Home Football any game this season, but the matchup against the Ravens’ defense could provide an opportunity for an increased workload. — Sarah Barshop

Stat to know: The Ravens have scored a touchdown on their opening drive in six of their eight games this season. The Seahawks have allowed a touchdown on their opponents’ opening drive in five of their seven games.

Matchup X factor: Seahawks WR DK Metcalf. Washington’s Terry McLaurin was able to get behind Baltimore’s defense for 107 yards on six targets. Can the Ravens find a way to contain Metcalf in similar fashion? — Bowen

Injuries: Seahawks | Ravens

What to know for fantasy: With Russell Wilson back under center, we’re bullish on Tyler Lockett and Metcalf — both rank inside the top 20 among wide receivers in fantasy points per game — for Sunday. See Week 9 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Six of the Ravens’ eight games this season have gone under the total, the highest percentage in the league. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Ravens 27, Seahawks 20
Walder’s pick: Ravens 24, Seahawks 13
FPI prediction: BAL, 62.1% (by an average of 4.2 points)

Matchup must-reads: Seahawks forced to alter travel plans after COVID positives … Ravens place safety DeShon Elliott on IR … Seahawks bring back OL Shell, place TE Dissly on IR


Buccaneers (6-2) at Panthers (3-5)

1 p.m. ET | FOX | Spread: TB -10 (44)

Storyline to watch: The Panthers’ offense has struggled to find its rhythm, averaging just 16.4 points per game in their past five outings, and that was with Sam Darnold at quarterback. Now, with backup quarterback P.J. Walker filling in for Darnold, it could be an even tougher day for the Panthers’ offense against a tough Buccaneers defense. — David Newton

Bold prediction: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will have at least 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career. McCaffrey has gained at least 100 receiving yards in three games this season but has never reached the feat against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay allows the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL (66.9), which could force the Panthers to lean heavily on McCaffrey as a receiver. He already has 52 receptions for 358 yards this season. — Jenna Laine

Stat to know: The Buccaneers have

any game this season, but the matchup against the Ravens’ defense could provide an opportunity for an increased workload. — Sarah Barshop

Stat to know: The Ravens have scored a touchdown on their opening drive in six of their eight games this season. The Seahawks have allowed a touchdown on their opponents’ opening drive in five of their seven games.

Matchup X factor: Seahawks WR DK Metcalf. Washington’s Terry McLaurin was able to get behind Baltimore’s defense for 107 yards on six targets. Can the Ravens find a way to contain Metcalf in similar fashion? — Bowen

Injuries: Seahawks | Ravens

What to know for fantasy: With Russell Wilson back under center, we’re bullish on Tyler Lockett and Metcalf — both rank inside the top 20 among wide receivers in fantasy points per game — for Sunday. See Week 9 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Six of the Ravens’ eight games this season have gone under the total, the highest percentage in the league. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Ravens 27, Seahawks 20
Walder’s pick: Ravens 24, Seahawks 13
FPI prediction: BAL, 62.1% (by an average of 4.2 points)

Matchup must-reads: Seahawks forced to alter travel plans after COVID positives … Ravens place safety DeShon Elliott on IR … Seahawks bring back OL Shell, place TE Dissly on IR


Buccaneers (6-2) at Panthers (3-5)

1 p.m. ET | FOX | Spread: TB -10 (44)

Storyline to watch: The Panthers’ offense has struggled to find its rhythm, averaging just 16.4 points per game in their past five outings, and that was with Sam Darnold at quarterback. Now, with backup quarterback P.J. Walker filling in for Darnold, it could be an even tougher day for the Panthers’ offense against a tough Buccaneers defense. — David Newton

Bold prediction: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will have at least 100 yards receiving for the first time in his career. McCaffrey has gained at least 100 receiving yards in three games this season but has never reached the feat against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay allows the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL (66.9), which could force the Panthers to lean heavily on McCaffrey as a receiver. He already has 52 receptions for 358 yards this season. — Jenna Laine

Stat to know: The Buccaneers have

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rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. The Buccaneers’ defense will look to apply pressure and force Stroud into mistakes. Stroud has shown poise and efficiency so far, but facing a strong pass rush could test his abilities. — Bowen

Injuries: Buccaneers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: The Buccaneers’ defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Brandin Cooks should be in line for a productive outing. See Week 9 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS this season, tied for the worst ATS record in the NFL. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Texans 20
Walder’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Texans 17
FPI prediction: TB, 57.2% (by an average of 2.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: Bucs’ Arians: ‘We’re not a very good team right now’ … Texans’ Mills: ‘I’m not going to back down from anything’ … Bucs’ Whitehead out for season with torn ACL


Steelers (4-3) at Browns (4-4)

1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: CLE -3 (42.5)

Storyline to watch: The Browns’ defense has been hit hard by injuries, particularly in the secondary. They’ll face a Steelers offense that has struggled to find consistency, but has the potential to exploit those injuries. Pittsburgh will look to attack the Browns’ secondary with their talented group of wide receivers, including rookie sensation Ja’Marr Chase. — Jake Trotter

Bold prediction: Steelersngs and Dolphins. The Texans’ defense allows 132.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks 29th in the league. This could be an opportunity for the Buccaneers’ struggling rushing attack to find some success.

Matchup X factor: Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette has been the most consistent offensive player for the Buccaneers this season, leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. He could have a big game against a Texans defense that struggles against the run.

Injuries: Buccaneers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: The Texans’ defense allows the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. This is good news for Buccaneers WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. See Week 9 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS this season, the worst ATS record in the NFL. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Texans 20
Walder’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Texans 17
FPI prediction: TB, 61.8% (by an average of 3.7 points)

Matchup must-reads: Texans’ defense showing signs of improvement … Buccaneers’ defense searching for answers after three-game skid … Texans’ Mills: ‘I’m not going to back down from anything’ranks last in the NFL. The Texans’ defense, on the other hand, allows the second-most rushing yards per game (144.1). This could be an opportunity for the Buccaneers’ struggling rushing attack to find some success.

Matchup X factor: Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette has been the most consistent offensive player for the Buccaneers this season, leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. He could have a big game against the Texans’ porous run defense.

Injuries: Buccaneers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: The Texans’ defense allows the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. This bodes well for the fantasy outlooks of Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. See Week 9 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS this season, tied for the worst ATS record in the NFL. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Texans 20
Walder’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Texans 17
FPI prediction: TB, 61.8% (by an average of 3.8 points)

Matchup must-reads: Buccaneers’ offensive struggles continue … Texans’ defense looking to bounce back after tough loss … Brady: ‘I’m not going anywhere’NFL this season, and they will look to capitalize on Stroud’s inexperience and create turnovers in this game. — Bowen

Stat to know: The Buccaneers have won their past three games against the Texans by an average margin of 19.3 points per game.

Matchup X factor: Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette. He has been effective in the passing game, with 32 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Look for the Buccaneers to exploit the Texans’ linebackers in coverage and get Fournette involved in the passing game to create mismatches. — Bowen

Injuries: Buccaneers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: The Texans’ defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. That bodes well for the fantasy outlooks of Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. See Week 9 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Buccaneers are 0-5 ATS in their past five games, tied for their longest ATS losing streak in the past 10 seasons (the last five-game ATS losing streak was in 2013, six straight). Read more.

Moody’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Texans 20
Walder’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Texans 17
FPI prediction: TB, 57.2% (by an average of 2.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: Texans’ Mills: ‘I’m not going to back down from anything’ … Bucs’ Arians: ‘We’re not playing very smart’ … Texans’ Taylor (hamstring) to miss at least four weeks


Chargers (4-3) at Eagles (3-5)

4:05 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: LAC -1.5 (50.5)

Storyline to watch: The Chargers’ defense has struggled against the run, allowing 4.7 yards perknow: The Buccaneers have the highest blitz rate in the NFL at 39%, while the Texans have the lowest blitz rate at 13%. Stroud has a passer rating of 117.0 when blitzed, the fourth-best in the league.

Matchup X factor: Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin. With Antonio Brown out due to injury, Godwin will likely see an increased role in the passing game. He can exploit the Texans’ secondary with his route-running and ability to create separation. — Bowen

Injuries: Buccaneers | Texans

What to know for fantasy: The Texans’ defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. Godwin should be in line for a big game. See Week 9 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS this season, tied for the worst ATS record in the NFL. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Texans 20
Walder’s pick: Buccaneers 23, Texans 20
FPI prediction: TB, 54.7% (by an average of 1.4 points)

Matchup must-reads: Texans’ Mills: ‘I’m not going to back down from anything’ … Bucs’ Arians: ‘I’m not going to let Antonio Brown hurt himself’ … Texans’ Taylor (hamstring) to miss at least four weeks


Chargers (4-3) at Eagles (3-5)

4:05 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: LAC -1.5 (50.5)

Storyline to watch: The Chargers’ defense has struggled against the run, allowing 4.7 yards per carry, which ranks 29th in the NFL. They face an Eagles team that ranks second in rushing yards per game (156.6) and first in rushing attempts per game (34.6

Stat to know: The Packers have a minus-59 point differential in the first half of games this season, which is tied with the Giants for the second-worst in the NFL. However, they have a plus-43 point differential in the second half, which is the second-best in the NFL.

Matchup X factor: Packers WR Christian Watson. Watson hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4, but he did see three end zone targets in the Week 8 loss to the Vikings. The Packers can utilize Watson in scoring position against the Rams’ cornerbacks on fades and in-breakers.

Injuries: Rams | Packers

What to know for fantasy: The Packers’ defense allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs. The Rams’ offensive line ranks 11th in run block win rate, which is good news for the fantasy outlooks of Darrell Henderson Jr. and Royce Freeman. See Week 9 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Packers are 0-4 against the spread in their past four games, which is tied for their longest ATS losing streak in the past 10 seasons. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Rams 23, Packers 14
Walder’s pick: Packers 26, Rams 13
FPI prediction: LAR, 58.5% (by an average of 2.9 points)

Matchup must-reads: Stafford day-to-day with thumb injury … Packers GM: Need more time to evaluate Love … Packers’ struggles extend beyond Love


Commanders (3-5) at Patriots (2-6)

1 p.m. ET | FOX | Spread: NE -3 (40.5)

Storyline to watch: Washington’s last visit to New England came in November 2015. Something will have to give in this matchup, considering that the Commanders rank 31st in the NFL in average points allowed (28.5), while the Mac Jones-led Patriots rank 31st in points scored (14.8). Furthermore, the Sam Howell-led Commanders are 31st in sacks allowed (41), but the Patriots’ defense is just 30th in sacks (15).

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