PlayUSA NFL Bets Navigator Week 9: Can Chicago Sneak One Past Pittsburgh?

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on November 5, 2021 - Last Updated on June 8, 2022

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It has been a roller coaster of a week in football. First, Tennessee lost its workhorse running back, Derrick Henry, to a season-ending foot injury. Then, the trade deadline saw some big names swapping teams.

Notably, Denver Broncos LB Von Miller being shipped to the LA Rams.

On top of this, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers landed on the COVID-19 list and will be out for Sunday’s game against Kansas City. 

For those needing a refresher, each week, PlayUSA will gather three bets we are watching throughout the NFL betting season.

You should know, were are not professional oddsmakers in any way, shape, or form. Although we follow the legal US betting market and NFL odds, this content is strictly from a personal perspective. In short, we want to have a little fun with it.

Now, let’s dive into NFL Week 9.

Bets we are watching: NFL Week 9

Our NFL Week 8 picks went two for threeDak Prescott was able to suit up and lead the Cowboys to victory over Minnesota, and Tennessee was able to fend off Indianapolis but at a steep cost.

This week’s bets come by way of DraftKings Sportsbook. More odds below:

Season record: 4-5

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Point Spread: BUF -14.5

Quarterback Josh Allen commands the 5-2 Bills with surgical precision. Through nine weeks of play, he has accumulated 1,972 yards passing17 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. These numbers are primarily why the Bills offense is on fire, and Allen is the front runner to win league MVP.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, will be lucky enough if they keep Buffalo from scoring fifty. But you never know, the New York Jets did the unthinkable last week; maybe the Jags can conjure up some magic as well.

Remember, this is a point spread bet. The Bills need to win by 15 points to win the bet.

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Chicago Bears over Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Moneyline: +200 (Chicago)

I don’t know why I like the Bears in this situation. Maybe it’s the magic of Monday Night Football, or perhaps, I don’t think Pittsburgh is as good as their 4-3 record. Maybe Chicago is going to flip a switch and actually play four quarters of football.

Pittsburgh’s three loses were 26-17, 24-10, and 27-17. In their four wins, they only managed to hit 27 points once. Again, I’m not saying Chicago is worlds better than the Steelers, because on paper, they aren’t. But all the Bears need is the ball to bounce their way once.

Whatever the case may be, there is something about this game that has me thinking the Bears might sneak one past Big Ben on Monday night.

This is a classic moneyline bet. Thus, Chicago has to win the game to win the bet.

 Zack Moss + Marquise Brown + Tee Higgins all to score (anytime)

  • 3-Leg Parlay: +1137

That’s it; I’m done picking tight-ends to score! I shall not endure the sorrow of watching the entire team touch the ball except for the man on the parlay ticket.

This week, Moss faces a cupcake defense in Jacksonville. Moss isn’t going to score from 40-yards out; however, in goal-line situations, he reigns supreme. Through the air, Brown is Lamar Jacksons’ favorite target. I expect Hollywood to get behind Minnesota’s secondary on Sunday.

Lastly, on paper, the Bengals/Browns game should be an offensive slugfest. Joe Burrow knows how to spread the ball around, and Higgins is one of his favorite targets. Although Higgins hasn’t scored since Week-2, the yardage, targets, and receptions are there. Maybe it’s his time.

Since this is a parlay bet, all three players listed above need to score a TD (anytime) in order for the bet to win.

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Nick has had stints in Chicago and Washington, D.C., writing about politics, financial markets, and sports betting. He graduated from Texas Tech University and completed his master's degree in journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

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