NFL Week Nine – Betting Power Rankings for 2019

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Another exciting week of NFL action is in the books! The fight for the playoffs in the NFC is heating up as the Packers, Vikings, Saints, and 49ers all extended their lengthy winning streaks. And contenders like the Cowboys, Eagles, Lions, Seahawks, and Rams all picked up wins as well. The AFC didn’t enjoy as much success this week as promising teams like the Bills, Chiefs, Raiders, and Browns all took losses. With that, let’s jump right into this week’s NFL Betting Power Rankings!

Money Line Power Ranking

In this first section, you will find the teams that are winning week in and week out. Maybe they don’t always cover the spread, but they cash money line tickets.

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1. New England Patriots

  • Money Line Record: (8-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 1

Can anybody stop the New England Patriots? The Patriots have been the top team in the money line rankings all season long and remain at number one this week after blowing out Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns by two touchdowns. The Pats defense continued their tear as they sacked Mayfield five times and forced three turnovers. New England jumped out to an early 17-0 first-quarter lead and coasted their way into an 8-0 record.

The big question mark for the Patriots all season long has been, can they still dominate against a higher level of competition? The Pats have played a very weak schedule so far this season, with the Buffalo Bills being the only team they have played that has a winning record. That all changes next week as the Pats travel to Baltimore to play a 5-2 Ravens team as -156 road favorites. That will be a huge test for this New England team, and a lot of questions will be answered after next week.

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2. San Francisco 49ers

  • Money Line Record: (8-0)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 2

We all knew that the San Francisco 49ers had a championship-level defense. The concerns for the Niners were all on offense. But after seeing what they have done in the last two weeks, they already played their week nine game on Thursday night, I think this team is the class of the NFC. The Niners have exploded for seventy-nine points in their last two games.

That includes dropping fifty-one against a Carolina Panthers team that had won four straight games before seeing San Francisco destroy them, 51-13. They also handled the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night, who are likely quite a bit better than most people give them credit for. Next up for the 49ers is a road trip to Tennessee to play a very inconsistent Titans team in week ten. That number isn’t posted yet, but you can expect the Niners to be road favorites for sure.

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3. Green Bay Packers

  • Money Line Record: (7-1)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 4

The top three remain unchanged this week as the Green Bay Packers extended their winning streak to four straight games by beating the Kansas City Chiefs in KC. Aaron Rodgers followed up his record-breaking six-touchdown performance in week seven with a 300-yard and three touchdown masterpiece against the Chiefs. Green Bay caught a break as the Chiefs were forced to play without Rodgers “Mahomey”, reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

The Packers saw an early 14-0 lead evaporate and needed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Rogers to seal the win. Which is a little bit concerning considering the Chiefs were without their best player, but they still got the job done and have the second-best record in the NFC, at 7-1. The Packers head to Los Angeles next week to play an underachieving Chargers team as -180 road favorites. That number scares me just a little bit as the Chargers are a lot better than their 3-5 record might lead you to believe.

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4. Minnesota Vikings

  • Money Line Record: (6-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Making their season debut in the top five this week are the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings won their fourth straight games in week eight, to keep pace with the Packers in the crowded NFC North. This week’s win wasn’t all that impressive as they struggled on offense all game long, and won a boring grinder of a game, 19-9 against the Washington Redskins.

Kirk Cousins didn’t throw for a touchdown, despite completing 23-26 passes. But Dalvin Cook had another big game as he had 171 yards from scrimmage and continues to lead the NFL in rushing yards. I am inclined to not really hold this mediocre performance against them as it was one of those weird Thursday night games that tend to be unpredictable. The Vikings play the Chiefs next week, and the books haven’t posted a number just yet, as nobody knows whether or not Mahomes will play. Either way, I think the Vikings are going to have their hands full at Arrowhead Stadium.

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5. Baltimore Ravens

  • Money Line Record: (5-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 5

The Ravens took the week off this week and are now tied with the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts for the second-best record in the AFC at 5-2. The Ravens have a huge test this week as they host the New England Patriots. What else can you ask for when hosting the Patriots than a bye week to prepare, your entire team healthy, and the game on your home field. If the Patriots were ever going to lose a game this season, it feels like this one just might be the one.

Against the Spread Power Ranking

The against the spread power rankings is the most popular section of our rankings, as we tell you which teams you want to bet to cash tickets on Sunday! Here you will find all the teams that might not win too many games outright, but find ways to cover spreads each week.

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1. Arizona Cardinals

  • ATS Record: (6-3)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 1

The Arizona Cardinals remain at number one this week, as they nearly knocked off the undefeated San Francisco 49ers at home on Thursday Night Football. Despite being ten-point underdogs, the Cardinals lost by just three points to the red-hot Niners. The Newly acquired Kenyan Drake, who the Cards picked up in a trade with the Dolphins earlier this week, shined in his Arizona debut as he exploded for 162 total yards and a touchdown.

These Cardinals are starting to look like a legit team with young guys like Kyler Murray, Kenyan Drake, and Christian Kirk, looking like the next generation of Cardinals stars. The Cardinals won’t play for ten days as they will play at Tampa Bay against an inconstant Bucs team. That number isn’t out yet, but with the way the Cardinals are playing, I bet they find a way to keep it close, if not pull off what will likely be an upset victory.

