NFL Picks and Predictions: Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Winners of Week 9

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent INovember 6, 2010

NFL Picks and Predictions: Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Winners of Week 9

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  (L-R) Jon Kitna #3, Jason Witten #82 and Phil Costa #67 of the Dallas Cowboys look on from the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (
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    This week in the NFL, there are an assortment of exciting games to watch and enjoy.  With games like the Jets-Lions, Cowboys-Packers and Colts-Eagles, Week 9 is guaranteed to please.

    Can the Mark Sanchez and the Jets get back on track?

    Will the Dallas Cowboys finally win another game?

    Can the New York Giants continue their streak?

    Find out...

    The following slides contain predictions for every matchup in Week 9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after scoring a touchdown against Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Both teams have played spectacular this season, but the Falcons get the edge in this one.  

    In a high scoring duel between quarterbacks, Matt Ryan will prevail.  

    In the past three games Ryan has led the Falcons to two wins and a loss, throwing 63-103 for 736 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions.  Expect this exceptional play to continue into Week 9 in a big divisional game.  

    Michael Turner is another Falcon coming off a good game, rushing 23 times for 121 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.  But, Buccaneer LeGarrette Blount has been explosive of late as well, scoring a pair of touchdowns of his own in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals.  Blount made 22 attempts for 120 yards and made two receptions for nine yards.

    Predicted Outcome: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37 - Atlanta Falcons 38

Chicago Bears @ Buffalo Bills

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Running back Corey McIntyre #38 of the Buffalo Bills wears a mouthguard in the shape of vampire fangs during the game against  the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2010  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Phot
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    The Buffalo Bills shall see their first win of the season in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears.  Coming off  two consecutive losses, the Bears will fall again losing a close defensive battle.  

    Both teams have struggling offenses, in comparison to the rest of the NFL, so a low-scoring game is very likely.

    Predicted Outcome: Chicago Bears 17 - Buffalo Bills 20

New England Patriots @ Cleveland Browns

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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)
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    In Week 7, the Cleveland Browns had a great all-around game, upsetting the New Orleans Saints 30-17. Can they pull off another victory as the underdog?  I'm afraid not.  The New England Patriots should have a dominating game.  

    The Patriots have won their last five games, and that streak is not stopping now.  Quarterback Tom Brady has had one game in which he had more interceptions then touchdowns, and the Patriots still managed to win that outing.

    New England is a dangerous team and far too much for the Cleveland Browns to handle.   

    Predicted Outcome: New England Patriots 38 - Cleveland Browns 16

New York Jets @ Detroit Lions

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Shaun Ellis #92 of the New York Jets is introduced prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    After an extremely tough last two performances, Mark Sanchez will get his act together in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions.  Against the Denver Broncos in Week 6, Sanchez threw for under 200 yards, two interceptions, only one touchdown, and a 60.1 QB rating.  Than he had another awful game against the Packers last week, only completing 42.1 percent of his passes for zero touchdowns and two interceptions.  

    This week he is due for a good game and should have multiple touchdowns against the 19th overall passing defense of the Detroit Lions who give up an average of 219.9 passing YPG.  

    It will not be as good of a game as many analysts have been expecting.

    Predicted Outcome: New York Jets 34 - Detroit Lions 17

Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings jumps through a hole while carrying the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minn
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    With injuries surrounding the Vikings, they should still get the W in Week 9 at home against the Cardinals. Arizona has a non-productive offense and a defense that gives up an average of 374 total yards per game.  

    Favre still hasn't had a great game this season.  This week versus the Cardinals, Brett will have his best outing of the season.

    Predicted Outcome: Arizona Cardinals 20 - Minnesota Vikings 26

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Alex Brown #96 of the New Orleans Saints reacts to a play during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
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    The Carolina Panthers have one of the worst offenses in the National Football League, gaining an average of only 251.5 yards per game.  Against one of the better defenses in the NFL, in the Saints, Carolina will have a tough time scoring.  

    On top of offensive worries, the Panthers have to limit the fifth overall rated passing offense of Drew Brees and the Saints, who average 280.4 passing yards per game.

    Predicted Outcome: New Orleans Saints 27 - Carolina Panthers 13

Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before the game against the Cleveland Browns  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Get
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    The Ravens have started the 2010-11 NFL season in dominant fashion, exhibiting ferocious defense along with penetrating offense.  

    Joe Flacco has shown excellent composure of late, only throwing one interception since his four interception-throwing game in Week 2 against the Bengals.  The Ravens are undefeated at home this year with three wins and will continue this streak through Week 9.  

    Predicted Outcome: Miami Dolphins 20 - Baltimore Ravens 23

San Diego Chargers @ Houston Texans

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Tight end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-2
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    The San Diego Chargers have the best passing game in the NFL this year along with the best defense, statistically. 

    The Chargers have the No. 1 overall passing game in the league averaging 315.3 yards per game.  This will be too much for the Texans' defense to deal with and too much for the Houston offense to keep up with.

    San Diego has the No. 1 overall passing defense along with the second overall rushing defense, which will cause severe struggles for the Houston Texans on Sunday.

    Predicted Outcome: San Diego Chargers 30 - Houston Texans 20

New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Justin Tuck #91  of the New York Giants against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Going up against one of the best defenses in the league, the Seahawks offense will have a sour Sunday. The Seahawks gain an average of 275.5 yards per game, which ranks among the worst teams in the league.

    After starting 1-2, the Giants have won four games in a row.  Dont' expect this hot team to slow down any time soon.

    Predicted Outcome: New York Giants 20 - Seattle Seahawks 10

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs aroung Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The Oakland Raiders are 3-1 at home, and the Kansas City Chiefs are 1-2 when playing away.  The Raiders will continue to thrive in Oakland, while Kansas City's struggles on the road continue.

    Predicted Outcome: Kansas City Chiefs 20 - Oakland Raiders 24

Indianapolis Colts @ Philadelphia Eagles

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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)
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    Peyton Manning has been spectacular his past two performances, scoring a combined four touchdowns without throwing a pick.

    Manning will lead the Colts to another victory this week in dominant fashion.  Vick will see his first start in three weeks but will not be enough for the Eagles to beat out the Colts.

    Predicted Outcome: Indianapolis Colts 30 - Philadelphia Eagles 17

Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  (L-R) Jon Kitna #3, Jason Witten #82 and Phil Costa #67 of the Dallas Cowboys look on from the sideline late in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (
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    The Dallas Cowboys have continuously struggled this season, but Week 9 will mark the turnaround point. In need of a win, Kitna will lead the Cowboys to victory, starting a streak in hopes of making a comeback this season.  

    If Dallas can snag a W this week, they still have a fighter's chance at possibly clawing their way into the playoff race with four conference games still remaining.

    Expect a big game for Marion Barber who has been extremely unproductive thus far.

    Predicted Outcome: Dallas Cowboys 20 - Green Bay Packers 13

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
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    In a very disappointing season for the Cincinnati Bengals, they go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.  

    Big Ben and the Steelers suffered a tough loss last week against the New Orleans Saints, which should encourage Pittsburgh to play with even more intensity this week.    

    Steelers win this game by scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes.

    Predicted Outcome: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 - Cincinnati Bengals 20

Bye Week

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 31: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Carolina Panthers at the Edward Jones Dome on October 31, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Panthers 20-10.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Denver Broncos (2-6)

    Tennessee Titans (5-3)

    St. Louis Rams (4-4)

    San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

    Washington Redskins (4-4)

    Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)