We are now at the midway point of the NFL regular season. As the latest Super Bowl odds indicate, some clear favorites have emerged from the pack to stand out.
For NFL Week 9, six teams are on a bye, so the Sunday slate is a bit more condensed than normal. Highlights include a showdown between a pair of surprisingly disappointing teams, the Rams and Buccaneers, while the schedule gets capped off with an intriguing Monday night tilt between the Ravens and Saints.
In this article, we have the latest NFL betting odds for the rest of this week’s games, plus matchup previews, player props, the latest news, and more. Read on for a complete look at NFL Week 9 and what you need to know about this week’s games.
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The Sunday afternoon slate is a little lighter than normal with eight games in the early window and just a pair later in the day. Add in the two remaining primetime games, and we have a dozen to look forward to. Here’s a look at the rest of the Week 9 slate.
Los Angeles Chargers at Atlanta Falcons
Heading into the season, big things were expected out of the Chargers. Injury concerns and inconsistent play have resulted in a record of 4-3. The club returns from a bye and will look to keep pace in the wild card hunt when they face the surprising Falcons. Atlanta is 4-4 and on top of the NFC South standings. For a club that many were expecting to be among the league’s worst, that is an impressive development.
Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears
The Dolphins bolstered the ranks at the trade deadline by acquiring Bradley Chubb and Jeff Wilson. The Bears took a mixed approach, trading leading tackler Roquan Smith to the Ravens and snagging Chase Claypool from the Steelers. Miami has won two in a row and is playing better with Tua Tagovailoa back at the helm. Justin Fields has shown hints of improvement, but inconsistency still reigns for the Chicago offense.
Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals
Since trading Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers have upset the Buccaneers and lost an overtime thriller to the Falcons. That puts the Panthers on the right side of the spread in back-to-back weeks. The Bengals are looking to bounce back from a drubbing at the hands of the Browns on Monday night. The 4-4 club is on a bye next week before returning for two straight on the road.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
The struggling Packers are now 3-5 and riding a four-game skid. The club didn’t take any steps toward improving the offense at the deadline. Perhaps a visit to Detroit’s struggling defense will be just what the doctor ordered for Aaron Rodgers and company. The Lions offense came back to life last week against the Dolphins, but the defense folded once again. The NFC North rivals split a pair of meetings last year, with the home team getting the win both times.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Sam Ehlinger’s debut as the Colts starter concluded with a heartbreaking last-minute loss to the Commanders. For this week, Jonathan Taylor is out, and the club shipped Nyheim Hines to the Bills at the deadline. Deon Jackson is expected to see a big workload as a result. Mac Jones handled all of the snaps in the Patriots win over the Jets, but struggled overall.
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
The Bills picked up another convincing win last week, this time over the Packers, to run their record to 6-1. The club is still a heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl, while Josh Allen leads the way in MVP odds. Buffalo travels to take on a Jets team that had its four-game winning streak snapped by the Patriots last time out. Zach Wilson and the rest of the offense will look to bounce back from a rough day, but they will have to do so without Corey Davis.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Commanders
The 6-1 Vikings are in control of the NFC North race. They’ll take a five-game winning streak on the road to face the Commanders, a club that is suddenly on its own hot run of three straight victories to pull to 4-4 on the year. Minnesota gave the offense a lift by trading for TJ Hockenson at the deadline. For Washington, JD McKissic is out, and Jahan Dotson will be sidelined once again also.
Las Vegas Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars
At times this season, both the Raiders and Jaguars have played better than their records suggest. However, a 2-5 mark for Las Vegas and a 2-6 record for Jacksonville stands as the bottom line. The Raiders are looking to bounce back from an embarrassing shutout loss to the Saints, while the Jaguars have designs on snapping a five-game losing streak. If either club has any hope of being a factor the rest of the way, the quest starts now.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
There are no trophies handed out for half-season performance, but Seattle has outperformed expectations by a mile. Now 5-3 and on top of the NFC West, the club is much better than expected, and they seem to be improving to boot. The club has won three straight games by 10 or more points. This week, it’s off to Arizona to face the 3-5 Cardinals. James Conner is a game-time decision with a rib injury.
Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Instead of being a potential NFC title game preview, this game is now a meeting of two clubs that desperately need to get their heads above water. The defending champion Rams are 3-4 and returned from a bye last week to have their clocks cleaned by the 49ers. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have lost three in a row to fall to 3-5 on the year. The loser of this tilt will have its work cut out to get back into the NFC playoff hunt.
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
Ryan Tannehill was out last week, but the Titans still managed to pick up a road win over the Texans behind a monster day from Derrick Henry to get to 5-2 on the year. He’s a game-time decision for this game with rookie Malik Willis set to go if needed. The Chiefs enter with a matching record and return from a bye week. Kansas City is averaging a league-best 31.9 points per game.
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints
Baltimore has won two straight and is on top of the AFC North at 5-3. They could be shorthanded on offense as Rashod Bateman is done for the year, while Gus Edwards and Mark Andrews are banged up. New Orleans is 3-5 and looking to build momentum from last week’s 24-0 win over the Raiders. Andy Dalton has received the nod to remain under center. Michael Thomas is expected to be done for the year following toe surgery.
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