2016-NFL-Week 9-Sunday football-Betting preview

Lions at Vikings (-6, 41) – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS, 4-4 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 160/1

The Lions saw their three-game winning streak disappear in last Sunday’s 20-13 setback at Houston as Detroit was held to its lowest point total of the season. Detroit’s defense did its job by allowing 270 yards to Houston, but a pair of second quarter touchdowns by the Texans were enough to send the Lions back to .500. The Lions fell to 1-3 away from Ford Field, as Detroit has lost eight of the last 10 meetings in Minnesota, including a 26-16 setback last September.

Record: 5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS, 5-2 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 15/1

It’s been a tumultuous run for the Vikings since a 5-0 start as Minnesota’s offense has posted 20 points in two road losses at Philadelphia and Chicago. Norv Turner is out as offensive coordinator as the Vikings try to get back in the win column at U.S. Bank Stadium, where they haven’t lost in three contests this season. Minnesota’s defense continues to step up by allowing 21 points or less in all seven games this season, while finishing UNDER the total in five of the past six. Points come at a premium between these teams as the UNDER has hit in four of the previous five meetings.

Best Bet: Minnesota -6

Eagles at Giants (-2 ½, 43) – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS, 4-3 OVER

Super Bowl Odds: 40/1

The Eagles flew out of the chute with a perfect 3-0 record, but Philadelphia has been grounded recently by losing three of its past four games. The most disappointing defeat of them all came last Sunday night in a 29-23 setback at Dallas in overtime as Philadelphia couldn’t hold onto a 10-point second half lead. The Eagles have dropped three straight games away from Lincoln Financial Field while rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has thrown for over 300 yards only once this season. The good news for Philadelphia is the Eagles have owned the Giants recently by winning four straight meetings since 2014.

New York
Record: 4-3 SU, 3-3-1 ATS, 5-2 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 38/1

The Giants have gone through an up and down first seven games, starting 2-0, then losing three, following by back-to-back wins over the Ravens and Rams. New York is fresh off the bye week following a 17-10 victory in London over Los Angeles as the Giants erased an early 10-0 deficit to cash as 2 ½-point favorites. In the last four losses to the Eagles, the Giants have allowed 35, 27, 34, and 27 points, while New York has lost four of the past five home matchups with Philadelphia.

Best Bet: New York -2 ½

Cowboys (-7, 48 ½) at Browns – 1:00 PM EST

Record: 6-1 SU, 6-1 ATS, 4-3 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 10/1

The Cowboys started the season with a one-point loss to the Giants, but Dallas has rolled to six consecutive victories and covers. Rookie Dak Prescott posted his second-worst quarterback rating of the season in last Sunday’s 29-23 victory over the Eagles, but he connected on a game-winning touchdown pass to Jason Witten in overtime. Dallas is unbeaten in three road contests, while being listed at its highest favorite price of the season regardless of venue. The Cowboys have won five straight as a favorite against AFC opponents, while posting a 3-2 ATS record in this span.

Record: 0-8 SU, 2-6 ATS, 6-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 9999/1

There has been plenty of heartbreak recently with Cleveland’s sports teams after the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in their World Series defeat to the Cubs. The Browns haven’t had much luck either as they try to win their first game since Week 14 of last season as Cleveland is the only winless team in the league. Cody Kessler will start at quarterback for the Browns after missing last week’s loss to the Jets with a concussion. The former USC standout can only do so much as the Cleveland defense has been shredded this season by allowing an average of 421.5 yards per game and nearly 30 points per game.

Best Bet: Dallas -7

Saints (-4, 52 ½) at 49ers – 4:05 PM EST

New Orleans
Record: 3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS, 4-3 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 125/1

The Saints have come back to life following an 0-3 start by winning three of their last four games. New Orleans has taken advantage of playing in the underdog role recently by knocking off Carolina and Seattle at home, capped off by last week’s 25-20 victory over the Seahawks. Now, the Saints are listed in the favorite role for the third time this season as Sean Payton’s team hasn’t won when laying points this season by going 0-2 SU/ATS. Since 2014, New Orleans has covered just three times in 14 opportunities as a favorite, while going 1-2 SU/ATS in this span as a road favorite.

San Francisco
Record: 1-6 SU, 1-6 ATS, 5-2 OVER

Super Bowl Odds: 8500/1

The Browns own the worst record in the NFL, but the 49ers haven’t been competitive in most of their defeats during a six-game losing streak. San Francisco blanked Los Angeles in the season opener, but the Niners have slipped up recently by dropping five games by double-digits, while scoring 18 points or less five times during this cold streak. Chip Kelly’s squad hasn’t covered a game since Week 1, as the Niners are riding a two-game home OVER streak following a 9-1 stretch to the UNDER at Levi’s Stadium dating back to Week 1 of the 2015 season.

Best Bet: San Francisco +4

Panthers (-3, 44 ½) at Rams – 4:05 PM EST

Record: 2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS, 5-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

The defending NFC champions have yet to win a game away from Bank of America Stadium this season, sitting at 0-3 SU/ATS on the road. Carolina snapped a four-game losing streak in last Sunday’s 30-20 home triumph over Arizona in an NFC title game rematch as Jonathan Stewart rushed for a pair of touchdowns. Two of Carolina’s three road defeats have come by three points or less, while the Panthers have failed to cover in each of their past six opportunities as an away favorite. The Panthers are playing their first ever game in Los Angeles as the Rams moved to St. Louis the same year (1995) Carolina entered the NFL.

Los Angeles
Record: 3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS, 4-3 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 150/1

The Rams were a September surprise by winning three of their first four games, but L.A. has spun out of control recently by losing three straight contests. Quarterback Case Keenum was intercepted four times in the Rams’ London loss to the Giants two weeks ago in spite of Los Angeles holding New York to 232 yards of offense. The Rams have split a pair of games at the L.A. Coliseum, both in the underdog role by beating the Seahawks and losing to the Bills. Running back Todd Gurley has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season, while scoring just one touchdown at home.

Best Bet: Los Angeles +3

Colts at Packers (-7, 54 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Record: 3-5 SU, 3-4-1 ATS, 6-2 OVER
Super Bowl Odds: 80/1

The Colts have lost consecutive games only once this season, as Indianapolis has alternated wins and losses in each of their last seven contests. The offense produced only 14 points in last Sunday’s 30-14 home setback to the Chiefs as three-point underdogs, while Kansas City put up 334 yards through the air. The Colts have lost three of four games away from Lucas Oil Stadium this season, while all four road contests have sailed OVER the total. Indianapolis knocked off Green Bay in its last matchup back in 2012 with a 30-27 victory as 6 ½-point home underdogs.

Green Bay
Record: 4-3 SU, 4-2-1 ATS, 4-3 UNDER
Super Bowl Odds: 12/1

Thanks to Minnesota’s recent struggles, Green Bay is well within first place in the NFC North by sitting one game out heading into Week 9. The Packers didn’t help themselves last Sunday by dropping a 33-32 decision at Atlanta, but Green Bay cashed as three-point road underdogs. Green Bay’s biggest problem this season has been their offense drying up in the second half as the Pack mustered only eight points after halftime in Atlanta. The Packers have won three of four contests at Lambeau Field this season, while each of the last three home games have finished UNDER the total.

Best Bet: Indianapolis +7