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NFL Week 9 Picks Against The Spread

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NFL: Week 9 Picks Against The Spread

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

This is another NFL week that has some seriously lopsided matchups. That could be scary when you are betting against the spread.

This week has everything that bettors hate. There are home underdogs, spreads over a touchdown, overreactions based on last week's performance, and many scored that are just over a touchdown or a field goal; this makes it very hard when you are trying to pick these games. The NFL is the most unpredictable sport in the world. Remember that I am saying this after the Philadelphia 76ers just beat the Miami Heat.

Somehow, I have been able to have the hottest of hot streaks this season. I had another week where I was three games over .500 on my picks. To put that into perspective, the best expert at CBS sports in terms of picking against the spread, has a record of 61-59. This isn't easy, especially this season. The biggest part of why it is hard to choose this season is the surprisingly bad teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are way worse than they were supposed to be; we are talking at least two games worse only half way through the season for each team. It is hard to predict a team failing on their expectations this bad.

This week may not be the most entertaining, but betting will make the challenge fun. You know, if that was legal. Continue reading to get the best football picks online (or to watch my picks finally burn, Vegas always gets its way).

Last Week's Record: 8-5

2013 Season Record: 65-52-2

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also contributes to their NFL and MLB content. Make sure you follow him on Twitter to get the best insight on all sports.

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Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) @ Miami Dolphins

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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

This is one of the better Thursday Night games in a while. Still, the Miami Dolphins are coming off an awful game in which they allowed the New England Patriots to come all the way back on them and beat them by 10. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off of a drubbing of the New York Jets. This Bengal team is for real and can win by much more the two and a half.

Cincinnati-31, Miami-20

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Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) @ Buffalo Bills

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John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs take that record into Buffalo to take on the Bills This one could be one of those surprise games, after the Bills lost by more than one score for the first time last week. The Chiefs will win, but barely beat the spread.

Kansas City-20, Buffalo-16

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Tennessee Titans (-3.5) @ St Louis Rams

Rams
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans were one of the nice surprises in the league this season. The St Louis Rams were not. Even though they took division rival Seattle to the limit, I don't think they have enough to do it again this week. Look for Tennessee to come off their bye week firing on all cylinders.

Tennessee-37, St Louis-13

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Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) @ Oakland Raiders

Philly
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are coming off an upset victory against the Steelers, and the Philadelphia Eagles were upset last week by the Giants. How are the Eagles favored then? Because the Eagles are 3-1 on the road and they win their games by an average of 11 points when they do. Go with the Eagles here, as everyone will be putting their money on Terrelle Pryor.

Philadelphia-26, Oakland-23

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Baltimore Ravens (-2.5)@ Cleveland Browns

Browns
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Another game where the spread tells a story that doesn't seem like reality. The Ravens have not been nearly as good this season after losing most of their team to free agency, roster cuts and retirement. The Cleveland Browns looked to be a surprise team after they traded Trent Richardson. Once their quarterback position became a dilemma, it went downhill. The Ravens will win in a low scoring affair.

Baltimore-16, Cleveland-10

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New Orleans Saints (-5.5) @ New York Jets

Jets
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets showed just how bad they could be last weekend; losing by 40 to any team is inexcusable. The question is, will they be motivated to prove they are better, or will they put their tail between their legs and leave? The choice is theirs, but with an explosive New Orleans Saints team coming to town, it is not the right matchup for them.

New Orlean-31, New York-21

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Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys (-10.5)

Boys
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

How many points is too many when you have three incompetent quarterbacks on your roster? The Dallas Cowboys seems to either beat teams down or lose. I am going to go with the former and predict a big Cowboys victory.

Minnesota-13, Dallas-41

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Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots (-7.5)

Pats
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

This line shows two things: the Patriots can't blow teams out, and the Steelers are having a down season. This game will be close and the Patriots will have to make another come from behind victory based on the performance of the receivers.

Pittsburgh-27, New England-28

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Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers (-7.5)

Panthers
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons hit a low point on Sunday when they lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Their season may already be over, but they decided to stay put at the deadline. The Carolina Panthers could be a very good team, but it is too early to tell. This line will be a very good test for them.

Atlanta-17, Carolina-30

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San Diego Chargers @ Washington Redskins (-0.5)

Skins
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III has had a nightmare season, but that all turns around this week at the expense of poor Philip Rivers. He is going to have a big game passing and will lead his team to victory at RFK Stadium.

San Diego-27, Washington-30

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks (-17.5)

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

It is the Seattle Seahawks at home against possibly the worst team in the league. Give me all of the points and I will still pick Seattle.

Tampa Bay-3, Seattle-31

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Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) @ Houston Texans

Texans
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

In what looked like a great middle of the season battle for Sunday Night Football, this could be a very bad game. Case Keenum is going to have to be perfect to even keep his team in this game, but he doesn't have that capability just yet.

Indianapolis-28, Houston-20

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Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers (-11.5)

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Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears are coming off their bye week and are getting an extra day to rest. There is no way that the Green Bay Packers are going to beat them by double digits. If it was under 10 I would understand, but this line is just too high.

Chicago-20, Green Bay-30