Squeezing out an important half-point of value, 69% of Bookies Battle 2022 players are on Packers -3 (at Lions), making it the top consensus pick in Week 9 of our NFL picks contest.
Something has to give in this clash of struggling NFC North foes. Green Bay has dropped four straight, although it did eke out a cover as a 10.5-point underdog in a 27-17 loss in Buffalo last Sunday night. Detroit brings a five-game losing streak into this divisional affair, failing to cash a ticket over the last four.
The field goal looks like a cheap price to pay here. Throw out the most recent meeting – in Week 18 of last season, when they had the NFC’s top seed locked up – and the Packers have won five straight in this series.
Most of our competing bookmakers are also laying a short number with a road team on Monday night, as Ravens -2.5 (at Saints) is the second most popular selection this week.
Titans +12.5 (at Chiefs) is next on the list. While Kansas City has covered three straight as a double-digit favorite, this number just feels big. KC was only -4 at Tennessee last season and was routed 27-3 by the Titans. In the 2020 playoffs, the Chiefs covered a more reasonable 7.5 in a 35-24 win.
Here are the consensus plays for all 13 games on the Week 9 card:
Consensus Picks, NFL Week 9, Bookies Battle 2022
|Pick||Contest Line||Friday Line||Opponent||%|
|Vikings||-3.5||-3 (-115)||at Commanders||52.9%
|Buccaneers||-3||-3 (-105)||vs Rams||52.9%
Second-Quarter Mini-Contest Wraps Up in Week 9
With $500 and a berth into the playoff portion of the contest at stake, Kyle Wainscott (Casino – Des Plaines) brings a one-game lead into the final week of the second-quarter mini-contest with a 29-14 mark over the last three weeks. Kyle, along with Will Kreitler (USBookmaking), led the way last week with 10 winners, as consensus picks limped to a 6-9 record.
Michael Hastey (Draftkings at Casino Queen) and Eric Lepard (Wynn) share second place in the quarter, at 28-15.
Wild swings, of course, are bound to occur.
Wainscott also shows the way in the season-long standings, picking 71 winners to date. Kalen Carlisle (Wynn) is a game back and Jason Scott (BetMGM) is two games off the lead.
Baldini’s director of operations Robert Kowalski spent some time on the phone recently with Gaming Today’s Kris Johnson. Baldini discusses his peer-to-peer betting startup, ZenSports, and sees exchange wagering as “the endgame of bookmaking.” Also, he looks forward to booking a certain major international sporting event that kicks off later this month and laments a bad beat shared among many colleagues.