NFL Football 2023 Week 9 Preview. Now that we’re at mid-season, no team stands out as the top or bottom. Injuries, aging players, and developing rookies will keep fans and critics guessing the outcomes of each of this week’s games.
Week 9 NFL Schedule and Lines
Thursday, November 2
- Tennessee Titans (3-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) Steelers (-2.5, 36.5)
Sunday, November 5
- Miami Dolphins (6-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) (in Germany) Chiefs (-2.5, 50.5)
- Minnesota Vikings (4-4) at Atlanta Falcons (4-4) Falcons (-5, 37.5)
- Seattle Seahawks (5-2) at Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Ravens (-5.5, 43)
- Arizona Cardinals (1-7) at Cleveland Browns (4-3) Browns (-8, 37.5)
- Los Angeles Rams (3-5) at Green Bay Packers (2-5) Packers (-3, 39.5)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) at Houston Texans (3-4) Texans (-2.5, 40)
- Washington Commanders (3-5) at New England Patriots (2-6) Patriots (-3.5, 40.5)
- Chicago Bears (2-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-4) Saints (-7.5, 41)
- Indianapolis Colts (3-5) at Carolina Panthers (1-6) Panthers (+2.5, 44)
- New York Giants (2-6) at Las Vegas Raiders (3-5) Raiders (-2, 37.5)
- Dallas Cowboys (5-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) Eagles (-3, 46)
- Buffalo Bills (5-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) Bengals (-2.5, 48.5)
Monday, November 6
- Los Angeles Chargers (3-4) at New York Jets (4-3) Jets (+3, 41.5)
NFL Football 2023 Week 9 Preview
Divisional Matchup Between Philadelphia and Dallas
The two top teams in the NFC East will battle it out this Sunday.
Both Dak Prescott and Jalen Hurts are having exceptional seasons, but Hurts is dealing with a knee injury. That might limit his play, but I think he’ll release the ball quicker and throw rather than run. Tell your bettors to choose the player prop of his passing yards. It stands at 251.5. He’ll probably go over since he’s had six straight games over 275.
The Eagles seem to be playing in such a way that they keep the game close but still win. Look at their 38-31 win over the Commanders last week.
Dallas is playing their best football now, and they are 5-2 ATS this season. That’s already great, but add it to their 4-1 ATS against the Eagles in their last five matchups. It’s tough to bet against them to cover on this one.
Two Divisional Leaders Meet From Opposite Coasts
The Seattle Seahawks will fly to Baltimore to see if they can break the Ravens’ winning streak, which stands at three.
Baltimore tops Seattle in most metrics, including defense, where they are the leader in points allowed and pass yards per attempt. Seattle’s defense is almost as impressive. The Ravens seem to have a better offense, but they’re inconsistent. They had a signature win against the Lions but lost to the Colts before that.
If we’re comparing the two quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Geno Smith have similar completion percentages, passing yards per game, and touchdowns, but Smith has six interceptions while Jackson has three. Jackson has 380 rushing yards, while Smith only has 49. And Jackson has five rushing touchdowns, while Smith has zero.
The Ravens also have home-field advantage, so look to them to win and cover.
The .500 Saints Take on the Bears
The Bears will play their backup quarterback for at least one more game as starter Justin Fields is sidelined with a thumb injury. Undrafted free agent Tyson Bagent will get his third career start for the Saints.
Derek Carr has not shown much life as the quarterback for New Orleans, but their older, experienced defense has kept some scores close, especially with the lower-rated teams.
New Orleans might be 4-4, but those wins came against teams like the Titans, Panthers, and Colts. The wins were only by a field goal or less, and the only win with a larger margin was against the Patriots, 34-0. The Bears fit into this category of beatable teams, so it’s easy to pick them to win, but not by 7.5 points.
Down But Not Out
The Carolina Panthers finally have a win, and rookie quarterback Bryce Young is beginning to show why he was the number one draft pick of 2023. He got his first passer rating over 100 and had a 71% completion rate. As he gains confidence, he’ll see more of these stats.
Indianapolis’ quarterback Gardner Minshew hasn’t been very consistent but has shown signs of becoming a good signal caller. When he’s done well, his defense doesn’t always back him up. The Colts might be more successful than the Panthers, but Carolina is steadily improving.
I think the Panthers will surprise everyone, cover the spread, and win straight up. So you might want to put limits in on this game.
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