There are some fantastic games for this week’s NFL Upset Picks. St. Louis travels to Minnesota as a close to +3 point dog. Both St. Louis and Minnesota have been impressive in 2015.
Oakland, fresh off of a beat down that they put on the New York Jets, takes on reeling Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is desperate for a win, but Oakland looks like they’re hitting their stride. On Sunday night, San Diego hosts Chicago in a game between dueling quarterbacks. Keep in mind that even though the point spreads are listed all NFL week 9 upset picks are moneyline winners.
A Closer Look At My NFL Week 9 Upset Picks
St. Louis at Minnesota
When: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:00pm ET
Odds: Minnesota -2.5
Analysis: Minnesota has been one of the most impressive football teams in the NFL this season. Since a strange 3 to 20 road loss to San Francisco to open the season, the Vikings have won 5 out of their last 6 games. Minnesota has gone 6 and 1 against the spread in their last 7 games.
The Vikings are looking to win the NFC North outright. They could still do that, but they should hit a bump in the road in Week 9. St. Louis has found a top running back, probably the best running back drafted since Adrian Peterson, in Todd Gurley. The former Georgia star leads the league in rushing even though he missed the first 2 games of the season.
Gurley should be able to keep the Vikings’ defense on its heels while the Rams’ D is plenty good enough to contain Adrian Peterson and the rest of the Vikings’ offense. The Rams win this battle.
Pick: St. Louis
Oakland at Pittsburgh
When: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1:00 pm ET
Odds: Pittsburgh -4.5
Analysis: Pittsburgh probably should have beaten Cincinnati in Week 8. The Steelers had the Bengals on the ropes, but ended up losing the lead. Pittsburgh lost 10 to 16.
The problem with Pittsburgh is their offense. Even with Big Ben back throwing to talented wide receivers like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, the Steelers could only muster 10 total points. Ben Roethlisberger threw 3 interceptions. Roethlisberger should have more success in this game.
Even if Roethlisberger does, Oakland appears to have the offensive answer in QB Derek Carr. Carr was fantastic against San Diego when throwing for 289 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He was even better against the Jets when throwing for 333 yards 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Carr should lead Oakland past the Steelers on Sunday.
Chicago at San Diego
When: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 8:30pm ET
Odds: San Diego -3.5
Analysis: San Diego has lost 4 games in a row. The problem for the Chargers is that outside of QB Phillip Rivers, they don’t have much on either offense or defense. Rivers keeps the Chargers in games until the fourth quarter. But, then, San Diego falls apart and eventually loses the game.
The Bears have lost 2 in a row as well, but they were in both of those games until the very end. In fact, Chicago probably should have beaten Detroit in their 34 to 37 loss 2 games ago. They had the lead against Minnesota before losing 20 to 23.
Chicago’s offense will have no trouble scoring points against San Diego’s defense. Rivers will be without his top wide receiver, Keenan Allen, after Allen suffered a kidney injury. Back Chicago.