NFL Betting Recap of Week 9


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It was a great week for underdog teams in the NFL. Here are some highlights from last Sunday’s action:

Underdogs have plenty of bite

Favored teams had a rough Sunday in week 9 action. Underdogs went 10-2 against the point spread. Atlanta and Seattle were the only favorites to cover. The record easily could have been 11-1 for the underdogs. It took a small miracle for the Seahawks to cover as an 11-point favorite. Seattle trailed Detroit by 17 points at the end of the first quarter and needed an interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the game to cover in a 32-20 win.

Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Tennessee, San Diego and Dallas all recorded straight up victories in the underdog role. The Buccaneers scored the biggest upset in their first win of the season as a 9.5-point home underdog against Green Bay.

Colts, Saints fail to cover

While the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints were able to remain perfect last week, neither club was able to cover. The Colts held off the Texans at home by a final of 20-17 as a 7.5-point favorite. Indy is just 1-3 against the spread at home this season. Three of their home wins have been by four points or less. New Orleans rallied for a 30-20 win at the Superdome against Carolina as a 12.5-point favorite. After covering in their first six wins of the season. the Saints have failed to cover in each of their last two outings.

Giants fall again

After a 5-0 start, the New York Giants were viewed as a prohibitive Super Bowl favorite. With four straight defeats since their hot start, New York will be fighting just to stay in playoff contention in the second half of the year. Many felt that New York would end their slide against the Chargers last week. The Giants closed as a 5-point home favorite against San Diego. It appeared that New York was going to win and cover against San Diego. The Giants held a 20-14 lead heading into the final two minutes of the game but the Chargers were able to stun New York with a touchdown in the final seconds of the game for a 21-20 win.

Chiefs rally for cover

While it wasn’t one of the headline matchups on last week’s card, the finish between the Chiefs and Jaguars proved to be a tough one for backers of Jacksonville. With just over four minutes to play, the Jaguars scored a touchdown to take a 24-6 lead. Kansas City was able to connect on a 54-yard TD pass with just over two minutes to play to pull within 11 points. The Chiefs were then able to recover an onside kick. Kansas City proceeded to drive down for another touchdown with a minute to play to trail by just three points. A second onside kick attempt was covered by Jacksonville to preserve a 24-21 win. However, the Chiefs late rally enabled Kansas City to cash in as a touchdown underdog.

NFL Week 9 ATS Results:

Team             Score        Odds           Bet Final

Chiefs                  21            +7               Cover: + 4

Jaguars                24             -7               Over: 41.5

Ravens                  7              -3               Under: 45

Bengals                17             +3               Cover: +13

Texans                  17             +7.5           Cover: + 4.5

Colts                     20             -7.5            Under: 50.5

Redskins               17             +9               Over: 41

Falcons                 31             -9                Cover: + 5

Packers                28              -9.5             Over: 43

Buccaneers           38              +9.5            Cover: + 19.5

Cardinals               41              +1               Cover: + 21

Bears                     21              -1                Over: 44.5

Dolphins                17               +10.5         Cover: + 0.5

Patriots                  27               -10.5          Under: 47

Panthers                 20               +12.5         Cover: + 2.5

Saints                     30               -12.5          Under: 51

Lions                      20               +11            Over: 42

Seahawks               32               -11             Cover: + 1

Titans                     34               +4.5            Cover: + 11.5

49ers                      27               -4.5             Over: 41

Chargers                 21                +5              Cover: + 6

Giants                     20                 -5              Under: 48.5

Cowboys                20                +3              Cover: + 7

Eagles                     16                 -3              Under: 50

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