NFL Week 9 Schedule Preview: Early CBS Sunday Games

Road Teams Ready to Roll Except for One

Three of Four Road Teams Favored on NFL Odds

Halfway into the 2022 NFL season and just after the Trade Deadline, this is where playoff races begin to intensify. The early round of CBS’s Sunday games on the NFL Week 9 schedule feature seven AFC teams all within the playoff picture including all four AFC East teams. As the NFL odds week 9 have it, three of the four road teams are favored as most of the teams in action made slight upgrades at the deadline.

Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets

Game: Buffalo Bills (6-1) vs New York Jets (5-3)
Date,Time & Streaming:
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Bills Favored to Keep Winning in MetLife

The Bills handled business against the Packers despite conceding more yards, time of possession, and having more turnovers. This team can start blazing hot but will cool off and let teams back in the game. Still, they are expected to beat up the Jets, who are coming off a 22-17 loss to the Patriots, and have won six of their last eight trips to the Jets’ home turf.

The New York Jets are one of this year’s surprise teams. They are 5-3 on both the spread and moneyline. However, they are just 1-3 at home and quarterback Zach Wilson has left much to be desired out of their most critical position. The sophomore is 4-1 as the starter but has thrown just four total touchdowns versus five interceptions. His 71.0 passer rating is the second-worst among qualified QBs.

The Bills allow the third-lowest passer rating (73.8) and have the fourth-highest sack percentage (8.2). Buffalo’s pass rush will test New York’s offensive line often. Should the Jets fall behind early, it can get ugly real fast. New York’s strength is in its running game and that will be negated when they are trailing by two or more scores by halftime.

Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots

Game: Indianapolis Colts (3-4-1) vs New England Patriots (4-4)
Date & Time:
Location: Gilette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Colts Look to Snap Losing Skid in Gillette

Over to Foxborough, the Patriots could tie with the Jets on the NFL standings if they continue to dominate the Colts at home. Indianapolis has lost six straight games in Patriots territory. The last time the Colts won was back in 2006 when the team won the Super Bowl to conclude the season. The team had Peyton Manning as quarterback then and now has Sam Ehlinger coming in for Matt Ryan.

Ehlinger had decent NFL stats in his relief of Ryan in the NFL Week 18: 17-of-23 for a 100.1 passer rating with no touchdowns or picks. While he is unproven, Ehlinger is just 24 and is in his second season learning Frank Reich’s schemes. But he’ll have to contend with the Patriots defense, which has forced multiple turnovers in all but two of their games.

The Colts are just 1-3 against the spread (ATS) as a road team this season. But they are 6-2-0 ATS as a road underdog dating back to last season.

 

They may find the Patriots ripe for upsetting as Mac Jones has been less-than-stellar since returning from injury. This could be the upset of the NFL Week 9 schedule’s early Sunday portion.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Game: Las Vegas Raiders (2-5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
Date & Time:
Location: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Raiders Enter Jacksonville as Dubious Favorites

Even after getting shut out by the Saints, the Raiders are the betting favorites in Jacksonville. After three prolific weeks where the team averaged 33 points and 387.7 yards, Las Vegas managed no points and 183 yards in what was its most embarrassing performance in eight years. But Jacksonville has been no better as Doug Pederson’s crew has dropped five straight games.

The Jaguars have been the NFL’s worst team in this stretch. The offense continues to commit crucial turnovers while the defense finds it difficult to make stops, allowing an average of 370 yards in this losing skid. Trevor Lawrence remains inconsistent at quarterback and has thrown just two touchdowns versus four picks in his last four starts.

However, the Raiders have one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL. This team has given up the second-most passing touchdowns against the fewest turnovers. If Jacksonville can take care of the ball, they may just outwit the Raiders. Still, expect a potentially ugly game as all four of Jacksonville’s home games have gone under the total.

Miami Dolphins vs Chicago Bears

Game: Miami Dolphins (5-3) vs Chicago Bears (3-5)
Date & Time:
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Dolphins at Home in Windy City

The only cross-conference football matchup for this portion of the NFL Week 9 schedule features Miami looking to continue winning in the Windy City. The Dolphins have won four of their last five trips to Chicago. Indeed, the Dolphins’ speedy receivers will test Chicago’s staunch passing defense. The Bears are ranked in the top five in passing defense categories.

On the flip side, the Bears have some of the worst passing offenses. Chicago is dead-last in the NFL in passing yards. Acquiring Chase Claypool may help Justin Fields. But the team’s bread-and-butter is its top-ranked rushing attack. Chicago is rushing for over 188 yards a game. In fact, the Bears have rushed for 200 or more yards in its last three games.

The Dolphins will have their hands full stopping Chicago’s rushing attack. Their defense, overall, has a tough time stopping teams. This is truer when Miami is on the road hence why three of their four trips have had totals going over. But in the event of a close game, Miami has the edge in quarterbacking hence why they’re favored.

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