NFL Week 9 Predictions: Straight Up, Against the Spread and Over/Under

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NFL Week 9 Predictions: Straight Up, Against the Spread and Over/Under
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Touchdown, Kan-sas City!

Picks Record Through Week 8

Straight Up:  77-39   Against the Spread:  67-49   Over/Under:  57-59

Just when I thought I was having a weak picks’ season, I decided to check myself against the experts at CBS Sports. Much to my joy, I find that I have a better winning percentage than Prisco, Judge, Freeman, Richard and Brinson. Even better, I am leading my pool. Hurray! Onward to Week 9:

Here’s a question:  is it possible to be the Comeback Player of the Year—if you’ve never been there to start with? I ask, you see, because Alex Smith is playing like an actual professional quarterback.  Whatever Jim Harbaugh is telling him should be bottled. So, can he be “back?” If Tommy Maddox can be the Comeback Kid, then I guess so can Alex Smith. Wow.

I, like every other football fan in America, have a new opinion on Tim Tebow. Regular readers will remember that I keep saying No. 15 is being shopped. But, since there are not any top-level WRs left in the Mile High City, I wasn’t sure how they were going to make Timmy look good enough that anyone would want to trade for him. But now I think I know:  the Broncos are going to sell Tebow as a half-back. Yes, I’m serious. They’ve thrown in the towel on him as a QB, taken away anybody good for him to pass to and now will let him run around like crazy for the next 8 weeks. That way, Elway can pitch him as a runner. It really does make sense if you think about it. Depressing, but logical.

Can we all just gather our wits for a moment and acknowledge Andy Dalton? The Red Rifle (and you know you’ve arrived when you get a nickname like that!) was drafted 35th overall last April. That means Cincy avoided giving him first round money and got a franchise QB at the same time. Not bad.

The 24-year-old managed a 63.1 percent completion rate in in October. He throws for 63.4 percent in wins and 60.3 percent in losses. I’m thinking that, if he weren’t such a good human, Tebow would kill for numbers like that. Dalton’s QB rating in October was 83.1. Not great, but a lot of veteran signal callers aren’t faring as well.

Most importantly and impressively, Andy has led his team to a 5-2 record and they could be in position to make a Wild Card bid come December. Yes, the Bengals.

Dalton and first rounder A.J. Green look set to make a ten year run as the next dynamic QB/WR duo. Of course that’s what we thought about Palmer/Johnson too. Gee, and we were all feeling so good about things in Cincy.

Finally, can someone please teach football players how to stretch? If I owned a NFLfranchise and had lost the entire off-season to a lockout, I would make yoga mandatory. I am so sick of seeing these athletes losing weeks out of their careers due to hamstring injuries that are directly proportional to a lack of training camp. It’s tragic—and avoidable.

Let’s pick some games.

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