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NFL Week 9 games: 5 underdogs to consider this weekend

We have another wonderful docket of NFL games here in Week 9, and these are five underdogs to consider this weekend.

5. New York Giants (+2.5) at Washington Football Team

The Giants have only won a single game this season, but care to guess who they beat? Of course, Washington. Now, the Football Team is at home and coming off a bye, while New York has to deal with a short week. However, this game should be tight either way. The last meeting was decided by a point. Look for this to be very similar.

4. New Orleans Saints (+4.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay is the better team, but this is for first place in the NFC South with two first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks. In short, don’t expect a blowout. The Saints are 5-2 and while they’ve been without star receiver Michael Thomas since Week 1 — when they beat the Bucs at the Superdome — he could be back this weekend. Furthermore, New Orleans can score, and while Tampa’s defense is great, Drew Brees can beat the blitz.

 

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3. Dallas Cowboys (+14) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

This game is on here for one reason: the line is massive. Pittsburgh is 7-0 but go back and look at their wins. There is only one blowout, and it was at home against the Cleveland Browns. In that game, Baker Mayfield threw a pick-six on his first possession and the route was on. Now, could Dallas starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert do that? Absolutely, might do it twice. Still, this is a huge line and the Pittsburgh offense might have a tough time covering it. Might…

 

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2. Detroit Lions (+4) at Minnesota Vikings

Each of the last two lines are four-point dogs on the road, and we start with the Lions. Detroit was blown out at home last week by the Indianapolis Colts, and let’s also note this: if Matthew Stafford doesn’t play, forget this paragraph. If he does, the Lions have enough talent to beat the Vikings, and certainly to be within a field goal. Neither team is good, Detroit has the better quarterback and divisional games are always tight.

1. Denver Broncos (+4) at Atlanta Falcons

This is the stereotypical back-door cover. Denver’s offense is middling but the defense is good, and the Falcons are always ripe to blow a big lead. Atlanta should win the game considering its talent advantage and being at home, but Drew Lock throwing a touchdown with 12 seconds left to make it 28-25 (one way or the other) seems inevitable.

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