There are bound to be some close battles in Week 9 of the NFL season, but there are also going to be several teams that will have no problem blowing out their opponents.
There are six teams on bye this week and one game already out of the way, which means that there are 12 matchups remaining in Week 9. We saw the Miami Dolphins take down the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football thanks to a game-winning safety in overtime.
That game was close, but there are going to be some big blowouts this week. With that being said, let's take a look at the full list of remaining matches, followed by a breakdown of what will likely be this week's most lopsided games.
|NFL Week 9 Predictions|
|Kansas City Chiefs||24-14||Buffalo Bills|
|Minnesota Vikings||20-28||Dallas Cowboys|
|Tennessee Titans||24-10||St. Louis Rams|
|New Orleans Saints||30-17||New York Jets|
|San Diego Chargers||28-31||Washington Redskins|
|Atlanta Falcons||14-28||Carolina Panthers|
|Philadelphia Eagles||17-21||Oakland Raiders|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneeers||20-30||Seattle Seahawks|
|Baltimore Ravens||14-20||Cleveland Browns|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||21-28||New England Patriots|
|Indianapolis Colts||31-14||Houston Texans|
|Chicago Bears||20-35||Green Bay Packers|
|Predictions by Tyler Brooke|
Atlanta Falcons (2-5) at Carolina Panthers (4-3)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Prediction: 28-14, Panthers
At the beginning of the year, most people would have had the Atlanta Falcons blowing out the Carolina Panthers in this one, but based off of what we've seen through the first eight weeks, it's the Panthers that have the big advantage in this one.
With a 2-5 record, the only wins that the Falcons have so far this year are against the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White struggling to stay healthy, the offense hasn't been as explosive as they would like. Matt Ryan had been having a solid season before last week against the Arizona Cardinals, throwing four interceptions in the game.
The secondary for the Falcons is incredibly young and inexperienced, with opposing quarterbacks posting a 105.5 passer rating. Meanwhile, the Panthers do a great job defensively, allowing just a 78.5 passer rating and holding opponents to just 13.7 points per game.
Cam Newton has led the Panthers to three straight blowouts, winning those games by a combined score of 96-38. In those games, Newton has put up eight total touchdowns and not thrown a single interception.
The Panthers have looked like a serious playoff contender lately, and that's very bad news for a Falcons team that's struggled to stay healthy and win games.
Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Houston Texans (2-5)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Prediction: 31-14, Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are having a terrific season, and even though they will be without Reggie Wayne for the rest of the year, they shouldn't have much of a problem taking down the struggling Houston Texans.
With wins against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, the Colts have proved that they can beat just about anyone. Their defense has improved significantly this year, holding opponents to just 18.7 points per game.
Andrew Luck has been having a great year running the offense, and that should continue this week. In his two career games against the Texans, Luck has thrown for 377 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions.
For the Texans, they will be going with Case Keenum in this one. He had a solid first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown. However, the offense has failed to produce during this five-game losing streak, averaging just 12.2 points per game.
J.J. Watt has led a strong defense against the pass in 2013, as the Texans lead the league allowing just 145.6 passing yards per game. However, with Brian Cushing done for the year, the defense will likely start to show signs of struggle, much like they did in 2012 without him.
I really think that Keenum struggles in this one, keeping the Texans from winning this one. Luck will likely have a big game after the bye week and lead the Colts to another big win to take a commanding lead in the AFC South.
Chicago Bears (4-3) at Green Bay Packers (5-2)
Date: Monday, Nov. 4
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Prediction: 35-20, Packers
The Chicago Bears will be without Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs in this one, and that is very bad news as they head to Green Bay to take on the Packers.
Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback for Chicago on Monday, and that's also not good news. He may have passed for 204 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Redskins, but they have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
The defense for the Bears isn't much better, either. They've allowed 391 yards and 29.4 points per game, some of the worst marks in the NFL. With Briggs out of the lineup, things will likely get even worse.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been terrific offensively. They've put up 438.9 yards and 30.3 points per game, putting them just behind the Broncos as one of the league's most efficient offenses.
The running game has been huge for the Packers this year, and that's something we haven't been used to seeing over the past few seasons. They're running for 141.4 yards per game, the third-most in the NFL.
Even without Randall Cobb, the Packers are just fine offensively, and they should have no problem taking down the Bears. This is a big divisional rivalry, and you can bet that the Packers will stay aggressive and not let up for the majority of the game.