Week 9 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)
Here are my NFL Week 9 picks against the spread:
St. Louis Rams +3 (over Tennessee Titans)
It certainly has been a very weird year point-spread wise, and it just doesn't get any easier in Week 9, but I really like the underdogs this week.
The Rams are coming off an impressive Monday night game against Seattle, and they were a goal-line stop away from winning the contest last week. The Titans will be fresh off of their bye, and they look to have starting quarterback Jake Locker healthy.
I like the Rams this week for two reasons. One is that the Titans have struggled on offense and have failed to score more than 17 points in their last three games. I also love the matchup of Zac Stacy going up against a rush defense that allows 117 yards per game, 4.2 yards per carry, and 8 touchdowns overall.
I will take the small dogs at home, as the Rams truly do play well in the dome.
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Houston Texans +3 (over Indianapolis Colts)
Both teams will be rested and coming off their byes, but this game is truly the definition of must-win for the Texans. Recent history has certainly favored the home team, as in the last six contests the home team is a perfect 6-0 against the number.
The Texans will look to control the clock with their running game, and they match up well against the Colts front-seven, who give up 122 yards per game, 4.1 yards per carry, and 6 scores so far this year. I love Arian Foster, as he has made a career against the Colts in five games he has an average of 188 yards from scrimmage per game and 6 touchdowns.
I like the Texans at home, as Case Keenum played well against that Chiefs defense, the Colts are missing Reggie Wayne, and they are a lot better team at home in Indy. I will take the 3 here, as the game will be close.
Chicago Bears +11 (over Green Bay Packers)
Okay, so Monday Night Football, at Lambeau and I want to take Josh McCown on the road? Yes, yes I really do like this game, as the Bears do have a good football team, and the Packers should not be giving a potential playoff team 11 points with their defense.
Even though Jay Cutler will be out for this game, the Bears still have Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett healthy, and they get to go against a passing defense that gives up 248 yards per game and 12 touchdowns.
This game will also be close because the Packers have rededicated themselves to the run, as they have a much more balanced rushing attack now. Aaron Rodgers has also been mediocre against the Bears in the past. In 10 career games vs. the Bears, he averages 248 yards per game, 18 TDs, 6 interceptions, and has been sacked 19 times.
I don't think Chicago will win this one outright, but they are good enough to stay within 11 points of the Pack.
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