelers Prediction: Steelers 21, Bears 17

Ryan Gosling is the Chief Written Content Officer for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @ryangoslingPFN.

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