NFL Odds: Biggest losers are biggest underdogs in opening Week 9 lines
The Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a combined three victories in 30 games so far this season, so it's no surprise that those four teams opened as large underdogs on the Week 9 NFL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
And the Raiders have the tallest mountain to climb this week according to the sportsbooks, as they were opened as huge 15.5-point road underdogs against the Seattle Seahawks. Oakland is the last winless team in the NFL at 0-7 straight up, although they've managed at least a middling 3-4 against the spread record through their first seven games. The Seahawks have been a minor disappointment at 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS so far this season, but according to the OddsShark NFL Database they're 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games as double-digit favorites.
The Jaguars then opened as 13.5-point road underdogs against the Cincinnati Bengals for Sunday, with Jacksonville 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS on the season and Cincinnati at 4-2-1 SU and 4-3 ATS. The Jets (1-7 SU, 1-6-1 ATS) opened as 7.5-point road underdogs against the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS), while the Buccaneers (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS) opened as 6-point road underdogs against the Cleveland Browns (4-3 SU, 4-2-1 ATS).
Putting aside the NFL's top losers and looking to the other end of the spectrum, the Denver Broncos ride into Week 9 of the season at 6-1 SU and 4-3 ATS, and they're pegged as 4-point road favorites at the sportsbooks in their matchup with the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon in Foxborough. The Patriots have matched the Broncos with their current four-game winning streak that has them at 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS on the season, and they manged to beat Denver 34-31 as a 2-point home underdog last season.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, coming off that convincing win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, opened as 2.5-point road underdogs in Carolina against the Panthers for Thursday night, while the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were even more convincing in thumping the Indianapolis Colts last week, are sitting as 1.5-point home underdogs against the Baltimore Ravens on the opening lines at the online sportsbooks.
The Colts, who got picked apart by Ben Roethlisberger in their 51-34 loss to the Steelers over the weekend, opened as 3-point road favorites against the New York Giants for Monday Night Football this week. The Philadelphia Eagles, coming off a 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, will try to rebound as 2.5-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Eagles are 3-0 SU in franchise history against the Texans, topping them 34-24 as an 8-point home favorite when they last met back in 2010.