Early Power Rankings to Improve Your Week 9 NFL Picks

Kevin Stott

Monday, November 2, 2015 3:13 PM GMT

Let’s see who ended up where as we head into the second half of the season, look at some NFL odds while there still may be some value to be had and throw in a couple early NFL picks.

Introduction
Halloween fell on Saturday night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to remain in their Bumblebee Costumes until Sunday afternoon, when their AFC North rivals the Cincinnati Bengals came a calling and left with a Win in a low-scoring game at Heinz Field in the Steel City in Week 8, 16-10. But besides losing the game and falling to 4-4 and probably seeing the Bengals win the division with the close victory at the halfway point was bad enough, but Pittsburgh also saw star RB Le’Veon Bell go down and out for the season (reportedly) with a serious Knee Injury—potentially the kind of hurt that can crush a team and its fan bases hopes, especially after seeing star QB Ben Roethlisberger finally return and start after his own Injury on Sunday. As usual, there were plenty of Injuries in the NFL on Sunday, sadly. But maybe the biggest Win of the day came in Oakland at the O.co Coliseum where the Raiders and QB David Carr (4 TD Passes) humbled the visiting New York Jets who also had an Injury to starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick which forced backup Geno Smith into action—always a good thing for opponents. And there was also news from Jay Glazer and Fox Sports that Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck actually suffered Fractured Ribs earlier in the season when he suffered his Shoulder Injury from which he has now returned. And on Monday Night Football, we’ll get to see Luck and and TY Hilton and the Colts as they head to Charlotte to try to topple Cam Newton and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium (ESPN, 8:25 p.m. EDT/5:25 p.m. PST; NFL odds: Panthers -6½, 46½, at Pinnacle. So before that begins, fresh from the oven, check out this week’s fresh NFL Power Rankings.


NFL Rankings (November 1, 2015)

 

1-New England Patriots
(6-0 SU, 4-1-1 ATS; +275 win Super Bowl, Paddy Power)Why? The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots stayed undefeated on Thursday night, routing the Miami Dolphins, 36-7 as superstar QB Tom Brady (26/28, 356 yards, 4 TDs) led the defending Super Bowl champions to an easy Home win as his buddy TE Rob Gronkowski (6 receptions, 113 yards, TD) had another big game in the Week 8 lidlifter. In Week 9, New England will be welcoming the Washington Redskins to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Sunday afternoon for another potential romp (FOX, NFL RedZone, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PDT; Odds: Patriots -13½, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook). The last time these two teams met at Gillette Stadium was in 2007 where the then Joe Gibbs-coached Redskins were blown out, 52-7 as 15½-point underdogs. With the Advanced Line here was (Patriots minus) 12½, grabbing a piece of the Patriots pecan pie is recommended as this team is playing like a Computer.

NFL Pick: Patriots -13½ 

 

2-Cincinnati Bengals 
(7-0 SU, 6-0-1 ATS; +850 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Why? It went down to the last play of the game, but.the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Steelers in Pittsburgh and held on to this #2 spot, as QB Andy Dalton (23/38, 231 yards, TD, 2 Interceptions) and AJ Green (11 Receptions, 118 yard, TD) led the visitors did enough to ruin the return of QB Ben Roethlisberger (28/45, 262 yards, TD) to the hosts starting lineup. Next up for the Bengals and 13-year Head Coach Marvin Lewis (100-95-10 ATS) in Week 9 is and AFC North Week 9 showdown and Week 9 schedule lidlifter from Paul Brown Stadium against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football (CBS, NFL Network, 8:35 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT). Last season in this game in Cleveland in Week 16, Dalton (20-13-4 ATS on Road) and Cincinnati shut out the host Browns, 30-0, getting 2½ points as a Road Underdog. On Thursdays, Cincinnati is 4-4 SU and 4-4 ATS while Cleveland is 3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS and 3-1 ATS Away. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lined this one an aggressive Bengals -10 in its annual NFL Games of the Year. Last Week: #2

 

3-Denver Broncos
(7-0 SU, 5-2-0 ATS; 12/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power)Why? Denver has the best Defense in the NFL, and it showed why on Sunday night, stuffing the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers, 29-10 at Sports Authority Field in Denver to help the Broncos remain undefeated and in the thick of the AFC Home-field race as we begin the 2nd Half of the Regular Season. In the victory over the Packers, QB Peyton Manning didn’t have a TD pass but was 21/29 for a productive 340 yards and a 96.9 QBR. Another good thing for Denver—besides the D and Passing—was the Running game with CJ Anderson (14 Rushes, 101 yards, TD) and Ronnie Hillman (19 Rushes, 60 yards, 2 TDs) helping the hosts control the game which saw the 1st Quarter go Under for a 7th straight time in Broncos games (Denver 7-0; Total 7½). Next up in Week 9 for the 39-year-old Manning (104-63-5 ATS off Wins) and Denver, which is tied for #3 in TO Margin (+6), is a date with the Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday (Broncos -3, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook).

