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Chiefs Get a Boost as Rodgers Doesn’t

This Sunday has a couple of great matchups in the NFL lineup. Now that Rodgers can’t suit up for the Green Bay Packers, the Chiefs might have a chance to take a huge step forward. The Ohio battle also promises to give football fans, as well as bettors, something to think about.

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs

Normally, this matchup could be one of the most exciting games in the playoffs series, but this is the regular season, and both teams have had some of the most significant twists this time, including both in and out of the field-related topics. 

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On Wednesday morning, some breaking NFL news shocked the Green Bay organization and took the team by surprise when their former MVP and star QB Aaron Rodgers tested positive for Covid-19 and turned into not-eligible to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. According to reliable sources, Rodgers has not been vaccinated yet, even though he mentioned that he already was “immunized” last August. 

The number 12 player from the Packers has been showing this season that he is still a championship-caliber player taking his team to undisputed number 1 in the AFC North with a record of 7-1. 

Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-320) to win the game and cover the spread -7.5, while the total remains under 48.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

The NFL classic rivalries also bring a very competitive matchup between the Browns and the Bengals in the “Battle of Ohio,” and their next chapter is coming up on Sunday. This game has some of the highest expectations in Week 9 since the Browns have been somehow short of what was predicted from their very talented team. They are currently at even numbers 4-4 and have to think about QB Baker Mayfield recovering from his injury just in time to get back to the group and lead the Browns to the postseason. 

Not only have the NFL injuries have started to hit the Browns, but also there have been some rumors related to the future of WR Odell Beackham Jr, who has been excused from practice for the second time this week, allegedly due to a possible trade or a future outside of the Cleveland organization.  

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Pick: Cincinnati Bengals (-140) to win the game and will cover the spread -2.5, while the total goes over 47.

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

The Cardinals are looking to put the 49ers down and continue their very successful season run they have had this year, while QB Kyler Murray now has 2276 passing yards on his pocket and a magnificent completion rate of 72.7%. 

Now they will be meeting QB Jimmy Garoppolo at Levi’s Stadium for another opportunity to keep the positive numbers up again and continue to make statements across the entire league with their outstanding performance. 

The 49ers are currently 3-4 and have not been able to get the win while playing at home, a situation that will be more difficult to overcome against one of the top, if not the top team currently in the NFL.

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Pick: Arizona Cardinals (+110) to win the game and cover the spread +1.5, while the total goes over 45.

Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles

The classic east versus west matchup is up one more time when the Chargers play against the Eagles in a very even game that will help the winning team to get some distance ahead to gain an advantage in their conferences. 

Both teams are ranked number 2 in their corresponding divisions as well, which makes it even more interesting since they will be surely looking to secure a spot in the postseason, and every win counts. 

The Chargers offense is led by QB Justin Herbert who currently has a completion rate of 63.7%, which is one of the tops in the league, and it is most improved when playing on the road. The series between these two have been very tight as well, and the Chargers are 2-1 on their last three games that they played, while the Eagles have had some struggles playing at home as well having a record of 1-5 currently on their last six games at their own stadium.

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-130) to win the game and cover the spread -2, while the total goes over 49.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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