We’re into Week 9 of the 2021 NFL regular season. Before the games kick off this Sunday, here’s your Week 9 betting preview. (Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook)
Record YTD: 25-11
Three Picks Of The Week
Buffalo Bills (-14.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
After an unimpressive performance last weekend against the Dolphins, this is a prime bounce-back spot for the Bills. Buffalo has been good against bad teams this season, beating the Dolphins by 35 and 14, the Football Team by 22 and the Texans by 40. This week, they get to go up against arguably the worst team in football, the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has given up the fifth-most points (203) in football, and their defense has taken the ball away just two times. Led by MVP candidate Josh Allen, the Bills offense should have no problem putting up 30+ points on this defense. This game could easily be over by the third quarter. Take the Bills and the points.
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-6)
Coming off a bye, John Harbaugh-coached Ravens teams are hard to beat. In his 13 years as head coach, Harbaugh has 10-3 record after the bye week. This week, his Ravens have a favorable matchup against the Vikings. Minnesota is coming off a game in which they lost to Cooper Rush in his first NFL start, while surrendering 419 yards of offense. That does not bode well for this week when they have to try to slow down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense. Look for Jackson and the Ravens to hammer the run game, as the Vikings have given up 4.6 Y/A on the ground and over 100 rushing yards in six of their seven games this season. At home, take the Ravens and the points in this one.
The Chargers are coming off back-to-back losses, but this line is still way too low to pass up. Los Angeles’ three losses this season have come against the Cowboys, Ravens and Patriots. Even after a blowout victory over the Detroit Lions last week, the Eagles are not close to the level of those three teams. Philly has beaten the Falcons, Panthers and Lions, not exactly great competition. In their other five games, against average or above-average teams (49ers, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bucs, Raiders) they’ve been outscored 106-161. The Chargers are still a good team, and their offense has a great chance to get back on track this Sunday. Look for Justin Herbert to have a big day, and the Chargers to walk away with a 7-10 point victory.
O/U = 49
The Pick: Cowboys (-10)
These two teams are going in completely opposite directions. The Cowboys come into this matchup riding high, winners of six straight and coming off of one of their most impressive victories this season last weekend against the Vikings. This week, they’ll have Dak Prescott back, and that’s bad news for the Broncos. Denver did win an ugly game last week against the Washington Football Team, but they still are just 1-4 since their 3-0 start to the season. Denver’s offensive line has really struggled of late, allowing 11 sacks over their last three games. The increased pressure has led to Teddy Bridgewater throwing four interceptions in that three-game span after throwing just one in their first five games. The Dallas defense will take advantage of the Broncos offensive line struggles, generating pressure on Bridgewater and recording another multi-interception day. On offense, with Dak back in the saddle, the Cowboys will be able to put up points. We haven’t seen a defense stop this team at full strength this season. Denver won’t be the first to do so. At home, with Dak back, take the Cowboys and the points.
Player Prop Of The Week
Ezekiel Elliott OVER 75.5 rushing yards (-115)