Teams are turning their attention towards the playoffs now as we get into the second half of the NFL’s regular season. Let’s have a look at the NFL odds for Week 9 and make some picks for Sunday’s action.
Arizona Cardinals @ Green Bay Packers
NFL Betting Odds: Packers -10
After keeping it relatively close in three straight losses, the Cards were blown out at home on Monday Night Football by San Francisco and now they’re visiting a Green Bay team that is starting to find its rhythm, particularly on offense. Arizona allowed the 49ers’ Alex Smith to complete 18 of 19 pass attempts, so what do you think is going to happen when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ weapons step out on the field, especially at Lambeau Field? And is anyone talking about the Cardinals for the playoffs like they were in the first quarter of the season? This could get messy, unless you’re a Cheesehead.
Pick: Packers -10
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
NFL Betting Odds: Ravens -4
The Ravens are getting older, they’ve had some huge injuries on defense (losing Ray Lewis and LaDarius Webb for the season would hurt any team in the league) and Joe Flacco may be the most inconsistent quarterback in the league. This is a great matchup for the Browns, who have won two of their last three (both at home) and are slowly starting to get better. Brandon Weeden, after a slow start, has started to settle down and show why he was a star at Oklahoma State and he is getting a ton of help from fellow rookie Trent Richardson out of the backfield. Weeden threw for 320 yards in a Week 4 loss in Baltimore, and he’ll learn from a few mistakes to take advantage of this ailing Baltimore defense. NFL betting cappers should side with the Browns.
Pick: Browns +4
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants
NFL Betting Odds: Giants -3
The Giants seem to have a switch they can turn on and off, which is dangerous when they play a team like Pittsburgh, which is steadily getting better and they’re a veteran team that didn’t panic when things didn’t go as planned to start the 2012 season. Both teams have Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in New York’s Eli Manning and Pittsburgh counterpart Ben Roethlisberger and both teams have aggressive defenses that can be leaky, but when it comes down to crunch time they can put the clamps on as well as anyone in the NFL. Defense will be the story as both teams can put up points against anyone, but even though the Giants should win outright, the Steelers will cover the tight 3.5-point spread and they could pull it off. Outside of the younger Manning, there aren’t many quarterbacks in the NFL that are better in the clutch than “Big Ben”.
Pick: Steelers -3