Pro Football Week 9: Odds, Trends, Notable Bets

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Of the 12 remaining NFL Week 9 games currently available at William Hill (Lions vs. Vikings is off the board), 10 of them have spreads of a touchdown or less. Do the tighter lines mean fewer lopsided betting splits from William Hill bettors?

Let’s start with the biggest Week 9 spread, though. It comes in a matchup between the NFL’s lone undefeated team and the only team that hasn’t covered a spread yet this season, as the Steelers are 14.5-point road favorites over the Cowboys.

Not only is Pittsburgh laying the most points this week, the Steelers are also the most popular spread wager among William Hill bettors so far. Pittsburgh is grabbing 89% of the total number of tickets and 94% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. Dallas, which leads the way in both categories.

Pittsburgh also drew the largest spread bet as of now at William Hill, as one Nevada bettor placed $16,000 on Steelers -12.5 (-130) for a total potential payout of $28,307.70.

Only two other teams are obtaining at least 80% of both the tickets and dollars, and they’re both road favorites as well: Seahawks (-3) at Bills and Ravens (-1) at Colts.

On the other end of the spread spectrum, Raiders and Chargers is now down to a pick’em. The Chargers opened as 3-point home favorites, and that 3-point line shift is the largest one thus far for any Sunday Week 9 game at William Hill.

“I see why bettors are buying the Raiders right now,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “They’re a good road team. One team looks like they have a live shot at the playoffs and the other one doesn’t. It’s going to be an interesting game to say the least. Any time [Justin] Herbert plays, it’s worth watching. [Jon] Gruden’s scowls on the sideline are priceless too. But from a bettors’ standpoint, the Raiders look like pretty good road value all the time.”

The Raiders are taking in 70% of the total number of tickets and 86% of the total dollars wagered, with the latter only trailing the Steelers’ 94%. That is highlighted by another Nevada bettor placing $11,000 on Raiders pick’em (-110) for a total potential payout of $21,000.

Two underdogs are attracting the majority of the total number of tickets and total dollars wagered as well: Giants (+2.5) at Washington and Saints (+4.5) at Buccaneers on Sunday night.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for all available NFL Week 9 spreads below.

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