Picks for week 9 including Titans at Rams and Browns at Bengals – The Athletic


In the spirit of Halloween, underdog bettors were treated to generous winnings while those who played favorites were cheated all week in the most recent NFL game roster. It was a defining week to be an underdog as 10 (!) Teams covered their gaps and eight won outright. Just as we thought the top of the league was starting to level off, chaos set in to remind us that nothing is taken for granted.

Here are some of the more interesting data from week 8:

The betting underdogs posted their first winning record since Week 3 and did so with authority, going 10-5 ATS. The underdogs haven’t just covered this week. Eight of their 10 wins were straightforward. There have been 48 outsider wins in eight weeks.

The Jets (+11.5) are now the heaviest underdogs to win this season. New York scored 14 unanswered points in 51 seconds, turning an 11-point deficit into a three-point victory over the Bengals. And even more impressively, the Jets got the job done with backup quarterback Mike White throwing for 405 yards.

Three double-digit spreads were also hedged last week.

Buffalo (-14.5) dominated Miami 26-11 and covered a Josh Allen touchdown with 1:07 to go.

The Texans (+16.5) lost 38-0 to the Rams before scoring three touchdowns in the final at 8:08, including a two-run conversion on the last one that allowed Houston to cover.

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