NFL Week 9 picks
Chiefs (8-0) @ Bills (3-5)
There’s two words needed to predict this game. Jeff. Tuel. The undrafted rookie will start at quarterback against a Chiefs defense that is giving up just under 13 points a game. They lead the league in sacks as well and Tuel should see a lot of green grass today. The Chiefs go into Buffalo and remain undefeated.
CHIEFS BY 14
Falcons (2-5) @ Panthers (4-3)
The Panthers have won three straight and four of their last five. Cam Newton is playing at a Pro Bowl level in that stretch and the Panthers defense has been fierce. They get a banged up Falcons team that will be without Roddy White once again. Carolina also gets Jonathan Stewart back on the field to complement DeAngelo Williams. The Falcons woes will continue down in Carolina as the Panthers keep rolling.
PANTHERS BY 7
Vikings (1-6) @ Cowboys (4-4)
The Cowboys lead the NFC East with a 4-4 record after an embarrassing loss to the Lions last week where they somehow lost despite forcing four turnovers. As bad as it was for the Cowboys, the Vikings have been one of the more disappointing teams in the NFL this year. Christian Ponder will get the start at quarterback and it’s a position where they have got nothing. Josh Freeman was brutal and Matt Cassel wasn’t any better. The Cowboys win due to the Vikings futile play.
COWBOYS BY 7
Saints (6-1) @ Jets (4-4)
The Jets are like a roller coaster ride at Six Flags. One week they shock the world and beat the Patriots. The next week they get dismantled by the Bengals, 49-9. If the trend continues, the Jets are due for a win today right? Well yes, but this time it comes against Drew Brees and a high-octane offense. The Jets will keep it close and fight for their fans at home, but Brees beats a shaky Geno Smith in the end.
SAINTS BY 7
Chargers (4-3) @ Redskins (2-5)
The Chargers weren’t expected to play as well as they have under new head coach Mike McCoy, but their offense has been firing on all cylinders. Their defense has also gone 11 straight quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown. The Redskins are in dire need of a win to stay alive in a horrid NFC East and this is the week to do it at home. San Diego is due for a letdown and RG3 is due for a monster game. As long Alfred Morris runs with a purpose, the Redskins should win a thriller at FedEx Field.
REDSKINS BY 3
Titans (3-4) @ Rams (3-5)
This game definitely won’t take over too many headlines. Jake Locker goes into St. Louis to take on Kellen Clemens, who is lucky to even have a starting job in the NFL. Clemens was not good last week against the Seahawks dominant secondary. The Titans have been better than their record and have played well defensively. Expect Locker to step up and scramble for some yards in what should be an ugly game in the Midwest. The Titans stay alive in the playoff hunt with a close win.
TITANS BY 3
Eagles (3-5) @ Raiders (3-4)
The Eagles offense has been worst than the Little Giants the last two weeks. They have three points on offense in their last two games and Nick Foles back behind center won’t change that number too much. On the other side, Terrelle Pryor has played exceptionally well, especially on the ground where he has looked like more of a running back than a quarterback. Pryor will run wild Sunday in Oakland as the surprising Raiders improve to .500.
RAIDERS BY 6
Bucs (0-7) @ Seahawks (7-1)
Is an explanation really necessary for this game? Fine. The Seahawks defense has been unstoppable and the University of Alabama could stop the Bucs offense. Seahawks win big.
SEAHAWKS BY 21
Ravens (3-4) @ Browns (3-5)
This is a game that will cost the Ravens their season and playoff hopes if they lose. Jason Campbell was solid in his season debut for the Browns, but they have got nothing going on the ground. Joe Flacco is 11-0 in his career against the Browns and Ray Rice needs to hit the ground running. The Ravens finally pick up a big win and get to .500.
RAVENS BY 6
Steelers (2-5) @ Patriots (6-2)
The Patriots stormed back last week against the Dolphins winning 27-17 after trailing 17-3. They are 6-2 and get to face a Steelers team that has had an abundance of trouble putting points on the board. That stretch will continue Sunday despite a ton of injuries for the Patriots defense. Gronk and Brady should link up for a huge day and the Patriots head to their bye at 7-2.
PATRIOTS BY 8
Sunday Night Football:
Colts (5-2) @ Texans (2-5)
The Colts and Texans come into their week 9 matchup off a bye, which will definitely be beneficial to Arian Foster and Ben Tate. The Texans running backs come into this game banged up and will need to help out rookie quarterback Case Keenum. It won’t happen against a Colts defense that has been terrific this season. Andrew Luck will go off Sunday night down in Texas as the Colts keep rolling.
COLTS BY 10
Monday Night Football:
Bears (4-3) @ Packers (5-2)
Jay Cutler’s absence is the deciding factor in this game. The Bears defense has been monumental in the turnover department, but with Luke McCown leading the way behind center, it’s going to be a long night at Lambeau. Expect James Jones to play and for Aaron Rodgers to link up with Jones and Jarrett Boykin. Eddie Lacy is also running with a mission out of the backfield. The Packers will keep on cruising primetime at home.
PACKERS BY 7