Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 NFL Week 9 Game Predictions

I forgot to post my predictions for Week 8, but I went a pedestrian 8-5. Still leading my group of friends, though!

Last week's record: 8-5
2010 season record: 72-45 (61.5%)

Falcons over Buccaneers — I like the way Josh Freeman is playing, but the Buccaneers' defense is sorely lacking. I'll take the more experienced Falcons team at home.

Bills over Bears — This is a hard pick, because Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well and the Bills have to win sometime. They have a decent shot at home against a Bears team that has lost to some pretty bad teams recently, so I'll give them the nod here.

Patriots over Browns — In what is definitely one of the most lopsided match-ups of the week, I don't expect any surprises. New England should handle the Browns handily.

Jets over Lions — You have to love Detroit's handful of great, young players like Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson, but as a team, they aren't yet ready to compete with the likes of New York.

Vikings over Cardinals — The Vikings are mess right now and could be without a big weapon on offense in Percy Harvin, but I still don't expect the quarterback-less Cardinals to beat them.

Saints over Panthers — The Saints are coming off a big win against the Steelers, and should continue to roll with an easy win over the Panthers.

Ravens over Dolphins — The Dolphins are 4-0 on the road this season, but that's mostly the result of their three toughest opponents coming at home. It's hard to imagine Miami beating a very talented and complete Ravens squad in Baltimore.

Texans over Chargers — This is a hard match-up to pick, because both teams are under-achieving this year. San Diego will probably be without their biggest offensive weapon on Antonio Gates, so I'll go with Houston.

Giants over Seahawks — A quarterback (Charlie Whitehurst) with no career passes in five seasons + multiple offensive tackle injuries + the Giants' stellar pass rush = a recipe for disaster in Seattle.

Raiders over Chiefs — This is an extremely tough game to pick, but the Raiders are playing well right now and are carrying some momentum into a big divisional showdown. I'll take Oakland at home.

Colts over Eagles — Philadelphia might be getting DeSean Jackson back, but I rarely bet against Peyton Manning. I'm not doing so here.

Packers over Cowboys — The Cowboys' season is just about over with Tony Romo's injury, and I don't expect them to be able to keep up with the Packers at home.

Steelers over Bengals — Pittsburgh is coming off a surprising loss to an under-achieving Saints team, but I think they'll get back on track against a Bengals squad that is even more so.

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