As we head into the second half of the regular season – here are our week 9 picks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints (1 PM EST)
The New Orleans Saints have won five games in a row since starting off 0-2 and are heavy favorites going into Sunday’s match-up against Tampa Bay – who have lost their last four in a row. Expect both of these teams to keep their current streaks going.
Final: 35-23 Saints over Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers (1 PM EST)
The Falcons head into Bank of America Stadium for a battle against their NFC South rival Carolina Panthers – who going into this match-up are one game ahead of the Falcons in the divisional race. This is one of the most anticipated games of the week. It will come down to the last two minutes.
Final: 35 – 31 Falcons over Panthers
Los Angeles Rams @ New York Giants (1 PM EST)
It’s no secret the New York Giants season has been a major disappointment to say the least. The Los Angeles Rams are fresh off shutting out the Arizona Cardinals 33-0 at home. Frankly without Odell Beckham the Giants have no chance.
Final: 27-10 Rams over Giants
Baltimore Ravens @ Tennessee Titans (1 PM EST)
After absolutely dominating the Miami Dolphins 40-0 the Baltimore Ravens now have to travel to Tennessee to face the first place Titans. This could be a make or break game for the Ravens, they will rise to the occasion.
Final: 20-17 Ravens over Titans
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1 PM EST)
Jacksonville is currently tied for first place in the AFC South – but don’t let that fool you, Blake Bortles is still the Jaguars’ quarterback and they won’t find any real success until that changes.
Final: 32- 24 Bengals over Jaguars.
Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia Eagles (1 PM EST)
The red-hot Philadelphia Eagles have won six in a row going into Week 9 – after adding Jay Ajayi to their roster look for them to keep that streak alive. The Eagles are looking like real contenders this year and they seem to get more convincing each week.
Final: 24 – 21 Eagles over Broncos.
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans (1 PM EST)
After losing rookie QB Deshaun Watson for the season with a torn ACL they have to rely on backup Tom Savage to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Andrew Luck-less Colts are more focused on who their first pick in April will be.
Final: 14 – 6 Texans over Colts
Washington Redskins @ Seattle Seahawks (4:05 PM EST)
The Seahawks come into this weeks match-up having won their last four in a row. The Redskins can only hope to make a run at the wildcard assuming the Eagles have the NFC East locked up. This one is going to be close.
Final: 23 – 19 Seahawks over Redskins
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers (4:05 PM EST)
Arizona should get back to .500 this week facing the winless 49ers, although it will be interesting to see what newly acquired QB Jimmy Garoppolo will do in his San Fran debut.
Final: 28-13 Cardinals over 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs @ Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM EST)
The AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs come into Jerry World Sunday afternoon looking to shutdown Dak Prescott and the Cowboys – but expect Dallas to hold it down at home.
Final: 27-23 Cowboys over Chiefs.
Oakland Raiders @ Miami Dolphins (8:30 PM EST)
The Oakland Raiders head to Miami for this weeks Sunday Night Football match-up taking on Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in their first game since trading away running-back Jay Ajayi. This one could go either way, but we’ll give it to the home team.
Final: 17-14 Dolphins over Raiders
Monday Night Football
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers (8:30 PM EST)
The Detroit Lions have now lost their last three games in a row after failing to score a single touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. You’ve got to believe this game is a make-or-break for the Lions. They have to beat the Packers in Lambeau – A feat they have only accomplished once in the past twenty five years. They will leave Lambeau with a W this week – but only because Aaron Rodgers won’t be playing.
Final: 27-17 Lions over Packers