Can Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears take down the completely awful Buffalo Bills to cover the spread as a decisive road favorite when they visit upstate New York this coming weekend?
Can Drew Brees and the incendiary New Orleans Saints hand Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season to cover the chalk as a slight home favorite in their immensely huge matchup of NFC Super Bowl favorites on Sunday?
Last but not least, can Tom Brady and the streaking New England Patriots get past Aaron Rodgers and the desperate Green Bay Packers in their Week 9 showdown of future Hall of Fame signal-callers?
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Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
🏈: Chicago Bears (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (2-6)
⏰: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY
📺: FOX, DTV: 708
🎰: Chicago Bears -10 -105 | -480 | O 37 -110
The Bears overwhelmed Sam Darnold and the New York Jets 24-10 last Sunday while the Buffalo Bills had the weekend off (thank you NFL schedule-makers!). Chicago bounced back solidly from their crushing 38-31 Week 6 loss against New England as second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky passed for 220 yards with two touchdowns and no picks while running back Jordan Howard added 81 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.
Buffalo has looked increasingly bad in losing three straight and four of their last five games including their 25-6 loss against New England on Monday night. The Bills have been held to 13 points or less in each of their last five games. Buffalo is ranked dead last in passing (149.1 ypg) and just 23rd in rushing (97.2 ypg) while averaging a mind-boggling 10.9 points per game.
With Chicago putting up 16.2 points per game more than Buffalo this season while limiting the opposition to 4.5 fewer points per game defensively, the Bears are the easy pick to cover the spread as a double-digit road favorite. Chicago has gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Week 9 games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 6-3 ATS in their last nine games overall. Buffalo has gone 2-6 SU over their last eight, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games following a double-digit loss at home and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of November. The Bills have problems everywhere!
Predicted Score: Bears 28 Bills 13
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
🏈: Los Angeles Rams (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (6-1)
⏰: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 4:25 PM ET
🏟️: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
📺: FOX, DTV: 714
🎰: New Orleans Saints: -1½ -110 | -125 | U 59½ -110
The Rams moved to 8-0 on the season by getting past Green Bay 29-27 last weekend in a brawl on as Jared Goff passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns while Todd Gurley added 114 rushing yards on 25 carries and 81 receiving yards and one touchdown on six catches.
New Orleans looked fantastic in their surprisingly convincing 30-20 ‘payback’ road win over Minnesota. While Drew Brees had a modest game with 120 passing yards while going 18 of 23 with one touchdown and one interception, the Saints played some excellent defense, starting with cornerback P.J. Williams recorded a 45-yard pick-six against Kirk Cousins. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that star, dual-threat running back Alvin Kamara added two touchdowns in the win?
The Rams are averaging a stellar 33.0 points per game while playing some outstanding defense by limiting their opponents to just 19.4 points per game. On the flip side of the coin, New Orleans is putting up a stellar 33.4 points per game to rank second only to Kansas City in scoring. While the Saints are giving up 26.1 points per game this season, they’ve also gotten their act together recently by limiting their opponents to just 20.0 points per game over their last four games.
Los Angeles has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU win while the Saints have gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games, 19–7 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win and a stellar 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games following an ATS win. I liked the Saints to get the road win in Minneapolis last weekend and now I like Drew Brees and company to hold it down at home in an unadulterated thriller.
Predicted Score: Saints 31 Rams 28
Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots/h2>
🏈: Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) at New England Patriots (6-2)
⏰: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
🏟️: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
🎰: New England Patriots: -5 -110 | -230 | U 56½ -110
Green Bay nearly became the first team to beat the Los Angeles Rams, but they came up a bit short in their crushing 29-27 loss to the league’s only unbeaten team. Aaron Rodgers passed for 286 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while Aaron Jones carried the rock a dozen times for 86 yards and one touchdown. Unfortunately, Green Bay’s defense allowed Jared Goff to throw three TD passes while Todd Gurley added 225 total yards of offense and one score. New England got past Buffalo 25-6 on Monday night as Tom Brady passed for 324 yards and Devin McCourty led a great defensive effort by recording an 84-yard pick-six off Bills veteran quarterback Derek Anderson in the win.
For this Week 9 matchup, I’m going to get right to the point by saying that the Patriots of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era are the best problem-solving franchise we’ve ever seen and I expect them to do just that against a Green Bay defense that has more holes than Swiss cheese.
The Packers are an uninspiring 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and although they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Patriots, I think their lack of a competent defense is going to cost them big in this one, although the Patriots certainly haven’t been defensive juggernauts themselves. New England has gone 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games while winning 11 of their last 12 home games straight-up. I like New England in a fairly high-scoring affair.
Predicted Score: Patriots 35 Packers 28