NFL Week 9 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Chargers -1.5 | Total: 53

The Raiders (4-3) escaped with a win on a chilly Sunday in Cleveland, grinding out the game on the ground with their first 200-yard rushing game of the season. A trip to Los Angeles to face the Chargers (2-5) should let Las Vegas return to its aerial attack. This could easily be a shootout, with Derek Carr and Justin Herbert putting up big numbers. Los Angeles has the ability to run up a huge lead, but the team’s propensity for squandering such leads has officially become troubling, which is why the point spread is so narrow. Pick: Chargers -1.5

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Titans -5.5 | Total: 46.5

If you were to make a team out of Tennessee’s offense and Chicago’s defense, you’d have a Super Bowl contender. Instead you have a pair of flawed teams with records that may not reflect their quality.

It is all relative, though. The defensive woes of the Titans (5-2) limit the team’s ability to compete against top teams, but the offense of Chicago (5-3) is so bad that people are speculating about Coach Matt Nagy’s job security. Pick: Titans -5.5

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Falcons -4 | Total: 50

Is it time to be excited about the Broncos (3-4)? The defense has given up a fair amount of points this season, but the underlying statistics suggest the team is solid on that side of the ball. Meanwhile, the offense suddenly woke up in the fourth quarter of last week’s come-from-behind win over the Chargers, giving a glimpse of what quarterback Drew Lock can do in ideal circumstances.

It may also be considered ideal to go up against the secondary of the Falcons (2-6). Atlanta has allowed 311.4 yards a game through the air, and Football Outsiders ranks the team as the fourth-worst pass defense in the N.F.L. There is a lingering feeling that the Falcons are dangerous at home, but the team is 0-4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season, and will most likely be without wide receiver Calvin Ridley until Week 11, giving them a decent chance of staying winless at home. Pick: Broncos +4

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