NFL Week 9 Picks: What Are ESPN Experts Predicting?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 3, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 30:   Ahmad Brooks #55 and  Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers hit  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns and force him to fumble the ball at Candlestick Park on October 30, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Here is how the ESPN experts (Eric Allen, Mike Golic, Merril Hoge, Ron Jaworski, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth, Seth Wickersham and Accuscore) picked the NFL's Week 9 games: 

Unanimous picks (8/8)

Dallas Cowboys over Seattle Seahawks: Facing the Cowboys defense without a proven option at quarterback won't be easy for Seattle. 

Atlanta Falcons over Indianapolis Colts: The march towards 0-16 and Andrew Luck continues for the Colts.  

Kansas City Chiefs over Miami Dolphins: There wasn't one ESPN expert that would go out on a limb and pick the improving Dolphins to beat an emotionally spent Chiefs team?

New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Getting beaten down by a previously winless team ensures you're an unanimous pick the next week. 

Houston Texans over Cleveland Browns: Since Mario Williams went out, the Texans are giving up less than 160 yards a game through the air.  

Oakland Raiders over Denver Broncos: The old veteran (Carson Palmer) should get the best of the most criticized second-year quarterback in NFL history. 

Philadelphia Eagles over Chicago Bears: In the eyes of the ESPN experts, the Dream Team has awakened. 


Heavy Favorites (6/8 or more)

Buffalo Bills over New York Jets (6/8): Coming off the bye week does not grant the Jets clearance for takeoff in Orchard Park, NY. 

San Francisco 49ers over Washington Redskins (6/8): Only six of eight ESPN guys think the 49ers will swallow John Beck whole on Sunday?

New England Patriots over New York Giants (6/8): This game has absolutely nothing to do with Super Bowl XLII. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Arizona Cardinals over St. Louis Rams (6/8): Come one, come all: a potential game between two back-up quarterbacks for one-win teams in the NFC West!

Green Bay Packers over San Diego Chargers (7/8): Wickersham has faith that the Philip Rivers will flow again on Sunday. Wait, does that make sense? 

Pittsburgh Steelers over Baltimore Ravens (7/8): What's the over-under on the amount of times the CBS guys will talk about the "physicality" of these two teams Sunday?

Toss ups (5/8 or less)

Cincinnati Bengals over Tennessee Titans (5/8): Despite being 5-2 and winning Rookie of the Month for October, the Red Rifle can't win 'em all over.