NFL Betting: Week 9 Wrap Up - Best Of The Weekend

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders week 9

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 6:51 PM GMT

The Seahawks held off the Bills Monday night and with that we analyze the week that was in the NFL, with an eye towards cashing our NFL picks for next weekend.

 

Midpoint Surprises

There appears to be a seismic shift in the AFC West with the Oakland Raiders knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions, the Denver Broncos, in Week 9 of the NFL season. Derek Carr is quietly ascending the quarterback ranks into one of the premier passing threats in the league. The former Fresno State signal caller, picked in the 2nd round (36th overall) in the 2014 draft, is currently 5th in passing yards, tied for 5th in passing touchdowns and owns a 99.1 QB rating.

The long-suffering Oakland Raiders have responded offensively and boast one of the most skilled and balanced attacks in the league with the 5th rated passing attack, 4th ranked rushing offense, and averaging 27.2 points per game, good for 5th in the league. The defense remains a work in progress but head coach Jack Del Rio, in only his second season with the team, is working his magic which manifested in a huge 30-20 victory over their divisional rivals from Denver last week. Oakland now sits atop the AFC West with a 7-2 record and has fattened the bankrolls of those backing them in their NFL picks with a 7-2 ATS mark on the season.

The Dallas Cowboys are also making people sit up and take notice. America’s team is tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in football with a 7-1 mark and also has the NFL odds makers shaking their collective heads as they have beaten the point spread on seven of eight occasions this year. The Boys are in command of the NFC East, and only a second half swoon would preclude them from entering the postseason.

And finally, we have the explosive offense of the Atlanta Falcons sitting pretty with a 6-3 record and atop the NFC South. Matt Ryan has been eviscerating defenses this season and is 2nd in passing yards per game with 331, trailing only New Orleans’ Drew Brees who tops all QB’s with 336 PYG. Julio Jones has been Ryan’s go-to-guy and is 2nd in the NFL with 107.8 receiving yards per game trailing only Cincinnati’s AJ Green.

 

Swinger’s Top 10 NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (7-1 SU, 7-1 ATS)

2. Dallas Cowboys (7-1 SU, 7-1 ATS)

3. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1 SU, 3-4-1 ATS)

4. Oakland Raiders (7-2 SU, 6-3 ATS)

5. Atlanta Falcons (6-3 SU, 6-3 ATS)

6. Denver Broncos (6-3 SU, 6-3 ATS)

7. NY Giants (5-3 SU, 3-3-2 ATS)

8. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2 SU, 3-5 ATS)

9. Minnesota Vikings (5-3 SU, 5-3 ATS)

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS)

 

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