NFL: Week Nine Picks

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2008

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

Thomas Jones will have to produce most of New York's offense, with Coles and Cotchery maybe sitting out the game with injuries. Buffalo's rush attack should get stuffed by the Jets' elite run defense, so Trent Edwards will have to win the game with Lee Evans and Josh Reed.

Pick: Bills

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

The Bears already smoked the Lions 34-7 in Detroit, and there's no reason to think this week's game in Chicago will be any different.

Pick: Bears

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals suck. The Jags aren't good, but they aren't as bad as the lowly Bengals.

Pick: Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

Both teams are coming off of wins. But the Ravens' defense is as stellar as ever, and Joe Flacco is getting better. Meanwhile, the Browns have been playing too well lately to keep it up much longer.  

Pick: Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Kansas City Chiefs

This is really the week of bottom-feeders against contenders. The Chiefs suck. The Bucs hit a rough patch against the Cowboys, but who hasn't had a bad game this year?

Pick: Bucs

Houston Texans @ Minnesota Vikings

The Texans are on a three-game winning streak, and the Vikings haven't been playing well lately.  

Pick: Texans

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

The Rams have won two-of-three, but the Cardinals' offense is just too good.

Pick: Cardinals

Green Bay Packers @ Tennessee Titans

The Packers are one-dimensional offensively, and the Titans' explosive run offense matches up well with the Packers' pedestrian run defense.

Pick: Titans

Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos

The Broncos have lost three-of-four, and Ronnie Brown should tear the Broncos a new one out of the Wildcat formation.  

Pick: Dolphins

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

The Cowboys are coming off a tough, hard-earned win over the Bucs, and the Giants are coming off of a resilient victory for which they beat the Steelers at their own game.

Pick: Giants

Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders

The Falcons aren't especially good, but the Raiders can't win without McFadden.

Pick: Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks

Brian Westbrook could single-handedly outscore the Seahawks.

Pick: Eagles

New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts

The Patriots keep finding ways to win, and even if Addai and Sanders return for the Colts, they'll be rusty—especially Sanders—and the offense should still be stagnant.

Pick: Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins

The Redskins have proved themselves against quality opposition. The Steelers haven't. Look for the Steelers to drop to 0-3 against NFC teams.

Pick: Redskins


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