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NFL Week 9 Picks: What Are ESPN Experts Predicting?

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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Zach KruseSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2016

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. 

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