“Thursday Night Football” has not been very competitive in 2013, with six of the eight contests being decided by double-digits. That might not be the case in Week Nine, however, since the matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals & Miami Dolphins features the smallest point spread of any NFL Network game this year. The visiting Bengals are 2.5-point favorites, as they put their four-game winning streak up against the Dolphins’ four-game losing streak.
Three other matchups feature betting lines of less than three points. The Baltimore Ravens & Indianapolis Colts are 2.5-point road favorites, having come off their bye weeks. They are both facing the third-place team in their division.
The Washington Redskins & San Diego Chargers game is a pick’em at most sportsbooks. For three quarters, it appeared in that Robert Griffin III would lead his team to the biggest upset of the season, yet Peyton Manning’s three touchdowns in the fourth quarter put a stop to that.
The betting odds have not been set at most casinos for when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Oakland Raiders. It’s still unknown who will start at quarterback for the Eagles. After Michael Vick went down with a hamstring injury, there is a chance Matt Barkley will get the call, despite throwing four interceptions & no touchdowns this season. Nick Foles should start if healthy, though he’s yet to be medically cleared from the concussion he suffered in Week Seven. With Barkley at the helm, the Raiders would likely be favored.
Greg Schiano may be running out of time in Tampa Bay, & he could see his run as the team’s head coach come to an end after Sunday. They are scheduled to play at Seattle, where no visiting team has won since 2011. Against the 0-7 Bucs, the Seahawks are the biggest favorites of the week.
Earlier this season, it looked like this “Monday Night Football” game would go a long way in deciding the winner of the NFC North. However, with Jay Cutler injured, the Chicago Bears might no longer be a major threat to the Green Bay Packers.
A few of the NFL’s best teams have a week off 'cause of their bye. The Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers & their combined 18-6 record won’t play in Week Nine. The New York Giants & Arizona Cardinals will get a break, following wins. The Jacksonville Jaguars are guaranteed to remain winless for at least one more week.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week Nine games, in addition to the point spreads & totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) at Miami Dolphins, 42.5
Atlanta Falcons (+7.5) at Carolina Panthers, 43.5
Minnesota Vikings (+10.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 47.5
New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at New York Jets, 45.5
Tennessee Titans (-3) at St. Louis Rams, 39.5
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Buffalo Bills, 40.5
San Diego Chargers (PK) at Washington Redskins, 51
Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+16.5) at Seattle Seahawks, 40.5
Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) at Cleveland Browns, 41
Pittsburgh Steelers (+7) at New England Patriots, 44
Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Houston Texans, 44.5
Chicago Bears (+11) at Green Bay Packers, 49.5