NFL Football Week 9: Weekend Picks and Previews

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Who are the contenters and who are the pretenders as the season moves into November?

Schedule

Last Week: 6-7
Year: 52-56-1

Byes: St Louis, New England, NY Jets, San Francisco

Thursday November 1
Denver 31 Kansas City 13

Sunday, November 4
Miami (-2 1/2) at Indianapolis
Buffalo at Houston (-10 1/2)
Baltimore (-3 1/2) at Cleveland
Denver (-4) at Cincinnati
Chicago (-3 1/2) at Tennessee
Detroit (-5 1/2) at Jacksonville
Arizona at Green Bay (-10)
Carolina at Washington (-3)
Tampa Bay at Oakland (-1 1/2)
Minnesota at Seattle (-4 1/2)
Pittsburgh at NY Giants (-3)
Dallas at Atlanta (-4)

Monday, November 5
Philadelphia at New Orleans (-3)

Three favorites

Baltimore at CLEVELAND (+3 1/2)
The Ravens defense has not been able to stop the run, and Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson should have the best game of his young career. Look for the Browns to pound the ball on the ground and keep the Raven offense off of the field. Baltimore QB Joe Flaco has not played well on the road. Cleveland will try to put alot of pressure on him, forcing him into making bad plays. The Ravens need good production from RB Ray Rice. If Cleveland QB Brandon Weedon can hang onto the ball, this game has upset written all over it.

Carolina at WASHINGTON (-3)
After facing the Steelers and Giants in the past two games, Redskin QB Robert Griffin III will find the Panther defense more to his liking. Expect big plays from RG3 as the Redskins take advantage of a Panther team in turmoil. Washington RB Alfred Morris should keep the Carolina defense off balance. Panther QB Cam Newton needs to stand up and be a leader.

Philadelphia at NEW ORLEANS(-3)
The Eagles can't hold onto the ball, something you can't do against the Saints team that can move the ball. New Orleans QB Drew Brees is averaging 330 yards passing per game, and has already thrown 20 touchdowns in seven games. The Eagles have scored the fewest points in the league. I have to wonder if Philly QB Michael Vick has been playing with sore ribs and can't go at 100 percent.

In the middle

DENVER (-4) at Cincinnati
Denver seems to get better every week, while the Bengals are headed in the opposite direction. While Cincinnati has lost three in a row, the Broncos QB Peyton Manning has taken control of the offense. Denver has looked unstoppable at times. The Bengals offense has been average, and will be hard pressed to keep up with Manning. Expect alot of carries for RB Willis McGahee If Denver has the lead.

CHICAGO (-3 1/2) at Tennessee
The Titans have given up the most points in the league, while the Bears have given up the least. The Chicago defense is too good for an inconsistent Tennessee offense. As long as the Bears can avoid the big play, this will be a long game for the home team. Tennessee needs RB Chris Johnson to step up in this one.

Detroit at JACKSONVILLE (+5 1/2)
The Jaguars have been playing better. Detroit has been inconsistent but have played better as of late. The Lions have struggled on special teams. Jacksonville should be able to keep this one close at home.

Arizona at GREEN BAY (-10)
Two teams going in opposite directions. The Cardinal offense can't run or block, while Packer QB Aaron Rodgers is playing better every week. The Cardinals defense holds early, but will be on the field too much to be effective the whole game.

TAMPA BAY (+1 1/2) at Oakland
Tampa Bay is the best team in the league with a losing record. The Raiders have won two in a row, and have been playing good at home, but their defense gives up too many points to make it three consecutive. The Bucs have enough offense to take advantage of a porous Raider defense.

MINNESOTA (+4 1/2) at Seattle
Expect the Vikings to run the ball with RB Adrian Peterson like a Chicago voter - early and often. Throw in a few big plays on special teams, and you have a recipe for an upset. Seattle is undefeated at home, but can't throw the ball well enough to have this continue.

Dallas at ATLANTA (-4)
The Cowboys have struggled to run the ball without RB DeMarco Murray. Expect the undefeated Falcons to put alot of pressure on Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Atlanta has too much offense for a questionable Cowboy defense.

Three that scare me

Miami at INDIANAPOLIS (+2 1/2)
A matchup of rookie quarterbacks as Miami's Danny Tannehill goes up against Indy's Andrew Luck. The Colts have played good at home, but on Sunday they goes up against a Dolphin team that has given up the fewest points in the AFC. In the end, the second week playing on the road catches up with Miami.

Buffalo at HOUSTON (-10 1/2)
The Buffalo defense has failed to stop very much this season, and QB Matt Schaub and the Houston offense will look to take advantage of this trend. Look for Texans RB Arian Foster to run the ball at will. Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw alot of passes against a Texan defense that will prove to be too much to overcome.

PITTSBURGH (+3) at NY Giants
A mathchup of two teams that plan on playing in the Super Bowl, the Steelers need this much more than the Giants. Pittsburgh has a banged up backfield, and third stringer RB Issac Redman will get the start. If the Steelers are forced to throw the ball, The Giants must contain QB Ben Roethlisberger, who is dangerous when he can extend the play. Giants win a nail biter.

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