Week 9 NFL Predictions: Projecting Winners of Most Lopsided Matchups
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Week 9 of the NFL season has brought about some very strange matchups. Quite a few of those matchups are extremely lopsided on paper and hardly seem fair at all as teams try to make a push as we move into the second half of the NFL season.
|Sunday, Nov 3||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills||KC 35, BUF 14|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings||DAL 45, MIN 13|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Tennessee Titans vs. St. Louis Rams||TEN 21, STL 9|
|Sunday, Nov 3||New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets||NO 28, NYJ 17|
|Sunday, Nov 3||San Diego Chargers vs. Washington Redskins||SD 17, WSH 14|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers||CAR 24, ATL 17|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Oakland Raiders||OAK 27, PHI 24|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks||SEA 28, TB 3|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns||CLE 21, BAL 14|
|Sunday, Nov 3||New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||NE 27, PIT 21|
|Sunday, Nov 3||Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans||IND 35, HOU 13|
|Monday, Nov 4||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears||GB 35, CHI 17|
Schedule via ESPN.com
Here are a few of the most lopsided matchups in Week 9 of the NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
Andy Reid and his undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are the last team in the league with an untarnished record. But, while the Chiefs' record is spotless, they don't look as dominant as you might think.
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First of all, they haven't played a team with a record better than .500. Secondly, they haven't really been beating teams down, winning their last game over the Browns by just six points and before that by just one point over the struggling Texans.
For being undefeated, the Chiefs are definitely beatable. Their passing offense is ranked 24th in the NFL, averaging just over 200 yards per game. The thing that really saves them is their defense. They haven't allowed more than 17 points in a game this season and have the fourth-best passing defense and the 11th-best rushing defense.
So, do the Bills really have a chance? For some strange reason, maybe. The Bills have knocked off the Chiefs in their last two meetings, which has to count for something, right? Even with the quarterback carousel in Buffalo, the Bills are scrappy. The Bills have pulled off some impressive wins this season and have only lost two games by double digits.
Unfortunately, it's just not in the cards this week.
The Bills are scrappy, and if they had a real quarterback, maybe they could pull it off. Their biggest issue will be their seventh-best rushing attack, which has struggled with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson still lingering, and they just won't have the oomph to get the job done.
PREDICTION: Kansas City 35, Buffalo 21
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 7-1 Seattle Seahawks against the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now there's a matchup. This one won't be as ugly as it probably should be because the one thing the Bucs do well is defend the run.
They have the seventh-best rushing defense in the league, allowing just over 94 yards per game. The Seahawks are really good at running the rock, fourth-best in the league to be exact, so, for the Bucs, at least they match up decently.
Then there's all that stuff Tampa doesn't do well. The Buccaneers offense isn't super effective on the ground or through the air, and without Doug Martin, there aren't many options offensively. Vincent Jackson is good and all, but the Seahawks have one of the best defensive backfields in the NFL, which will be more than capable of handling one receiver.
No offense means no points for the Bucs, but they'll at least put some points on the board.
PREDICTION: Seattle 28, Tampa Bay 3
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
This one might get ugly. The Cowboys have been putting up crazy numbers all season, scoring over 30 points five times. The Vikings...haven't. They've put up some points, but without a legitimate option at quarterback to duel it out with Tony Romo, they just don't have a chance.
Vikings undecided on starting QB http://t.co/kWBUGjiTb2— Vikings Report (@VikingsReport) October 29, 2013
The Cowboys put up over 260 passing yards per game, which is eighth-best in the league. The Vikings are the third worst in the league against the pass. That doesn't bode well for the Minnesota Adrian Petersons.
Unfortunately for AP, he can't snap, pass and catch the ball. He could be a factor if the game stays close enough to let him run, but if Romo and the Cowboys come flying out of the gates, the Vikes don't have much of an answer.
Tony and America's team are too much to handle for a struggling Minnesota squad.
PREDICTION: Dallas 45, Minnesota 13
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