For NFL Week 9, Jason Radowitz breaks down the top two potential upsets for the week. Find out which teams he’ll be backing on Sunday as an underdog and make you pick at the best online betting sites.
Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 1:00 PM EST at Paul Brown Stadium
The Cleveland Browns are 4-4 despite holding teams to just 324.1 yards of offense per game this season. It’s been a miserable season of injuries for the Browns but this team is still extremely talented and working towards making the playoffs. The Bengals are in their way, in the AFC North, at 5-3. Cincinnati actually lost to the Jets last week, and now questions are hitting Twitter and forums on whether the Bengals are the real deal or not.
They let Jets backup quarterback Mike White throw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. White literally outplayed Joe Burrow. If White can do it, Baker Mayfield can too. He’s got an incredible run game on his side that can open up the passing game for Cleveland. The offense has still performed fairly well this season and due to the defense being solid from most areas, they’ve been able to win some and stay close in others.
Last week, we saw how poor the Bengals offensive line really is. Joe Burrow was getting pressured multiple times and threw bad pass after bad pass because of it. The Browns pass rush with Myles Garrett should really be effective. Meanwhile, the coverage for the Browns has also played above average this season. If the Browns defense can put together some stops, the Browns have a chance at winning this game. The Bengals probably have a bit of an overrated defense and they continue to play it safe on the defensive end, giving the offense whatever they want in front of them. It’s backfired.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 1:00 PM EST at Caesars Superdome
Am I the only person worried for the Saints without Jameis Winston? Winston went down with an ACL injury and is out for the year. Now it’s up to Trevor Siemian to take over and he’s been around the league with little success. The Falcons already had the better offense prior to Winston going down. Matt Ryan has elevated his game, he just doesn’t have much help around him, including Calvin Ridley, who is away due to personal reasons. Still, the Falcons are 3-4 and have a chance to get to .500 on the road this week.
Meanwhile, the Saints will have to take advantage of a terrible defensive unit for the Falcons. I’m just not so sure Siemian can do just that. If the Falcons can get some stops and find a way in the passing game to score, the Falcons have a chance. The Saints are great at rushing the passer, meaning Ryan will have time in the pocket to find open receivers. He can make the right reads and find the open man. You won’t find me betting on the Saints this week without Winston under center. And even if the Saints go with Taysom Hill, I wouldn’t be confident enough in the Saints to make them my NFL pick.