That all changed in Week 9. The locals finished 12-2 against the line (ATS), matching the best week in the Super Bowl era.
As for this day, here are some of the main trends to see in Week 10:
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is 4-11 ATS and 7-8 straight (SU) as a career favorite. It is 1-7 ATS and 3-5 SU as a favorite for at least three points.
Arizona is 6-2 ATS as disadvantaged this season (3-1 as a visitor).
Since 2013, the Cardinals are 19-9 ATS away against teams under .500.
Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans Saints (-13.5, 51.5), Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
Atlanta is 7-17 ATS during the last two seasons, the worst mark in the NFL (2-6 ATS this season). However, there are 3-3 ATS in divisional games in that period.
In divisional games in which both teams come from their week off, the favorite is 10-4-1 ATS under the current divisional format (since 2002).
New Orleans has covered six straight games, the biggest active streak in the NFL.
For the past five seasons, Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 15-7 ATS in divisional games.
Baltimore Ravens (-10.5, 44.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
Baltimore is 33-0 for life as a double digit favorite, the only active franchise in never losing that type of game. However, during the last 10 seasons, the Ravens are only 3-10 ATS in those games (0-2 this season).
Disadvantaged premises for at least seven points are 24-10 ATS for life after their rest.
Cincinnati has covered each of its last four clashes, including twice at the start of Lamar Jackson.
The Bengals have not been disadvantaged by double digits as locals since 2000. In the Super Bowl era, Cincinnati is 12-3 ATS at home disadvantaged by double digits.
Buffalo Bills in Cleveland Browns (-3, 40), Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
This is the seventh time in the last 25 seasons that a team with a winning percentage of .250 or less is favorite over a team with a winning percentage of .750 or better in Week 6 or later. The favorite is 6-0 ATS in the previous six games. It is only the third time in the Super Bowl era that has occurred in Week 10 or later (2-0 ATS).
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is 1-4 ATS and 2-3 SU as a career favorite.
When the total is 41 or less, the home team is 14-6 ATS this season. During the last five campaigns, the locals are 107-85-6 ATS in those games.
Detroit Lions in Chicago Bears (-2.5, 42), Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
Chicago and Detroit reach their Week 10 showdown with long losing streaks against the line. Detroit has failed to cover three consecutive games and Chicago has not covered in four straight, all straight losses. In the last 20 years, the team with the best record against the line in the season is 23-4 in duels in which both teams arrive at the game with streaks of at least three consecutive ATS defeats. So far this season, the Lions are 4-4 ATS and the Bears are 2-6.
The losses are 10-3 in the last 13 games of Chicago.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia is 5-1 ATS as a visitor against teams that came with a losing record, although the only time he did not cover was last weekend at Oakland.
Chicago has failed to cover in four consecutive games, its longest streak in a season since 2013.
Kansas City Chiefs (-6, 48) in Tennessee Titans, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
Coach Andy Reid is 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS against Tennessee in his career. Each of his last three matches, his team lost direct as a favorite (all since 2014).
Chiefs Field Marshal Patrick Mahomes is 9-3-1 ATS in his career, and the highs are 10-3 in those games.
The Titans are 5-1 ATS and 4-2 SU as disadvantaged by at least four points in the Mike Vrabel era.
New York Giants (-2.5, 44.5) at New York Jets, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT
In the last five seasons, there have been 15 clashes in Week 6 or later between two teams with a winning percentage of .250 or less. The 15 times, the disadvantaged covered, finishing 14-1 straight.
While this match is at their home stadium, the Giants will technically be visitors. They are 9-3 ATS in away games under the direction of Pat Shurmur (1-0 ATS as a favorite visitor).
The Jets are 7-16-1 ATS during the last two seasons, the second worst mark in the NFL (2-6 ATS this season).
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-11, 44), Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CT
Miami has covered four consecutive games after starting the 0-4 ATS season. It is the second longest active streak in the NFL, only behind New Orleans (six consecutive).
Colts head coach Frank Reich is 1-4 ATS as a favorite for more than one field goal. This is the first time he has been a double digit favorite.
Colts quarterback Brian Hoyer has never been a favorite for more than 6.5 points in his career. In 10 starts in which Hoyer has been a favorite, the losses are 9-1.
During the last 10 seasons, teams with a 1-5 record or worse that come from their first win of the season are 7-10 ATS.
Carolina Panthers in Green Bay Packers (-6, 47), Sunday, 3:25 p.m. CT
Carolina Kyle Allen is 6-1 ATS and HIS as a starter (3-1 as disadvantaged). In the last 10 seasons, the only quarterbacks to start their 7-1 or better ATS races are Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Brian Hoyer and Andy Dalton.
Green Bay is 4-1 ATS this season against teams that reached their match with a winning record.
Los Angeles Rams (-3.5, 44) at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 3:25 p.m. CT
Rams head coach Sean McVay is 7-3 ATS and 8-2 SU when he has at least nine days to prepare.
Since 2002 (when the current divisional alignment was established), visitors coming from their rest are 65-35-1 ATS.
McVay is 10-0 SU and 7-2-1 ATS against AFC teams in regular season games.
The Rams are 3-0 ATS this season as a favorite visitor.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is 9-4-1 ATS and 6-7 SU at home disadvantaged (3-2-1 ATS, 2-4 SU in games started by quarterbacks who play instead of Ben Roethlisberger).
Minnesota Vikings in Dallas Cowboys (-3, 48), Sunday, 7:20 p.m. CT
Minnesota is 1-9-1 ATS in primetime games since 2009.
The Vikings are 2-9-1 both ATS and direct at the start of Kirk Cousins against teams that reached the match with a winning record (0-7-1 away).
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is 23-9-1 ATS after a loss.
Cousins is 1-7 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in primetime games as a visitor in his career.
The Cowboys quarterback. Dak Prescott is 4-0 (3-1 ATS) in his career against Cousins. The four games ended above the total.
Dallas is 1-6 ATS after a Monday night game in the Jason Garrett era.
The casualties are 13-4 in games Sunday night and Monday night this season.
When the home team has been a favorite in primetime games on Sunday and Monday this campaign, the eight games have ended below the total.
"MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
Seattle Seahawks in San Francisco 49ers (-6, 46.5), Monday, 7:15 p.m. CT
Seattle is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 away games dating back to last season. During that period, he is 6-0 ATS as a disadvantaged visitor. This season, the Seahawks are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS as a visitor.
In the last 35 seasons, teams with a 4-0 mark or better are 12-2-1 ATS in Monday night division games.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is 12-3 ATS and SU in his career against San Francisco. However, the 49ers are 2-3 ATS in their last five games.
The locals have not been able to cover four consecutive games in "Monday Night Football". In total, the locals are 3-7 ATS on Monday this season. Seven of 10 games ended in casualties.