Lines for the 14 games in Week 9 suggest that we could have a lot of competitive matchups. The week starts with a double-digit favorite in Indianapolis, but Jets vs. Colts is one of just two games with spreads of 10 or more after we had four in Week 8 and three in Week 7. We even had a 20-point favorite two weeks ago.
Some bad teams are facing other bad teams in Week 9 and the Lions are on a bye, so we have a lot of games that look pretty interesting on the surface. Several games are lined around the key number of 3, so you’ll want to watch for line moves early in the week to determine the initial sharp sides.
Here are three games I have my eye on for Week 9:
Buffalo Bills (-14, 49) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Bills did not play well against the Dolphins after their bye week, but still found a way to cover the number. To this point, teams coming off of the bye have not played overly well. The Falcons won, but failed to cover in Week 7 against Miami. The Jets got destroyed by the Patriots. The 49ers lost in an ugly game at home. The Saints barely beat the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
This past week, the Chargers lost at home to the Patriots. The Bills were off the bye and covered, but it was a struggle. The Jaguars came back from London and got pummeled by the Seahawks. The Steelers won and looked great defensively, but the offense looked bad once again versus the Browns.