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An early look at the opening point spreads and intriguing spots in Week 9

Week 8 wraps up Monday evening, but in the meantime, Week 9 lines are arriving. We break down the early lines and where it looks intriguing.

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Drew Brees doesn’t skip a beat. Tevin Coleman and the Niners prove their offensive abilities. The Bears are haunted by field goals once again. Week 8 was filled with interesting headlines, giving us an enjoyable end to the first half of the season. The Patriots and 49ers maintained their undefeated records, while the Bengals kept their winless one. The Dolphins will try to find their first win tonight as they head into Pittsburgh, but they just traded away Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals, making it clear that a full-scale rebuild is inevitable. Let’s bypass Monday Night Football and look ahead to Week 9’s odds.

The betting odds may change as each game approaches its kickoff time. When that time is near, we’ll break down each matchup in more detail. In the meantime, here are a couple of the games that I have my eyes on.

So, the Colts weren’t super impressive this past week against the Broncos, only scoring one touchdown at home. But ultimately, a last-second field goal from Adam Vinatieri lifted the Colts to their third win in a row. This is the third time this season that the Colts have scored less than 20 points and still walked away with a victory. It’s no secret that Indy means business, and now they will head to Pittsburgh to take on the previously mentioned Steelers. The spread opens with the Colts as 1-point favorites, which I see as a steal at this point. Even if the Steelers dominate the Dolphins tonight, the only direction next week’s spread will likely go is more in favor of the Colts. They are no doubt the better team, and handling Mason Rudolph will be far easier than Patrick Mahomes, who the Colts contained to 13 points. I’m going with Indy to cover the spread.

This week, I’m taking advantage of the Monday Night Football teams. The Dolphins open up as 4.5-point underdogs in a divisional matchup against the Jets. While the game is in Miami, my initial thought is that this spread is too small. The 0-6 (likely to be 0-7 after MNF) Dolphins would have covered that spread just once this season, and that was against Washington. While the Jets are bad, I wouldn’t classify them as “Miami/Washington/Cincinnati” bad. Halloween will have passed by the time this game occurs, so Sam Darnold shouldn’t be seeing ghosts anymore. I wouldn’t expect a third consecutive 3+ interception game from him. Again, this initial 4.5-point spread is giving the Dolphins too much credit. If you want to take advantage of an early spread, this is a good candidate to do so.

The odds have yet to be released for the Vikings/Chiefs game due to the possibility of Patrick Mahomes making a quick recovery from his knee injury.

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

Thursday Night

49ers at Cardinals (+7.5)

Sunday, 1pm ET

Texans at Jaguars (+2.5)
Washington (+9.5) at Bills
Bears (+5) at Eagles
Colts at Steelers (+1)
Jets at Dolphins (+4.5)
Titans (+3.5) at Panthers

Sunday, 4pm ET

Buccaneers (+7) at Seahawks
Lions (+2.5) at Raiders
Packers at Chargers (+3)
Browns (+1.5) at Broncos

Sunday Night

Patriots at Ravens (+3.5)

Monday Night

Cowboys at Giants (+7)

Bye Week Teams: Falcons, Bengals, Rams and Saints

Odds and lines subject to change. See website for actual odds.
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