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5 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 9

5 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 9

5 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 9

This weekend's NFL menu has some good games to soak in. The "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the main attraction, but a few other games between top teams in various divisions could make for some potential playoff previews down the line.

More importantly, Week 9 was a tough one for our picks against the spread, with the Bills coming up half a point away from a winning week. So let's dig in and see what we can do this week to try and come out ahead and improve our season total at the same time.

Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Tennessee (-6) vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Both the Titans and the Bears are looking to snap their respective two-game losing streaks. The Titans, playing at home, look like the safer pick to break theirs. A good dose of Derrick Henry should be a recipe for success for the Titans, who tack on a late score to cover the spread against the Bears. Titans 27, Bears 20

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Baltimore (-2.5) at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

After a gut-wrenching loss at home to division rival Pittsburgh, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are on the road against a solid Colts team. Philip Rivers has settled in with his new team and has the Colts tied for first in the AFC South. But this will be their stiffest test yet, and it's not one they will prove ready to pass. Ravens 30, Colts 23

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Kansas City (-11.0) vs. Carolina, 1 p.m.

Betting on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs tends to be a solid decision this season. The Chiefs are 6-2 ATS, including a 3-1 mark at home. Carolina has actually shown some good fight on the road, but Mahomes and company will be too much to overcome for the Panthers. Chiefs 39, Panthers 24

NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs

Pittsburgh (-14.0) at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Have you seen the Cowboys this season? Do you really think a fourth-string quarterback (Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush) will lead the Cowboys to victory? One that would serve the Steelers their first loss of the season? That's clearly not going to happen. Take the Steelers, big. Steelers 34, Cowboys 13

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Tampa Bay (-5.0) vs. New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (SNF)

The game of the week will once again feature two of the NFL's top quarterbacks of the 21st century. Expect a good amount of offense in this round of the Drew Brees-Tom Brady showdown in the NFC South. Brees and the Saints scored the season-opening win over Brady and the Bucs. This time, Brady will get the last laugh. Buccaneers 33, Saints 27

NFL Power Rankings: Buccaneers

Last Week: 2-3

Season: 19-20

— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Patreon, on Twitter @KevinOnCFB, on Instagram, and Like him on Facebook.