Picks For All NFL Week 9 Games
NFL Pick'ems Week 9
As the NFL hits its halfway point of the 2012 season, there have been many surprises and uncertainties that have crept in week after week. That is why they always play the game. This week, I share with you my picks for the upcoming games and the outcomes which will undoubtedly make me look like a fool.
That is the nature of picking these games week in and week out. Most of the games you could go in with the understanding that a team should clearly win or lose, but when the players step on the gridiron, you just never know where their heart lies and which way the wind might blow. You can look at teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and know that they might be dead in the water on the year, then they go into San Diego and have a great game against the Chargers.
Then we might see a team like the Miami Dolphins, who went into New York last week and walked all over the Jets on their way to a 4-3 record, and then lose this week to the Indianapolis Colts. With so much parity in the league nowadays, it is not that far-fetched for the Washington Redskins to lose to the Carolina Panthers, or the Chicago Bears to lose to the Tennessee Titans.
So here is my attempt to put a pick on each game for this week, and believe me, if you do not agree, I completely understand. But I would like to hear your opinion on the matter, so feel free to leave your comments below. With that, enjoy the games everyone!
Kansas City Chiefs(1-6) at San Diego Chargers(3-5)
What is there to say about this AFC West showdown that was supposed to be a marquee game in the preseason. The Kansas City Chiefs were picked by many to win the division and now have to watch Brady Quinn as their starter and Dwayne Bowe wanting out. Clearly this is a team in turmoil that is putrid on offense and just as bad on defense.
Thank heavens for the San Diego Chargers that this game is at home, because Norv Turner is begging for a win right now after losing two come from behind victories to the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos, followed by a 7-6 loss to of all teams, the Cleveland Browns. The odd thing is that I look for the Chiefs to somehow pull away with a win this week, as the Chargers keep reeling with a lack of discipline and leadership from the key positions and a head coach that needs a new address.
Chiefs 17 Chargers 9
Arizona Cardinals(4-4) at Green Bay Packers(5-3)
The Arizona Cardinals have turned into an average team after beginning the year 4-0. The Green Bay Packers began slow at 2-3 and have now won three in a row. It is safe to say that you might have a little more faith in Aaron Rodgers and his supporting cast than either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton.
When Rodgers is on fire, there are not many teams in this league that will be able to stop him, and he already has 21 TDs on the year. Yet this is the game that Alex Green gets going and proves that he can be an explosive piece to this offense.
Packers 27 Cardinals 17
Baltimore Ravens(5-2) at Cleveland Browns(2-6)
The Baltimore Ravens come off a much needed bye week and coach John Harbaugh will have to work his magic in order to get past not having Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb among others on the roster due to injuries. Joe Flacco must recoup from a couple mediocre games in which he has not thrown for more than 235 yards in his past three games.
This is the Cleveland Browns, however, and common sense would dictate that even though they beat the Chargers last week 7-6, this might be a much tougher matchup that will not leave the dawgpound feeling too good.
Ray Rice and Trent Richardson should get their yards, but it will undoubtedly be the play of Flacco that will make the difference in this game.
Ravens 34 Browns 9
Buffalo Bills(3-4) at Houston Texans(6-1)
The Buffalo Bills come in to visit the Houston Texans, who are coming off a bye, with one of the best rushing attacks in the league, but the worst run defense. Both play right into the strengths of the Texans, who have Arian Foster and a stout run defense.
Matt Schaub will continue to march into elite status as leads his Texans to another win. The Bills just do not have the weapons to handle Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and of course, Foster. I look for the Texans to create a couple turnovers on Ryan Fitzpatrick and cruise to a win.
Texans 38 Bills 21
Carolina Panthers(1-6) at Washington Redskins(3-5)
I can see the Carolina Panthers coming in to visit the Washington Redskins and giving them complete fits. The best weapon that Carolina has is the fact that they can probably mimic Robert Griffin III in practice better than any team in the league with Cam Newton.
With that said, RGIII is the new and improved version of Newton and has the best completion percentage of any QB in the league. Amazing for a rookie. But the difference will lie in the ability of Steve Smith and the fact that the Redskins secondary is the worst in the NFL.
I see an upset in the making with the Redskins possibly looking to week 10 and their bye and the point that RGIII is still a rookie and Newton might want to go above and beyond to show that he can still run and throw just as well as ever.
Panthers 24 Redskins 21
Chicago Bears(6-1) at Tennessee Titans(3-5)
The Tennessee Titans have a hard time throwing the ball, and although Chris Johnson has gotten his game going of late, their run game is not where they want it to be. Enter the Chicago Bears with a nasty defense that ranks #1 against the run and looks every bit as good as any in the league.
With that said, this game is in Tennessee and Jay Cutler is still up and down on the year with only 8TDs to go with 7INTs. This game may be a bit tougher for the Bears than they might think, and Matt Hasselbeck might be the difference with his veteran leadership. This is a typical "trap" game if there ever is one as the Bears look ahead to the Houston Texans in week 10.
