For the third week in a row I went 9-4 with my picks, bringing my season record to 70-40. With a lot of great matchups in Week 9 including Peyton’s return to Indy and an underrated AFC battle between two borderline playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Oakland), it is a tough week for picking games straight up.

Dolphins 24 at Bills 17

The Bills helped get Joe Philbin fired by embarrassing Miami in their home opener. The tides will turn as Miami and Dan Campbell avenge that loss.

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Packers 34 at Panthers 14

I like Aaron Rodgers to bounce back from his rough game against the Broncos and torch the very talented Panthers secondary. I do not expect this game to be as close as most would think.

Rams 24 at Vikings 20

If the season ended right now the Vikings would make the playoffs. Their five wins have come against teams with a combined record of 9-30. Misleading much? Rams win a close one on the back of Todd Gurley.

Washington 20 at Patriots 42

Eight years ago, the Patriots beat Washington 52-7. Will it be that close this time around?

Titans 20 at Saints 30

Ken Whisenhunt went 3-20 as the head coach of the Titans. Now they’ve fired him and hired Mike Mularkey who owns a 3-20 in his last 23 games as a head coach, in Jacksonville and Buffalo. Ironic much?

Jaguars 21 at Jets 20

Who would have thought a team would hope Ryan Fitzpatrick would be healthy to play for them, not against them. I like the Jets to lose, whoever lines up at QB.

Raiders 23 at Steelers 28

Are the Raiders for real? I believe they are, but it won’t show this week as they lose to a more veteran unit in Pittsburgh.

Falcons 34 at 49ers 12

Blaine Gabbert has “earned” the start. Enough said. Falcons win big.

Giants 30 at Buccaneers 23

I like the Bucs to keep the game close, but ultimately, the Giants defense that was torched for seven passing touchdown’s last week will make enough stops to win the game.

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Broncos 27 at Colts 18

Manning returns to Indy, but brings a dominating defense with him that can shut down any team in the league. Andrew Luck will not be able to figure them out this week.

Eagles 10 at Cowboys 13

The Cowboys handled the Eagles in Week Two on their own field. Dallas hasn’t won since. I think they will get back in the win column with a stout defense. Rod Marinelli has owned Chip Kelly during his tenure.

Bears 26 at Chargers 31

What a terrible MNF matchup as the Bears without Forte face the Chargers without Allen. Philip Rivers will outplay Jay Cutler in a high scoring affair.

 

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