Home Teams Favored Despite Records
The NFC West is in the spotlight when the clock strikes 4:00 p.m. ET as three of the division’s four teams take to the field. These NFL Week 9 matchups odds favor the home teams: Arizona and Tampa Bay as they host Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams, respectively. With only the Seahawks sporting a winning record, these teams are in need of a win as they look to keep up with the playoff race as the 2022 NFL regular season is now halfway through.
Game: Seattle Seahawks (5-3) vs Arizona Cardinals (3-5)
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Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Struggling Cardinals Host Division-Leading Seahawks
The Cardinals rematch with the Seahawks after Seattle’s Week 6 win over at their side. Arizona has not done too well this season or since the halfway mark of 2021: it is just 4-10. At home, it’s even worse. The Cardinals have won just one of its last nine home games. If anything, playing in Glendale appears to be a tougher game for the Cardinals.
On the other hand, the Seahawks are sitting pretty atop the division. Only the staunchest Seattle fan would have believed the team would be the NFC West’s best this NFL season. And heading to Arizona, the Seahawks have either won or tied here in eight of their last nine visits.
Seeing these recent stats, it’s surprising to see the NFL Week 9 matchups odds in favor of the Cardinals. But it likely has something to do with Seattle’s porous defense. The Seahawks are only the 26th-ranked scoring defense. This unit is good at forcing turnovers, but it also lets opponents move the ball at will.
Arizona scored a season-low nine points against the Seahawks (which is also the fewest points Seattle conceded all season). But if you exclude this game, Arizona is averaging 24.7 points per game, which puts them as a top-10 outfit in the NFL. Kyler Murray has been up and down this season for Arizona. He averages a 91.8 passer rating in six career games against Seattle, which is just slightly below his 92.4 all-time rating.
Murray will need to outplay Geno Smith, who should be the runaway favorite to win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award. If he can do that, Arizona will hold steady as a favorite on the NFL betting lines for Week 9.
Game: Rams (3-4) vs Buccaneers (3-5)
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Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida
Injury-Riddled Contenders Desperate for Win
How the mighty have fallen. The last two Super Bowl Champions find themselves at dire straits thanks to injuries, aging quarterbacks, and a rapidly shifting conference. The Rams and Buccaneers have a combined 4-11 record against the NFL point spreads (ATS) this season and it’s worse at home: 1-8. That might be bad news for Bucs backers this late Sunday afternoon as they host the Rams.
Tampa Bay is just 1-3 at home and their only win came against the Falcons. They lost against the Packers, Chiefs, and Ravens, all playoff contenders based on the preseason odds. If they continue following this trend, Tom Brady’s crew will lay another egg against the visiting Rams despite the Super Bowl champs’ hardships.
Brady’s 92.4 passer rating is his lowest since arriving in Tampa Bay. But he’s still playing efficiently, just not prolifica enough to improve the team’s 25th-ranked offense. The defense is still legitimate and allows the sixth-fewest points per game. But as underwhelming as Brady and the Bucs’ offense has been, the Rams are looking worse.
Los Angeles is 28th in scoring and 30th in yards on offense. Matthew Stafford looks old and his 85.5 passer rating, his worst since 2013, is only 20th among the 35 qualified quarterbacks. The Rams also don’t have a running game (31st in rushing yards). Cooper Kupp is still balling but he is practically the majority of the Rams’ offense.
The Rams are 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games against Tampa Bay, however. The team is also 6-1 in its last seven road games. If these stats mean anything, Los Angeles should arguably be the favorite on the NFL Week 9 matchups odds.
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