Week 9 Matchup Predictions
Chiefs (1-6) @ Chargers (3-4): The Chiefs have yet to take a lead in regulation this entire season. If you're wondering how they have a win, they got it on a game-winning overtime field goal and had not led previous to that score. These two teams have already faced off this season - the Chargers won that game and forced six Chiefs' turnovers. Despite my utter animosity for the Chargers, I can't pick the Chiefs given their flip-flopping quarterback situation and lack of production this season.
Chargers win 27-14.
Broncos (4-3) @ Bengals (3-4): Anyone who didn't think that Peyton Manning would be able to make it back from injury must be feeling pretty foolish these days. The four-time MVP is averaging over 300 yards and has the league's best quarterback rating at 109.0. Playing with the help of the league's 8th ranked defense, the only thing that can stop Peyton and the Broncos these days is turning the ball over early. Facing a Bengals defense that has only three interceptions on the year, I don't think Peyton will be finding himself in an early hole this week.
Broncos win 34-21.
Ravens (5-2) @ Browns (2-6): The Ravens proved their vulnerability without Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb two weeks ago in a 43-13 loss to the Texans. However, the offense was much more of an issue than the defense. Gaining only 176 yards of total offense and turning the ball over twice, Joe Flacco and company gave their defense no chance to stop the Texans' 2nd ranked scoring offense. The Ravens' offense will get back on track, which will, in turn, help their defense. I don't expect the Ravens to handle many impressive teams on the road going forward, but they should be able to make it past the Browns, who's 29th ranked offense won't be able to take advantage of an undermanned Ravens defensive unit.
Ravens win 20-13.
Cardinals (4-4) @ Packers (5-3): Both of these teams are beginning to look a little more like what we were expecting coming into the season. After starting 4-0, the Cardinals have now lost four straight, while the Packers have won three straight after starting 2-3. The Cardinals simply can't generate enough offense to beat good teams right now, as they've sunk to 31st in both scoring and total offense. The Packers have one turnover in their past three games combined, and have averaged 32 points per game during that span. Despite the Cardinals' stout defense, their offense won't be able to keep up with the Packers.
Packers win 24-13.