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Here are this week’s top NFL trends heading in Week 9 action.
Bills: Teams the week AFTER playing the Saints: 46-81 ATS (36% since 2005).
Bucs (+16 vs. Seattle): Biggest underdog for Tampa Bay since 1996; Winless underdogs (Week 6 or later): 62% ATS (since 1992).
Chiefs (-3 at Buffalo): Only second time in 25 seasons an 8-0 team playing a club with a losing record is NOT favored by more than a field goal.
Colts, Ravens, Titans: Road favorite off a bye: 45-13 ATS (78% last 13 seasons).
Cowboys (-10 vs.Vikings): First time double digit favorites in nearly two years (last time: 11/6/2011); Have covered only 6 of 22 games as a home favorite; Underdog in Dallas games 40-16 ATS the last four seasons (covering 71%).
Falcons: 22-5 ATS after a loss. 16-1 ATS after a loss by 6-points or more.
Jets (+6 hosting Saints): Underdogs who lost by 30 or more points last week: 61% ATS (since 1990).
Packers: In division, 33-11 ATS (including 12 of last 13); Home team has covered 13 of 15 Green Bay games.
Panthers (-7½ hosting Falcons): First time favored over Atlanta since 2008. Biggest favorite over them since 1997.
Raiders: As a favorite (-2.5 hosting Eagles): 5-19 ATS last 24; Teams favored the week AFTER playing Mike Tomlin’s Steelers: 13-33 ATS.
Ravens (-2½ at Browns): Smallest favorite Baltimore has been over Cleveland since 2008; 11 straight wins over Browns; Ravens off a loss have won the next game 19 of 22 times.
Saints: 13-2 ATS last 15 under Coach Payton.
Seahawks (-16 vs Bucs): Second biggest favorite Seattle has been since 1978.
Steelers (+6½ vs. Patriots): Have not been bigger underdogs with Big Ben at quarterback since 2007
Texans (vs. Colts): Home team has covered 6 straight in series.
College Football History!
#3 Florida State is favored by 21½-points hosting #7 Miami-Florida. This is the BIGGEST point spread in history between undefeated Top 10 teams this late in season!
Dating back to 1980, there are only two other instances of a double digit favorite when two undefeated Top 10 teams play this late in the season: #1 Texas favored by 12-points hosting #7 Oklahoma State (10/25/2008); #1 Miami-Fl favored by 11 vs. #2 Ohio State (2002 BCS Title Game).
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