NFL Picks Week 9 & NFL Vegas Odds: Two familiar conference foes face-off in week nine of the NFL picks season as the Miami Dolphins (4-3) versus the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in a week 9 NFL picks contest featuring two AFC contenders. NFL Vegas odds makers have placed the Ravens as -5(-110) point NFL predictions favorites at home.
These two teams have some recent history, matching-up annually from 2007-2009, with the Ravens holding a 2-1 lead in the NFL picks contest, including a playoff victory in Miami.
The Dolphins are 5-2 against the Vegas spread, including 3-0 as an away underdog, while the Ravens are 1-3 ATS as a home NFL picks favorite.
Miami has moved the ball well the past two weeks against the Bengals and Steelers but, more often than not, have had to settle for field goals by Dan Carpenter who has made 18 of 20 field goals, including ten the past two weeks of the NFL predictions schedule. As a whole, the offense has not been as effective as thought, especially the Chad Henne-Brandon Marshall combination that has resulted in 47 Marshall receptions but just one touchdown catch. The Dolphins’ defense has played unevenly at times this NFL picks season but held the Bengals to just 14 points a week ago.
After a bye week, the Ravens are rested and ready to go. They survived in overtime against the Bills, 37-34, a week after losing to the Patriots 23-20, and, in both NFL predictions contests, their vaunted defense took some hits, especially against a Buffalo team that moved the ball easily down the field at times. The connection between Joe Flaco and Anquan Boldin has really made a difference for the Ravens as the duo has combined for 5 touchdowns so far this NFL picks season. In fact, Flacco has grown as a quarterback to the point that Baltimore has doubled their offensive output in the air versus the ground.
Flacco can find success against Miami’s secondary, though the Ravens will have to account for linebacker Cameron Wake as an edge rusher. Look for Miami to continue to struggle scoring points as the Ravens “D” puts the clamps down on Brown and Williams, leaving Henne to win the week 9 NFL picks contest. The Ravens cover the spread and get a home win.
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