NFL Picks Week 9: Predictions for Every Game This Weekend

Josh McCainSenior Writer INovember 4, 2010

NFL Picks Week 9: Predictions for Every Game This Weekend

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Peyton Manning #18 of Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Houston Texans  at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Well we're at the halfway point in the season, and I have to say a lot of what has gone down has been nearly hard to predict.

    For instance when the season started who the heck would have thought two of the weekend's biggest games would be KC@OAK and TB@ATL?

    Even in this unpredictable season I'm still doing respectable at 70-47 overall.

    Well anyways, let's get to the picks.

NYJ @ DET

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets hands the ball to teammate LaDainian Tomlinson #21 against the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    On the subject of unpredictable, who would have thought the Jets would get shut out at home 9-0?

    Also who thought the Lions would have a double-digit win over the Redskins where Donovan McNabb gets pulled with 1:45 remaining?

    Even with both teams having unpredictable performances last week, this week should be predictable and the Jets should get back to their Super Bowl shuffle.

    Jets win 16-9.

TB @ ATL

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to Head Coach Raheem Morris during a timeout against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty
    Harry How/Getty Images

    This game is a showdown for first place in the NFC South, who knew that it would be at the start of the season?

    Anyways, both these teams are off to a good start, where they'll finish I'm not sure because I'm not fully sold on both.

    With that said my pick simply goes down to home-field advantage, which means I give the game to Atlanta.

    No score here, Atlanta by the home field given three points.

SD @ HOU

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Andre Johnson #80 of Houston Texans scores a touchdown while defeded by Aaron Francisco #43 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    I don't know what to make of either of these two teams.  At moments of their games they look unstoppable, then the next you wonder how they're ever going to win another game.

    So it comes down to defense. 

    The Chargers can play defense, Houston, not so much.

    So Chargers win 31-27.

MIA @ BAL

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 37-34. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
    Larry French/Getty Images

    The Dolphins travel up to Baltimore to take on the Ravens and their smothering defense.

    This isn't a slam dunk win for the Ravens who needed extra time to beat the lowly Bills, but Chad Henne isn't Ryan Fitzpatrick (again who at the beginning of the season thought anyone would say that).

    This will be a low-scoring ugly game, and the Ravens' defense will be the difference.

    Ravens win 17-10.

NO @ CAR

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  Julius Jones #21 of the New Orleans Saints and Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers exchange words during their game at Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints won 20-10 over the St
    Karl Walter/Getty Images

    The Saints got a desperately needed shot in the arm with their win over the Steelers on Sunday, and as dessert they get the lowly Panthers.

    Even with the Saints' long Super Bowl hangover, they won't lose this one.

    Saints win 24-14.

ARI @ MIN

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals passes in the pocket against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    These two teams are terrible, but at least to me it looks like the Cardinals are trying to win and the Vikings have appeared to pack it all in.

    So where I would normally take the Vikings at home in this one, I'm going with the Cardinals because they at least look to me like they're going to play the season out where the Vikings and their elderly quarterback just can't wait for their nightmare to be over.

    So (can't believe I'm doing this) Cardinals win 17-14 in overtime.

CHI @ BUF

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills passes   during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2010  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    After their loss to Jacksonville (when I picked them to win) I swore I was done picking the Bills this season.

    However, they welcome the Bears to Toronto this Sunday and Ryan Fitzpatrick has been nuts lately.

    If the Bills defense can get to Jay Cutler (and I think they can), I think the Bills can win this game.

    So like my last pick I'm going against my best judgment and I'll take the Bills 20-10.

NE @ CLE

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31:  Tom Brady #12 of New England Patriots reacts after a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
    Jim Rogash/Getty Images

    They Patriots are looking to be in Super Bowl form again, and the Browns are the Browns.

    Pats win 28-6.

    Also, look for the awkward handshake at the end of the game between the two head coaches.

NYG @ SEA

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Running back Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown with Rich Seubert #69 against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Just when I thought the Seahawks were for real, they laid an egg against of all teams the Raiders.

    The Giants though are for real, and are probably the best team in the NFC.

    So, this is an easy pick Giants win 27-13.

IND @ PHI

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Max Jean Gilles #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    This game is going to come down to the Eagles defense.

    Are they going to be able to shut down Peyton Manning?

    They have the ability to, but it's Peyton Manning and it's hard to pick against Peyton Manning so I won't.

    Colts win this one 24-20.

KC @ OAK

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Kicker Ryan Succop #6 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after making a filed goal in overtime to win the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 31, 2010  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Ladies and Gentlemen your game of the week!

    I've said it all season that the Raiders have no chance at the postseason, and I still feel that way, but a win over the Chiefs could go a long way towards changing my mind.

    But I don't think they will, the Chiefs are going to win a close one 17-13.

DAL @ GB

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 15: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers tries unsuccessfully to stretch the ball over the goal line as he's tackled by Orlando Scandrick #32 and Keith Booking #51 of the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 i
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    At the start of the season we all thought this could be a preview for the NFC Championship game.

    Well at this point in the season we know one of these teams won't be there.

    The Cowboys look like they've packed it in for the rest of the season, and probably have a lame duck coaching staff so who is going to pick them in this game?

    Not me, the Packers are finally enjoying a winning streak, and won't let the Cowboys spoil it.

    Packers win 24-7.

PIT @ CIN

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scrambles out of the pocket during their game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bengals defeated the
    Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    I'm sure when the schedule makers made this a Monday Night Game they thought this would have AFC North Championship implications, well, they were wrong.

    The Bengals are just terrible, and the Steelers are the Steelers.

    The Bengals will bungle their way to another loss.

    Steelers win 28-13.

That's All Folks

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Fans of the Dallas Cowboys wear brown paper bags over their head as they watch the Cowboys play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Image
    Chris Chambers/Getty Images

    Well folks enjoy Sunday's games, and if you're one of those fans whose team is all but out of the playoffs just remember there is always next year.