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NFL Week 9: Potential Upsets

The favorites won the battle in Week 8, having the better record for a second straight week with an 8-5 mark over the underdogs. While favorites improved to 61-56-3 on the year, outright underdogs improved to 37 this season, as two of the five pups that covered actually won their games.

And for the second straight week, six teams will enjoy their bye week, and once again we have another much shorter card than usual. Nevertheless, there is always underdog value to be found. And on this week's 13-game slate, there are two pups who have the potential to threaten for the outright win.

At Bovada, Tennessee is laying -3 points to the Rams, in St. Louis, in what will be a very dangerous game for the Titans in interconference play. Last week's Monday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks was closer than many expected, and yet the 'Hawks were blamed for having an off game. Problem is that wasn't exactly all of it, as the Rams' defense really is that good. While St. Louis was held to three field goals in the 14-9 loss to Seattle, defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long each had three sacks and continued on a torrid pace in wreaking havoc against opposing quarterbacks. The Rams will be out to avenge Monday's setback and will be gunning for the outright win.

Also in interconference play, the San Diego Chargers are back on the east coast, as they're traveling to play the Washington Redskins. The game is nearing a pick, but the 'Skins are still a slight underdog at Bovada, catching +1 point. The Bolts have actually done better this season than in years past across the Mississippi, but with the weather turning, and Washington looking to avenge a loss in Denver, the Bolts may be the ones getting struck by lightning. The Redskins blew a 14-point, second-half lead in Denver, and now gets a crack at a Chargers team that is mired in a 1-4 ATS slide after a bye week.