NFL Betting Trends- Week 9 Matchups
The favorites had the edge over the underdogs for the second week in a row in the NFL with eight of the teams that were giving points covering in the 13 games on Week 8’s schedule. For the third straight week the OVER was the better play on the total line with eight of the games going OVER the closing line. Each and every week of the season NFL Betting Trends will dig a bit deeper into the numbers for a few of the bigger matchups on the schedule to give you the inside edge when it comes to wagering on the games. All betting lines and odds quoted have been provided by 5Dimes.
The Dallas Cowboys up and down season has them 4-4 straight-up on the year, but they have remained an extremely profitable team to wager on at 7-1 against the spread. This Sunday they play host to 1-6 Minnesota, which is just 2-5 ATS this season. The Cowboys are 3-1 SU at AT&T Stadium this year with a perfect 4-0 record ATS. They have been opened as 11-point favorites against the Vikings with the total set 47.5.
Another team that has provided a solid return ATS so far has been the San Diego Chargers at 5-1-1. They are 4-3 SU this season and this Sunday they will be on the East Coast to face the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are coming off a 45-21 loss to Denver as 11-point road underdogs in a game that they actually led 21-7 in the third quarter. They are now 2-5 both SU and ATS on the year. This game is currently listed as a PICK with the total set at 51.
Turning to Sunday’s late games there are a couple of big matchups in the AFC. The 2-5 (SU and ATS) Pittsburgh Steelers' season hangs in the balance this week with a trip to Foxborough to face the 6-2 New England Patriots, who are 4-4 ATS. After showing some signs of turning things around with back-to-back victories over the Jets and Baltimore both SU and ATS, Pittsburgh took a huge step backwards in last Sunday’s 21-18 loss to Oakland as a 2.5-point road favorite. It has been listed as a 7.5-point underdog on the road for this week’s game. The Patriots battled back from a 14-point deficit at halftime to beat Miami 27-17 as 6.5-point home favorites this past Sunday. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the Steelers’ first seven games and in five of New England’s first eight contests. It has been set at 44 for this matchup.
Both the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns have fallen off the pace in the AFC North title race with records below .500. The Ravens went into last week’s bye with a 3-4 mark SU and ATS. Cleveland fell to 3-5 SU (4-4 ATS) with its third loss in a row after putting together a three-game winning streak earlier in the year. Baltimore has been opened as a slight 2.5-point road favorite for this division showdown, but the play in this one could be on the total which has been set at 41. The Ravens won the first meeting this season 14-6 with the total staying well UNDER the 43.5-point line. The total has now stayed UNDER in eight of the last nine games between these two.
Sunday Night Football takes us to Reliant Stadium for an AFC South clash between the 5-2 Indianapolis Colts and the 2-5 Houston Texans. The Colts have covered in four of their first seven games and they have been opened as one-point road favorites against the Texans, who are a costly 1-6 ATS this year. The total for this game has been set at 44.5.