NFL Picks Week 9: Road Warriors That Will Steal a Win
The Philadelphia Eagles will add the tonic of a win in Week 9 to combat the doom and gloom that surrounds them.
Those ominous overtones will undoubtedly persist even through the win, but at least they can end their losing streak.
Check out why they, and two other teams on the road, will win in Week 9.
Week 9 Opponent: Tennessee Titans
The Titans can't stop the run or the pass.; they are near the bottom of the league in both categories. This is a unit-wide failure, but what is especially troublesome for the Titans in this match is that they have no pass rush. They are 30th in the league in sacks.
This is bad news. The quickest way to stop the Bears is to pressure Jay Cutler into an lineman-abusive frustration and then pick off his forced throws.
The Titans will not be able to do this, and their defense will be doomed.
This will leave the onus on the offense to keep up, and while Matt Hasselbeck has been solid while starting, he and his decreasing arm strength are going to have a hard time beating this ball-hawking pass defense.
Prediction: Bears 31, Titans 17
Week 9 Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
The Broncos are rolling. Peyton Manning looks as good as ever, and he has this offense in a groove. Denver has scored a combined 69 points in its last two games, and its looked as good as any team in football over the last six quarters.
Meanwhile, the Bengals have scored 54 combined points in their last three games, and all of those have been losses.
Their offense is hurting. The offensive line is among the worst in football and they are 23rd in rushing yards, and all of that is forcing Andy Dalton into some bad habits.
He's thrown at least one interception in every game this season and he has thrown six in his last three games.
Denver will be able to limit the Bengals' offense with ease. The Bengals will not have the same success with Denver's offense.
Prediction: Broncos 34, Bengals 20
Week 9 Opponent: New Orleans Saints
If Michael Vick can't get it going this week, he should just retire. Every quarterback has gotten it going against the Saints.
New Orleans has allowed over 300 yards passing in all but two games this season, and they have allowed a league-worst 8.7 yards per pass this season.
Vick will show he still belongs in the league in this game, and the only thing that will keep his stats down is if the Eagles have too much success on the ground to worry about passing. That is also a distinct possibility since the Saints are 30th in yards allowed per rush.
This will leave all the pressure on the Saints' offense, which is a role they are not unaccustomed to, and while the Eagles' defense has been under performing, they will get enough stops in this one.
Prediction: Eagles 35, Saints 31
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