The NFL has been far from predictable in the 2010 NFL season and November 7th is where handicapping turns fun. November is the time of the NFL year when teams have developed their personalities. This does not mean it will be easy to pick 16 winners each week late in the season but games and game situations will dictate action later in the NFL season. The following five games are the best bets in Week Nine of the NFL season.
Indianapolis Colts -3 vs Philadelphia Eagles: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Indianapolis Colts looked unstoppable against a Houston Texans team that ran them out of the building in their first meeting to start the season. In their latest game, the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning systematically dismantled the Houston Texans offense and defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles enter this game after a bye week and will now have the services of Michael Vick under center. This could be a wild one with a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that has been torched in more than a few games. Take the home team Philadelphia Eagles +3 over the Indianapolis Colts.Full breakdown of Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles.
San Diego Chargers vs Houston Texans -2: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The San Diego Chargers have been reeling at the start of the season but they are still showing signs of hope. For the Chargers to get back on track they will need to win in convincing fashion on the road. Phillip Rivers has put up big numbers on the road this season but he has failed to close the deal.
Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans were exposed last weekend and the San Diego Chargers pass defense has been solid. They did give up over 300 yards to the Tennessee Titans last weekend but they are still solid on the edges. Take the San Diego Chargers +2 over the Houston Texans. Full breakdown of the San Diego Chargers vs Houston Texans.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders: Pick and Breakdown
Who would have thought this is the premiere match up on the weekend in the NFL? The Kansas City Chiefs are 5-2 and the talk of the NFL as they travel to Oakland to take on the 4-4 Oakland Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs have the best running game in the NFL and the worst passing game. The Chiefs two losses have been close and on the road but they can be shut down if the opposition stuffs the line.
The Oakland Raiders have combined a good pass defense with a good defense against the run. The Raiders have given up plenty of yardage on the ground but they have improved by leaps and bounds. Nnamdi Asomugha is laid up with a sprained ankle and this would be a huge key if the Raiders were going against anyone but Cassel. Take the Oakland Raiders straight up at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Full breakdown of Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders.
Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers -8.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
Jon Kitna and the Dallas Cowboys travel up to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers for what amounts to a death march. The Cowboys are looking good on both sides of the ball at times but they cannot get the ball to their way and now the situation is officially hopeless. This will be a test of the Cowboys ability to stick it out and play as professionals. Take the Green Bay Packers -8.5 over the Dallas Cowboys. Full breakdown of Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay Packers.
Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens -6: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Miami Dolphins have the most unusual record in the NFL. They are 4-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. This week they travel up the coast to play the Baltimore Ravens as the Ravens come off their bye week. The Ravens defense has been solid as always with the exception of their performance against the Buffalo Bills. Take the Miami Dolphins +6 over the Baltimore Ravens .Full breakdown of Miami Dolphins vs the Baltimore Ravens.
The following eight games are also picks that can be used for office pools or handicapping contests but don’t get carried away with these picks.
Steelers Vs Bengals: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Saints Vs Panthers: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Patriots Vs Browns: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Giants Vs Seahawks: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Jets Vs Lions: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Cardinals Vs Vikings: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Buccaneers Vs Falcons: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread
Bears Vs Bills: Las Vegas Line & Pick Against the Spread