NFL Week 9 Betting Odds
San Diego may be 0-4 both SU and ATS on the road, and their receivers may be spending more time with the doctors and trainers than on the field, but they're still a 3-point favorite this weekend versus Houston.
The Chargers do possess the No. 1 offense in the NFL, but that has still only led them to a 3-5 record SU and ATS. And their offense may have trouble living up to its ranking this weekend with Philip Rivers' top targets, Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd, both hurting.
Gates has two injured feet with a bad toe on one and a nasty plantar fascia on the other, while Floyd has missed the last two games with a nagging hamstring injury. Add in Legedu Naannee, who is hampered by a sore hamstring, and Buster Davis, who is done for the season, and the Chargers may have to rely heavily on the Ryan Mathews/Mike Tolbert/Darren Sproles rushing attack this weekend.
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The Chargers' saving grace this weekend may be that they get to face the Texans' dead-last ranked defense. The Texans' defense has surrendered a league-high 404.1 yards per game this season and it's caught up with them lately with a 2-3 mark SU and 1-4 record ATS in their last five games. [ Matchup Report ]
With their defense unable to stop anyone the Texans need to score a lot to get wins. That could be tough with Matt Schaub facing a Chargers defense that is No. 1 defending the pass.
After the Chargers finish their early game against Houston on Sunday they should watch with great interest as Kansas City visits Oakland. The Chargers trail both teams in the AFC West right now, and even though you wouldn't have believed it two months ago the Chiefs and Raiders are both contenders for the division crown.
The Raiders have literally come out of nowhere with two straight wins. And they were loud wins, crushing Denver 59-14 as a 7-point underdog and whipping Seattle 33-3 as 2-point chalk. Oakland is 4-2 ATS in their last six games and they're currently 2.5-point home favorites this weekend.
The Chiefs may have blown it last week against Buffalo in their 13-10 win as 7-point favorites, but they've still been one of the best betting options this season at 5-2 ATS. That includes four wins as the underdog, so don't be scared away by the +2.5 they're facing this weekend.
The Raiders are 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five against Kansas City, but none of those wins have come at home. In their last seven games at Oakland the Chiefs are a perfect 7-0 SU and ATS. Kansas City is also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games overall and could be a nice upset pick this weekend. [ Matchup Report ]
The AFC West games aren't only the contests showing up on bettors' radars this weekend. Here's a quick rundown on three more notable contests on the Week 9 slate:
Chicago vs. Buffalo Odds – The Bills play their annual game at Toronto's Rogers Centre this weekend as a 3-point underdog. In their first two regular season games in Toronto the Bills were 0-2 both SU and ATS.
Indianapolis at Philadelphia Odds – The Eagles welcome back DeSean Jackson and Michael Vick this week, and they're actually a 3-point favorite versus the Colts. Indianapolis should get Austin Collie back this weekend but they're expected to be missing Joseph Addai, and of course Anthony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark are both sidelined.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Odds – Why have the Steelers had such a hard time with the Bengals lately? The Steelers lost both games to the Bengals last season, both as the favorite. Pittsburgh is a 4.5-point road favorite this weekend.