It was definitely a wild week nine in the NFL. Underdogs were 10-3 against the spread, and that included straight-up wins by Denver, Jacksonville, and even the Giants knocked off the first-place Raiders. And Arizona won without Kyler Murray! You might have thought things would level off with the primetime games, but Tennessee beat the Rams in Los Angeles without Derrick Henry, and the Bears almost stole one in Pittsburgh on Monday night, easily covering the touchdown spread. I'm lucky to have gone 2-1 in a crazy week; I need to leave the Patriots alone; they might actually be a good team. We'll see... On to week 10.
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Lions are coming off a bye week that they absolutely needed. They are 0-8, and it does
not get any easier for the Lions with a road game at Cleveland following the game in Pittsburgh this week. They are staring at 0-10 on Thanksgiving Day. Ouch! After giving the Rams their best shot in Los Angeles, pulling out fake punts and onside kicks, Detroit bottomed out at home to an average Eagles team 44-6 before their bye week. Pittsburgh will be on a short week after surviving Chicago on Monday night football; they are 5-3 and winners of four straight. Pittsburgh is right in the mix of things in the AFC. They were definitely aided by a few terrible calls against the Bears on Monday but, in the end, again, did just enough to win the game. Running Back Najee Harris is on pace to break the rookie rushing record for Pittsburgh set by Franco Harris in 1972 and is the workhorse running back that is made for the Steel City. If Dan Campbell has shown us anything it's that the Lions will continue to fight, the bye week will have them rested and hungry for there first win. Nine points are too much to lay with Pittsburgh on a short week and a trip to Los Angeles to play the Chargers on deck.
BET: Detroit Lions +9
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
Per Ian Rapoport, Mike White will get the start at home against the Bills. Quite frankly, it could be Joe Willie Namath taking snaps, and it wouldn't matter for the Jets. Poor Jets, after an unthinkable loss to the Jaguars the Bills are not going to be in a pleasant mood. The Jets have showed some fight and Mike White is capable and can even say he is in the hall of fame. Being the first quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in his first career start. Amazing! The Jets have two young running backs and Elijah Moore in his first year at receiver so the offense can score but the defense has given up an average over 43 points in there last three games. The Bills went to Kansas City a few weeks ago and looked like the Super Bowl favorite out of the AFC, since then they have lost two of three games, including the clunker in Jacksonville. The Bills are too one dimensional, they can't run the football and Josh Allen is expected to do too much. He threw the ball 41 times and led the team in rushing with 50 yards; he also turned the ball over three times. Four of there five wins have been against the Dolphins, Texans and Washington. Are they a super bowl team, or do they just beat up on bad teams? We won't find that out this week, but they will bounce back in a big way here in New York.
BET: Buffalo Bills -13
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday Night Football
It finally looked like everything the Raiders have dealt with from the Jon Gruden situation to the tragic Henry Ruggs ordeal caught up with them in the second half in New York Sunday. The offense couldn't score from inside the 20 and they turned the ball over twice, including a pick-six. Who can blame them, really, after rallying around interim coach Rich Bisaccia to win two straight and take over first place in the AFC West the news of Henry Ruggs sent countless Raiders to the podium to defend, and explain there receivers actions. Which there is no explaining. Kansas City has won two straight after getting spanked in Tennessee, but they beat the Giants, who average 19 points a game and the Packers who didn't have Aaron Rodgers. They held the Giants to 17 points and the Packers to 7. Let's not confuse them with the 85 Bears just yet. They failed to cover the spread in each of those games. Patrick Mahomes just doesn't look right, teams are taking away the big plays and making him go the distance of the field to score. He's impatient and makes too many mistakes. Kansas City is more talented, the Raiders have been through so much in the last month, winner here stays in the race. I just don't know how much more the Raiders can take. Kansas City in a close one.
BET: Kansas City -2.5
Season record 19-12
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