Four NFL teams still have perfect records heading into Week 9, and it might not be too difficult for a few of them to reach 8-0 by Sunday night. Two of the unbeaten teams are the biggest favorites on the upcoming schedule, laying double-digit points in their next matchups.
No team is a bigger favorite than the New England Patriots. After dismantling the Miami Dolphins, New England is giving 14 points to the visiting Washington Redskins. The Patriots have won every game by at least a touchdown, and they’ve held a double-digit lead in the final two minutes of every contest.
The Cincinnati Bengals came close to suffering their first loss last week, but Marvin Lewis' squad staged a fourth-quarter comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the AFC North title seemingly in hand, they are 10-point favorites over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. Cleveland is tied for last place in the division, having lost five of their last six games.
In a battle of 6-0 teams, the Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Both teams are road favorites in Week 9, even though the Packers are visiting the undefeated Carolina Panthers. Carolina needed overtime to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, and the 3-5 Colts are getting three points in their game against the Broncos.
There is no betting line for the New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars as of Tuesday morning because Ryan Fitzpatrick’s status is uncertain. He needs surgery on his thumb, but the quarterback could wait until after the season to have the procedure.
The Minnesota Vikings host the St. Louis Rams in the only game that features an over/under of less than 40 points. Only Washington vs. New England has an over/under of more than 50 points.
Only 13 games are on the schedule because six teams have a bye. The Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are all off in Week 9.
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, via vegasinsider.com.
Cleveland Browns (+10) at Cincinnati Bengals, 46
Oakland Raiders (+4.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 48
Jacksonville Jaguars (N/A) at New York Jets
St. Louis Rams (+2.5) at Minnesota Vikings, 39.5
Miami Dolphins (+3) at Buffalo Bills, 44
Tennessee Titans (+8) at New Orleans Saints, 47.5
Washington Redskins (+14) at New England Patriots, 52
Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers, 46
Atlanta Falcons (-4.5) at San Francisco 49ers, 45
New York Giants (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 47.5
Denver Broncos (-3) at Indianapolis Colts, 45
Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 44.5
Chicago Bears (+4) at San Diego Chargers, 49.5