NFL Picks Week 9: Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants Highlight Sunday Slate

Can The Tennesse Titans Remain Undefeated For Another Week?

10/31/08 in NFL   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect



Happy Halloween! It really doesn't get any better than this... the yearly excuse for girl to dress up as, well, you know. It's a beautiful thing.

Now onto the scary portion. My picks.

BIG GAMES

Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans [73% of FanIQ picks the Titans]

I think we can be certain that the Titans will lose at least one game this year and many are circling this as one of the most likely, having to come back on a short week against a solid team. I don't see it. If the Titans are losing, it's likely to be on the road and right now they've got too much momentum. Titans 24-20

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams [78% Cardinals]

Why is this a big game you ask? I kid you not, if the Rams win on Sunday they are just a game back in the embarrassment that is the NFC West. So long as Steven Jackson plays (questionable, which means probable), I like the Rams to have the same balanced attack they imposed on Dallas a couple weeks ago and get another big win under Jim Haslett. Rams 30-27

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants [76% Giants]

While this rivalry has occasionally seen a few blowouts, this will be one of the typically back and forth variety. Brad Johnson or Brooks Bollinger, I don't think it matters... because the Cowboys are winning. The defense is finally starting to figure out that they must step it up and will do so against Eli Manning. A healthy Felix Jones would sure help, but they'll finally make some big plays in the passing game. I realize nothing in the pass few weeks would indicate that, but this is the NFL. It happens. Cowboys 27-24

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts [56% Colts]

Kind of surprised to see the majority picking Indy. The Colts haven't put four solid consecutive quarters together this year. Played extremely well for quarters at a time, played a solid half last week in Nashville. I think I've probably picked the Colts to win every single week this season, waiting for that one solid game, so we'll stick with that trend. Colts 31-21

Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins [55% Steelers]

The Redskins have just barely got by the Browns and Lions the last few weeks and while they play to the level of their opponents, they just aren't at the same level as the Steelers. More to that end, they can't blitz Pittsburgh as well as the Eagles and Giants and that's the only way you're beating Pitt. Maybe, just maybe Willie Parker is back, but either way I like the Steelers by a touchdown. Steelers 17-10

THE REST

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears [92% Bears] Nope. Ditka 24-13
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills [65% Bills] Trent Edwards should have a solid outing and rally the Bills back into the win column. Bills 27-17
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals [89% Jags] Did you hear T.J. Houzmandzadeh made a big guarantee this week? Yeah, he guaranteed that Cincy would win more than one game. Oooh! Not this week. Jags 34-14
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns [64% Ravens] Lost in the love affair with Matt Ryan's season is the fact that Joe Flacco is holding his own, as well. Who would you rather have under center right now: Derek Anderson or Flacco? I'd take the latter. Ravens 16-10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs [90% Bucs] Bucs D will outscore Chiefs O. TB 24-3
Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings [69% Vikings] I should listen to my instincts which say the Texans will steal a road win, but after a bye week I like Purple Jesus to run wild at home. Vikes 24-21
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos [74% Broncos] Can't figure out either of these two teams, so no point in trying to sound like I have a reason for this pick. Broncos 26-20
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks [88% Eagles] Scariest thing I've seen today is that 12% have picked the Seahawks. Not a chance. Eagles 35-10
Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders [83% Falcons] Matt Ryan or JaMarcus Russell? You have to commend the Falcons ownership for how quickly they've rebound from the Mike Vick mess. And well, then there's the Raider organization. Falcons 23-17

That'll be my final picks for the year, at least on FanIQ. Pretty sure I'm hovering just above .500, so that's probably a good thing. One more post to go....
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10/31/08   |   streetballer123   |   3984 respect

I don't care about the Titans. I just hope that they won't win the first round of the playoffs. I don't want them to win it all.

10/31/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Honestly, by now it should be obvious that all my posts have that tag implicitly.

Eh...it happens. I saw that stat on MSNBC, which I watch most of the day.

10/31/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
Dork? Yep

Honestly, by now it should be obvious that all my posts have that tag implicitly.

10/31/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Slick. Four years ago, you could switch "last won the popular vote" with "incumbent party." Problem is, the Skins opponents (I believe the Packers) won four years ago. Thanks 2000 technicality for keeping the streak alive!

/dork

Dork? Yep

10/31/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
The Skins-Steelers game an important one for both teams, but it will also be important for the candidates. The last Redskins home game before the election is a predictor of which party will make it into office on Election Tuesday. When the Redskins win, the party who last won the popular vote wins the presidency, and when the Redskins lose, the other party gets the nod. In fact this theory has hold true a perfect 100% (17 of 17) since people first came across it. That means if the Skins win, it's John McCain. And if the Steelers win, it's Obama. That makes my pick for the game pretty easy.

Slick. Four years ago, you could switch "last won the popular vote" with "incumbent party." Problem is, the Skins opponents (I believe the Packers) won four years ago. Thanks 2000 technicality for keeping the streak alive!

/dork

10/31/08   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

I'm surprised at just how many "experts" have chosen the Texans to win at Minnesota.  I know the Vikings have struggled but I too expect Peterson to have a big game and help the Vikings to a much needed win. 

As for the Rams, the Cardinals have had there number the last couple of seasons in St. Louis.  The Rams really missed Steven Jackson last week, especially in the redzone, and if he cant go against the Cardinals, I dont see the Rams having enough firepower to match the Cardinals point for point.

10/31/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Pat wrote:
This year will buck the trend.

Still a pretty crazy stat.

10/31/08   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
The Skins-Steelers game an important one for both teams, but it will also be important for the candidates. The last Redskins home game before the election is a predictor of which party will make it into office on Election Tuesday. When the Redskins win, the party who last won the popular vote wins the presidency, and when the Redskins lose, the other party gets the nod. In fact this theory has hold true a perfect 100% (17 of 17) since people first came across it. That means if the Skins win, it's John McCain. And if the Steelers win, it's Obama. That makes my pick for the game pretty easy.

This year will buck the trend.

10/31/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

The Skins-Steelers game an important one for both teams, but it will also be important for the candidates. The last Redskins home game before the election is a predictor of which party will make it into office on Election Tuesday. When the Redskins win, the party who last won the popular vote wins the presidency, and when the Redskins lose, the other party gets the nod. In fact this theory has hold true a perfect 100% (17 of 17) since people first came across it. That means if the Skins win, it's John McCain. And if the Steelers win, it's Obama. That makes my pick for the game pretty easy.