NFL Week 9 Picks: How Teams in Must-Win Situations Will Fare

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass on the run as Thomas DeCoud #28 of the Atlanta Falcons chases during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have to beat the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. If they don't, major changes are in store, as the team would be in serious danger of falling out of sight in the NFC East.

A loss would drop them to 3-5 and as much as 3.5 games behind the New York Giants in the division. They are on the road, but luckily for them they face the struggling Saints. The Eagles solved their turnover issues last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

They didn't give it away one time, but they still fell 30-17 at home. 

The Saints' defense is still porous.

They saw their two-game win streak go by the boards as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hung 34 points on them on Sunday Night Football. The Saints defense has allowed at least 24 points in every game, and they are ranked 30th against the pass, and 31st against the run.

That's the type of defense Michael Vick and the Eagles need to gain some confidence.

They will revive their playoff hopes with a win in the Big Easy, as the Saints continue to struggle.

My prediction: Eagles win 32-21.

Arizona Will Go From Surprise Team To Major Collapse

The Cardinals started the season 4-0, but they've since lost four straight. The San Francisco 49ers are primed to run away with the NFC West if the Cardinals don't string a couple wins together.

That won't be easy.

The Green Bay Packers are the Week 9 opposition, and they have won three games in a row.

The Cardinals will still be without Kevin Kolb at QB, and the RB situation is still hindered by injury, per Yahoo! Sports. Though they desperately need to win, they won't.

This team has allowed the most sacks in the NFL with 39, and don't look now, Clay Matthews is coming. There's no way this team can keep pace with the Packers.

My prediction: Packers win 24-10.

Dallas Will Get off the Snide Against the Unbeaten Falcons

This will make the second week in a row that I predict the Falcons will lose to a n NFC East opponent. The Eagles couldn't make it happen in Week 8, but Dallas will.

The Cowboys need to win this game as much for their mental state as they do for their spot in the standings. They have endured two straight crushing defeats at home. Turnovers and bad luck have plagued them, but this is still a very dangerous team with weapons.

They are No. 2 in the NFL against the pass, No. 11 against the run and despite Tony Romo's mishaps, the team is fifth in the NFL in passing. Romo has also been much better on the road this season than he has been in Cowboys stadium. He's thrown seven touchdown passes with only three interceptions on the road.

As for the Falcons, they are the only remaining undefeated team. However, this is no juggernaut. 

Matt Ryan has been incredibly efficient most of the year, but they have been in position to lose on at least two occasions this season. The Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers squandered opportunities to beat the Falcons three weeks straight.

Part of remaining undefeated is being a good football team, the other half is luck.

This week the Falcons will meet another talented team, and the Cowboys will finally see some good luck roll their way.

My prediction: Cowboys win 24-17.

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