Sharp NFL Week 9 Picks from Vegas Contest Leaders

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Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens (photo credit: USA TODAY Sports)

Who’s ready for Week 9 of the NFL? The festivities kicked off Thursday night with the Green Bay Packers taking care of business against an injured San Francisco 49ers team, but NFL Sunday is what everyone truly looks forward to, and this Sunday is no different. If you’re looking to make some NFL bets this weekend, this article is designed to help point you in the right direction.

Every year, the big Las Vegas sports betting contests produce some of the best football handicappers, and that’s once again on display this season. The leaders of those contests are performing extremely well with their NFL picks and we’re here to tell you who the sharps are betting this week. In this article, you’ll find NFL picks for Week 9 from the leaders of the Circa Sports Million, SuperContest, and SuperContest Gold competitions.

Remember that these sports betting contests use contest point spreads that are locked in once released and do not change as regular point spreads might change.

To make free sports betting picks for your chance to win, check out the SharpSide sports betting app, available now for iOS and Android.

Circa Sports Million Leader Picks

Entering Week 9 of the Circa Sports Million, contestant ‘SunnySanDiego-1’ sits atop the field of 3,148 entries. His record was 30-9-1 entering the week, but he bumped that up to 31-9-1 by correctly picking the Packers (-6.5) on Thursday Night Football.

In Week 9, ‘SunnySanDiego-1’ has selected the following sides as picks:

Green Bay Packers (-6.5)
Tennessee Titans (-6.5)
Baltimore Ravens (-1.5)
Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5)
Miami Dolphins (+4.5)

The picks of the Tennessee Titans (-6.5) and Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5) are picks on home favorites, as the Titans host the Chicago Bears and the Chiefs host the Carolina Panthers. When taking home favorites this season, ‘SunnySanDiego-1’ is 10-3-1.

The Packers (-6.5) were a road favorite, and the Baltimore Ravens (-1.5) are also a road favorite. When taking road favorites this season, including the win with the Packers pick, ‘SunnySanDiego-1’ is 7-4-1.

The Miami Dolphins (+4.5) is a pick on a road underdog. When taking road underdogs this season, ‘SunnySanDiego-1’ is 10-1.

Circa Sports Million Consensus Report

The most popular selection for Week 9 of the Circa Sports Million is the Ravens (-1.5). The Ravens were selected by 1,285 of the contest’s 3,148 contestants (41.5%). The Arizona Cardinals (-4.5) were the second most popular selection of the week, picked by 1,072 contestants (34.5%).

Who else was popular? The Pittsburgh Steelers (-13.5), Seattle Seahawks (-3), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4) rounded out the top five consensus picks of Week 9. The Steelers were picked 1,029 times (33%), the Seahawks were selected 1,019 times (33%), and 977 teams (31.5%) are on the Buccaneers.

SuperContest Leader Picks

In the Las Vegas SuperContest, where there are 1,172 entrants competing for the $435,623 first-place prize, it’s ‘ODBMG2’ on top entering Week 9. His record is 32-7-1 on the season, so he knows a thing or two about picking games against the point spread.

In Week 9, ‘ODBMG2’ made the following selections as his SuperContest picks:

Baltimore Ravens (-2.5)
Houston Texans (-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-14)
Arizona Cardinals (-5)
New England Patriots (-7)

The Baltimore Ravens (-2.5), Houston Texans (-7), Pittsburgh Steelers (-14), and New England Patriots (-7) are all road favorites. When taking road favorites this season, ‘ODBMG2’ is 11-2-1.

The Arizona Cardinals (-5) are a home favorite. When taking home favorites, ‘ODBMG2’ is 12-2 on the season.

SuperContest Consensus Report

The most popular pick in Week 9 of the SuperContest is one that ‘ODBMG2’ is. It’s the Ravens (-2.5). The Ravens were picked by 446 contestants (38.5%) from the field of 1,172. The Seattle Seahawks (-3) were the second most popular pick of the week with 391 selections (33.5%).

The third, fourth, and fifth most popular picks in Week 9 also made the card of ‘ODBMG2.’ Third is the Cardinals (-5) with 371 picks (32%). Fourth is the Patriots (-7) with 305 picks (26%). Fifth is the Steelers (-14) with 287 picks (24.5%).

SuperContest Gold Leader Picks

In the high-stakes, $5,000 buy-in, winner-take-all SuperContest Gold, ‘AndrewScalzi2’ leads the way with a record of 30-10. Of note, he also has an entry in the regular SuperContest named ‘AndrewScalzi’ and it’s sitting in second place with the same record. He has the same five picks on both cards for Week 9.

In Week 9, ‘AndrewScalzi2’ made the following selections as his SuperContest Gold picks:

Seattle Seahawks (-3)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-14)
Arizona Cardinals (-5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4.5)
New England Patriots (-7)

The Seahawks (-3), Steelers (-14), and Patriots (-7) are all road favorites in Week 9. When taking road favorites this season, ‘AndrewScalzi2’ is 12-5.

The Cardinals (-5) and Buccaneers (-4.5) are home favorites. When picking home favorites this season, ‘AndrewScalzi2’ is 9-3.

SuperContest Gold Consensus Report

The Patriots (-7) are the most popular Week 9 selection in the SuperContest Gold, picked by 29 of the 72 entries (40.5%). The Detroit Lions (+5.5), who we have yet to mention, are the second most popular with 25 picks (34.5%).

The Cardinals (-5) and New Orleans Saints (+4.5) were picked 23 times (32%) each, and then the Carolina Panthers (+10.5) were selected 22 times (30.5%).

To make free sports betting picks for your chance to win, check out the SharpSide sports betting app, available now for iOS and Android.

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