Cincinnati Favored to Move Over .500 Mark When Carolina Comes to Town
Could this be the week when the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers start to resemble the Super Bowl contenders that many projected them to be? In the NFL Week 9 Betting Odds, they are both favored to win.
Cincinnati is coming off a dreadful performance in a loss to division rival while Green Bay has some head-shaking defeats this NFL season.
Cincinnati (+1100) is fourth in the odds to win the AFC title. Minnesota (+600) is fourth among NFL teams with Green Bay well back with the Packers priced at +2200 to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
They will be among the teams in the action in the four early games on Sunday being televised by FOX. The visiting teams are favored in three of the four games.
Los Angeles Chargers at Atlanta Falcons
Date, time (TV):
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Line: Los Angeles Chargers -3
The football news is not promising on receiver Keenan Allen so the Chargers (4-3) might be without both Allen and Mike Williams as they look to stay within a game of first-place Kansas City in the AFC West. The NFL Week 9 Betting Odds favor the visiting Chargers.
NFC South-leading Atlanta (4-3) could be getting back running back/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson soon and that will be a huge help. There were expectations that second-year tight end Kyle Pitts and rookie receiver Drake London would take the Atlanta Falcons offense to the next level and that hasn’t happened.
The Los Angeles Chargers have won the last two games against Atlanta, both by three points. Eight of the last nine games between the teams have finished under the total.
Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals
Date, time (TV):
Location: Paycor Stadium
Line: Cincinnati -7.5
It has been a bumpy road for the defending AFC champions. However, the Bengals are still very much in the thick of the playoff race. When looking at the NFL betting lines, this is one of three Week 9 games with a line larger than six points.
There are some things to figure out on offense as the 4-4 Cincinnati Bengals are currently without star receiver Ja’Marr Chase and they are having issues keeping quarterback Joe Burrow upright. The running game has some issues as well.
Carolina Panthers traded away its best offensive player as running back Christian McCaffrey is now in San Francisco. Still, Carolina (2-6) is just two games out of first place in the NFC South.
The teams haven’t met since 2018 and have played only once in the previous seven seasons.
Carolina has covered in the last two meetings and that includes a 31-21 win as a three-point favorite in 2018. When looking at the NFL injury report Week 9, Carolina running back Chuba Hubbard and Cincinnati offensive lineman La’el Collins are among the NFL players with questionable tags.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Date, time (TV):
Location: Ford Field
Line: Green Bay -3.5
If Green Bay’s offense doesn’t get going this week, it might never happen as Detroit has allowed the most yards and most points of any team in the NFL. It is no wonder that the NFL Week 9 betting odds favor visiting Green Bay.
Aaron Jones is fifth in the NFL with 575 rushing yards and he has a better yards per carry mark than any of the players ahead of him.
Green Bay (3-5) didn’t add any pass catchers at the trading deadline and that was a bit of a surprise as the Packers aren’t the same team without a true No. 1 receiver to throw to.
Detroit Lions (1-6) snapped a five-game losing streak to Green Bay with 37-30 win in January. It was the third time in the last four meetings that a game between the Lions and Packers finished over the total.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Commanders
Date, time (TV):
Line: Minnesota Vikings -3
The Detroit Lions returned the favor that the Vikings did during the NFL Draft when they allowed Detroit to trade up for former Alabama receiver Jameson Williams. In need of a tight end, the Vikings were more than happy to send some draft picks to their division rivals to acquire 25-year-old T.J. Hockenson.
The thought of Hockenson playing alongside Justin Jefferson has to make the rest of the NFC a little nervous.
Minnesota has very quietly built up a 3.5-game lead in the NFC North Division and looks to improve to 7-1.
Washington Commanders (4-4) could be getting defensive end Chase Young back soon. However, the issue is on the other side of the ball as the Rams are the only NFC team to score fewer points than Washington.
Minnesota has won four of the last five games against Washington. The last meeting came in 2019 when Minnesota won 19-9 as a 16.5-point favorite. The Vikings have won five games in a row and that is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NFL.Follow us on Twitter
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