Week 9 Matchup Predictions
Seahawks win 17-13.
Steelers (4-3) @ Giants (6-2): All season, I've been waiting for the Giants' big letdown game that they often encounter (even in the Super Bowl years), but it hasn't happened yet. I'm starting to think that head coach Tom Coughlin finally has his guys playing at their best each and every week, which is bad news for the rest of the league. With the Steelers coming to the Meadowlands this Sunday, you know the Giants are going to be hyped up and playing hard. The Steelers may have the top ranked pass defense, but they only have three interceptions on the year. It's incredibly difficult to slow Eli Manning down if you can't get him to turnover the ball. The Steelers have yet to get an impressive win, and I don't think this will be the week they do it.
Giants win 27-24.
Cowboys (3-4) @ Falcons (7-0): Tony Romo has been throwing interceptions at a high rate for the Cowboys (5:10 touchdown to interception ratio over past four games), and the Falcons' defense has the third most interceptions in the league this year - not a good combination for Dallas. Meanwhile, the Cowboys struggle to get pressure on the quarterback from anyone not named DeMarcus Ware, and their defense ranks 27th in interceptions. If Matt Ryan is comfortable in the pocket, he will absolutely shred your defense to pieces. I'm going with the undefeated team at home in this matchup.
Falcons win 34-21.
Eagles (3-4) @ Saints (2-5): Double desperation in this game. Both Andy Reid and Michael Vick are cornered in the fight to keep their jobs, while the Saints just about need to run the table to make the playoffs. I think the key in this game will be Michael Vick. Rumors surfaced this week that Vick was likely to be benched, and now that Vick has gotten another chance, he knows he has to make the most of it. I expect that he will make the most of it against the Saints' league-worst defense. While Drew Brees and company will put up points, I think we'll see some old-school, electrifying Michael Vick, along with a season-best performance from LeSean McCoy - thanks to sheer desperation and a terrible opposing defense.
Eagles win 34-31.