NFL Week 9 Full of Intriguing Matchups
Week 9 of the NFL season began on Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers destroyed the San Francisco 49ers.
Green Bay was a slight favorite in that matchup, but the Packers wasted little time taking control.
Sunday features a full slate of games, including the Indianapolis Colts hosting the Baltimore Ravens. The Tennessee Titans will host the Chicago Bears in another important game in the AFC South.
Sportsbooks throughout the industry have seen a huge boost in betting since the start of the NFL season, and Sunday should prove to be another big day. Betting on the NFL is king in this country, and that includes in the state of Indiana.
COVID-19 has affected several games throughout the season, and it will have an impact on many matchups on Sunday. The league has not canceled or postponed any games this week, but several teams will be playing short-handed.
Colts A Slight Underdog
The Indianapolis Colts enter Week 9 relatively healthy, and they don’t have many COVID-19 concerns. There are still many players that are out of the lineup for the Colts, but the team has proven that they can win games when short-handed.
The Colts opened up as 3.5-point underdogs to the Baltimore Ravens, but that line has now shifted all the way down to just one point. Baltimore finished the 2019 season with a 14-2 record, but the Ravens have already lost two games this season.
The Ravens will be without cornerback Marlon Humphrey who did test positive for COVID-19. More than a half-dozen teammates were considered close contacts, which kept them out of practice all week. These players are expected to play in this game, but not practicing all week will have an effect.
The Colts currently sit in a first-place tie atop the AFC South Division with the Tennessee Titans. Both the Colts and Titans are in a great position to make the playoffs, but winning the division is the ultimate goal.
Tennessee is a 6.5-point favorite at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Colts have already beaten the Bears earlier this season, and Chicago is dealing with several COVID-19 positive cases.
The Colts will need to pull off a slight upset to stay atop the division, as the Titans look to be solid favorites to move to 6-2.
America’s Team a Massive Underdog
The Dallas Cowboys entered 2020 as a Super Bowl contender, but “America’s Team” has fallen on tough times of late. Dallas is currently a 14.5-point underdog at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the lone remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, and they are taking on a Cowboys team that is extremely banged up. Dallas will be starting Garrett Gilbert at quarterback on Sunday, and he will be the fourth starting quarterback for the team this season.
These are two of the most storied franchises in the NFL, but all signs point to this being a lopsided game on Sunday.
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