28 October 2014

2014 NFL Predictions: Week 9

This week will not only mark the month of November but it will also note the second half of the season. We have seen much action already in this season and we saw plenty of it this past week. From a bizarre finish in London, in the morning nonetheless, to some exciting finishes in Cincinnati and Glendale, to a stunner on Monday night in Landover. With all of that in mind, here are my Week 9 picks.

Last Week: 7-5
2014: 68-59
Locks: 5-3

Thursday, October 30th
New Orleans Saints (3-4) vs. Carolina Panthers (3-4) - NFL Network, 8:25
The Saints returned home and got a big and impressive victory over the Packers. But can they go out and do something they haven't done all season long: win on the road? Carolina fought hard in a low-scoring loss to the Seahawks, but they didn't look all that good and Seattle isn't all that hot of a road team. I think Drew Brees can find some success in the air against an underwhelming pass defense of the Panthers.
Saints 20 Panthers 12

Sunday, November 2nd
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) vs. Cleveland Browns (4-3) - Fox, 1:00
Cleveland bounced back from the awful loss to Jacksonville to win against Oakland. That would have been a nice accomplishment if Oakland wasn't absolutely awful. But their very soft stretch of their schedule continues as they host a Tampa Bay club that could've beaten the Vikings at home, but they fell in overtime. The Browns are not as good as their record, but Tampa Bay is so the former will win.
Browns 16 Buccaneers 7

New York Jets (1-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) - CBS, 1:00
It really hit the fan for the Jets on Sunday against Buffalo. I could go on, or you could listen to Mike Francesa here and here. Michael Vick is now the guy going forward after the ultimate Geno Smith meltdown, but he has go to into Jackson County and take on a Chiefs squad that have won four out of five. Give me the Chiefs at home, I'm not certain that the Jets can beat anybody right now.
Chiefs 24 Jets 13

Washington (3-5) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) - Fox, 1:00
No means no but even bizarre PR moments aside, one cannot discount Washington and Colt McCoy for going into Arlington and pulling off a nice upset of the Cowboys on Monday. Robert Griffin III doesn't look quite ready to come back and we all know Kirk Cousins isn't good so it looks like McCoy may be the guy in short term. The team still isn't that good but then again, neither is Minnesota. I like Washington to keep it going.
UPDATE: Griffin will be playing this Sunday, and I think that Washington will still win.
Washington 17 Vikings 10

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1) - CBS, 1:00
The Bengals were able to coax a big win out of their ball-game with the Ravens on Sunday at home to move into first place, while Blake Bortles took virtually no care of the football in Jacksonville's loss to Miami. I wouldn't necessarily rule out a letdown for the Bengals but even then, I would be very much stunned if they dropped this game.
Bengals 31 Jaguars 12

Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) vs. Houston Texans (4-4) - Fox, 1:00
These teams are coming off different results, but I don't think there is any question which is the more impressive team. Philadelphia has only lost twice and both to good teams in terms of San Francisco a month ago and Arizona on Sunday. The Texans did get off their three-game schneid but only against a Titans squad that has been pretty darn mediocre this year. The Eagles will get their first road win in a month and change this Sunday. 
Eagles 26 Texans 16

San Diego Chargers (5-3) vs. Miami Dolphins (4-3) - CBS, 1:00
San Diego fell apart defensively against Peyton Manning and it prevented them from making it a serious game this past Thursday. Now they'll have to face a Miami club playing very well, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. But even then, I like Philip Rivers to get the Chargers back on track, even in an early game.
Chargers 28 Dolphins 24

Arizona Cardinals (6-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) - Fox, 1:00
Dallas fell in disappointing fashion to Washington on Monday night amid controversy regarding Tony Romo's potential injuries and his reinsertion back into the game. At this moment his status isn't certain yet but it looks like he should be good to go this Sunday, and the Cowboys may need him because the Cardinals have been stout against the run (and awful against the pass). I'm not sold if Romo will be totally healthy so I do like the Cardinals on the road.
Cardinals 21 Cowboys 20

St. Louis Rams (2-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) - Fox, 4:05
Austin Davis fell a little back to Earth this past Sunday as he largely struggled as the Rams got smoked by the Chiefs at Arrowhead. I'm not sure if they will get beaten down quite like that again but it isn't going to be easy for them this Sunday in Santa Clara. Give me the Niners.
49ers 29 Rams 14

Oakland Raiders (0-7) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) - CBS, 4:25
Seattle looked underwhelming once again but even then, they got the win. I think there is certainly a good amount of concern surrounding the defending Super Bowl champs because they really haven't looked like a Super Bowl contender by any stretch these past few weeks. But even then, Oakland is terrible and Seattle still is pretty good at home. They are my Lock of the Week.
Seahawks 28 Raiders 13

Denver Broncos (6-1) vs. New England Patriots (6-2) - CBS, 4:25
Who doesn't love the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady showdowns? The last time these two matched up was in the AFC Championship Game when the Patriots were utterly embarrassed in Denver? Will they get their revenge? It will certainly be a heck of a game but I think the Pats will do just enough to pull this one out in Foxborough.
Patriots 38 Broncos 34

Baltimore Ravens (5-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) - NBC, 8:30
Just when it looked like the Ravens were moving forward and the Steelers were taking a back seat, the Ravens fell in a tight road contest in Cincy while Big Roethlisberger tore up the Colts through the air en route to a massive stats day and a big win. The last time these clubs played, the Ravens more or less embarrassed the Steelers at home way back in September. Pittsburgh will not embarrass the Ravens, per se, but they will get the big win.
Steelers 30 Ravens 27

Monday, November 3rd
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) vs. New York Giants (3-4) - ESPN, 8:30
Ben Roethlisberger was able to torch this Indianapolis defense with ease en route to a whopping 522 yards and six touchdowns through the air, so Eli Manning may be able to find some room to through the ball here at home. However, I think that will not be enough. Andrew Luck will torch this mediocre Giant defense and get the Colts back to their winning ways.
Colts 35 Giants 27


  1. Cowboys will destroy the Cardinals on Sunday. Cowboys 33 Cardinals 10. Carson Palmer will have a terrible game against the Cowboys defense. Palmer will be sacked by Demarco Lawrence. Palmer will throw atleast 3 interceptions, with 1 going for a pick 6. How About Them Cowboys! ! Super Bowl Bound Baby