Week 9 NFL Picks: Forecasting Week's Biggest Blowouts

Oct 21, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) and wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) celebrate a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 2, 2012

There are those one-sided affairs every once in a while in the NFL that leave the losers demoralized and wondering what went wrong.

Week 9 of the 2012-2013 NFL campaign figures to feature several blowouts as overmatched teams find themselves powerless against the inevitable onslaught.

Here's a look at my top three blowouts of Week 9, complete with predictions.


Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers

The Cardinals have a defense that will always keep you in games...unless your starting quarterback is John Skelton.

Skelton has been awful in relief of the injured Kevin Kolb (yes, more awful than Kolb himself) and the 24-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers doesn't figure to bode well against the Packers.

After winning three straight games, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will gradually increase their lead throughout the game until it's a blowout.

Prediction: Green Bay 27, Arizona 16


Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

The Titans lost to the Indianapolis Colts last week and the Bears have gone 6-1 this season, with their only loss being against the Packers.

Tennessee has allowed 7.9 yards per pass attempt (27th in the NFL) and 17 passing touchdowns this season. Jay Cutler hasn't exactly been stellar the past two weeks, but I expect him to get back on track in Week 9.

Prediction: Chicago 27, Tennessee 17


Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans

The Bills have averaged 24.4 points per game this season (12th in the NFL) while allowing a league-worst 32.4 points per game.

They've also committed 17 turnovers (second-most in the AFC) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his ninth interception of the season in last week's 35-34 loss to the Titans.

The Texans blew out the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7, 43-14. They not only racked up points, they stuffed the passing game and the running game of the Ravens.

This is a dominant team going up against a floundering team. That's never a good sign for the floundering team.

Prediction: Houston 40, Buffalo 24

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