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An early look at the opening point spreads and intriguing spots in Week 10

Week 9 wraps up Monday evening, but in the meantime, Week 10 lines are arriving. We break down the early lines and where it looks intriguing.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham following the loss to the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it has finally happened. The week after I finally decide to write about my beloved Patriots as one of the three teams to improve their Super Bowl odds, they lose their first game of the season. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dolphins picked up their first win of the season. So that leaves us with the 49ers as the final undefeated team and the Bengals as the last winless one. A Monday night rivalry finishes up Week 9, but we’re already looking ahead to the bye-heavy Week 10, which gives six teams some much needed rest.

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.

I want you to think back to preseason. So many of us were so naive. There were even some who were predicting the Cleveland Browns to be Super Bowl contenders. At the very least, it’s safe to say most of us believed they had a realistic shot at the playoffs. Jump ahead to Week 10 and the Browns are 2-6, just one win ahead of the Dolphins and Jets. Yet somehow, they are still favored this week against the 6-2 Bills. We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about teams with a lot of wins who have only played “bad teams,” and maybe that point is valid. But even with that logic, the Browns should be lumped into that “bad team” category, which is what makes me think this point spread is a bit strange. If the Bills are going to be underdogs, I’ll take the moneyline (+108) all day.

The Sunday Night Football game is also appealing for an underdog shout. The line opens with the visiting Vikings as three-point dogs in Dallas. Kick Cousins and his team were dealt a defeat by the foot of Harrison Butker, who kicked four field goals, one of which gave the Chiefs a 26-23 lead as time expired. People, including myself, expected Minnesota to be able to handle a Mahomes-less Kansas City. Now, the Vikings take on the Cowboys for a potentially Wild Card defining game. Following losses this season, the Vikings have bounced back with victories by at least 18 points. We also know that Kirk Cousins is significantly better on turf vs. grass, with a 77.6% completion percentage (56.6% on grass) and 134 passer rating (80.8 on grass). I’ll go with another underdog this week, taking the Vikings’ moneyline (+130).

The Chiefs/Titans odds have yet to be released as we await the expected news that Patrick Mahomes will return from injury.

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

Thursday Night

Chargers at Raiders (+1)

Sunday, 1pm ET

Bills (+2) at Browns
Giants at Jets (+2.5)
Ravens at Bengals (+10)
Falcons (+12) at Saints
Lions (+2.5) at Bears
Cardinals (+5) at Buccaneers
Chiefs at Titans

Sunday, 4pm ET

Dolphins (+11.5) at Colts
Panthers (+5.5) at Packers
Rams at Steelers (+4)

Sunday Night

Vikings (+3) at Cowboys

Monday Night

Seahawks (+6) at 49ers

Bye Week Teams: Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles and Washington

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