Movie Quote of the Day:
“Brennan, I can’t even make eye contact with you right now. Your voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus…but for a second, I think you took the shape of a unicorn.”
– Dale Doback, Step Brothers (2008)
Here the match-ups for week nine:
Week eight record: 11-3 (78.4 percent)
All-time record: 73-46 (61.3 percent)
Teams with bye weeks:
Kansas City (3-5)
Cleveland (2-6) vs. Cincinnati (7-0)
Paul Brown Stadium
Line: CIN -11.5
This is the kind of game that would sneak up on Cincinnati in the past. However, I believe this Cincinnati team is the real deal. I keep looking for them to slip up somewhere and they don’t. Cleveland is not a good team. Andy Dalton has been playing lights out all season. I can’t see a Cleveland led by Johnny Manziel going into Cincinnati and giving the Bengals their first loss of the season. I think Cincinnati remains unbeaten.
Prediction: Bengals 31, Browns 14
Washington (3-4) vs. New England (7-0)
Line: NE -15
I could see New England slipping up if this game were in Landover, Md. Washington isn’t an awful team. This could be a trap game for New England regardless of the location of the game. However, I don’t think it’ll happen. I don’t see how Kirk Cousins could outplay Tom Brady in Foxboro anyway. I think New England will win with ease.
Prediction: Patriots 35, Redskins 17
Tennessee (1-6) vs. New Orleans (4-4)
New Orleans, La.
Line: NO -9.5
Tennessee is trending in the wrong direction. The Titans haven’t played well since week one, and just fired their head coach this week. New Orleans has played well the last few weeks. Marcus Mariota is still questionable due to injury. The Saints have the better roster and better head coach. I think New Orleans wins.
Prediction: Saints 27, Titans 13
Miami (3-4) vs. Buffalo (3-4)
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Line: BUF -3
This is the second meeting between these two teams this season. The first game was all Buffalo as they won 41-14. Miami is a different team than they were in the first meeting. I expect this game to be much closer than the first. However, it’s difficult to play on the road in the NFL. I think Buffalo wins in a close one.
Prediction: Bills 24, Dolphins 19
St. Louis (4-3) vs. Minnesota (5-2)
TCF Bank Stadium
The record doesn’t show it, but St. Louis is a pretty good team. Minnesota has an impressive record on paper. However, the combined record of the teams that Minnesota has defeated is 9-30. The Vikings haven’t beaten anyone remotely good; I’m not sold on them. The Rams have had a tougher schedule so far and have beat some good teams. I think the Rams get the win in a close one.
Prediction: Rams 23, Vikings 20
Jacksonville (2-5) vs. New York Jets (4-3)
East Rutherford, N.J.
Line: NYJ -8.5
Jacksonville is coming off a bye week. The Jets were embarrassed last week against Oakland. During that game, the Jets’ starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick got injured. It’s been announced that Fitzpatrick will play for this game despite his hand injury. I want to take the Jaguars, but I think the Jets’ defense will be too much. I think the Jets will win.
Prediction: Jets 24, Jaguars 13
Oakland (4-3) vs. Pittsburgh (4-4)
Line: PIT -4.5
Oakland destroyed the Jets last week. Pittsburgh suffered a close loss to Cincinnati. In the loss, Pittsburgh lost running back Le’Veon Bell for the season. That’s a huge blow for the Steelers, but DeAngelo Williams filled in nicely the first two games when Bell was suspended. West Coast teams never do well when traveling to the East Coast. I think Pittsburgh wins the game.
Prediction: Steelers 27, Raiders 21
New York Giants (4-4) vs. Tampa Bay (3-4)
Raymond James Stadium
Line: NYG -2.5
Tampa Bay has been one of the most improved teams since their embarrassing week one performance against Tennessee. Jameis Winston has been playing well recently. Winston hasn’t thrown an interception in three games (progress). The Giants just gave up 52 points to New Orleans last week. It’s tough to win on the road. I’m taking the Buccaneers to win.
Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Giants 28
Atlanta (6-2) vs. San Francisco (2-6)
Santa Clara, Calif.
Line: ATL -7.5
Atlanta has hit a little bit of a skid ever since getting off to an undefeated start. San Francisco continues to be awful. The 49ers benched Colin Kaepernick this week for Blaine Gabbert. That’s saying something since Gabbert is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. I can’t see Gabbert making enough plays to lead San Francisco to a win. I think Atlanta struggles at first, but pulls away late.
Prediction: Falcons 27, 49ers 10
Denver (7-0) vs. Indianapolis (3-5)
Lucas Oil Stadium
Line: DEN -5
Denver’s defense made Aaron Rodgers look like one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL last week. Andrew Luck has struggled all season against defenses much worse than Denver. If Denver gave Rodgers a hard time, I can’t imagine what they’re going to do with Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense. I think the Broncos win in a close one.
Prediction: Broncos 28, Colts 23
Philadelphia (3-4) vs. Dallas (2-5)
Line: PHI -2.5
This is the second meeting between these teams. Dallas won the first meeting in an ugly game in week two. However, that was against a different Eagles team that couldn’t run the ball effectively. This Eagles team is much better than they were in week two. Dallas is still without Tony Romo and have to settle for Matt Cassel at quarterback for another week. Dallas has had too many injuries this season. I think Philadelphia wins this game.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Cowboys 20
Chicago (2-5) vs. San Diego (2-6)
San Diego, Calif.
Line: SD -4
It’s a battle of two bad teams on Monday Night Football. It has to be difficult for ESPN to try to promote this game. I think Chicago is the better team. The Bears have been more impressive this season than San Diego, in my opinion. I think John Fox is one of the better coaches in the NFL. However, I trust Philip Rivers to score more points than Jay Cutler. I’m picking the Chargers.
Prediction: Chargers 30, Bears 21
Game of the Week:
Green Bay (6-1) vs. Carolina (7-0)
Bank of America Stadium
Line: GB -2.5
Green Bay was embarrassed on Sunday night against Denver. Carolina squeaked one out on Monday night against Indianapolis. As a Green Bay fan, I haven’t seen Green Bay struggle like they did on Sunday night for consecutive weeks for a long time. However, Carolina has a great defense. I can see the Panthers giving Green Bay’s offense similar fits. I’m picking the Panthers.
Prediction: Panthers 28, Packers 20
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