NFL Week 9 Picks

Josh Shippen, Reporter

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New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Indianapolis Colts

With Mike White’s recent successes as New York’s backup quarterback and Carson Wentz’s inability to close out games, this might be a much closer matchup than Colts fans are ready to accept. Conventional wisdom would suggest that the White game is a fluke, but you never know in the NFL.


Las Vegas Raiders vs. New York Giants

Pick: Las Vegas Raiders

The Giants’ defense is no match for the Raiders’ high powered offense. The Giants’ offensive line, which killed them late against the Kansas City Chiefs, is going to collapse against Maxx Crosby and this offensive line.


Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

Pick: New Orleans Saints

No loss was more disappointing last week than the Falcons’ loss against the New Orleans Saints. Matt Ryan was rough at moving the offense, Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson could not establish a running game, and Calvin Ridley made the announcement that he is stepping away from football. Now with a tough matchup against resurgent backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, Ryan and the Falcons have an extremely tough matchup ahead of them.


Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Buffalo Bills

The Bills’ fruitcake of a schedule continues against the Jacksonville Jaguars who could not have looked more lost on offense against the Seattle Seahawks. With running back James Robinson potentially out with an injury, the Jaguars have nothing to beat the Bills with barring a stroke of luck between Trevor Lawrence and Laviska Shenault.


Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati may have lost against the New York Jets, but they are still a very high scoring offense that is about to match up against a low scoring offense that is suffering a slump. Cincinnati will put up a strong fight to win this AFC North, and a convincing win against a division rival will cement their impending success.


New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers

Pick: New England Patriots

The Patriots are on a sneaky hot streak. A win against the Los Angeles Chargers immediately following what should have been a win against the Dallas Cowboys had it not been for exceedingly poor officiating bodes extremely well for the many time Super Bowl winners, and they should have no issues keeping pace with P.J. Walker and the Carolina Panthers.


Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are on a roll after beating the Minnesota Vikings with their backup quarterback in PrimeTime, and the Denver Broncos are feeling good about themselves after a win against the Washington Football Team. However, the Broncos are clearly the better football team, and they should have no problem rolling into Denver and putting up points against a dying defense.


Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Now that the Vikings are off of PrimeTime, they can focus on developing their young talents in Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson, and winning enough games to slide into a Wild Card spot in January. Unfortunately, a matchup against a Ravens team that is back in the race for the AFC North title is going to prove exceedingly difficult.


Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Miami Dolphins

This is Miami’s time to prove that they are not a 1-7 operation with Tua Tagovailoa in the starting lineup, and I believe it will prove successful as the Texans stubbornly refuse to sit Davis Mills even following Tyrod Taylor’s return to practice. 


Los Angeles Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers

Conventional wisdom suggests that the Chargers are well suited to have a great game following two stinkers against the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, especially against a defense as weak as the Philadelphia Eagles.


Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers did an excellent job of moving an offense that is missing its top three receivers and its tight end against the formerly undefeated Arizona Cardinals. In a much easier matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, it certainly looks like the Chiefs are ready to implode once more against one of the best teams in the NFL.


Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

Pick: Arizona Cardinals

Assuming Kyler Murray is back, the Cardinals offense will probably be heavily underestimated against their division rival, the 49ers. Meanwhile the 49ers have a lot of things to figure out, including who to start at the quarterback position, and it makes sense for the Cardinals to be the heavy favorites in this game.


Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Los Angeles Rams

The Titans have effectively lost their entire offense to Derrick Henry’s surgery, and even though I love young running back Jeremy McNichols, he and aging superstar Adrian Peterson are not going to carry this offense in the same way that Henry could. The Rams should have this win in the bag, especially after coming off of such a strong passing performance. 


Chicago Bears vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers showed that their defense can still be stingy against the Cleveland Browns, and that there might be a glimpse of a connection between Ben Roethlisberger and rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth. The Steelers should be able to beat up on a Bears team that is down on its luck.