Another week, another dose of the good stuff.
Week 9 Picks
Kansas City 23 – Buffalo 20
In a continuation of theme, the Chiefs hit the road and narrowly escape with a victory against an improved, but not quite as improved, Buffalo squad.
Carolina 34 – Atlanta 16
As the Panthers continue rolling towards legitimacy, the Falcons will dwindle further and further from the Superbowl favorites so many of us considered them to be going into 2013.
Dallas 38 – Minnesota 27
I see Adrian Peterson getting back on track, regardless of who the Vikings start at QB this week (it’s gonna be Christian Ponder, for whatever reason). It won’t be enough, however, as Tony Romo will work this secondary like they’re not even there.
New Orleans 27 – New York 20
I never expect the Jets to lie down, although they appeared to against Cincinnati last week. I also never expect a lesser team to beat one of the league’s best, at home or otherwise.
St. Louis 23 – Tennessee 20
If the same Rams show up this week that brought the Seahawks to the brink of defeat, they shouldn’t lose this game. Of course, you’re never quite sure which Rams team is going to show up. Ditto for the Titans, if we’re being honest.
Washington 31 – San Diego 28
In a bold move, Mike Shanahan will demand heavy doses of the things that made the Redskins playoff contenders in 2012; running the ball and running the ball, keeping Philip Rivers off the field long enough to pull off the upset.
Oakland 17 – Philadelphia 14
This will be an ugly game, and I don’t mean the good kind of ugly, as Chip Kelly will most likely still be unable to adapt to the NFL game to the extent needed to win a close, defensively-contested game.
Seattle 31 – Tampa Bay 6
What cruel, cruel schedule makers were able to predict how lopsided and unfair bringing the winless Bucs into the hardest place to play pro football? The kind that make for stunningly predictable games, of course. The kind folks like myself have mixed feelings about.
Cleveland 23 – Baltimore 17
Interior pressure on Joe Flacco and a couple of key defensive plays for Cleveland will tilt this game in their favor, leaving Baltimore fans further disillusioned about their chances to even attempt a repeat of last year’s success.
New England 24 – Pittsburgh 21
Plenty of close games this week. Despite their record, the Steelers have been playing football lately comparable to teams like the Patriots, who struggle bit find ways to win. They’ll struggle against an inspired Steelers defense, but find a way to take this one.
Indianapolis 34 – Houston 24
The torch of the AFC South will officially be passed on Sunday Night, whether the Texans like it or not.
Green Bay 40 – Chicago 31
With their balanced offense and overachieving defense, the Pack will host a beaten, bruised and maligned Chicago team at the worst possible time. For the Bears, that is.
Fantasy Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em
Andrew Luck – QB – Indianapolis Colts
Cam Newton – QB – Carolina Panthers
Alfred Morris – RB – Washington Redskins
Trent Richardson – RB – Indianapolis Colts
Alshon Jeffery – WR – Chicago Bears
Terrance Williams – WR – Dallas Cowboys
Greg Olsen – TE – Carolina Panthers
Heath Miller – TE – Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Folk – K – New York Jets
Cleveland Browns D/ST
Matt Ryan – QB – Atlanta Falcons
Joe Flacco – QB – Baltimore Ravens
C.J. Spiller – RB – Buffalo Bills
Chris Johnson – RB – Tennessee Titans
Brandon Marshall – WR – Chicago Bears
Vincent Jackson – WR – Tampa Bay Bucanneers
Tony Gonzalez – TE – Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Rudolph – TE – Minnesota Vikings
Sebastian Janikowski – K – Oakland Raiders
Chicago Bears D/ST