Here is a look at the NFL Week 9 Predictions. Can the Giants get up for the Steelers after a very tough week? Will the Atlanta still be undefeated at the end of the day? Let’s take a closer look at today’s slate.
Denver(-3.5) at Cincinnati 1:00PM – Denver and Peyton Manning have become everyone’s darling. The Bengals have really fallen off the table. After a 3-1 start Cincinnati has dropped their last three, two of those at home. The Bengals had a bye last week. Denver has won two in a row, and despite the early start at 1:00PM the Broncos just have too much offense for Cincy.
Denver 33 Cincinnati 21
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Arizona at Green Bay(-10) 1:00PM – Arizona can’t score and Green Bay can score. That’s bad news for the Cardinals. Arizona started the season 4-0. They’ve since dropped their last four. They haven’t scored more than 16 in any of those four losses. The Packers have righted the ship after that awful loss to the Colts, and have won three in a row. They are averaging 32 points in those three wins. They were lackluster last week against the Jags, but get focused here before the bye week.
Green Bay 31 Arizona 13
Miami(-2) at Indianapolis 1:00PM – The Dolphins are off a big road win against the Jets as a dog and now they travel to Indianapolis and are installed as a favorite. While the Dolphins have been road warriors they have fared well after the Jets. Indy won on the road last week for the first time in 11 tries, and they’ve played well at home. Coach Chuck Pagano expected to be in attendance today. Indy gets the win.
Indianapolis 23 Miami 17
Baltimore(-3.5) at Cleveland 1:00PM – Baltimore is off a bye, but prior to that they got blown out against the Houston Texans. That week the Ravens learned that Ray Lewis would be out the rest of the season. Cleveland has played better but they’re still 2-6. Baltimore is down, but this is an all hands deck situation for Baltimore. Baltimore wins this one in a laugher.
Baltimore 31 Cleveland 13
Buffalo at Houston(-10) 1:00PM – Both teams are off a bye. The Texans offense should have a field day against the Bills defense. This defense gave up to 35 points to the Titans at home. The Bills have lost three games this year by 20 or more, and expect that today.
Houston 38 Buffalo 24
Carolina at Washington(-3) 1:00PM – Carolina seems to come up just a little bit short each week. The Panthers have now lost 5 in a row. They’ve lost those 5 by a total of 12 points. It seems like the Redskins have a winning record, but they’re only 3-5 on the season. These two teams have a lot of similarities including the style of play of each quarterback. Carolina keeps it close.
Washington 21 Carolina 20
Detroit(-5) at Jacksonville 1:00PM – The 3-4 Lions take on the 1-6 Jaguars down in Jacksonville. RB Maurice Jones-Drew will miss his second straight game. The Jaguars played Green Bay tough last week on the road, so despite the poor record they haven’t quit. The Lions have been so inconsistent and are just hard to trust. Jacksonville plays tough and keeps it close, but finds a way to lose.
Detroit 24 Jacksonville 20
Chicago(-3.5) at Tennessee 1:00PM – This line seems suspect, but Bears have struggled their last two games in wins against Detroit and Carolina. Jay Cutler returns to his college hometown for this matchup. The Titans have been all over the place, losing last week at home in OT against the Colts. The Bears defense will be too much for the Titans, and Cutler and offense get back on track.
Chicago 27 Tennessee 13
Minnesota at Seattle(-4) 4:05PM – The Minnesota Vikings were cruising along, but now have lost 2 of 3. The Seahawks are off two tough losses to Detroit and San Francisco. The good news for the Seattle Seahawks is that this game is at home. The Seahawks are 3-0 SU and ATS at home this year. This game should be tight for a while, but the home team prevails.
Seattle 27 Minnesota 17
Tampa Bay at Oakland(-1.5) 4:05PM – Two 3-4 teams square off in Oakland. Oakland is off two wins, while Tampa won 10 days ago at Minnesota. Tampa has been scrappy all year long, and they haven’t lost a game by more than seven points. This game has a FG margin written all over it. Oakland comes away with a victory in a tight one.
Oakland 27 Tampa Bay 24
Pittsburgh at Giants(-3) 4:25PM – The Pittsburgh Steelers have got back on track with two wins in a row after a sluggish start. This has been a frustrating, exhausting, and emotional week for anyone leaving in the tri-state area. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for many days, and about 35% in the area are still in that situation. The Steelers are scheduled to arrive in New Jersey at 10:30AM as they decided to travel on game day due to their Hotel not having power. This is just an incredibly hard spot for the Giants.
Pittsburgh 31 Giants 17
Dallas at Atlanta(-3) 8:30PM – Matt Ryan is 29-4 SU at home. The Atlanta Falcons remained undefeated after controlling the Philadelphia Eagles on the road last week. Is Atlanta really this good? Probably should have two losses at this stage, but they find a way to win. Dallas made a great comeback against the Giants, but came up a little shy. They’ll carry that momentum into this game. This is just the kind of game that the crazy Cowboys win, and they will.
Dallas 30 Atlanta 24
Philadelphia at New Orleans(-3) 8:35PM – This is the Disappointment Bowl. Big things were expected for the Philadelphia Eagles this year and they have not delivered. The Eagles had the ole “players only” meeting this week. We’ll see if that helps. At 2-5 the Saints are toast. Can a consistent playoff team stay motivated at this stage, probably not this year. Have to take the points in a game where both teams deserve each other. The dangerous RB Darren Sproles sits this one out with a hand injury.
Philadelphia 27 New Orleans 20
Best Bets: Eagles (+3), Pittsburgh (+3), Baltimore (-3.5)
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YTD ATS: 41-36
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