NFL Best Bets: Chiefs, Rams Among Week 9 Favourites

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NFL Best Bets: Chiefs, Rams Among Week 9 Favourites

The race for NFL playoff positioning heats up this weekend as the NFL season reaches its midway point. All eyes will be on the Green Bay Packers in Week 9, as they prepare to face the Kansas City Chiefs without the services of reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Cincinnati Bengals will try to rebound from last week’s stunning loss to the New York Jets as they take on the division rival Cleveland Browns as slim favourites. Injuries will also be a factor on Sunday Night Football, as the Tennessee Titans battle the Los Angeles Rams.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the NFL Week 9 action gets underway. Sports bettors looking to get in on NFL action for the first time can refer to our NFL betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their football betting experience.

Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City Chiefs -7.5

Team Records
Packers: 7-1 SU, 7-1 ATS
Chiefs: 4-4 SU, 2-6 ATS

The Green Bay Packers will be minus quarterback Aaron Rodgers when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon as lengthening 7.5-point underdogs at Bodog. Winners in seven straight outings, the Packers clawed their way to 1-point chalk early in the week before it was announced on Thursday that Rodgers would be unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Packers’ recent surge has revitalized their NFC championship odds at Bet99, where they have vaulted to a short 5.40 bet. However, it is uncertain how the team will respond to the loss of Rodgers. The two-time MVP has powered the team’s offence with 17 scoring passes this season, but is expected to be replaced this weekend by youngster Jordan Love, who will make his first career NFL starts.

Rodgers’ absence is good news for the Chiefs, who return to action after grinding out a narrow 20-17 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The two-time defending AFC champions have been a shadow of their former selves this season, failing to tally consecutive wins while amassing a middling 4-4 SU record. That slide is reflected on the NFL futures at Bodog, where they now trail the favourites as a fading 13.00 bet.

The Pick: Packers +7.5 (1.87) at Bodog

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals -2.5

Team Records
Browns: 4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS
Bengals: 5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS

The Cincinnati Bengals aim to overcome a shocking 34-31 loss in New York on Monday night when they return home on Sunday to battle the cross-state rival Cleveland Browns as 2.5-point favourites on the NFL Week 9 odds at Sports Interaction. The Bengals were enjoying a renaissance this season, climbing to the top of the AFC North standings with wins in five of their first eight outings. However, they were brought crashing back to Earth with last weekend’s stunning defeat at the hands of the lowly Jets.

Despite last week’s setback, there is still plenty to like about this Bengals squad. Joe Burrow has quickly established himself as an elite NFL quarterback while racking 2215 passing yards and 20 touchdowns and has developed impressive chemistry with receiver Ja’Marr chase, who has made seven scoring passes. However, the Bengals have remained a betting disappointment on home turf while failing to cover in their past two dates at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincy also has work to do to reverse a dismal 1-5 SU run against Cleveland.

However, the timing may be right for the Bengals, as they prepare to face a Browns squad that has been hobbled by injuries throughout the campaign. Scoring has emerged as a real issue for the Browns, who have posted just one win in four outings, and averaged a meagre 13.7 points per game over their past three contests.

The Pick: Bengals -2.5 (1.91) at Sports Interaction

Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Rams -7.5

Team Records
Titans: 6-2 SU, 6-2 ATS
Rams: 7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS

Injuries are also a factor as the Tennessee Titans travel to Los Angeles to battle the Rams on Sunday Night Football as lengthy 7.5-point underdogs on the Week 9 NFL odds at Betsafe. Winners in four straight contests, the Titans extended their lead atop the AFC South standings with last week’s 34-31 win in Indianapolis. However, the victory came at a huge cost, as star rusher Derrick Henry went down with a serious foot injury that required surgery, and will sideline him indefinitely.

The loss of Henry is a massive blow to the Titans, who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations and have managed to succeed despite incurring injuries up and down the lineup. Henry’s absence has also put a serious dent into Tennessee’s Super Bowl odds at Bodog, which does not sit at a lengthy 21.00.

Conversely, the Rams bulked up this week with the addition of veteran linebacker Von Miller. The 32-year-old joins an LA squad that has flourished since acquiring quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions. The Rams have racked up an NFL-best 7-1 SU record and have averaged 32.5 points per game during their current four-game win streak. They also enjoy a five-game SU win streak when playing in prime time, with four of those victories coming by nine or more points. However, they have disappointed sports bettors by failing to cover as huge chalk in each of their past two outings.

The Pick: Rams -7.5 (2.02) at Betsafe