NFL Week 9 Picks: Divisional rivalries dominate

NFL Week 9 Picks by Drew Farmer

NFL Week 9 Picks by Drew Farmer
NFL Week 9 Picks by Drew Farmer

The NFL season continues to wear on, and the playoffs are peaking up over the horizon. NFL week 9 picks feature a number of highly charged divisional games that could directly affect several teams' playoff chances.

NFL Week 9 Picks and Previews

Week 8 saw 11 of 13 NFL games correctly predicted. But NFL week 9 picks might not be so kind.

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets

Three straight losses for the Jets have made fans all but give up hope for a winning season. Buffalo, on the other hand, has won two straight games; and comprehensively beat the Raiders 34-14 in week 8. Buffalo is playing well, but are doing so with very little wide receiver production. Buffalo's receivers rank last in receptions and receiving yards, although the Bills are eighth in rushing yards per game.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

The Colts are bad, but they almost pulled off an upset in Cincinnati last weekend, narrowly losing 24-23. The Texans are also coming off of a lose. However, they played a much better team (Seattle) and almost pulled off a road win. Houston averages the most points per game with 30.7. Houston must win to keep pace with both Jacksonville and Tennessee in the AFC South.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville are coming off a bye week, while Cincinnati squeaked past the Colts in NFL week 8. The Jags rushing game has been top-notch, but the passing game has been below par. The Bengals run defense ranks 15th in yards per game. It will need to be stout to stop Leonard Fournette. The running back is coming off of back-to-back 130-yard or more games.

Tampa Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans continues to march right along as one of the best teams in the NFL. The Saints have won five straight. Against the Bears in week 8, quarterback Drew Brees threw for 299 yards as New Orleans edged the monsters of the midway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, is bottom of the NFC South, losers of four straight and winless away from home.

Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Giants

The Rams are playing great football, and don't look like the same team from last season. They are coming off a bye week and should be rested for a trip to the Big Apple. The Giants have won just once all season, and prop up the NFC East at 1-6. The key for Los Angeles is to hold on to the football. The team has lost eight fumbles this season. The Rams do average the second most points per game with 30.3; while the Giants give up 22.3.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers

A few weeks ago, this would have been one of the key games to watch in NFL week 9. It still is, but for different reasons. If either team want to challenge the Saints for the NFC South and make the playoffs, it has got to win in week 9. The Panthers have been abysmal at home, 1-2, while the Falcons are 3-1 on the road. According to ESPN, no NFL team has a tougher schedule than the Falcons from now until the end of the season. The good news is, Carolina's running game is bad. The team averages a league worst 2.8 yards per carry.

Denver Broncos vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The 2017 season keeps getting worse for the Broncos. Three straight losses and now the team must go to Philadelphia to play the NFL's best team. The Broncos need to make a quarterback decision. Trevor Siemian threw three picks against Kansas City in NFL week 8. That's now 10 interceptions in seven games. Siemian has more picks than touchdown passes. The Eagles are fifth in interceptions with nine.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee is a team that is difficult to read. One week the Titans are great, and the next they are awful. The team is coming off of back-to-back wins. However, the most recent win was a field goal kicking contest with the Browns. Tennessee won it 12-9, but the Titans will need more than field goals to beat Baltimore. The Ravens are giving up the sixth fewest points per game (18.5). Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco is reportedly set to play on Sunday after suffering a concussion in Baltimore's 40-0 week 8 win over Miami.

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

Could things be about to change for the 49ers? The team made two trades this week with one being a blockbuster. The team acquired Tom Brady's backup Jimmy Garoppolo, and the quarterback has the potential to be a big star for the team. Garoppolo hasn't played a down this season, and some expect him to start in week 10 against the Giants. However, first there is the matter of Arizona coming to town. The Cardinals aren't great, and could use the springboard of a win in San Francisco to spur them on. Carson Palmers is out, and the team will rely on Drew Stanton. Could the NFL week 9 picks, 49ers finally win?.

Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Redskins have gained a reputation for being unable to beat ‘good' teams. Washington is 3-12 against teams over .500 since 2015. Yikes! The team now travel to Seattle to play a Seahawks side that is 3-0 at home. Seattle has a shut-down defense that is giving up just 18.9 points per game.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chiefs had a two-game losing blip, but that is over for now. Meanwhile, Dallas has won two straight. Dallas has a problem, however. Running back Ezekiel Elliot is now suspended for the next six games. He is coming off of back-to-back two touchdown games, and ran for more than 147-yards in the last two weeks. His suspension will help Kansas City as much as it hurts Dallas.

Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins

The 3-5 Raiders head to Miami to play the 4-3 Dolphins. Both are coming off of losses in NFL week 8. Miami's offense is bad. The team was shutout last week against Baltimore, 40-0. Miami averages the fewest points per game in the NFL (13.1). The Raiders aren't great on the road, but perhaps Derek Carr can turn things around in south Florida. Oakland desperately need Carr to step up and be the star everyone believes him to be.

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

A massive NFC North match-up as Detroit travel to Green Bay. Packers' starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to rehab a broken collarbone injury. Rodgers' back up, Brett Hundley, has struggled in the Packers' two most recent losses. He threw four interceptions and just one touchdown. The Lions are coming off of a loss to the Steelers, which there is no shame in. The Lions are 2-1 on the road, but Green Bay is a different story. Even without Rodgers, the Packers should be improved after a bye week.

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