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Now that we've reached the half-way point in the NFL season, we'll start to see some teams separate themselves from the pack this week. In order to do so, those team have to avoid an upset in the dreaded trap game.
Here are three teams that could be in a precarious spot in Week 9.
3. Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills (+10) – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EST
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The Buffalo Bills have a better shot in this matchup than people are giving them credit for. Sure, the Bears rank No. 1 in Football Outsiders' defensive Defensive-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), but the Bills aren't too far behind at No. 4. The Bears have also struggled a bit in recent weeks against other teams in the AFC East, so look for the Bills to give them a run for their money on Sunday in Orchard Park.
2. Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns (+8.5) – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EST
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It's worth noting that most sportsbooks have reported more than 90 percent of the bets have been placed on the Chiefs in this one. And that's usually a major red flag to avoid that team. As for the actual game, it's possible that the Browns players rally around each other after head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were sent packing earlier this week. Even for the Chiefs, covering a big number like 8.5 on the road is a lot to ask.
1. Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans (+5) – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST
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Cowboys Nation is sooped to the high heavens after acquiring wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but we should temper expectations for him in the short-term as it's difficult to pick up a new playbook and learn a new scheme all within a week or two. In the here and now, these Titans like to play an ugly brand of football and let their defense, which ranks third-best in points per game allowed (18.1), dictate the game. The Titans may not win outright, but this could end up being an ugly game decided by a field goal played between two boring offenses and two underrated defenses.
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