NFL Week 9 Betting Insights
Welcome back, football fans and brave bettors! The 2023 NFL season continues to amaze and astonish, and we’re here once again with your ticket to the gridiron excitement. As we enter Week 9, the stakes are higher than ever and Bovada Sportsbook is your trusted partner to navigate every aspect of NFL betting.
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Last week’s games delivered another dose of highlight-reel plays, with memorable performances from several players across the NFL. There was Eagles receiver AJ Brown setting an NFL record with his 6th straight 125+ yard receiving game. We also witnessed Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis throw four touchdown passes in his pro debut as he led Tennessee to a win against the Falcons.
The NFL never ceases to amaze, and you can expect more of that to come in Week 9 with a number of marquee matchups. Offering updated betting odds available on every NFL game, Bovada Sportsbook is your best bet to cash in on this football season. Check out these betting insights below and prepare to win big come Sunday!
Things are getting started early this Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs play host to the Miami Dolphins at Frankfurt Stadium in Germany. This will be the NFL’s second regular season game in Germany, following last year’s matchup between the Buccaneers and Seahawks at Allianz Arena in Munich. This year’s game features two of the NFL’s best teams, with the Chiefs and Dolphins tied atop the AFC standings at 6-2.
This game also marks Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill’s first opportunity to face off against his former team. The one-time Chiefs wide-out has been on an absolute tear this year, having just become the first player in the NFL’s Super Bowl era to earn 1,000+ yards through the first 8 games of the season. Paired with Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa and other speedy players like WR Jaylen Waddle and RB Raheem Mostert, the Dolphins are averaging an NFL-best 33.9 points per game.
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As scary as Miami’s offense can be, the Chiefs have one thing going in their favor: they’re coming off a loss. They may only be 2.5-point betting favorites in Week 9, but Kansas City has gone an impressive 16-3 straight up (SU) since Patrick Mahomes became the team’s starter in 2018. The Chiefs probably weren’t too happy about losing to the Broncos on Sunday, but it certainly bodes well for them heading into this week’s international game versus the Dolphins.
Battle of the Birds
In the only other Week 9 game to feature two NFL divisional leaders, the 5-2 Seattle Seahawks travel east to take on the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens. It seems like the Ravens have finally gotten this offense back on track, having now scored 93 points over their past 3 games. Finally equipped with some capable receivers to complement his Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews, QB Lamar Jackson has been the key to Baltimore’s recent success. Pairing this offense with a defensive unit giving up an NFL-low 15.1 points per game is an excellent recipe for success.
It’s not all good news for the Ravens, however, as the Seahawks represent their stiffest test of the season so far. Seattle has just surpassed San Francisco for first place in the NFC West and boasts a balanced attack on offense. The Seahawks have shown the ability to air it out, with QB Geno Smith throwing to receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, as well as rookies Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Jake Bobo. With that being said, head coach Pete Carroll likes to run the ball and Seattle can definitely do that with running back Kenneth Walker III.
The NFL odds makers have Baltimore as a 5.5-point betting favorite over Seattle, and that brings us to our most telling trend for this matchup. Say what you will about the Seahawks but they know how to play up to their competition. Dating back to 2011, Seattle is a dominant 19-5 against the spread (ATS) as underdogs of 4+ points. Looking at Baltimore’s performance with this dynamic, the Ravens are just 4-13 ATS over their past 17 games as a betting favorite of 4+ points.
Betting on the under has been a fairly profitable strategy so far this NFL season, but not all teams have followed that low-scoring trend. The 3-5 Indianapolis Colts are one of the teams to go in the other direction, having now hit the over in six of eight games this season. In fact, the Colts’ games are averaging a total score of 66.3 points over their past three games. As you can imagine, all three games hit the over, with each of them surpassing the key number by 13+ points!
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This high-scoring football may come as a surprise to some of you, especially considering the fact that the Colts are running out their backup quarterback, Gardner Minshew. Yet the second-stringer has been impressive under center for Indianapolis in relief of rookie QB Anthony Richardson. It’s also worth noting that the team now has one of NFL’s best running back tandem, with Zack Moss and recently returned Jonathan Taylor moving the chains for Indy on a consistent basis. Of course, many of the overs can also be attributed to the team’s leaky defense, currently giving up an NFL-worst 28.6 points per game.
The Colts face off against the 1-6 Carolina Panthers this Sunday, fresh off their first and only win of the season. Carolina’s stop unit hasn’t been much better this year, giving up the third-most points per game in the NFL at 28.6. The Panthers have struggled at times with their own rookie quarterback, No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young, but the offense has shown signs of life as the young passer has developed a noticeable rapport with veteran WR Adam Thielen. With the total for this matchup currently set at just 44 points, betting the over looks like the sharp play for this game.