Week 9 of the 2015 NFL schedule gets underway tonight with an AFC North battle when the Cleveland Browns travel across state to take on the Cincinnati Bengals from Paul Brown Stadium. While the Browns are entering this game 2-6, don’t let that fool you into thinking that they can’t upset the Bengals this evening. The Browns have played much better than their 2-6 record and would like nothing better than to hand the cross town Bengals their first loss of the 2015 campaign.
According to a CBS report, four teams are still undefeated headed into Week 9, with three of them residing from the AFC, The Bengals, Patriots and Broncos are all 7-0 and by all appearances should cruise into the NFL playoffs. However when it comes to the Wild Card picture, it is wide-open in both the AFC and NFC. The saying “every game counts” always applies to the NFL since there are only 16 opportunities to earn a win, but with 12 teams at either 3-4 or 4-4, the next three weeks are going to be very telling as each game becomes more important than the last.
Several games will have an early November “playoff feel” to them as many teams battle to get over the .500 mark and stay there! Oakland vs Pittsburgh, St. Louis at Minnesota and NY at Tampa Bay are just some of the big games this weekend, but there is none bigger than Green Bay vs Carolina. The Packers suffered their first loss of the season in Denver last Sunday and now will play the second of back-to-back road games vs the red hot Panthers. If this game lives up to the hype, it should be the best game for fans to watch this weekend.
Last week the picks weren’t our best, but they weren’t bad either. The numbers finished 2-2-1, but the overall record is 16 games over .500, and that is not too shabby! Below is a look at the Week 9 schedule, TV start times, odds and ATS picks.
Thursday, Nov. 5
Cleveland at Cincinnati (-11) 8:25 pm — NFLN
Sunday, Nov. 8
Oakland at Pittsburgh (-4) 1:00 pm — CBS
Green Bay (-3) at Carolina 1:00 pm — FOX
Washington at New England (-14) 1:00 pm — FOX
Tennessee at New Orleans (-7) 1:00 pm — CBS
Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm — CBS
St. Louis at Minnesota (-2) 1:00 pm — FOX
Miami at Buffalo (-3) 1:00 pm — CBS
Atlanta (-7) at San Francisco 4:05 pm — FOX
N.Y. Giants (-2) at Tampa Bay 4:05 pm — FOX
Denver (-5) at Indianapolis 4:25 pm — CBS
Philadelphia (-3) at Dallas 8:30 pm — NBC
Monday, Nov. 9
Chicago at San Diego (-4) 8:30 pm — ESPN
Picks: Cleveland +11, Minnesota -2, Carolina +3, New Orleans -7, Dallas +3
Last Week — 2-2-1
Year to date — 31-15-3
Bye week: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Seattle, Houston