Week 9 In the NFL: The London games are officially over, last week we saw a 2nd tie and I wouldn’t be shocked to see another tie this week. There are a fair amount of teams entering bye week this week once again and those teams are, The Bengals, Bears, Patriots, Cardinals, Redskins, and Texans. This week could be crazy and we will see a great Sunday night game and Monday night game. Here goes week 9.
Steelers (4-3) @ Ravens (3-4): This game comes down to the X-factor honestly because these two teams will more than likely give everything they have. But both teams have an x-factor entering this game and those are simple. Does Steve Smith play for the Ravens and does Big Ben play for the Steelers this weekend. Both men are expected to play this week but they could be slow or hindered a bit due to injury. This game will be a classic battle between two teams that host one of the biggest rivalries in the sport. The Ravens have won 5 of the last 6 battles between the two teams, Joe might have Ben and Tomlin’s number when it comes down to it. Honestly I am not sure. Ravens pull off the win 24 – 19 over the Steelers.
Cowboys (6-1) @ Browns (0-8): The Cowboys are just such a good team right now and Zeke and Dak are the rookie combo of the decade. These guys are going to be hurting without Morris Claiborne and that could hinder their defense a little bit. The Browns have Corey Coleman back along with Cody Kessler and that means this offense is officially a good one regardless of a slower weak defense. I am probably a moron for this but I am going all in UPSET ALERT!!!!!!!!!!! Browns win 30 – 27 over the Cowboys, Corey Coleman has a big game.
Jaguars (2-5) @ Chiefs (5-2): The Jaguars were absolutely embarrassed on Thursday night against the Titans and now they have to go to Arrowhead. The Chiefs are so scary right now and the Jaguars are going to find out why they will probably walk out of Arrowhead at 2-6 even against Nick Foles. The Chiefs are an incredible surprise this year. They are now looking at a shot to prove they are at the top of the division to stay. Chiefs win 27 – 13 over the Jaguars, Marcus Peters gets 2 INT’s.
Jets (3-5) @ Dolphins (3-4): If this game wasn’t a division rivalry I would ask why this is even a game just because I think this will easily be the most boring game of the weekend. I have no idea what to make of it to be honest. The Jets still aren’t letting their young guys get some experience and start and the Dolphins are coming off a bye and back to back wins prior to that. You would assume the dolphins are the better team right now but they have been so inconsistent I have no idea. I think Ajayi will turn in a sub-par defense against the Jets front 7 and it will provide to a low scoring affair. Dolphins squeak out a win 20 – 18 over the Jets.
Eagles (4-3) @ Giants (4-3): This is an interesting divisional matchup. The Eagles in my eyes are the better team but have been rubbish on the road this year. The Giants are coming off a bye week in which followed a horrible offensive game against the Rams and they will need Odell, Shepard, and Cruz to really help Eli out this week if they want to win. The Eagles have picked up series sweeps in the past two years against the Giants prior to this season. The loser of this game will be alone at the bottom of the division and that is something they will both be trying to avoid. I am going with the so called “upset” Eagles win 29 – 24 over the Giants.
Lions (4-4) @ Vikings (5-2): The Lions are coming off a disappointing loss to the Texans in which their offense couldn’t find its stride. The Vikings are entering this divisional rivalry game with two losses in a row following their bye week. This game is simple, can the Vikings defense stop the Stafford attack and if they can’t they will be in trouble as their offense surely can’t keep pace. I am sure the Vikings are the favorite in this game for a reason but if we see the same Vikings team we have seen the past two weeks there is no way they should come out the victors. The difference for them this game is that they are at home compared to the 2 game road trip they just finished. I think the Lions WR’s are too weak to beat the Vikings CB’s. Vikings win 17 – 14 over the Lions.
Panthers (2-6) @ Rams (3-4): The Panthers are coming off an impressive win over the Cardinals last week and now have to head west and face the Rams. The Rams are coming off a bye week and an ugly loss where they will hope Jeff Fisher was Jeff Fisher and fixed his team during the bye. This game is a toss-up as every game with Case Keenum at the helm seems to be. The Rams are in need of a new QB and some new personnel in their secondary. I have to stick with Panthers in this one. Panthers win 23 – 17 over the Rams.
Saints (3-4) @ 49ers (1-6): Well this one should be simple. The Saints are too good of a team to see them struggle as even an option against this 49ers team. The 49ers need to rid themselves of Colin Kaepernick. Saints win 38 – 10 over the 49ers.
