NFL Westgate SuperContest Picks & Consensus Week 9

Date | AuthorAdam Burke

Last Updated: 2018-11-03

supercontest week 9We’ll pass the midpoint of the NFL season as the Week 9 picks reach their decisions. It takes 85 selections to be a champion in the SuperContest and picks 41 through 45 will be locked into the standings once all is said and done for this round of games.

Considering the amount of time spent by the 3,123 contestants researching and coming to a final conclusion on these picks, the fact that we’re only halfway through the contest feels a bit overwhelming, but this could very well be the most important part of the year. For those that are down the board, the time is now to start making moves and get the arrow pointing up. For those off to remarkably hot starts, sustaining that level of performance isn’t easy, so you may need to limit the bad weeks to a 3-2 or a 2-3 rather than one of those devastating 1-4 or 0-5 weeks.

Our two traditional SuperContest entries couldn’t be in more contrasting spots. The BangTheBook entry is 22-15-3 and is certainly within striking distance of the top 100 with a few excellent weeks in a row. The BangTheBook Podcast entry is 13-22-5 and there is no more time to waste. Moves must be made right now starting this week.

Our Gold entry isn’t in great shape at 19-18-3, but the leaders in the Gold have similar scores as the cut-off for the money in the traditional, so the task at hand isn’t as daunting.

A record-high number of participants threw down the $1500 that it takes to enter the SuperContest and the Gold field rose from 94 to 128 in its sophomore season.

A tough NFL week is upon us because of bye weeks. Six teams are idle this week. It is hard to take the Thursday game because all five plays must be decided in order to get involved in that weeknight affair. That means that the field had to pick five of the 12 remaining games. In a tight market like the NFL, that might mean more like two or three plays for a personal bankroll, but five games are required in the SuperContest.

The cut-off for the money in the traditional SuperContest is 26 points, with the leaders at 32-8 on the season. Over in the Gold, 26.5 points is enough to have a share of first place. The field is at 52.13 percent for the season after the best week that we can remember tracking at 61.24 percent in Week 8. The Gold field is at 53.9 percent after a 61.26 percent showing last week.

Here are the picks that we have decided on for Week 9:

BangTheBook (22-15-3, 59.46%)

4 Lions +4.5

7 Ravens -3

14 Falcons +1.5

15 Bears -10

26 Titans +6.5


BangTheBook Podcast (13-22-5, 37.14%)

4 Lions +4.5

9 Panthers -6

14 Falcons +1.5

15 Bears -10

26 Titans +6.5 (19-18-3, 51.35%)

4 Lions +4.5

7 Ravens -3

14 Falcons +1.5

15 Bears -10

26 Titans +6.5

A lot of similarities between the three cards last week, so it will be a boom or bust, feast or famine type of week for us. The only differences are the Ravens on the BangTheBook and the cards and then the Panthers on the BangTheBook Podcast card.

Host Adam Burke talked about his SuperContest thoughts with an assist from Joe Everett on the Friday edition of BangTheBook Radio. The guys had dissenting opinions on some of the games, so we’ll see who has bragging rights when Joe returns to the show on Monday to preview Titans vs. Cowboys and recap Week 9.

The consensus has cleaned up the last two weeks, so it will be interesting to see how all sides fare this weekend. We seem to have a good mix of sides that go with the SuperContest populace and those that go opposite the group.

As a side note for those following along with our Golden Nugget progress, we’ll have the recap article on Tuesday, but our picks are Florida, Duke, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana, Lions, Falcons, and Bears.

Yet again, the SuperContest consensus came up short on Thursday Night Football. The Raiders were taken by 219 people and the 49ers by 74. In the Gold, the Raiders had 11 picks and the 49ers had 5. In terms of the Thursday Night Football game, the consensus is 2-5-1 in the traditional and 2-3-1 in the Gold, with two games that had the same number of picks for both teams. This is the third straight week that the TNF game has been a loser for the field.

Here are the lines, pick counts, and consensus for Week 9 (Gold count in parentheses):

1 49ers* 74 (5) WIN

2 Raiders (+2.5) 219 (11)


3 Vikings* 1262 (consensus #1) (44) (Gold #4)

4 Lions (+4.5) 260 (16)


5 Chiefs 977 (consensus #4) (28)

6 Browns* (+8) 355 (16)


7 Ravens* 345 (15)

8 Steelers (+3) 1138 (consensus #2) (45) (Gold #2)


9 Panthers* 559 (24)

10 Buccaneers (+6) 497 (28)


11 Dolphins* 278 (13)

12 Jets (+3) 392 (19)


13 Redskins* 753 (25)

14 Falcons (+1.5) 720 (32)


15 Bears 349 (13)

16 Bills* (+10) 406 (25)


17 Broncos* 580 (20)

18 Texans (+1) 782 (consensus #5) (29)


19 Seahawks* 773 (22)

20 Chargers (+2) 749 (44) (Gold #3)


21 Saints* 671 (22)

22 Rams (+1.5) 755 (34) (Gold #5)


23 Patriots* 533 (25)

24 Packers (+6) 751 (30)


25 Cowboys* 229 (6)

26 Titans (+6.5) 1093 (consensus #3) (49) (Gold #1)

The top-five consensus in the traditional SuperContest is the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Houston Texans.

It could be moving week for us, as we align with the Titans, but are opposite the Vikings and Steelers. Vikings picks outnumber Lions picks by 1,002 selections and the Steelers outnumber the Ravens by 793. You know what we’ll be rooting for.

The top-five consensus in the SuperContest Gold is the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Los Angeles Rams.

Follow along with our SuperContest picks every week at in this Saturday article and with the BangTheBook Podcast entry every Friday during the Westgate SuperContest Selections segment.

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