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
Under

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
Over

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
Over

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
Under

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
Under

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
Over

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
Over

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
Under

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
Under

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
Under

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

Lock:
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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