We finally saw our first big upset last week, and it definitely came as a major surprise. The Cincinnati Bengals lost to Mike White and the New York Jets as the first favorites of more than seven points to go down this season. That initial shake-up serves as a reminder to everybody still alive that it can happen and big favorites can slip up.
You can never take anything for granted in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills, my pick last week, also had an unnecessary sweat for about three quarters before figuring it out and even covering the number late. My survivor entry is still alive in this weekly report, having used the Rams, Packers, Broncos, Bengals, Ravens, Cowboys, Patriots and Bills through eight weeks. The “Games to Consider” went just 2-2 last week and is now 22-5 straight up for the season.
Week 9 marks the midway point with the 17th game added to the regular-season this year. Let’s see what this week’s options are.
GAMES TO CONSIDER
Los Angeles Rams (-7.5) over Tennessee Titans
This is the first week in a while that survivor candidates are few and far between. By this point, most entrants have taken the Rams. There have been several chances to take this team and this is another one against a Titans bunch missing Derrick Henry for the first time.
The Rams were -4 on the lookahead line, got bumped to -6 when the number reopened and then got bumped again to -7.5 in the aftermath of the Henry announcement. There is not a whole lot of faith in the Tennessee defense in the investment community, and you can’t really blame anybody for that. With Henry out, the Titans’ prospects of outscoring the Rams to win go down significantly.