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We’ve arrived at Week 9 of the NFL season, and the trade deadline is in the rear-view mirror. Several trades happened leading up to and on the day of the deadline. Generally speaking, these players won’t make much of an impact in this first week with their new team as they get acclimated to the offense.
The other exception might be running back Jeff Wilson, who went from the San Francisco 49ers to the Miami Dolphins, who are coached by Mike McDaniel, the former 49ers’ offensive coordinator.
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The Lions were one of the teams involved in the deadline, trading away tight end T.J. Hockenson within the division to the Minnesota Vikings.
Without Hockenson, this leaves Amon-Ra St. Brown as the undoubted No. 1 option in the offense.
The Packers have lost four games in a row and are coming off a primetime loss at the Buffalo Bills. However, they didn’t get rolled in that game and came out strong in the second half.
On the road here, the Packers still have issues with weapons, but their defense still has good enough playmakers to battle with this Lions offense.
The one spot that could be problematic for the Packers is slot cornerback Rasul Douglas. It’s not the perfect spot for him, but he goes up against St. Brown.
Besides that, it’s hard to rely on D’Andre Swift out of the Lions’ backfield as he continues to regain strength from injury.
The Packers always seem to dismantle the Lions, and a lot of that comes from the running game, specifically Aaron Jones.
The Lions are playing for a top pick in the draft, while the Packers need to get his easy win.
If you watched any of Week 8 last week, it was hard to miss the Falcons and Carolina Panthers game—it went into overtime. The Falcons managed to squeak out the win after two botched kicks from Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro.
Heading into the year, everyone thought the Falcons were left for dead, but they’re in first place in the NFC South and have scored 23 points or more in three of their last five games.
They also designated running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to come back from the injured reserve, which should only help their backfield if he suits up—it’s been somewhat “meh” with Caleb Huntley and Tyler Allgeier back there.
The Chargers cannot catch a break health-wise this year. It’s not looking good for wide receiver Keenan Allen to get back in the lineup, and fellow wide receiver Mike Williams is out for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.
Josh Palmer now steps into their No. 1 receiver role. He’s been solid throughout his young career. Still, the options are limited and include DeAndre Carter, Michael Bandy, Gerald Everett, and Austin Ekeler.
Palmer is set to battle with Falcons cornerback Darren Hall who’s played relatively well this season. He has two pass breakups and allowed just one catch last week.
He did allow six the week before that, but that was against the Cincinnati Bengals and their entire receiver core.
If you remove that game from the sample, he’s allowed five catches this season.
Ekeler should still perform well, but this Falcons offense is doing enough to stay competitive. They face a Chargers defense that hasn’t lived up to expectations and is dealing with injuries.
Take the home dog and the points here—the Falcons are 6-2 against the spread this year.
As mentioned in the Falcons section above, the Panthers are coming off a brutal loss. However, they still have a reason to get excited, scoring 34 points on the road.
Without running back Christian McCaffrey, it’s opened up this Panthers offense a bit more with quarterback P.J. Walker.
He attempted 22 passes in Week 7 and 36 in Week 8 (including overtime). Running back D’Onta Foreman has also played extraordinarily, rushing for three touchdowns last week.
We got to see the Bengals’ offense on Halloween night on the road against the Browns, and they looked out of sorts without Ja’Marr Chase in the lineup.
The Browns' pass rush was able to get to Burrow, sacking him five times. He still completed 71.4% of his passes for two touchdowns, however.
However, a big part of that was running back Joe Mixon leading the team in targets and receptions, though Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd each found the endzone.
The Browns' secondary is susceptible to the passing attack, and we saw that as they gave up 25 receptions.
What the Browns did well, though, was run the ball and the Panthers are a team having a lot of success with that. We’ve also seen Walker throw more, which will be helpful in this matchup, especially with the Bengals losing cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to a torn ACL.
Getting seven and the hook, the Panthers should be able to run with some success and throw enough to prevent the Bengals from stacking the box and stopping Foreman in his tracks. They’ll need to account for wide receiver D.J. Moore and Terrace Marshall as he gets more involved in the offense.
Let’s ride this Panthers' streak of good performances.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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