NFL Game Rankings: Week 9

11/1/13 in NFL   |   BlakeLovell   |   62 respect

Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsIt's time for another exciting week of NFL action, which means we should take a look at the best games on the schedule for Week 9. Only one game on Sunday's slate features two teams with a winning record squaring off, so we'll have to bank on several under-performing teams to provide some excitement.

Let's take a look at the most intriguing matchups of the week.

5. Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Houston Texans (2-5) - 8:30 PM ET, NBC

What a terrible season it has been for the Texans. However, coming off a bye week, there's a chance to turn things around with a big win over their division rival. A win here by the Colts and it may be time to go ahead and declare them the division champions since Tennessee doesn't seem capable of taking that next step forward just yet, and the Texans would sit at 2-6. Beating Andrew Luck and the Colts is much easier said than done though. The Colts will prove to be too much even against an inspired Houston team.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) at Seattle Seahawks (7-1) - 4:05 PM ET, FOX

The most lopsided game on the schedule certainly deserves a viewing, right? It's also possible that Greg Schiano could be fired after this one. If/when the Bucs lose this game, they'll be at 0-8 on the season, and running the table in reverse halfway through the season isn't exactly what the Tampa Bay organization had in mind. If this game gets out of hand (like most expect it to), it'll be interesting to see how Bucs' players respond once the clock hits zero. A bad loss for the Bucs, and Schiano may be out.

3. New Orleans Saints (6-1) at New York Jets (4-4) - 1 PM ET, FOX

The Jets followed up their win over the Patriots with a 40-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Yeah, that seems about right. I would expect them to be a little more competitive at home, but then again, this is the Jets we're talking about here. I mean, who knows what to expect from this team week in and week out. Meanwhile, the Saints are 6-1 and the much better team in this game. But if the good Jets show up, it should be an interesting game.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) at Buffalo Bills (3-5) - 1 PM ET, CBS

The talk about the Chiefs still not being good despite their 8-0 record has to go. No, they don't have a team filled with overpaid superstars, but they are getting the job done as a team. There is no such thing as an overrated 8-0 team, so throw all that junk out the window. Andy Reid has done one of the best coaching jobs I've seen in a long time by carrying this team to an undefeated start. I feel like this game will go down to the wire despite Buffalo not being all that good. 

1. Chicago Bears (4-3) at Green Bay Packers (5-2) - 8:30 PM ET, ESPN (MNF)

The absence of Jay Cutler may knock this game down a little bit, but we're still talking Bears/Packers here. Green Bay is favored by double digits which seems about right. The Bears will start Josh McCown at quarterback in place of Cutler. While McCown is solid, it's hard to see the offense getting much going against the Packer defense. It's hard to go against the Packers at home in this spot, which means Chicago may be sent to their fourth loss in five games.

Which game are you most looking forward to this week in the NFL? Let us know by commenting below! For more NFL talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!
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