The Best NFL Betting Dogs For Week 9
Underdogs made some noise during Week 8 as teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills were involved in tightly-contested match-ups, but found a way to pull away for the victory. The Bills are now 5-3 on the year and beginning to put people on notice they are no longer a pushover and possibly even a playoff contender. The Bills are on their bye this coming week, but numerous underdogs have a chance at not only making their respective games close, but ending the day with another victory on their schedule as well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6.5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the bottom feeders of the NFL this season, but their defense, which includes the likes of Gerald McCoy and LaVante David, will have a shot next Sunday at containing a struggling Cleveland Browns offense. Brian Hoyer has struggled in recent weeks for the Browns and as a result they've gone 1-1 with only 29 points scored. The Buccaneers however are on the upswing as Mike Glennon is completing nearly 60% of his passes and the team's leading rusher, Bobby Rainey, is averaging a team-high 4.6 yards per carry. The Buccaneers have been involved in some laughers this season, but this coming Sunday they play a Cleveland squad on the brink of collapse.
Arizona Cardinals +4.5
Although the Arizona Cardinals beat the equally talented Philadelphia Eagles last week they find themselves as underdogs on the road this week against the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have quickly become the favorite to emerge out of the NFC East as they had won six straight heading into their Monday Night Match-up and have one of the most efficient offenses in the league led by running back DeMarco Murray and his 4.9 yards per carry average. Tony Romo has also taken a leap forward this season as the 12-year veteran is completing an astounding 69% of his passes and has 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions. The Cardinals however have a defensive unit that specializes in stopping the run, which will not only hurt Murray's numbers, but Romo's as well as he'll be forced to carry his team for the first time this season.
San Diego Chargers 1.5
The San Diego Chargers were once the hottest team in the league, but now with a 5-3 record they're considered slight underdogs to the 4-3 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are just 1-2 at home this season, but their defense is one of the best in the league and will truly test the high-octane Chargers offense. The Chargers have lost their last two games, but they have an extra three days off to prepare for this match-up which makes it even more likely they pull the upset down in Miami. Philip Rivers is in the midst of a career year as he's third in the league in passing touchdowns and is leading an offensive unit that ranks eighth in passing yards per game. The Chargers defense is equally tough, making it likely Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense plays catch-up for most of next Sunday's game.