NFL Pick: Broncos -3 

 

4-Carolina Panthers
(6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS; 16/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power)Why? They haven’t played their week 9 game yet but the Carolina Panthers have played two really impressive games in a row, upsetting the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle in Week 6 as QB Cam Newton was 20/26, 269 yards and a TD and TE Greg Olsen (7 receptions, 131 yards, TD) and RB Jonathan Stewart (20 rushes, 78 yards, 2 TDs) were his main targets in the upset in the Emerald City, and then holding off the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in primetime at Home at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, 27-16 in Week 7 to up their Regular Season win streak to an impressive 10 games. So, moving up to this sparkly and well-deserved#4 spot seems justified when compared to Denver. At least these Cats play Offense and don’t have a QB needing Geritol and Bifocals. TE Greg Olsen and the Panthers will see what Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are all about at Home in Charlotte on Monday Night Football (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT; Odds: Panthers -6, 46½, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook).Then in week 9, Carolina welcome the Packers to Bank of America Stadium. Heading into MNF, the Panthers were tied for #6 in the NFL in Turnover Margin (+4)—something this Ron Rivera-coached team has always been good at—but a surprising 22nd in Yards Per Play average (5.3 ypp) behind versatile QB Newton. Last Week: #4

 

5-Green Bay Packers
(6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS; +333 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power)Why? As talked about above, Green Bay was humbled by the Broncos and their mighty Defense on Sunday Night Football as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (14/22, 77 yards, 0 TDs, 64.6 QBR) had one of his most frustrating games ever and RB Eddie Lacy (11 Rushes, 38 yards, 3.5 ypc, TD) had his second straight ineffective game for the Cheeseheads who went into the game having the lead more than any other team in the NFL this season. But in the high Altitude of the Rocky Mountains, Green Bay was stuffed from the start and it was obvious early on who the winner would be...when Denver plays in Denver, Denver usually wins, no matter who the opponent. Even the Discount Double-Check Dude. But do the Packers really deserve to be ranked under Carolina? Yes ma’am they do, and if you saw the Swiss Cheese nature of the Dom Capers-led Green Bay Defense and the sloppy tackling on Sunday night, you know what’s up. The Broncos probably had more yards after being touched than the Packers did rushing the football from the line of scrimmage. The Packers are tied with Denver at #3 in TO Margin (+6) but much was revealed about both Green Bay and Denver on Sunday night, site considered. Thus the flip-flopping here of the Broncos to the #3 spot—note the Top 2 teams are all from the AFC (AFC +2½ in Super Bowl, Bovada)—from #5 and the Packers to #5 from the #3 spot. In Week 9, Green Bay and Head Coach Mike McCarthy (94-65-4 ATS) play that #4 team, the Panthers in Carolina on Sunday afternoon (Packers -2½, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) to see who the best team in the NFC is at this point in time with the (#7 defending NFC champion) Seattle Seahawks and (#6) Arizona Cardinals still trying to find some consistency from week-to-week. Last Week: #3


6-Arizona Cardinals (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS; 14/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 6

7-Seattle Seahawks (4-4 SU, 2-5-1 ATS; 11/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 7

8-Oakland Raiders (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS; 100/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 14

9-New York Jets (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS; 40/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 8

10-Atlanta Falcons (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS; 30/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 10

11-Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4 SU, 5-2-1 ATS; 25/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 9

12-Minnesota Vikings (5-2 SU, 6-1 ATS; 25/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 11

13-St. Louis Rams (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS; 50/1 to win Super Bowl,Paddy Power) Last Week: 13

14-Indianapolis Colts (3-4 SU, 2-5 ATS; 20/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 15

15-Philadelphia Eagles (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS; 25/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 19

16-Dallas Cowboys (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS; 50/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 20

17-Buffalo Bills (3-4 SU, 2-5 ATS; 40/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 17

18-New Orleans Saints (4-4 SU, 4-3-1 ATS; 100/1 win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 18

19-Kansas City Chiefs (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS; 66/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 27

20-San Diego Chargers (2-6 SU, 4-4 ATS; 275/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 16

21-New York Giants (4-3 SU, 3-3-1 ATS; 25/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 12

22-Baltimore Ravens (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS; 100/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 22

23-Washington Redskins (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS; 100/1 win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 24

24-Cleveland Browns (2-6 SU, 4-4 ATS; 500/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 23

25-Miami Dolphins (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS; 100/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 21

26-Houston Texans (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS; 100/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 28

27-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS; 500/1 win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 32

28-Chicago Bears (2-6 SU, 3-4 ATS; 275/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 25

29-San Francisco 49ers (1-6 SU, 2-5 ATS; 500/1 to win Super Bowl Paddy Power) Last Week: 26

30-Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5 SU, 2-4 ATS; 275/1 win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 29

31-Tennessee Titans (1-6 SU, 3-4 ATS; 500/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 31

32-Detroit Lions (1-7 SU, 1-7 ATS; 275/1 to win Super Bowl, Paddy Power) Last Week: 30

 

NFL WEEK 9 POWER RANKINGS PICKS: Rams +2½ ; Broncos -3 ; Patriots -13½ ; Bills -3 

NFL SUPER BOWL 50 FUTURES PICK: Oakland Raiders 100/1  at BetVictor

NFL SUPER BOWL 50 FUTURES PICK: AFC +2½ over NFC at Bovada