The National Football League is debuting its 18-week schedule in 2021 and thanks to online sportsbooks being ready to go when it was released, we have access to opening lines for every single NFL game for the upcoming season. Whether you’re looking for a September game or a December contest, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve finally arrived at Week 9, which will begin on Nov. 4 and mark the official halfway point of this new-look season. There are four teams on bye, so that means 14 games to choose from. Using odds from several well-known sportsbooks including BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel, let’s get to the NFL Week 9 betting odds.
Week 9 NFL Betting Lines
|Game Matchup||Opening Line|
|New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts||Colts -8.5|
|Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints||Saints -6|
|Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys -4.5|
|New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers||Panthers -1|
|Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens||Ravens -7|
|Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals||Browns -4.5|
|Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars||Bills -6.5|
|Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins||Dolphins -7.5|
|Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants||Giants -1.5|
|LA Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles||Chargers -2|
|Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs||Chiefs -7|
|Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers||49ers -5|
|Tennessee Titans at LA Rams||Rams -5.5|
|Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers -5.5|
NFL Week 9 matchups and predictions
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-8.5)
Thursday Night Football kicks off with the New York Jets visiting the Indianapolis Colts, and we’ve immediately reached the largest spread of the Week 9 slate. This is a bad matchup all the way around for the Jets, who don’t have the talent to match up with Indy to begin with. Now throw in traveling on a short week, and the Colts are very likely to win this one. An opening line of -8.5 is pretty big, but it might be home team or pass here.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-6)
The Falcons and Saints will meet for the first time this season in Week 9, and then again in the final week of the season. New Orleans opened as six-point home favorites in this one, but there’s also the question of possible regression with Jameis Winston at quarterback. That said, the Saints’ defense is elite and it dominated Atlanta in the Superdome in 2020. The Falcons may have drafted Kyle Pitts, but he won’t replace Julio Jones all by himself.
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (-4.5)
The Broncos are traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in Week 9, with the home team opening up at -4.5 against the spread. Will Drew Lock be able to secure his spot as Broncos quarterback of the future? Will Dak Prescott regain his old form by this point two months into the season? All good questions. This should be a fun game featuring Dallas’ strong offense and the Broncos’ big-time defense, but we could see more points than you think inside Jerry World.
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (PK)
The AFC East and NFC South are matchup this year and in Week 9, the Patriots are going to Carolina to face the new-look Panthers. New England has seen former Jets QB Sam Darnold plenty, but Christian McCaffrey will be the one that Bill Belichick is really planning for. The Patriots’ offense has been refurbished with some new weapons, so maybe we should expect some fireworks in North Carolina.
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-7)
When the Vikings and Ravens meet, we would expect that many points will be scored. Because if there’s two things Minnesota does, it’s score points and give up points. The Vikings had the third-most yards per game in 2020 but also allowed the fifth-most, which bodes well for Baltimore. The Ravens opened at -7 and it’s hard to argue with that number but we’d probably pass on the current spread for a pick on the over.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (+4.5)
The Ohio teams and NFC North rivals come together in Week 9 in what figures to be a pretty exciting quarterback matchup between Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow. The Browns opened as 4.5-point favorites but this game is hard to forecast when we haven’t seen Burrow play in quite some time. Assuming the Browns pick up where they left off offensively, they’ll have their way with the Cincinnati defense. But we’d also expect to see some points here.
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (+6.5)
The Bills’ Josh Allen has become one of the best young quarterbacks in football. The Jaguars drafted Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall hoping he can become the same in due time. In Week 9, the two meet with the defending AFC East champs opening as 6.5-point favorites. The Jaguars found themselves underdogs in almost every game last season and managed to keep a couple of games very close and pull out the cover. That could happen again, although it’s just very difficult to bet against this Bills offense when everything is clicking.
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-7.5)
It looks like the Texans won’t be favored in a single game in 2021, not that they should be. Miami opened a 7.5-point favorite in Week 9, and that may not be enough points. The Dolphins have one of the most well-rounded rosters in the NFL while Houston has holes at nearly every position to go with a new head coach. This may be one of those games where you don’t need to overthink it, just go with the better team.
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants (-1.5)
The Giants welcome the Raiders across the country to the Meadowlands in Week 9 in what is projected to be one of the closest games on the slate. The Giants opened at -1.5 but we’d wait on that and focus on the total. Offensive struggles defined the Giants’ 2020 season but with Saquon Barkley back, another year of development from Daniel Jones, and the Raiders’ defense on the other side, Big Blue will score. Las Vegas is also a top 10 scoring offense from last year, so predicting points may be easier than picking a team.
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (+2)
The Los Angeles Chargers and their second-year quarterback are headed across the country to Philly in Week 9, and they even opened up as two-point favorites. Is this respect to Justin Herbert and the Chargers, or disrespect to Jalen Hurts and the Eagles? Maybe it’s a bit of both. Each of these teams has a new coach but it’s clear Los Angeles is in a better position moving forward. It’s easy to see the Chargers coming out on top, but this line is curious and we wouldn’t automatically go against the Eagles here.
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (-7)
If anyone tells you they know what the Packers’ 2021 season will be like, they are lying to you. We know much more about what to expect from Kansas City, which will host Green Bay in Week 9. At this current moment, the only way to bet on this game would be taking Kansas City, at least until there is much more information available about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ plans at quarterback.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
There is possibly no division deeper than the NFC West, and we get a nice matchup this week when San Francisco hosts Arizona. These two met in Arizona in Week 5 and a month later, the second matchup is taking place at Levi’s Stadium. The home team opened at -5.5 but if the Cardinals’ defense can keep it in the game, the road underdogs may be able to cover this number. For what it’s worth, all eight Arizona road games went under in 2020.
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams (-5.5)
Sunday Night Football is always exciting, but especially when you get two potential playoff teams matched up. This is a unique matchup as Los Angeles hosts Tennessee to close out the day, with the Rams opening as 5.5-point favorites. The Titans are plenty strong enough offensively to make things interesting, but the Rams’ defense allowed a league-low 13.5 points in home games. Even if Tennessee meets somewhere in the middle between that figure and the nearly 30 points they averaged in 2020, Matthew Stafford under center against a weak defense has us looking at the home team.
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5)
The Week 9 schedule comes to a close with the Steelers hosting the Bears on Monday Night Football. Pittsburgh opened at -5.5 points in a game that features two teams that excel on defense, though Chicago took a step back in 2020. The Steelers allowed the fifth-fewest points per game last year, and also have much more offensive firepower than the opponent in this one. The Bears are also closing out a three game gauntlet featuring Tampa and San Francisco before even going to Heinz Field. We’d back the Steelers giving under a touchdown and look toward the under.