Week 9 in the NFL saw several of the best teams in the league pad their records. One of them was the 49ers, who remained undefeated with their Thursday night win over the Cardinals. Jimmy Garoppolo exploded in that contest, throwing for 317 yards and four touchdowns. It came at an opportune time since Tevin Coleman only had 23 yards on his 12 carries.
The Cowboys also took care of an inferior opponent, smoking the Giants by a score of 37-18 on Monday Night Football. Ezekiel Elliott racked up 139 yards on the ground while Dak Prescott threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones once again had problems protecting the ball, fumbling twice and throwing an interception.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the favorites, though. The 7-1 Packers suffered a tough loss on the road, falling to the Chargers, 26-11. Their offense couldn’t get anything going with Aaron Rodgers throwing for only 161 yards. Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon propelled the Chargers with 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
As we turn our attention to Week 10, we have six teams on a bye. Among them are the Patriots, Eagles and Texans. We also have plenty of underdogs to consider placing a wager on, so let’s highlight three in particular that could prove to be profitable.
The Bills had a cake matchup against Washington last week and didn’t disappoint by winning, 24-9. Devin Singletary had a breakout performance on the ground, rushing 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, their defense held rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins to 144 passing yards and no touchdowns.
As great as last week was for the Bills, the same can’t be said for the Browns. Their offense struggled once again with Baker Mayfield throwing just one touchdown pass. Heading into Week 10, he’s still looking for his first multi-touchdown performance of the season. Meanwhile, Brandon Allen threw two touchdowns in his first start for the Broncos, leading them to the 24-19 win.
The Browns entered the season with a lot of hype, but only have a 2-6 record to show for it. Meanwhile, the Bills are 6-2 and could be even more dangerous if they have finally decided to unleash Singletary. The Browns have lost each of their last three Sunday games as favorites and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were defeated here, as well, so give me the points.
Cardinals (+4.5) at Buccaneers (O/U 52.5)
The Cardinals only lost to the 49ers by three points last week, which was certainly a surprise. It took them scoring 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to eventually fall by that margin, but Kyler Murray throwing for two touchdown passes against one of the best defenses in the league was encouraging. Kenyan Drake was also a monster in his debut with the team, posting 162 total yards and a touchdown.
The Buccaneers fell to 2-6 after a loss to the Seahawks last week, but it was a close contest that went into overtime. Their defense once again faltered with Russell Wilson throwing for five touchdowns. On the bright side, Jameis Winston played well by throwing for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Ronald Jones also appeared to take over the starting running back job, rushing 18 times for 67 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber only received four carries.
With how poorly both of these teams have played on defense, this game is expected to be a shootout. The Bucs are just 2-6 against the spread this season while the Cardinals are 6-3 ATS. With the Cardinals expected to also get David Johnson back at running back, they could win this game outright, making taking the points even more appealing.
In one of the more uninspiring games of the week, the Dolphins looked to gain their first win of the season against the Jets, who entered Sunday with only one victory of their own. The Jets were clinging to a 7-0 after the first quarter, but Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes against his former team in the second, two of which went to Preston Williams. Despite those being the only touchdowns that the Dolphins scored in the game, their defense made the lead hold up in the second half, leading to a 26-18 win.
As great as things were for the Dolphins, the same can’t be said for the Colts in their bout with the Steelers. They lost quarterback Jacoby Brissett to a knee injury in the first half, leaving Brian Hoyer to take over at the position. Still, they found themselves trailing by only two points late in the fourth quarter. They had a chance to take a lead with a little over a minute to play, but Adam Vinatieri’s 43-yard field goal attempt sailed wide, dealing them a heartbreaking loss.
The good news for the Colts is that Brissett seems to have avoided serious injury. He’s already been back at practice, so everything is trending in the right direction for him to play. However, they are expected to be without star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (calf) for the second straight week. Not only did the Dolphins win last week, but they’ve covered the spread in each of their last four games. While I think the Colts will win, I think the Dolphins keep it close enough to where I like the taking the points.
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