Titans (4-4) @ Chargers (3-5): The Titans are coming off an impressive win against the Jaguars, not impressive because they won but by the domination in which they did so. The Titans offense will need to find a way to run against the Chargers if they want to succeed. The Chargers offense could be in trouble with Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin both dinged up, both are likely to play but they could be slow and not dominate the field like they have the ability to. The Chargers will also be without Hunter Henry who has been playing phenomenally well as a number 2 TE and a rookie nonetheless. This game would be open and shut in favor of the Chargers if they weren’t playing so beat up. Chargers pull off a win beat up 26 – 23 over the Titans.
Colts (3-5) @ Packers (4-3): The Colts have a terrible defense and that could see trouble against the Packers offense. The Colts offense has no ground game and the Packers could focus more on slowing down Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. Packers hold down the turf in Green Bay and send the Colts home with another loss here and Pagano one step closer to being jobless. Packers win 30 – 20 over the Colts.
SNF (8:30 PM/ET):
Broncos (6-2) @ Raiders (6-2): Broncos won last week but it wasn’t necessarily pretty. Their offense still can’t do anything but their defense is still standing tall. Oakland is a top 3 offense in the league and their defense is a bottom defense in the league. This game is the complete counter opposites of each other. The Raiders are the most penalized team in the league and might be the least disciplined team in league history and it was clearly seen last week against the Buccaneers. This game should truly show us how good of a team both of these teams are. I have to stick with the home team here, Raiders win 25 – 21 over the Broncos.
MNF (8:30 PM/ET):
Bills (4-4) @ Seahawks (4-2-1): The Bills are falling apart at the seams and the Seahawks are needing to pick up a win this week to show their dominance. I think the issue in Buffalo is Rob Ryan and if they can’t get rid of him because of Rex then rid themselves of both if they want to get better. The Seahawks issues come from the lack of an offense due to Russell Wilson’s knee issue. The Seahawks defense will slow down the Bills ground game and Tyrod could do well though against this defense because he poses a mismatch against any defense. The Bills defense is crumbling on itself each and every single week and will need to turn it around this week if they want to have a hope. The Bills might consider firing Rex and company if they lose this week considering they are heading to bye and I hope for their sake it happens. Seahawks win 30 – 24 over the Bills. ---- Matt Koontz (63-56)
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger is potentially back, which means I have to go with Pittsburgh in this game. The Ravens are good, but the Steelers have far more weapons. Steelers win (if Ben is back....if not, Ravens roll). Final score: Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Baltimore Ravens 24.
Dallas Cowboys @ Cleveland Browns. The Browns have to win a game sometime, right? Hue Jackson has named Cody Kessler the starting quarterback so he can see what the team has in him. Kessler will lead the team to his first career victory at home. Final score: Cleveland Browns 27, Dallas Cowboys 23.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs don't have a strong offense, and the Jaguars have a relatively solid defense. However, the Chiefs offense IS performing better than Jacksonville's right now, which should give the Chiefs the edge this week at home. Final score: Kansas City Chiefs 21, Jacksonville Jaguars 20.
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins. I still don't trust the Dolphins fully, but I trust the Jets less. This is a team in purgatory; not good enough to make the playoffs, not bad enough to score an extremely high draft pick. Jets will lose this one though in Miami. Final score: Miami Dolphins 35, New York Jets 14.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants. Classic NFC East slugfest as Wentz and the Eagles travel to New York to take on Eli and the Giants. These games can go either way, but in New York, I think the Giants squeeze out a win. Final Score: New York Giants 24, Philadelphia Eagles 23.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are a far better football team than the Detroit Lions. They prove this week in Minnesota. Final score: Minnesota Vikings 28, Detroit Lions 17.
Carolina Panthers @ LA Rams. Everyone expects the Panthers to walk away with this one, but I'm not so sure. Carolina is good, but the Rams have played some extremely tough defense so far this season. I think they pull off the upset at home. Final score: LA Rams 14, Carolina Panthers 12.
New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers. I can't pick Kaepernick, ever. Saints win. Final Score: New Orleans Saints 56, San Francisco 49ers 6.
Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers. The Titans have looked surprisingly good at times this year, but Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon are playing phenomenal football in San Diego. Chargers roll at home. Final score: San Diego Chargers 27, Tennessee Titans 14.
Indianapolis Colts @ Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers has awakened. Expect the Packers to dominate Indy in Green Bay this week. Packers win. Final score: Green Bay Packers 35, Indianapolis Colts 14.
Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders. This could be the game of the week. The Broncos are still playing extremely good football this year, but the Raiders are finally putting all the pieces together. I think Oakland squeaks out a close one at home. Final score: Oakland Raiders 24, Denver Broncos 23.
Buffalo Bills @ Seattle Seahawks. The Bills are a good football team, but they're not as good as the Seahawks. They are simply too inconsistent for me to have faith in this week against one of the league's best teams. Seattle wins. Final score: Seattle Seahawks 24, Buffalo Bills 14.
Cleveland upsets Dallas 24-17
Detroit over Minnesota 28-20
Kansas city over Jacksonville 24-17
New York Jets over Miami 21-13
Philadelphia over New York Giants 28-24
Pittsburgh over Baltimore 35-21
Los Angeles over Carolina 17-13
New Orleans over San Francisco 24-14
Green Bay over Indianapolis 27-24
San Diego over Tennessee 21-17
Oakland over Denver 24-23
Buffalo over Seattle 20-17
Steelers @ Ravens: Baltimore has a tendency to play really well against Pittsburgh. They're also at home. My prediction: Ravens win, 23-20.
Cowboys @ Browns: Cowboys are steamrolling, and Cleveland is horrible. My prediction: Cowboys win, 27-17.
Jaguars @ Chiefs: I know that Alex Smith is out, but he isn't a phenomenal QB. I think Nick Foles can get the job done. My prediction: Chiefs win, 24-17.
Jets @ Dolphins: If Jay Ajayi can continue to play with incredible force, Miami will run away with this one. My prediction: Dolphins win, 20-10.
Eagles @ Giants: The Eagles have been playing strong, and their defense is playing extremely well. Their offense needs to step up and play better. Lately, Philadelphia's defense is scoring most of their points. My prediction: Eagles win, 24-23.
Lions @ Vikings: I see this as a tough game to call. The Vikings have struggled recently, and the Lions have played inconsistently all season. If Minnesota can actually play well, like they played before their bye week, the Vikings will walk away with this one. My prediction: Vikings win, 16-13.
Panthers @ Rams: The Panthers have looked strong since they've come off of their bye week. My prediction: Panthers win, 27-20.
Saints @ 49ers: My prediction: Saints win, 65-20. (The only reason I have the 49ers at 20 points is because of the Saint's lack of a decent defense.)
Titans @ Chargers: The Chargers need to learn how to play 4th quarter defense. All of their games have been close, and they end up losing in the 4th quarter a lot. My prediction: Chargers win, 30-24.
Colts @ Packers: I know the Packers aren't as dominant as they were 2 years ago, but they're still a good team. My prediction: Packers win, 37-30.
Broncos @ Raiders: This is the hardest game to decide on this week. One of the better offenses goes up against a great defense, and one of the worst defenses faces off against a bad offense. I'm very conflicted in my decision, but I'm going with the team that has the better offense. My prediction: Oakland wins, 17-13.
Bills @ Seahawks: The Seahawks have struggled more this season than the last couple of years, but Buffalo is struggling just like their normal selves. My prediction: Seahawks win, 16-10.
Steelers over Ravens 21-17
Cowboys over Browns 28-14
Chiefs over Jags 21-20
Dolphins over Jets 17-14
Eagles over Giants 31-28
Lions over Vikings 24-17
Panthers over rams 21-17
Saints over 49ers 34-14
Titans over Chargers 27-21
packers over Colts 31-28
Oakland over Denver 24-21
Bills over Seahawks 20-14
Ravens over Steelers 21-20
Cowboys over Browns 31-14
Chiefs over Jaguars 28-14
Dolphins over Jets 21-10
Eagles over Giants 20-17
Vikings over Lions 28-10
Panthers over Rams 24-20
Saints over 49ers 28-3
Chargers over Titans 30-20
Packers over Colts 30-24
Raiders over Broncos 20-17
Seahawks over Bills 28-10
- Andy Clary
Dallas over Cleveland 24-17
Detroit over Minnesota 28-14
New York Jets over Miami 7-3
New York Giants over Philly 28-24
Pittsburgh over Baltimore 30-21
Kansas City over Jacksonville 27-10
Los Angeles over Carolina 17-13
New Orleans over San Francisco 60-14
Green Bay over Indianapolis 27-14
San Diego over Tennessee 31-17
Oakland over Denver 27-23
Buffalo over Seattle 17-14
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