All lines accurate as of Tuesday 10:00PM*
Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko: Finally, what should be an entertaining Thursday night bout. The Bucs beat the Falcons at their own place week 1 31-24, in a game that was actually far less close than it sounds (Bucs led 31-13 late into the 3 rd ). The two teams have gone in completely different directions since then, with Tampa also having more difficulty on the injury front (Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Vincent Jackson among others). I’ll take the Falcons to keep rolling on the road.
Pete: In contrast to Niko, I think this game is going to suck. The Falcons have surprisingly been one of the best teams in the NFC this season, and the Bucs will need to score the football early and often if they want to stay in this game. In an effort to limit turnovers, the Bucs have taken the ball out of Jameis Winston's hands and utilized the ground game more. If Jameis Winston is relied upon, I don't like the Bucs' chances. Falcons keep it going.
Jordan: Have to agree with Pete here, this game is going to be brutal. Thursday night football has been a mess this year in general. Why they still have it? I have NO idea. Going with the trend of upsets in primetime games, I'll say the Bucs win this one at home.
Dallas Cowboys (-7.5) @ Cleveland Browns
Niko: it’s going to be flat out bizarre seeing Jamie Collins in a Browns uniform. I do think he’ll show up in a huge way on Sunday, immediately stepping in as the Browns most impactful player. That being said, Dallas is clicking on all cylinders. Cowboys take care of business and cover in Cleveland.
Pete: I don't care if the Browns just acquired one of the better linebackers in the league; they are still a brutal team. With the combination of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot, this should turn into a laugher for the Cowboys. The Cowboy Bandwagon and Hype-Train is real.
Jordan: It'll be interesting to see how this "family unit" gels with the acquisition of Jamie Collins, which is how HE described them. I don't know many family units there are in the world who could be the laughing stock of their city and NOT want to kill each other. Cowboys are just, flat out, too good for Cleveland. And that'll hold true to form this Sunday, in a laugher.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+9) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Niko: It’s tough to see a hapless Jacksonville team going into Arrowhead and beating the Chiefs, even considering how banged up Kansas City is injury wise. That being said, nine is a lot of points. I’ll take the nine and go with the Jags, in what could be an ugly one.
Pete: The Jacksonville Jaguars are starting to give the Cleveland Browns a run for their money as the worst team in the NFL. They are truly putrid. In Arrowhead, even against a banged up Chiefs team, this game won't be close.
Jordan: Nick Foles did an admirable job filling in for Alex Smith on two separate occasions last week, albeit against the Colts. He's going to have to bring that same type of performance to the table this week, as the Chiefs are pretty banged up. That all being said, I agree with Pete on this one, it isn't going to be close. Chiefs cover.
New York Jets (+3.5) @ Miami Dolphins
Niko: Speaking of ugly ones, this is an eyesore. Even though I highly doubt he gets the chance, Revis wouldn’t have one against Jarvis Landry. It’s almost sad to see how far he’s fallen in such a short period of time. It feels good to chalk that one up to Belichick, especially in the aftermath of the highly questionable Collins deal. Dolphins just barely get it done at home.
Pete: This is your NFL, Goodell. Terrible, terrible football. Two terrible franchises face off in a game that can only help the Patriots on their bye week. I will say the 'Phins figure it out at home against a banged up Jets team.
Jordan: This game, in my opinion, is going to be... entertaining. Both teams aren't playoff contenders, and are FAR from it too. That being said, I expect this divisional game to be fairly competitive throughout, only to be taken over by the Dolphins late. Miami at home gets it done.
Detroit Lions (+6) @ Minnesota Vikings
Niko: After their Monday night stinker, it’s clear we should hold the phone on the Vikings being a top contender. Sam Bradford stinks. They’ve scored 10 points in back to back outings. That being said, they’re 3-0 with blowout victories over New York and Houston, and a win against Rodgers and the Packers. I’ll take Minny by a touchdown.
Pete: I agree with Niko on this one. The Minnesota Vikings have some serious issues, especially on offense, as their offensive coordinator resigned followed Monday's loss. The Lions are just what the doctor ordered, and I expect the Vikings to get back on track come Sunday.
Jordan: It's official, Sam Bradford sucks again. After getting ladled by the Bears for most of MNF, Sam Bradford left the field looking like Philly Sam Bradford. I expect last game to take it's toll on the veteran QB. Lions sneak out with a victory.
Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5) @ New York Giants
Niko: Birds in a tight one. Carson Wentz makes fewer mistakes than Eli Manning and the Eagles defense is more consistent than New York’s.
Pete: Both teams have been surprisingly decent this season, but can any of this last? The Eagles have to come back to reality at some point this season, and I think that starts against the Giants this week.
