NFL Week 9 Picks: An Early Look at Guaranteed Locks

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #90 of the Baltimore Ravens passes to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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It is essential you make your picks for Week 9 now before you let your brain get clouded with nonsense. Keep your mind fresh on what you just saw and make your selections for this week based on what you know instead of trying to rattle your brain with a ton of what-if scenarios.

Last week, nine of 12 selections for Sunday games were correct and two out of three locks hit. Let's ride the momentum and define the Week 9 locks!


Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers

Tampa Bay managed to buck the system last week by going to Minnesota on the short week and upending the Vikings. It may not be fool proof, but I'm certain by the end of the season, more home teams will win-out on the short week than not. There's simply too big of an advantage there.

The Chargers will be looking for redemption this week against the Chiefs after that trap game against the Browns. They looked awful in Cleveland, but will have their home crowd supporting them on national television. 

The Chiefs are in no condition to compete at an NFL level. Head coach Romeo Crennel doesn't even know what's going on with his own team, so how can anybody else? The Chiefs are a mess and it's impossible to support them right now. They'll continue to slide as Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates handle their division rival.

San Diego beat KC in Week 4 37-20 and it would be surprising to see the Chiefs score that many points again. More importantly, it would be surprising to see Rivers throw for just 209 yards again. Expect Rivers to eclipse 300 yards en route to a win.


Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland unsurprisingly battled the Ravens tough in Week 4 on Thursday Night Football. Once again, that short week came into play.

Not this time.

The Ravens are coming off a much-needed bye and will be healthier now than at any point during the season. They've had plenty of time to game-plan for rookie monster Trent Richardson and cope with the loss of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. 

Most importantly for the Ravens, Ray Rice, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs have had an extra week to freshen their legs. Expect B-More to use Rice as a workhorse this week to keep T-Rich on the sidelines. Since Baltimore drafted Rice, the Ravens have never lost to the Browns. 

Don't expect it to happen this week.


Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans

Has any team given us more heartache than the Titans this season? It seems they're involved in some sort of thriller each week. They just lost to the Indianapolis Colts thanks to an incredible Vick Ballard corkscrew diving touchdown in overtime. 

Not many teams can accept defeat in overtime, but suffering a loss like that can cripple a team for the rest of the season. The Titans have battled plenty of adversity this year with the inconsistency of Chris Johnson and injuries to star players such as Jake Locker.

Now, talented tight end Jared Cook reportedly wants to be traded.

The Titans' outlook for the rest of the season is as grim as any team in the league. Now, they have to go to war against the Chicago Bears, arguably the most opportunistic team in the entire league.

The Bears have one of the top scoring defenses and special team units in the game. It seems every time they touch the ball they're taking it back to the house for a quick strike. The Bears allow just over 14 points per game and have accumulated 16 interceptions, six of which have gone for TDs. They also have 10 forced fumbles and 23 sacks.

It may not be a massacre, but it'll be close, especially if aging vet Matt Hasselbeck is behind center. Hasselbeck has already thrown four interceptions and lost a fumble this season. It's actually easy to see him throw four picks and lose a fumble against the Bears, considering the mobile Tony Romo threw a whopping five interceptions against these Bears on Monday Night Football weeks back. 

Expect a blowout in favor of the Bears in Week 9.


More Week 9 Picks:

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins

Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints