By: Ryan Wooley
With Halloween now behind us that means another week of NFL action is on its way and after posting another 8-5 week, I’m feeling pretty good about myself as my overall record has now improved to 56-42.
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Week nine NFL picks (Minus Thursday’s game between the Chargers and Chiefs)
Broncos @ Bengals: Peyton Manning took a little time to get going this season but appears to be on fire now, throwing for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. I see no reason why Denver’s success won’t continue. Broncos win.
Browns vs. Ravens: You have to love this rivalry right? The Browns leave town, go to Baltimore, win a Super Bowl and now they play each twice a year. As the old song goes: “The second verse is the same as the first”—Baltimore wins.
Cardinals @ Packers: This once was circled on many people’s calendars as a pivotal matchup for playoff positioning when Arizona was undefeated and Green Bay was trying to turn their season around. Well since that point, Arizona is yet to win a game while Green Bay is back to form. Packers win in a route.
Titans vs. Bears: Chicago looks like one of, if not the best teams in the league right now while the Titans blew a 10 point lead to the Colts, only to fall in overtime at home. Bears have no problem.
Dolphins @ Colts: Both of these teams have been pleasant surprises this year with both sitting at 4-3 and Miami holding onto the final wild card spot. That however was with Ryan Tannehill who was injured on Sunday and is questionable for the game. I say the Colts would win either way, but it would be more challenging with Tannehill under center.
Redskins vs. Panthers: Washington has shown flashes of being a great team this season but can’t put it together on a week to week bases while Cam Newton and the Panthers have just been struggling all season, sitting at 1-6. I say Carolina gets the best of Washington in this one.
Bills @ Texans: After having a bye week to rest their walking wounded Houston will continue to flex their muscle as the team to beat in the AFC. Houston routes Buffalo.
Raiders vs. Buccaneers: Both teams enter the game 3-4 with hopes of turning their season around and Tampa has the look of a good time offensively, but defensively can’t stop anyone. Oakland meanwhile has been struggling on offense but shouldn’t in this one. Raiders win.
Vikings @ Seahawks: After losing in a blowout the Minnesota Vikings are looking to rebound in a big way against one of the league’s worst defenses but must travel to the great Northwest to do so. Because of that factor, I see the Vikings dropping two in a row.
Giants vs. Steelers: This is a great matchup between two good teams. I ultimately seeing it coming down to a late turnover and unfortunately for Giant fans and Eli Manning—it will be New York that coughs it up. Steelers win.
Cowboys @ Falcons: Give Dallas credit last week. They fell down 23-0 and rallied to take the lead but couldn’t hold the Giants in the end. I see the same thing happening here, except the Falcons never allow Dallas to get back into it. Falcons move to 8-0.
Saints vs. Eagles: If there was ever a must-win for Philly this season—this is it. If Michael Vick goes out there and puts on a show on Monday Night Football it will ease some of the pressure both he and Andy Reid are feeling in Philly. If he goes out and turns the ball over two or more times again I see him being benched in the game and the Vick era comes to an end. I’ll give Philly the benefit of the doubt. They find a way to win this one because for the first time in 13 years they lost after their bye week. Perhaps they were looking ahead last week?
Lions @ Jaguars: Talk about a lucky break for the Lions. After starting the season 2-4 they rallied to beat the Seahawks last week to improve to 3-4 and can even their record against a lowly Jacksonville team that is 1-6 and without MJD. Detroit should have no problem in this one and both Titus Young and Ryan Broyles should again have good games as the Jags defense takes Megatron away.