NFL Pick Em for Week 9

by on March 11th, 2011
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Last week’s picks: 8-5

Season total: 80-36

Teams with byes: Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Vikings

Hello November! We are at week 9 in the NFL and, for all intents and purposes, have either passed or at the halfway point of the regular season. Three of the four bye teams this week are bad which means that since they are out of the way, there are a lot of good games this weekend. It should be a good one!

Sunday, November 6

Miami Dolphins (0-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) – Despite a rotten start to their season, the Chiefs find themselves atop the AFC West thanks in part to Philip Rivers’ costly fumble on Monday night. In come the winless Dolphins. The Chiefs are riding high and may start looking ahead. As a result, this could be a trap game. In the end, it’s hard to pick a winless team on the road. My pick: Kansas City Chiefs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) @ New Orleans Saints (5-3) – The Saints have had a whacky last two weeks. First, they blew out the winless Colts. Then they lost to the then-winless Rams on the road. The Bucs, meanwhile, looked to get healthy at the bye. Tampa beat New Orleans in week 6 so look for the Saints to return the favor. My pick: New Orleans Saints

Cleveland Browns (3-4) @ Houston Texans (5-3) – Andre Johnson is iffy once again but it should not matter for the Texans, who are always good at home. Cleveland does not score a lot of points and Colt McCoy has regressed. My pick: Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons (4-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-8) – The Colts have been, more or less, blown out over their last three games: all on the road. They return home for week 9 against a 4-3 Atlanta team. The Colts have been competitive at home this season. In all four of their wins, the Falcons have kept it close. I like an upset here for some reason. My pick: Indianapolis Colts

New York Jets (4-3) @ Buffalo Bills (5-2) – The Bills are 4-0 at home and the Jets are 0-3 on the road so logic dictates the Bills winning, right? I’m going to change it up. Darrelle Revis will make it tough on Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets should pound the ball against a Bills defense that has allowed 120 rushing yards per game. My pick: New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers (6-1) @ Washington Redskins (3-4) – Denny Green’s “They are who we thought they were!” would be perfect for this year’s Redskins since they’re not any good. It’s never easy to play in Washington but the Redskins are banged up and have John Beck at quarterback. My pick: San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks (2-5) @ Dallas Cowboys (3-4) – With the Giants already ahead of them and the Eagles starting to get hot, the Cowboys simply cannot afford to lose this game at home. Rob Ryan’s defense should get back on track. My pick: Dallas Cowboys

Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) @ Tennessee Titans (4-3) – A matchup between two surprisingly winning teams. Each team has one victory over a winning team: the Bengals over the Bills and the Titans over the Ravens. Therefore, neither team is probably as good as their record indicates. Give me the home team. My pick: Tennessee Titans

Denver Broncos (2-5) @ Oakland Raiders (4-3) – The Raiders will win this as long as Carson Palmer does not throw three interceptions again. A bad loss may signal the end of the Tim Tebow experiment in Denver. My pick: Oakland Raiders

New York Giants (5-2) @ New England Patriots (5-2) – It is a Super Bowl XVII re-match and a game between two 5-2 teams. The Giants are coming off a late-win against the winless Dolphins and the Patriots are playing after losing to the now AFC-leading Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants schedule gets brutal the rest of the way starting this week. The Pats just do not lose back to back. My pick: New England Patriots

St. Louis Rams (1-6) @ Arizona Cardinals (1-6) – The loser of this one will be all alone in last place of the worst division in football. The Rams are coming off a big win at home against a very good Saints team so watch them lose this one. My pick: Arizona Cardinals

Green Bay Packers (7-0) @ San Diego Chargers (4-3) – This is a pretty big test for both teams as the Packers haven’t had a tough opponent in a while and the Chargers badly need a win. The Chargers are great at home but are sloppy and are facing the best team in the NFL. Philip Rivers has been terrible. Look for San Diego’s season to continue to spiral out of control. My pick: Green Bay Packers

Baltimore Ravens (5-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – The games between these two always seem to come down to a late turnover or a late field goal. Except for week 1, that is, as Baltimore destroyed the Steelers 35-7 in that one. Look for Pittsburgh to get their revenge. My pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday, November 7

Chicago Bears (4-3) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) – Both quarterbacks are going to get hit a lot in this one so it may very well come down to which quarterback is still in the game at the end. Philly is getting hot. My pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Thanks for reading. See you again next week.


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