NFL Week 9 Picks: Frank Caliendo's Picks on FOX and 3 of My Picks

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IINovember 6, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints passes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Saints 31-21.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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For those of you who want to play against Frank Caliendo, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, just go to the Fox Sports website and play Frank's picks. Also, make sure to tune in and watch the FOX NFL Sunday Pregame show that starts at 12 p.m. ET.   

I was 3-1 in my picks in Week 8. 

I picked the the Vikings over the Panthers, the Lions over the Tebows—I mean the Broncos, the Redskins over the Bills and the Steelers over the Patriots.  

I know some of you look at my Redskins pick and think that I don't believe in the Bills, but it's not that I don't believe in the Bills, it's just that I wasn't ready to say that these are the Redskins of the last decade. You know, the Redskins that traded for Donovan McNabb and pushed Campbell out town? I think Mike Shanahan can help his team bounce back, but they were just terrible in Week 8, and that's all I can say about that pick.

On paper it said Vikings vs Panthers, but in reality it was Adrian Peterson vs. the Panthers defense, and we all know how that went. I could say a bunch of things about Tim Tebow's performance, but we'll see how he plays against the Raiders before I tell you how Tebow can't play. Defense wins championships, and the Steelers showed Bill Belichick  exactly that.   

And here are this weeks picks .  


Bucanneers vs. Saints  

The Saints are 5-3, and the Bucs are 4-3. The Saints are coming off a loss to the Rams, and the Bucs are coming off a loss to the Bears. The Bucs won the last matchup against the Saints.

The question that I've heard asked more than once this week is "What's wrong with the Saints?" I don't think there is much wrong with the Saints—I honestly think the Rams stepped up their game after being embarrassed by the Cowboys. I look at this game, and it might be close, but the Saints are just better than the Bucs in just about every statistical category. Raheem Morris says that stats are overrated, and he better hope they are in this game. 

My pick: Saints 


Giants vs. Patriots 

It's been four years since the Giants and Patriots faced off in the Super Bowl. I still remember the catch that helped the Giants win that game. I think this will be a good close game with a dramatic ending—not as dramatic as the Super Bowl but pretty dramatic. This game will be decided by the offensive and defensive lines of both teams.  

My pick: Giants  


Packers vs. Chargers 

The Packers are 7-0, while the Chargers are 4-3. Chargers fans may be worried, but they shouldn't be. The Chargers are off to a good start compared to how they have started in the past. Phillip Rivers is having a bad season, and that can happen to any player, even the great players.

The Packers couldn't have a better start. They are the defending champions at 7-0, and Aaron Rodgers looks better than that Favre guy ever did. Both have good defenses and both have good offenses, so this might be a close game. The more balanced offense will win this game. 

My pick: Packers

My upset pick of the week: Rams over the Cardinals