Free NFL Picks: Week Nine

WesAnalyst INovember 6, 2009

MIAMI - OCTOBER 25:  A Saints' fan shows her support as the New Orleans Saints take on the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Saints defeated the Dolphins 46-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Go ahead. Call me Eddie Mush. I deserve it.

I'm sure everyone missed my picks last week because I am perfect fade material right now.

So what is the strategy this week? Who knows? I'm going to stick to my guns and try to figure out the slop that is the NFL.

This could be the sorriest sport we watch on a consistent basis.

It is filled with a bunch of teams that are above average at best.

The entire NFC stinks from top to bottom. And please don't tell me the Saints are good.

They escaped with a victory against the Dolphins and then try to blow the game against the Falcons. The Saints are dying to be exposed.

Seriously though. Who did the Saints beat that is noteworthy?

Start from the top.

Detroit? No really.

Philadelphia? No McNabb that game, so it doesn’t count.

Buffalo? They stink.

N.Y. Jets? They're frauds.

N.Y. Giants? They're in freefall.

Miami? I got your wildcat right here. They stink, too.

Atlanta? This team stinks on the road (0-3 so far).

The sad part is that New Orleans has one tough game left on the schedule: Home against New England on Nov. 30.

Until then we will watch a bunch of fraudulent teams pollute our minds until we finally realize how awful the NFL is.

On to the picks:

Dallas (+3) @ Philadelphia

I hope my mush continues and I bring home a win for the Eagles. I hate the Cowboys more than the New York Yankees and the stiff in my office whose phone plays “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock.

But I have to make the pick based on what I have seen.

The Eagles are coming off wins against the lowly Washington Redskins and the reeling New York Giants. The Cowboys really haven't beaten anyone great either, but I do like the revenge factor in this game.

The Cowboys were flat-out embarrassed last year, and I believe they get their revenge here.

I do not trust an Eagles defensive line that relies on blitzes to get pressure. I know Tony Romo doesn't handle blitzes well, but I am intrigued to see how well he plays this week while he is in the midst of playing some of his best football.

Cowboys 28 - Eagles 24

Pittsburgh (-3) @ Denver

Is that a dead quail coming down or the Denver Broncos?

Hate to say it Denver fans, but this season is going to look eerily similar to last year's collapse.

I think Josh McDaniels is a good coach, and I believe in him. I still believe in the defense, too.

I don't believe in Kyle Orton. This stiff will be the greatest undoing for the Broncos and it will show on Monday Night Football .

The Steelers will shut down the run as usual and then beg Orton to beat them.

Orton will comply.

Pittsburgh 20 - Denver 13

Carolina (+13) @ New Orleans

People thought they were world-beaters against the Giants and then came out flat against the Dolphins and got a miracle cover.

Now people are going to think they are hot because they beat a bad Atlanta team.

Well guess what? They come out flat in this game, too.

Carolina needs to get back to being a physical team and try to grind out this game with the Saints. Someone needs to realize the way to beat the Saints is to control the clock and keep that offense on the sidelines.

New Orleans 30 - Carolina 22


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