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Week 9 NFL Betting Trends: 5 Stats to Know

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021

Week 9 NFL Betting Trends: Week 9 of the NFL season has several big games on its slate and we will have you covered all the way up until kickoff. Today, we are looking at the top five betting trends you need to know before the games begin.

Week 9 NFL Betting Trends

1. The Tennessee Titans have failed to cover the spread in 6 of their last 8 games.

The Titans are on a bit of a losing streak as they have now lost back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, most bettors still view this team as one of the best in the AFC. To their credit, they aren’t necessarily wrong, as they have still won eight of their last 11 games, dating back to 2019.

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Still, the Titans have struggled quite a bit against the spread as of late. In their last eight games, they’ve covered the spread just twice. This Titans team struggles to create any pass rush, allowing nearly 270 passing yards per game.

Until Tennessee fixes its defense, consider betting against them for the foreseeable future.


2. The Baltimore Ravens have won 9 straight road games dating back to the 2019 season.

After a tough loss to the Steelers in Week 8, it’s fair to wonder if Baltimore can compete against the top teams in the AFC as they have now lost games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee and Pittsburgh in the last eight weeks. What is more concerning is that quarterback Lamar Jackson has struggled mightily in all three of those games. Those three opponents have forced Jackson to win from the pocket, and the Ravens’ offense just hasn’t been able to find much success.

However, what should be comforting to Ravens’ fans this week is that Baltimore has been the league’s best road team over the last year. They have won nine straight games away from home and have still won 17 of their previous 20 games.

In Week 9, they will take on the Indianapolis Colts in what is turning into a must-win game for both teams as they fight for Wild Card positioning. Considering how strong Baltimore is against lesser teams, look for them to win and cover here against the Colts.


3. The Atlanta Falcons have failed to cover the spread in 14 of their last 15 games against an AFC opponent.

Betting on or against the Atlanta Falcons is a rollercoaster experience. Given their offensive firepower, they can compete with anyone in the NFL, and they are a threat to score 40 points in any week.

However, they can’t figure out how to close games consistently (28-3, etc.), making them incredibly difficult to figure out on a week-to-week basis.

Week 9 NFL Betting Trends: Titans struggling against the spread, Falcons woeful ATS, too
Falcons RB Todd Gurley accidentally scored a TD in Week 7 that left time for the Lions to complete a comeback victory. (USA TODAY Sports)

This week, the Falcons will take on the Denver Broncos in Atlanta, which is a bad sign for Falcons’ backers. Atlanta has failed to cover the spread in 14 of its last 15 games against AFC opponents and they are currently four-point favorites in Week 9.

Expect this game to be close but, in traditional Atlanta fashion, for this game to come down to the wire.


4. The Detroit Lions have lost 8 straight games against NFC North opponents.

Under Matt Patricia, the Lions have really struggled inside of the division. They’ve now lost eight straight games against NFC North opponents with the Vikings next up on the schedule.

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While both teams are under .500 on the season, Detroit’s divisional woes are concerning. It’s also noteworthy that Detroit has now lost five straight games to the Vikings.

Avoid betting on the Lions in Week 9 as they just don’t match up well with interdivisional opponents.


5. The Pittsburgh Steelers have covered the spread in 5 straight games against NFC opponents.

One of the biggest mismatches of the week features the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Dallas Cowboys.

Pittsburgh (7-0) has the best record in the NFL, while the Cowboys have struggled without Dak Prescott, scoring a combined 22 points in their last three games. That is going to be a major problem this week as Dallas will face arguably the league’s best defense.

Mike Tomlin‘s Steelers has been excellent against NFC opponents as of late, covering in five straight games. They’ve also defeated the Giants and Eagles by a combined 19 points in games that were never really close. Look for the Steelers to cover their Week 9 spread with ease as the Cowboys have yet to cover a single spread this season (0-8).

Prepare Week 9 betting tips and plan

Author

Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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