Jordan: Who would've thought the Eagles and Giants would be relevant this season? I know I didn't. Carson Wentz looked very poised against the Cowboys last week in Dallas, so I like their chances this week. Philly on the road.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) @ Baltimore Ravens
Niko: I think Big Ben is going to go. Therefore, it’s a no brainer. Pittsburgh.
Pete: As Niko mentioned, this game lies in the balance as to if Roethlisberger plays on Sunday. Reports are varying, but it looks like there is a legitimate chance he suits up this weekend. However, I don't think it will matter. The Ravens always play the Steelers tough, regardless of records. Additionally, they are playing at home. Ravens in a close one.
Jordan: If Ben plays, I expect the Steelers to win this one. If not, Ravens by a FG. These games are usually very tight.
Carolina Panthers (-3) @ Los Angeles Rams
Niko: After a season-saving 30-20 win at home against the Cardinals last weekend, the Panthers stay in the NFC West with a date with the Rams this weekend. I don’t think Carolina has another run like last year’s in them, but I do think they make it interesting, at least this weekend. Panthers win big on the road.
Pete: After a tough start to the season, Cam Newton spoked to Roger Goodell this week about all of the vicious hits he has been taking without any calls. While the Panthers are the better team, I have a feeling we will be seeing a bunch of flags being thrown this week to level the playing field in Carolina's favor.
Jordan: So Carolina remembered how to win? Shocker. I expect them to build off that and put the nail in the coffin of the Rams season. Their success was fun while it lasted. Panthers in a laugher.
New Orleans Saints (-3.5) @ San Francisco 49ers
Niko: The 49ers have lost 6 straight and last I checked, even with all of their issues, Drew Brees is still the QB of the Saints. New Orleans gets a big win away from home and stays afloat in the NFC South.
Pete: Drew Brees should have a big game this week against one of the lesser teams in the NFL. Regardless of the issues in New Orleans, Drew Brees is still one of the better field generals in the NFL and should have no trouble beating a horrendous 49ers team.
Jordan: Saints, screw the 49ers. That and I think the Saints are just too good, despite having a terrible defense, to lose to the Niners.
Indianapolis Colts (+7) @ Green Bay Packers
Niko: Interesting matchup from a QB perspective, but the comparisons stop there. Indy has a couple good pieces on offense, but their defense is among the league’s very worst. I’ll go with the Pack big at home.
Pete: The Packers have had a pretty up-and-down season so far, but they should have no problem handling the Colts this week.
Jordan: The Packers cover. The Colts are such an embarrassment this year
Tennessee Titans (+5) @ San Diego Chargers
Niko: Phil Rivers’ QB rating in 2014: 93.8. In 2015, 93.8. Through 8 games of 2016? 93.8. Talk about consistency. Last time out at home, San Diego beat the Broncos. I’ll roll with Rivers and co. by a touchdown against the Titans.
Pete: Last Thursday's game did not really tell us much about the Titans, regardless of their blowout win over the Jags. Sure, they had a good game offensively, but they game up some points and were playing the freakin' Jags. I will take the Chargers at home here.
Jordan: The Titans are another team that has been surprisingly relevant in 2016-17. a lot of that, in my opinion, has to do with Demarco Murray. I like Mariota and co.'s chances against a banged up and lesser skilled Chargers team.
Denver Broncos (pick’em) @ Oakland Raiders
Niko: Game of the week. As a Pats fan, I don’t want to play at Mile High again in January. Got to ignore the brain and take the heart’s choice in this one and go with Oakland in a good one. Very interested to see how this one shakes out.
Pete: This should be one of the few bright spots in Week 9. Oakland features one of the best offenses in football, and the Broncos feature one of the best defenses in the league. Defense always beats offense. Broncos in a very close game. However, I won't be surprised if this game goes either way.
Jordan: This is going to be the best game of the week EASILY. The Raiders are 6-2 this season but, get this, they're 1-2 at homer. Home-field advantage my ass. I'll take the dominant Broncos defense in a tight battle.
Buffalo Bills (+7) @ Seattle Seahawks
Niko: If it didn’t at 4:00PM last Sunday, Buffalo’s season officially ends Monday night. ‘Hawks get the job done at home, setting up an enormous showdown against our Pats at Gillette next weekend.
Pete: The Bills have some great pieces on offense, but their defense is truly putrid. I think this game may be closer than some think, just because the Seahawks don't have the horses to keep up with an elite offense, but Seattle will pull through.
Jordan: Seahawks cover in the Legion of Boom. Your little contention was cute for a second, Buffalo.