NFL Opening Betting Lines: Week 9
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know how the Jacksonville Jaguars feel. The winless Buccaneers are giant 17-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks this week. It’s the largest spread Tampa Bay has faced as an underdog since 1996. According to the OddsShark database, the Bucs were 18-point underdogs against Green Bay on October 27, 1996.
Double-digits favorites went 3-1 against the spread last week, with the Seahawks the only double-digit chalk that failed to cover the spread. Seattle beat the St. Louis Rams 14-9 on Monday night as 13.5-point favorites. (Double-digit home underdogs have now covered in 19 of the last 21 occasions).
However, the Seahawks have covered some big numbers at home recently. They are 10-3-1 against the spread in their last 15 games as double-digit home favorites and 19-6 ATS overall as home favorites.
The Packers and Dallas Cowboys also are double-digit favorites this week. The Cowboys opened as 10-point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings, but were laying 10.5 as of Tuesday afternoon. Dallas is coming off a last-second loss to the Detroit Lions and dealing with the distraction of star receiver Dez Bryant’s sideline temper-tantrum from last week. The Vikings have covered the spread in seven of their last eight meetings with Dallas.
Green Bay is an 11-point favorite over the Chicago Bears, who will be starting quarterback Josh McCown in place of the injured Jay Cutler. The Packers have won six consecutive games against the Bears, covering the spread in five of those games. Green Bay also has covered the spread in 12 of its last 13 games against the NFC North.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ QB status kept the line on their game at the Oakland Raiders off the board at some shops early in the week; the Eagles were listed as 2.5-point favorites at the Raiders at a few sportsbooks as of Tuesday.
The New England Patriots were growing favorites over the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots opened as 5.5-point home favorites over the Steelers, but that line was sitting at -7 at most shops as of Tuesday.