NFL Week Nine Predictions
Last week's record: 9-4
Overall record: 82-34
Lock of the Week: 5-for-8
Washington (2-5) @ Atlanta (4-3): Atlanta looked pretty good in their loss last week to the Saints while the Redskins haven't looked good all year. Atlanta's offense won't look as good as most people will expect it to look because Washington's defense is better than most think, but Atlanta will still win easily.
Atlanta wins, 30-18 (Lock of the Week)
Arizona (4-3) @ Chicago (4-3): Arizona has been very inconsistent this year, which means they should look great here after last week's loss. The Bears seem to have no idea on whether they want to be a good team or a bad team and Jay Cutler has been wildly inconsistent all year. Kurt Warner had a bad outing last week, so look for him to throw a few touchdowns and lead the Cards to a win.
Arizona wins, 23-17
Baltimore (4-3) @ Cincinnati (5-2): The Baltimore defense is embarrassed at how they played during the last drive a few weeks ago against Cincy. They are very prideful and they showed it against the Broncos by playing defense the way fans are used to seeing the Ravens play.
With that said, Baltimore needs this much more than Cincy does. They cannot afford to get swept with both of their Pittsburgh games still ahead of them. The Bengals will come out trying to throw the haymaker early, but Baltimore will absorb it and come out on top on the back of their defense.
Baltimore wins, 20-16
Houston (5-3) @ Indianapolis (7-0): This is the biggest game in Houston Texans history. They will have a lot working for them here. Indy is ravaged with injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Matt Schaub has been pretty good this year and relatively injury-free. Indy didn't look great last week.
However, Owen Daniels is out for the rest of the year and he was to Schaub what Dallas Clark has been to Peyton Manning for years. Indy will pull this out, but don't be surprised to see Houston get the upset.
Indy wins, 28-21
Miami (3-4) @ New England (5-2): The last time the Dolphins went into New England, they embarrassed and surprised the Pats. At the time, Tom Brady was on the shelf and the Wildcat was virtually unknown in the NFL. The Patriots will be ready this time. In addition, the Patriots don't lose coming off of a bye. Miami will keep it close for a while, but the Pats will win.
New England wins, 33-20
Green Bay (4-3) @ Tampa Bay (0-7): This will be a good game for Green Bay to get back on track. For the second time this year, their offensive line got beat up by Minnesota's front four and they need some confidence. That coupled with facing a rookie quarterback making his first start should make for an easy win.
Green Bay wins, 34-6
Jacksonville wins, 20-10
Carolina (3-4) @ New Orleans (7-0): Carolina finally showed glimpses of what they could be against Arizona, but New Orleans is not Arizona. The Saints have shown a few chinks in the armor recently, but they won't be challenged this week. Carolina turns the ball over too much and the Saints turn turnovers into touchdowns.
New Orleans wins, 37-17
Detroit (1-6) @ Seattle (2-5): Both teams are coming off of a loss, but Detroit's is much worse. Seattle lost to a good Dallas team, but they did compete in the first half, so all is not bad in the northwest. Neither team does anything particularly well, so this will come down to Seattle's home field advantage.
Seattle wins, 19-14
San Diego (4-3) @ New York Giants (5-3): Very interesting game. On one side, there are the Giants who looked like world beaters in their first five games. Since then, they have come crashing down to Earth with losses to pretty good teams, two of which were blowouts.
On the other side, there are the always overrated Chargers. They have again gotten off to a slow start, and that will eventually catch up with them. They've also padded their record by beating bad teams, but that stops this week.
New York will go into this game with more urgency than San Diego will. They will have their fans behind them. They will not lose their fourth in a row. They can't afford to lose; San Diego can.
New York Giants win, 26-20
Tennessee (1-6) @ San Francisco (3-4): Tennessee looked pretty good last week against a bad team. San Francisco looked good last week against a very good team. Alex Smith has breathed new life into the Niner offense and going against a bad defense should do nothing to derail the San Fran.
San Francisco wins, 24-13
Dallas (5-2) @ Philadelphia (5-2): Win or lose, Dallas will make a statement. Whether or not that statement is positive is up to them. They have been getting praise recently, and rightfully so, but now they go into Philly where they got absolutely destroyed last December.
For Philly, they need to force Tony Romo to turn the ball over, something he hasn't done over the past month. That means he's due for a few. This won't be the laugher it was last year, but Philly has too many weapons for Dallas to handle.
Philly wins, 31-21
Pittsburgh (5-2) @ Denver (6-1): Was Denver exposed last week? Maybe, but they're still a good team. That being said, Kyle Orton has been playing well, but now he must make plays especially against an opportunistic Steeler defense. Pittsburgh will undoubtedly try to keep Denver's receivers in front of them and force Orton to throw the ball down the field. He won't be effective doing that and the Steelers will hand Denver their second loss.
Pittsburgh wins, 26-13
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