After it was announced that Johnny Manziel would start for the Cleveland Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals, the betting line for the Thursday night's game jumped from 10 points to 13 points. The decision for Cleveland to start Manziel over the injured Josh McCown is just one of a few quarterback changes that have forced oddsmakers to adjust point spreads.
At the start of Week 9, the visiting Atlanta Falcons were just 4.5-point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Soon it was announced that Colin Kaepernick would be benched in favor of backup Blane Gabbert, and the betting line soon became seven points. Kaepernick has been one of the NFL’s worst quarterbacks this season, but he’s had success in the past, unlike Gabbert. The former first-round pick has played just four games in the last two years, and he has a career passer rating of 66.8 in 29 career games.
It was unknown who would start for the New York Jets against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but having Ryan Fitzpatrick in the lineup has Gang Green favored by a touchdown. Marcus Mariota’s probable return to the field has the Tennessee Titans getting eight points in their visit to New Orleans. If Zach Mettenberger had been announced as the starter for a second straight week, the point spread might be double-digits.
The over/under for the matchup between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has seen a noticeable change in the last few days, going from 47.5 points to 49.5 points. The Giants scored 49 points by themselves last week, but they still lost, allowing 52 points in regulation to the Saints.
Below are updated betting lines for all the Week 9 games ahead of the weekend. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas, via vegasinsider.com.
Oakland Raiders (+4.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 48
Jacksonville Jaguars (+7) at New York Jets, 42.5
St. Louis Rams (+2) at Minnesota Vikings, 40
Miami Dolphins (+3) at Buffalo Bills, 44
Tennessee Titans (+8) at New Orleans Saints, 48
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, 44
New York Giants (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49.5
Denver Broncos (-5) at Indianapolis Colts, 45
Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 44.5
Chicago Bears (+4) at San Diego Chargers, 49