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SN: NFL Week 9 Opening Odds Analysis

Only once during the last seven years have the Washington Redskins finished above .500.

But you would have to go back to 2007 to find the last time the Redskins were two-touchdown underdogs. That was against New England, which finished that year 16-0 during the regular season.

Once again the Patriots are unbeaten and once again they are monster favorites versus the Redskins laying 14 points at the sportsbooks. It's the second-largest point spread of the season. New England was a 14.5-point favorite against Jacksonville in Week 3, a game it won 51-17.

The Patriots are a dominant 15-6-1 (71%) against the spread (ATS) during their last 22 home games. However, they are only 2-7 ATS as double-digit favorites since 2012, including 3-4 ATS at home.

The Redskins-Patriots game also has the highest total at 52. St. Louis at Minnesota opened with the lowest over/under at 40. Early money has lowered the total to 39.5 at some bet shops.


Cincinnati is another big favorite. The unbeaten Bengals opened as 10-point home chalk versus AFC North Division rival Cleveland in this week's Thursday game. This is the largest the Bengals have been favored in the series since laying 13 at home in 2009.

The Browns are likely to be missing three members of their secondary and maybe banged-up quarterback Josh McCown, too. The Browns upset the Bengals as six-point road 'dogs last year, 24-3, on a Thursday night under bad weather conditions. Andy Dalton had a passer rating of 2.0 in that game, one of the worst all-time marks.


It's hardly a surprise Oakland opened as a road underdog to Pittsburgh, which now has a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. The Raiders have received points in 28 of their last 29 road matchups. The Steelers are 4.5-point favorites.

Oddsmakers opened Atlanta too short on the road against San Francisco. The Falcons have been bet up from 2.5 to five with more money likely to come on Atlanta. San Francisco looks to be in rebuild mode trading Vernon Davis on Monday and naming Blaine Gabbert its starting quarterback.

The trade deadline is today, which could have an effect on the betting line.