We have run through half of the games this year and there is still no clear Super Bowl favorite. And who does not love a little parody? For the first time in a while it is not set in stone who will be in the AFC and NFC championship games and that is kind of cool. Let us predict the slate of games on the Week 9 docket; there are some good ones.
Last Week: 11-2
Thursday, November 2nd, 8:25 e.t.
Buffalo Bills (5-2) @ New York Jets (3-5)
The Bills defense is looking good this year and after adding Kelvin Benjamin they finally have a legitimate threat downfield which should bode well for them. However, I’m feeling a frisky effort from the Jets on Thursday night and I think they can upset Buffalo playing at home.
New York 19, Buffalo 17
Sunday, November 5th, 1:00 e.t.
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) @ New York Giants (1-6)
Not gonna dwell on this one much. The Rams offense is good and their defense travels well. The Giants simply have no answers on the attack to keep pace with Sean McVay’s squad.
Los Angeles 31, New York 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5) @ New Orleans Saints (5-2)
How about the Saints ripping off five straight wins. They’ve play complimentary football and are for real. That said, the Bucs are desperate and this is a divisional game. I see Tampa putting in their best effort of the season and shocking N’awleans with a huge win.
Tampa Bay 31, New Orleans 28 ***UPSET OF THE WEEK***
Atlanta Falcons (4-3) @ Carolina Panthers (5-3)
This is a big game for each team, the winner will be in a good spot to make a run to the playoffs whereas the loser will be having to play catch-up in a major way. I dont like how the Falcon defense has been playing and the Panthers have a “D” that is hot. I’ll take them at home.
Carolina 23, Atlanta 16
Baltimore Ravens (4-3) @ Tennessee Titans (4-3)
The Baltimore run defense did bounce back last week, but on the whole they have been bad this year and that does not bode well for them on the road against the Titans who will be trying to pound the rock. I will go with the home team in this situation.
Tennessee 26, Baltimore 16
Indianapolis Colts (2-5) @ Houston Texans (3-4)
The Texans lost last week but they looked fantastic in doing so. DeShaun Watson continues to impress and is having no trouble carving up defenses. Indy doesn’t exactly have a good “D” either so that trend should continue this week also.
Houston 35, Indianapolis 15
Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
The Jags return home where they hope to take advantage of an inconsistent Cincy team with their solid defense. In a battle of the big cats, I am going to take the Jags to come out on top because I think they can force a big turnover or two to swing things in their favor.
Jacksonville 26, Cincinnati 22
Denver Broncos (3-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (7-1)
I was gonna go with the Broncos here in an upset, but I really do not trust their offense. They have been sloppy and at times unwatchable whereas the Philly offense has been the total opposite. I believe that will make the difference in this contest.
Philadelphia 23, Denver 13
Sunday, November 5th, 4:05 e.t.
Arizona Cardinals (3-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-8)
The Niners did a thing when they traded for Jimmy Garoppolo and that was an excellent move. Unfortunately he will not have enough time to get Kyle Shanahan’s offense down pat going into this game and the Cardinals are due to win a game with their defense. Methinks that happens on Sunday.
Arizona 20, San Francisco 11
Washington Redskins (3-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
The Hawks are getting their offense rolling and that is a scary thought for the rest of the NFC. Their defense was embarrassed last week but that was an aberration. Washington is reeling and do not have a ton of weapons to threaten the Legion of Boom on the road.
Seattle 30, Washington 16 ***LOCK OF THE WEEK***
Sunday, November 5th, 4:25 e.t.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-3)
Will Ezekiel Elliot play in this game? Whether or not he does will influence this pick. As of Wednesday it seems like he will not, and I am going to bet on that. Of course I do reserve the right to change my mind if I feel like it. The Chiefs do have the better team, in my opinion.
Kansas City 33, Dallas 27
Sunday, November 5th, 8:30 e.t.
Oakland Raiders (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (4-3)
The Miami offense was atrocious once again this past Thursday against the Ravens and they will need to take advantage of a poor Oakland “D” if they hope to remain contenders in the AFC Wild Card picture. I don’t think they will and the Raiders keep their season alive… again.
Oakland 27, Miami 13
Monday, November 6th, 8:30 e.t.
Detroit Lions (3-4) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3)
Week 9 ends in Green Bay and the Lions need this one. They played Pittsburgh tough last week but just could not finish drives when they got into the red zone. I think they will do a much better job at that this week and come away from Lambeau with a big win evening their record once again.
Detroit 28, Green Bay 20