Titans 17 Bears 14
Denver Broncos(4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals(3-4)
After a brutal first half schedule against the NFL's toughest opponents, the Denver Broncos had to iron out many wrinkles in their new system with Peyton Manning at QB. It took until the 8th week to finally see a full sixty minutes of football from John Fox's team, and the rest of the league should be wary.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a good team with Andy Dalton under center, AJ Green at WR and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But if the Broncos keep playing four quarters of football, there may not be a team in the league that can keep up with them. Just remember that with their tough schedule, the Broncos have presently the NFL's 4th best offense and 8th best defense overall, and a Manning out to prove a point.
Broncos 41 Bengals 17
Detroit Lions(3-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars(1-6)
Matthew Stafford threw a last minute TD to beat the Seattle Seahawks this past week, but will not need any late heroics to beat the Jacksonville Jaguarsin week 9. The Jags are just a very bad team that cannot throw well and has a difficult time establishing any type of running attack because of it.
The Lions come into this game 2nd in the NFL in passing yards against the 3rd worst team against the pass. That is not going to be a good situation for the Jags.
Lions 38 Jaguars 13
Miami Dolphins(4-3) at Indianapolis Colts(4-3)
The Miami Dolphins come into this game playing like a well-rounded team after their manhandling of the New York Jets last week. The Indianapolis Colts are a team that has gotten to 4 wins with a little bit of Luck. Yes, Andrew Luck has had a decent rookie year, and the Colts have beaten some good teams in the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
The Dolphins have to see if Ryan Tannehill is able to come back after leaving the Jets game with an injury, but Matt Moore is a capable backup and the Fins defense may be the catalyst that will prevent Donald Brown from doing much, leaving Andrew needing a little more than luck in week 9.
Dolphins 24 Colts 17
Minnesota Vikings(5-3) at Seattle Seahawks(4-4)
The Seattle Seahawks protect their home field as good, if not, better than any team in the NFL. The Seahawks pose a problem for the Minnesota Vikings this week with their stout run defense that is only giving up about 85 yards/game. Enter Adrian Peterson who has 775yds rushing on the season and it will be a test of wills.
Both teams post some of the worst passing numbers in the league, both can run the ball, but the Seahawks are better in their front seven when preventing the run. I look for this evenly matched game to go in Seattle's favor for the simple reason that they are home and Marshawn Lynch is having a great year as well.
Seattle 20 Vikings 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(3-4) at Oakland Raiders(3-4)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the middle of an adderall epidemic as CB Eric Wright might be the next to be suspended by the NFL. The Oakland Raiders have Darren McFadden, which translates into the league's second worst rushing offensive and leaves everyone shaking their head. Josh Freeman and Carson Palmer are too erratic and do not look like they can command either offense well on a consistent basis.
Somebody has to come out a winner, though. Right? I can see both defenses having complete meltdowns and the offenses just going score for score all day. McFadden still won't run, but I do not think it matters this week.
Raiders 38 Buccaneers 31
Pittsburgh Steelers(4-3) at New York Giants(6-2)
If ever there was a perfect time for these two teams to meet for a regular season game, it is now. The Champion New York Giants has been putting together a solid four game winning streak, the last two against division opponents. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won two in a row after finding themselves 2-3 on the season, and seem to be a rejuvenated club. This will be one of the more physical games of the week, and the Giants should be happy they have the home-field advantage, because they will need every bit of support they can muster from their fans.
The Giants defense needs to be the strong unit this week, otherwise Big Ben will make them pay time and again. This is not Tony Romo, and the Giants should not count on getting four INTs. The Steelers are also trying to keep pace with the battered Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Eli may not have a fourth quarter comeback opportunity in this one.
Steelers 27 Giants 17
Dallas Cowboys(3-4) at Atlanta Falcons(7-0)
The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker this past week against the Giants, in a four INT effort from Tony Romo and they still had a chance at the end. But here comes the Atlanta Falcons, boasted by some the most complete team in the NFL. This will be a game that the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to win on the road, but the Falcons are due for a letdown.
The Falcons have not been challenged by their schedule, and the Cowboys may be their toughest test yet. Look for Romo to bounce back and outduel Matt Ryan and the defense to come up big in some key spots, while handing Atlanta their first loss of the season.
Cowboys 31 Falcons 27
Philadelphia Eagles(3-4) at New Orleans Saints(2-5)
The Philadelphia Eagles visit Who Dat Nation to play a team that may very well get them back on the winning trend. The New Orleans Saints May have Drew Brees and the league's number one passing attack, but the Broncos gave the NFL a blueprint on how to slow them down. The Saints are awful on defense in all aspects, and unless Interim Coach Joe Vitt works some magic, the Eagles should be able to exploit them with their athleticism and speed.
I do not envision Brees being able to just sit back and throw all day when presented with the Eagles pass rush. As long as Michael Vick does not turn over the ball, the game is Philly's for the taking, and the Saints will be left for dead in 2012.
Eagles 24 Saints 20