The 2012 NFL regular season is just about halfway over, and the playoff picture is shaping up. No division has two teams tied for first place, as the best clubs in the league are beginning to separate themselves from the pack.
The Falcons remain the only undefeated team after eight weeks. At 7-0, they are running away with the NFC South with a four game lead. Atlanta is a four-point favorite over the Cowboys in the next Sunday Night Football game.
Entering Week 9, multiple teams are double-digit point favorites.
The Packers are the biggest favorites of the week. They are giving 11 points to the Cardinals. Arizona has lost four straight games after starting off at 4-0.
The Chiefs and Chargers open the week on Thursday Night Football. Both lubs are coming off bad losses. San Diego lost to the Browns, while Kansas City has still yet to lead a game in regulation.
The Raiders and Buccaneers are expected to have the closest contest in Week 9. Tampa Bay is just a 1.5-point underdog, as they head to Oakland. Both teams are coming off big wins against the Vikings and Chiefs, respectively.
The Giants and Steelers might have the most highly anticipated game of the week. Pittsburgh heads to New York as three-point underdogs. Both teams have been hot of late, with just one combined loss since Week 5.
The Saints and Eagles will close out the week on Monday Night Football. New Orleans is a 3.5-point favorite in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair. The two teams allow a combined 53 points per game.
The Patriots, Jets, Rams and 49ers are off.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 9 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Kansas City (+8) at San Diego, 42.5
Denver (-3.5) at Cincinnati, 47.5
Arizona (+10) at Green Bay, 44
Miami (-2.5) at Indianapolis, 43
Baltimore (-3.5) at Cleveland, 42.5
Buffalo (+10) at Houston, 47.5
Carolina (+3) at Washington, 46.5
Detroit (-3.5) at Jacksonville, 44
Chicago (-3.5) at Tennessee, 43.5
Minnesota (+5) at Seattle, 39.5
Tampa Bay (+1.5) at Oakland, 46
Pittsburgh (+3) at New York Giants, 47.5
Dallas (+4.5) at Atlanta, 47.5
Philadelphia (+3.5) New Orleans, 52.5
Bye: St. Louis, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco