NFL Week 9 Picks: Highlighting Teams Guaranteed to Win
Picking winners can be tough, but there are a few easy games to call in Week 9 of the 2013 NFL season.
Last weekend, the safest guaranteed winner to predict was San Francisco over Jacksonville, while another easy game to call was Denver over Washington.
Looking at this weekend's slate of games, there are more than a few matchups that are difficult to predict. However, these upcoming highlighted contests feature guaranteed winners you can take to the bank.
|Cincinnati Bengals||Miami Dolphins||Bengals|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Buffalo Bills||Chiefs|
|Minnesota Vikings||Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys|
|Tennessee Titans||St. Louis Rams||Titans|
|New Orleans Saints||New York Jets||Saints|
|San Diego Chargers||Washington Redskins||Redskins|
|Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||Panthers|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Oakland Raiders||Raiders|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns||Ravens|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|Indianapolis Colts||Houston Texans||Texans|
|Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
Dallas Cowboys over the Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota travels to Dallas this weekend, and the Cowboys will be raring to go after Matthew Stafford stole the game away in the fourth quarter last Sunday.
The Vikings are 1-6 this year, having gotten their only win against the then-winless Pittsburgh Steelers. It's not yet known whether Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman will start behind center, but it doesn't matter—Minnesota is horrible on offense right now.
Part of the reason Minnesota is terrible on offense is that Adrian Peterson has only gotten 36 carries in the past three games—never more than 13 in a game. It's brilliant coaching, leaving one of the league's best players on the sideline scratching his head in dismay. Really, it is.
Sarcasm aside, there's no way the Vikings will go into Dallas and pull out a win.
Final Score: Cowboys win 35-14.
Seattle Seahawks over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Seattle's secondary could force a handful of interceptions this Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has a live arm, but he tries to force balls into some tight spots—a recipe for disaster against Seattle's ball-hawking unit.
Tampa Bay's run defense is among the league's best, but Marshawn Lynch is coming off a poor performance on the road in St. Louis, and he's been an absolute monster at home this season.
The Seahawks will simply suffocate the Bucs by pounding the rock mercilessly, setting up huge plays over the top for Russell Wilson and his receivers.
Speaking of big plays in the passing game, Percy Harvin is expected to make his highly anticipated debut in Week 9, as noted by CBSSports.com:
Percy Harvin on track to play Week 9 vs. Buccaneers http://t.co/3moQUEGT2t— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) October 27, 2013
Oh, and Seattle hasn't lost at home since 2011.
Tampa Bay has no chance.
Final Score: Seahawks win 42-10.
New Orleans Saints over the New York Jets
Using that as a springboard, one might come to the conclusion after watching Dalton shred the secondary of the New York Jets to the tune of 325 yards and five touchdowns that Brees will have a monster game against the same secondary on Sunday.
After finally breaking through with his first turnover-free game of the season in Week 5 against Atlanta, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has thrown five interceptions in his last three games.
New York's defensive front will keep the Jets in the game for a while, but if Smith gives Brees an extra chance or two, this game could be over before halftime.
Final Score: Saints win 38-24.
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