NFL Week 9 picks, odds: Patriots make playoff push, Texans shock Dolphins for second win

Over the past 20 years I’ve “won” stuff — futures bets, fantasy leagues, golf bets, etc. But I haven’t sniffed a championship for one of my teams since 1995, and the last good look was the Braves in the World Series in 1999. So when Atlanta took down a title on Tuesday night it felt WEIRD. I didn’t even really know how to celebrate. I mean, I did, but it was still bizarre because it didn’t feel real.

But it is! The Braves are WORLD CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL. And it’s spectacular. 

We’ve reached the point of celebration where my wife finds a fake pearl necklace lying around the bedroom and gets mad because she wants to know “who the f— left this here” and I have to explain it’s mine and then tell her to google Joc Pederson. Roughly 60 percent of the last 48 hours have been me re-watching the Jorge Soler moon shot. At this point I’m just soaking in crowd reactions and watching Luis Garcia walk off the mound, knowing exactly what just happened. If someone hadn’t found the ball I would absolutely believe it hadn’t landed yet. 

Anyway, that’s a long-winded way of saying that I hope all of the title-starved NFL fans get to experience the same thing in the near future. Browns fans and Bills fans stand out more than anyone because they’ve endured decades of pain and are owed something by the football gods. 

It sure feels like we’re checking off every lovable loser these last few years. Let’s throw a bone to some more NFL fanbases. The crazy thing? Winning feels even better than you thought it would. Sure, it helps to have a team below .500 before the All-Star Break lose its best player and best pitcher, decide to add four low-profile outfielders at the trade deadline, get nuke hot with fun vibes and storm the playoffs with no business being there and eventually win the title. Maybe Cleveland is next! 

All NFL odds are via Caesars Sportsbook

NFL Week 9 Picks

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