NFL Picks and Predictions: Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Winners of Week 9
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?
The following slides contain predictions for every matchup in Week 9.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)