Week 9 Picks Excluding Primetime Games

Posted: 11/08/2015 by levcohen in Football

Week nine is a very light week, with six teams on BYE. There are still some intriguing matchups, with Packers-Panthers and Raiders-Steelers quickly coming to mind. In fact, I’m expecting a lot of close games this week, with just Patriots-Redskins likely to be anything close to a blowout. This looks primed to be a very good week, even with the fewer number of games.

BYE teams: Detroit, Kansas City, Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore, Houston
*= upset pick

Green Bay Packers (6-1, 5-2) at Carolina Panthers (7-0, 5-2):*
Spread: Packers favored by 3
Over/under: 46
My prediction: It’s difficult to pick the Packers to lose their second consecutive game, but the Panthers might simply be better at this point. Panthers win 23-20.
Panthers cover

Washington Redskins (3-4, 3-4) at New England Patriots (7-0, 4-2-1):- Lock
Spread: Patriots favored by 14
Over/under: 51.5
My prediction: Clear win for the Pats, but a backdoor cover is possible for Washington. Patriots win 38-21.
Patriots cover

Tennessee Titans (1-6, 3-4) at New Orleans Saints (4-4, 4-3-1):
Spread: Saints favored by 7.5
Over/under: 49.5
My prediction: Still don’t trust the Saints enough, especially with Marcus Mariota returning for Tennessee. Saints win 27-24.
Titans cover

Miami Dolphins (3-4, 3-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-4, 3-4):*
Spread: Bills favored by 4
Over/under: 44
My prediction: The Dolphins just got blown out by the Patriots, but let’s not forget the improvements they made the weeks before. Also, the Bills aren’t good. Dolphins win 23-17.
Dolphins cover

St. Louis Rams (4-3, 4-3) at Minnesota Vikings (5-2, 6-1):
Spread: Vikings favored by 1.5
Over/under: 40
My prediction: My preseason love for the Vikings has been justified week to week. I’m going to keep riding them here, even against a daunting Rams team. Vikings win 21-17.
Vikings cover

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5, 3-4) at New York Jets (4-3, 4-2-1):*
Spread: Jets favored by 8
Over/under: 42
My prediction: Go Jags! I’m in an upset state of mind, especially with the Jags coming off a BYE and the Jets coming off back to back losses and starting an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jaguars win 23-20.
Jaguars cover

Oakland Raiders (4-3, 4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4, 5-2-1):
Spread: Steelers favored by 6
Over/under: 48
My prediction: Steelers will win this game, but I see it being close, with the teams being rather even. Steelers win 31-28.
Raiders cover

New York Giants (4-4, 4-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4, 4-3):
Spread: Giants favored by 2.5
Over/under: 49
My prediction: I just have more confidence in the Giants at this point. Giants win 24-20.
Giants cover

Atlanta Falcons (6-2, 4-4) at San Francisco 49ers (2-6, 3-5):
Spread: Falcons favored by 7.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: No way the Falcons should be favored by this much on the road, even against the Blaine Gabbert-led 49ers. The Falcons just aren’t that good, but they’ll win this 20-17.
Niners cover

Denver Broncos (7-0, 5-2) at Indianapolis Colts (3-5, 3-5):
Spread: Broncos favored by 4.5
Over/under: 46.5
My prediction: Not picking against the Broncos, not after last week’s convincing victory over the Packers. Also: the Colts are bad. Broncos win 27-14.
Broncos cover

Upset picks:
Jags over Jets
Dolphins over Bills
Panthers over Packers

Patriots over Redskins

I’ll do the other picks later, when I’ll have more time to really go in depth with those games.


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