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2. New Orleans Saints

  • ATS Record: (6-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 3

Some people wondered if going to Drew Bree before the bye week made sense for the New Orleans Saints. Why rush him back before the bye week? Well, because Drew Brees is one of the greatest quarterbacks that has ever played this game, and when he says he is ready, you put him in the game. And Brees certainly did not disappoint, as he came back after missing more than a month and threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

The NFC is loaded this year, but with Brees back on the field, and Kamara soon to follow, this team has to be considered as one of the favorites to win it all. The Saints host the Atlanta Falcons after the bye week, and the early number for that one has opened up at a very steep -13-points. That seems mighty high if you ask me, but with how this team is playing, it is very hard not to want to back them at any price.

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3. Green Bay Packers

  • ATS Record: (6-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 4

The Packers won and covered this week in Kansas City, with Patrick Mahomes watching the game from the sidelines. The Packers have covered in three out of their last four games, and on the road this season, are an impressive 3-0 against the number. The Packers are laying -3.5-points next week in Los Angeles against the Chargers, and I’ll be honest, I hate that number. It just feels like that half of a point hook will find a way to come into play at some point. If the number drops down to three, I’ll give it a look, but where it stands now, I will likely lay off.

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4. New England Patriots

  • ATS Record: (6-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

In my preseason version of the betting power rankings, the New England Patriots started out the season ranked number one ATS. They struggled early ATS as they lost two out of their first four games against the number. But since then, the Pats have been crushing souls, and are now a very strong 6-2 ATS. And many of these numbers have been sky-high, as the competition has been light.

The Patriots closest game this season was a six-point win over the Buffalo Bills. In their other seven wins, they are averaging a winning margin of an astounding twenty-six points. They aren’t winning, they are annihilating teams. Next week they lay -3-points on the road in Baltimore and that number feels really sharp.

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5. Los Angeles Rams

  • ATS Record: (6-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

A lot of people were ready to write off the Los Angeles Rams when they lost three straight games earlier this year. They just didn’t look like the same team that won the NFC last season. But they have slowly started to get their act together and have won and covered the last two weeks, winning both games by at least two touchdowns.

And ATS they have been elite all season long, as they are 6-2. The Rams get to take the week off in week nine, before playing on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers looked shaky without Big Ben on the field, but with backup Mason Rudolph healthy, they have now found a way to win three out of their last four games. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season in his tenure with Pittsburgh, and that game is going to be tougher than it might seem on the surface.

Game Total Power Ranking

We all love taking the over, so why not make a power ranking for which teams are pushing games over the total each week.

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1. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Over Record: (5-3)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 3

I left the Kansas City Chiefs at number one last week even though I knew they would be without starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes. I did that for two reasons. One, the total for their game against the Packers was one of the lowest of the year for the Chiefs. And two, I felt that Matt Moore would do a decent job as the Chiefs are loaded with talent at the skill positions, and even a guy like Moore could find ways to score points. And that turned out to be true, as the Chiefs went over the total this week, and Moore threw for a more than respectable 267 yards and two touchdowns.

The books have been slow to post a number for the Vikings and Chiefs game next week as nobody knows if Mahomes will play or not. But he is practicing, and I have a feeling he will be on the field. If that is the case, you can expect another shootout as both the Vikings and Chiefs can really score points.

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2. Carolina Panthers

  • Over Record: (5-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

After scoring seventy-one points in their previous two games, the Carolina Panthers could do nothing on offense against the stout San Francisco 49ers defense, managing just thirteen points. But their defense more than made up for their shortcomings on offense as they got blasted for fifty-one points and the game went way over. The Panthers have allowed at least twenty points on defense in six out of their seven games. That is a great recipe for an over. A good offense and a bad defense. The number is only 42.5-points next week against the Tennessee Titans, and I could see that one sailing over early.

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3. Detroit Lions

  • Over Record: (5-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 3

The Detroit Lions hold steady here at number three this week as they won a shootout with the New York Giants 31-26, and the game went well over the 49-point total. The over in that game was one of my favorite bets on the board last week, as I expected a high scoring game with two gunslingers like Daniel Jones and Matthew Stafford on the field. And that is just what happened as the two guys combined for 664 passing yards and seven touchdowns.

The Lions have one of the highest totals on the board next week in Oakland, against the Raiders, at 50.5-points. Oakland got torched by Aaron Rodgers two weeks ago, and Deshaun Watson last week, I think Stafford has similar results, and the Lions keep their over streak going.

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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Over Record: (5-2)
  • Last Weeks Rank: Not Ranked

Jameis Winston gets a lot of hate from the fans and the media. Some of it he deserves, some of it is just hate. And while this team is a dumpster can fire right now at 2-5, they are a fun team to watch, and they are almost always in high scoring games. They have only played two games all season long where at least fifty points didn’t end up on the scoreboard. Similar to the Carolina Panthers, they have that fun combination of good offense and a bad defense that leads to some high scoring games. Not surprisingly, the Bucs have the highest total on the board in week nine at 53-points against the Seattle Seahawks. That one could hit a hundred.

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5. Oakland Raiders

  • Over Record: (4-3)
  • Last Weeks Rank: 5

Rounding out the top five again this week are the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders missed going over by just one-point last week, even though they posted 51-points in the loss to the Houston Texans. So, why do they stay in my top five? Well, they still have a winning record against the over this season, and I see them easily going over next week against the Detroit Lions. Expect a lot of points scored in that one.

Wrap Up

And here they are folks, my betting power rankings for week nine! Thank you for reading, and make sure you are always consulting my rankings each week before making your NFL bets!

Jason Gray / author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL