As we head into Week 9 of the NFL, playoff contenders are starting to emerge. Some big division matchups could affect playoff positions this week. So if you’re wondering what exciting games are coming up in the NFL this week, look no further.
Check out some of the games and football spreads that you can expect to keep you on the edge of your seat this week.
Tennessee at Los Angeles Rams (-7.5)
The Rams are 7-1, and the Titans are 6-2 heading into this Sunday night football matchup. Primetime matchups are always a high-pressure situation because everyone is watching. Add in the playoff implications of this game, and you’ve got the makings of a classic.
It will be interesting to see how Tennessee can perform now that Derrick Henry is potentially lost for the season. Will they be able to find someone to complement their running game, or will they rely on Ryan Tannehill in the passing game?
The Rams are arguably the best team in the NFL, with a potent offense, defense, and special teams. Matthew Stafford is having an MVP season, and he’s on a prolific pace with his number one wide receiver, Cooper Kupp. He has ten touchdown receptions in eight games.
Green Bay at Kansas City (-1)
This game could have been a potential Super Bowl matchup the past two years, but the Packers lost both years in the NFC Championship Game.
The Chiefs are only 4-4, and everyone is wondering if they’re going to get on a roll or if they’re just not the team they’ve been the past few years. However, this game will go a long way towards determining whether the Chiefs are a contender.
In this game, the key thing to watch for Packers bettors is whether the Packer’s wide receiver core will return healthy.
Davonte Adams was out last week due to COVID (and is still on the COVID reserve list). However, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard practiced early this week after missing Week 8’s win over the Cardinals. If they stay healthy and Adams is back, the Packers could hand the Chiefs another loss.
Cleveland at Cincinnati (-3)
For much of the past 30 years, this would have been called the “Toilet Bowl” because both teams have been at the bottom of the league.
Now, however, this could be a key matchup in determining who wins the AFC North. Both are coming off disappointing losses in Week 8 and are looking to make a comeback in Week 9, so this is a big division matchup.
This is the first time in several years that the battle for Ohio has meant this much. Both teams are playoff hopefuls and need a win to solidify their spot in the postseason picture.
The NFL This Week Should Be Entertaining
One thing is for sure: the NFL this week packs a punch. There’s plenty of action for bettors between the games mentioned here and other games, like the Vikings at Ravens or the Cardinals at 49ers.
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