The NFC South has been through some ups and downs over the years. This is one of their better seasons, with three teams above .500 as we head into Week 9 of the NFL betting season. Two of those teams will be in action this Sunday when the Carolina Panthers (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS) host the Atlanta Falcons (4-3 SU, 2-5 ATS). Carolina opened at –1.5 on the NFL odds board, then moved to –2 before dropping back down to –1 at press time. The total has also slipped from 44 to 43.5 points; Sunday’s weather forecast for Charlotte calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.


Here are the NFL lines for other key matchups to look forward to in Week 9, all times Eastern:

Thursday: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (8:25 PM, CBS)

The Bills (5-2 SU, 5-1-1 ATS) have a new wide receiver in Kelvin Benjamin, acquired from the Panthers before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Jets (3-5 SU, 5-2-1 ATS) made a smaller move by getting cornerback Rashard Robinson from the San Francisco 49ers. Both could be in action Thursday night, with Buffalo laying 3.5 points at press time.


Sunday: Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles (1 PM, CBS)

Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback for the Broncos (3-4 SU, 2-4-1 ATS) against an NFL-best Philly team (7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS) that picked up running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins. This game is locked at press time with the Eagles at –8.


Sunday: Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM, CBS)

Will running back Ezekiel Elliott play for the Cowboys (4-3 SU and ATS) this week? The football odds are on hold for their game against the Chiefs (6-2 SU and ATS) until there’s more clarity about Elliott’s status; the NFLPA is seeking an emergency injunction to stop his six-game suspension from proceeding.


Monday: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (8:30 PM, ESPN)

The Packers (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS) aren’t nearly the same team with Brett Hundley at quarterback instead of the injured Aaron Rodgers. They’ve moved from +2.5 to +3 against the Lions (3-4 SU and ATS) at Lambeau Field, but Detroit is also reeling after a series of injuries on offense. Starting left tackle Taylor Decker returned to practice Wednesday and may or may not be ready by Monday night.


*Odds as of November 2, 2017