NFL superstars Dez Bryant, Cam Newton and Drew Brees will all take the field looking to lead their respective teams to victory in a trio of Week 9 football betting contests that are all in the spotlight in this triumvirate of expert picks.
The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings will both look to bounce back from Week 8 losses when they battle in Texas while Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will look to put the clamps on the struggling Atlanta Falcons when they square off in North Carolina . Last but not least, Brees and the New Orleans Saints will look to hand Geno Smith and the New York Jets their second straight humbling loss when they square off in the Big Apple.
Here’s the scoop on all three Week 9 football betting picks.
The Minnesota Vikings (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) have lost three straight games including their convincing 44-31 Week 8 loss to Green Bay as a 7.5-point home dog.
The Dallas Cowboys (4-4 SU, 7-1 ATS) had their modest two-game winning streak abruptly halted in its thrilling 31-30 Week 8 loss to Detroit , though they did cover the spread as a 3-point road dog to improve to a perfect 4-0 ATS over their last four games.
Now both teams are looking to get a much-needed victory in this contest, but I think it’s a near-lock the Cowboys will win this game straight-up. The Cowboys are playing at home and they’re semi-desperate to not let any of their division rivals catch up to them in what has shaped up to be a stunningly weak NFC East this season.
Nevertheless, I do like the Vikings to get the ATS victory in this contest after seeing them put 31 points on the board against Green Bay last weekend. While the Vikes do allow nearly 10 points per game more than the Cowboys, they only average 5.5 fewer points per game offensively, not to mention the fact that Minnesota still has the best running back in the game and a guy that can go the distance every time he touches the ball in Adrian ‘All Day’ Peterson.
Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings against Dallas and I think they’re going to keep the final score closer to a touchdown spread than a double digit one.
The Pick: Minnesota +10 Points
The Atlanta Falcons (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS) and Carolina Panthers (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) are heading in opposite directions as they get set for this huge NFC South divisional battle.
The Falcons have lost four of its L/5 games including Sunday’s 27-13 Week 8 road loss to Arizona as a 2.5-point underdog.
Carolina has won three consecutive games while topping the 30-point plateau each time out. The Panthers’ latest win was a convincing 31-13 Week 8 road win over the lowly Buccaneers as a 6.5-point favorite.
Game Analysis: The Falcons had a great opportunity to take a big step toward salvaging their season last week against Arizona and they blew it big time. Now, Carolina has an opportunity to do the same and I full expect their fantastic defense to rise to the occasion in this meaningful matchup.
The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and an impressive 5-1 ATS in their last six NFC South division matchups. The Falcons are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games and a dismal 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven road games.
The spread looks a bit high here, which is why, approximately 62% of online betting buffs like the Falcons to cover the spread, but I say the Panthers and Cam Newton make another bold statement that they are indeed very real this season.
The Pick: Carolina -9.5
The New Orleans Saints (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season to pound Buffalo 35- 17 in Week 8 and easily cash in as a 10.5-point home favorite.
The New York Jets (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS) were pounded unmercifully in their stunning 49-9 Week 8 road loss to Cincinnati while never coming close to covering the spread as a 6-point underdog.
Now, these two teams will meet in a Week 9 pairing that looks more like a mismatch than a matchup.
Game Analysis: The New York Jets are looking at taking their second straight beat-down this week and after seeing their debacle last week, I don’t think there’s much chance that Geno Smith and company will come close to covering the spread.
The Saints have been very consistent under the cool hand of Drew Brees in compiling an impressive 15-6 SU mark in their last 21 games following an SU win while also posting a fine 8-2 ATS mark in their last 10 games following a double-digit victory in their previous contest.
The Jets are 2-5 ATS in their L/7 games after giving up at least 30 points in their previous game and haven’t fared well in the month of November, going 1-5 ATS in their last sis November games.
New Orleans is simply too powerful on offense for the Jets to keep up with and I expect Rob Ryan’s defense to pressure Geno Smith into at least one costly mistake.
The Pick: New Orleans -3.5 Points