NFL Week 9 Predictions & Picks

Doug Bonjour
Last Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Between byes, prime-time games, and a showdown in Germany between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, the traditional Sunday schedule is a bit lighter for Week 9.

Still, there are a few entertaining games on the slate, including the renewal of a fierce NFC East rivalry.

With that in mind, let’s break down some of our NFL best bets for Sunday’s action.

NFL Week 9 Predictions

All NFL betting odds used for these Week 9 predictions are current as of Tuesday, Oct. 31, and courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cowboys vs Eagles Prediction

Best Bet: PHI -3 (-110)

The Philadelphia Eagles have started to pick it up a notch, scoring 69 points over the last two weeks. A.J. Brown has been a big part of that, coming off an NFL-record sixth straight game with at least 125 receiving yards.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys have been too one-dimensional, dependent solely on Dak Prescott connecting on big plays downfield. Tony Pollard is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry, and Prescott has been sacked 17 times.

The Eagles feel like a safe choice over their NFC East rival at home, where they’ve yet to lose (3-0).

Giants vs Raiders Prediction

Best Bet: Under 38.5 (-110)

Daniel Jones is expected to return after missing three games with a neck injury. Still, the New York Giants’ offense remains a mess.

Saddled by poor offensive line play, the Giants are averaging an NFL-worst 11.9 points per game. It doesn’t help that Darren Waller is hurt again.

The Las Vegas Raiders haven’t been much better. They rank second-to-last in yards per game (268.3), ahead of only the Giants. Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked six times in Monday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. His inefficiency left Davante Adams visibly frustrated.

This is shaping up to be a rock fight. Take the Under down to 37.

Buccaneers vs Texans Prediction

Best Bet: TB +2.5 (-105)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a top-10 scoring defense, and Baker Mayfield has been slightly better than expected in replacing Tom Brady. While the Buccaneers have lost three straight, this smells like a get-right opportunity.

The Houston Texans have been surprisingly competitive thanks to C.J. Stroud, the early favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year. But as Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers proved, the Texans still can’t really be trusted.

Look for the Buccaneers to keep this close, if not win outright.

Colts vs Panthers Prediction

Best Bet: Over 44 (-110)

This total feels a tad low. The Indianapolis Colts’ offense has remained productive behind Gardner Minshew, scoring at least 20 points in every contest this season.

In total, six of their eight games have gone Over 44 combined points, including matchups with the defensive-minded Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints the last two weeks.

Carolina has struggled to find its footing under Bryce Young, but it should get a boost at home.

Take this total before it jumps any higher.

Commanders vs Patriots Prediction

Best Bet: WSH +3 (-110)

The Washington Commanders could offload some key defensive pieces at Tuesday’s trade deadline, which would complicate matters. But I’m still not sure the New England Patriots would be able to put many points on the board.

The Patriots rank 31st in scoring (14.8 points per game). Enough said.


Doug Bonjour

Doug covered college and prep sports in Connecticut for more than a decade, including stints as the UConn women’s basketball and UConn football beat reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media. During his time reporting on the 11-time national champion Huskies, he covered three NCAA Final Fours. He also has written for the Associated Press and New York Times.

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