2010 NFL Week 9 Predictions: What looks like a NFL week 9 predictions mismatch on paper when the New York Jets (5-2) versus the Detroit Lions (2-5) could actually turn-out to be highly competitive NFL picks battle. Vegas odds makers agree, giving the Jets only a -4 NFL picks edge as the road favorite.
Detroit has been beating the Vegas odds all season, with a 6-1 record against the spread overall, and a 3-0 record at home against the spread. The Lions are averaging 26.1 points per NFL predictions contest and have put-up 37 and 44 points in their past two home games. Behind quarterback Shaun Hill, the Lions were a top ten passing team and now that Matthew Stafford has returned behind the center, the team has gotten even better. Stafford threw 4 touchdowns in last week’s 37-25 victory over the Redskins, including 3 touchdowns to Calvin Johnson, making this team a dangerous foe. However, the Lions cannot run the ball and, despite improvement, the defense is still ranked in the bottom half of the league.
The Jets, on the other hand, feed off their team defense that makes a living stuffing the run but can be vulnerable to the pass. After allowing 20 points in two consecutive NFL predictions contests, the Jets did stiffen against the Green Bay Packers last week but still the team lost 9-0. The day was a tough one for one of the league’s toughest running games, grinding out only 119 yards on 29 carries and quarterback Mark Sanchez was intercepted twice.
This NFL week 9 Predictions contest should feature more offensive opportunities for the Jets, especially in the running game, but the Lions have featured an aggressive and opportunistic running game. Detroit has forced 17 turnovers, two returned for touchdowns, and has sacked the quarterback 23 times.
Look for the Lions to one again beat the Vegas spread and pull the Upset of the Week with a NFL predictions victory over the favored Jets.
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