NFL Week 9 Teaser Legs: Underdog Browns And 49ers Fit This Week

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on November 7, 2021
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Teaser bets remain a popular option with many NFL bettors. But, you must use caution when selecting which teams you’ll tease, as you can’t win long-term without a sound strategy. At TheLines, we’ll go over each week’s NFL slate to see which teams fit best in teasers. Today, we look at options for NFL Week 9 teasers.

Be sure to go over our primer on teaser bets hereIt’s imperative that you understand what to look for, from the numbers to the sportsbook juice being paid.

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The Best NFL Week 9 Teasers

After a week with very few teaser options, we come back to Week 9 and see there is plenty on the table. Two teams in particular stand out, one a home divisional underdog and the other on the road.

Browns (+2.5) At Bengals

In the preseason, this line had the Browns as -4.5 favorites in Cincinnati. That right there tells us we should probably be taking a look at the Browns. Sure, the Bengals have played well, but have they played “move the preseason line a full touchdown” well?

However, the Browns do have an ugly +2.5 number hanging by their name. If you are interested in the Browns and you can’t find the elusive +3 — available only at BetMGM at the time of writing but -120 —  then a teaser looks like a good option.

This game does have a nice middling total of so it checks a lot of the boxes.

By DVOA, the Browns are still a much stronger team than the Bengals as well.

Just be sure to monitor the injury report here. Cleveland has a very banged up team with numerous starters on both sides of the ball at less than 100%.

49ers (+1.5) Vs. Cardinals

The 49ers and Cardinals met once already this season, with the latter escaping in a seven-point home win.

That came with Trey Lance at QB for the Niners. He did not have a particularly inspiring game, barely completing half of his passes, throwing a pick, and turning the ball over on downs when he couldn’t quite break the plane in a really close play at the goal line.

San Francisco gets Jimmy Garoppolo back this time. While Jimmy G takes his share of blame for the 49ers’ underperformance since their Super Bowl season, he still looks like an upgrade over the 2021 version of Lance.

The Cardinals are coming off a rough game in which they lost to the receiver-less Packers but EPA/play still loves them, rating them top-three in both offense and defense.

A key thing to monitor: Arizona QB Kyler Murray has an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday. He was noticeably less effective last year when banged up down the stretch. The team has expressed confidence he’ll play, but anything short of 100% Murray has to make the Niners a decent teaser side in a game with a low-ish total.

Other Potential NFL Week 9 Teasers

Chiefs (-7.5) Vs. Packers

This game popped up on the teaser radar on Wednesday as shocking news hit the wire. Aaron Rodgers will sit at least one game as he’s tested positive for COVID-19. That puts teasing the Chiefs through the key numbers of -7 and -3 in play.

Jordan Love, the Packers’ former first-round pick, will start in Kansas City this weekend. Love has thrown passes in just one NFL game, in mop-up duty in the Week 1 blowout loss to New Orleans. He did play in the preseason, where he went 24-for-35 for 271 yards. He tossed 1 TD and 1 INT.

The Packers offense performed poorly under his direction, tallying just seven points in those two games combined.

Still, he gets a soft landing spot in the Chiefs. They have played a bit better on defense of late but that has still raised them to just 30th place in pass defense DVOA. The team added pass rusher Melvin Ingram III and has moved some pieces around in an effort to boost the unit’s performance.

The only thing keeping this from being a slam dunk is the uncertainty around Love. Mostly likely, he’s not a very good QB right now. But nobody can be sure, so it’s difficult to set a proper line for this game. Teasers rely on the principle that you are buying valuable points, and we can’t know that’s the case here.

Rams (-7.5) Vs. Titans

Just how valuable is Derrick Henry? That’s the question bettors must ask themselves as they look at this Rams vs. Titans game, which is now teasable on the Rams side after the line moved several points following Henry’s Week 8 injury.

An issue for the Titans is their passing game components aren’t fully healthy either. Julio Jones has been in and out of the lineup, and they look pretty one-dimensional with no dangerous receivers besides AJ Brown.

And the Rams just keep rolling over people. Their offense is now off on its own island on the EPA graph.

Everything looks good for a Rams teaser here except the total. At , it’s now the highest of the week.

Eagles (+2) Vs. Chargers

This game is an interesting one among NFL Week 9 teasers because it appears to fit the bill.

The Eagles are a +2 home underdog, one of the best scenarios for a teaser. The total is a little on the high side but not prohibitively so.

The Eagles even have a strong matchup here with their rush offense — fourth-best according to DVOA — against the league’s worst rushing defense.

So, what’s stopping us from putting the Eagles in the “best teasers” section?

Simply put, the Eagles have been one of the most unpredictable teams all year. Their results have vacillated wildly. Of their eight games, only three finished within one score. Even the Bucs game only qualified after a blowout win turned into a fake close game late.

With the Eagles so consistently seeing results a mile off the spread, we can’t be confident the points we buy here will come into play.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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