NFL Pick’em: Week 9 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
Standings after Week 8
Dan Schalk: 63-56
Brandon Reid: 68-51
Orlando Torres: 65-54
As you know, we have one “celebrity picker” each week and they will battle it out for supremacy and bragging rights. Our Week 8 picker Graham Sweet has claimed the top spot with an impressive 11-2 week.
Celebrity Picker Standings
Graham Sweet (Week 8): 11-2
Mathew Aguiar (Week 7) 12-3
Malachi David (Week 6) 8-6
Dillon Davis-Tirado (Week 4): 8-8
Patrick Rahall (Week 5): 6-8
Casey Birch (Week 3): 6-10
We are recycling our ‘celebrity pickers’ as Casey Birch is back to redeem himself after a difficult set of Week 3 games…
Week 9 NFL Picks
Buccaneers at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. The way the Saints are performing this year was exactly how I predicted the Bucs season would be…whoops my bad–Who Dat!
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. What a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. Don’t look now but New Orleans has won five in-a-row while Tampa Bay has lost four in-a-row. The truth is New Orleans offensive is too dynamic for most teams to deal with, especially at home. Their depth of talent may be the best in the NFL.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. The Saints are hot right now riding their five game winning streak to a six game winning streak against a struggling Bucs team.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): New Orleans Saints. Coming into this matchup, the Bucs find themselves on the hot seat in their division. They desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes afloat, but likely won’t find one here. Jameis Winston is nursing a nagging shoulder injury and the Buccaneer defense is one of the worst in the league (30th in passing yards allowed per game, 16th in rushing yards allowed per game). On the other side, the Saints offense seems to be clicking well and their defense has shown up the past few weeks. Drew Brees remains one of the top quarterbacks in the game, and I expect him to pick apart the Tampa secondary all afternoon. Chalk this one up as a win for New Orleans.
Falcons at Panthers
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers made an addition by subtraction with Kelvin Benjamin, but that won’t help them this week. I just feel that the Falcons are about to go on a little run (they still won’t make the playoffs).
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. Keep in mind, the Falcons have not lost a game outside of the AFC East this year. I have never seen a team that had to play four straight opposing conference division games in-a-row. It’s wake-up call time for the Falcons and after the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin, I think the Falcons come in with more fire.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. Tough game to pick, but the Falcons are a different team from last year and I can’t see the Panthers dropping this close game at home.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Carolina Panthers. The Panthers haven’t been clicking as an offense this season, but still boast a great record due to a friendly schedule. I expect that this will be a week where they finally put it all together. On the other side, Atlanta has also been floundering, as evidenced by their close win against the Jets last week. Matt Ryan has regressed to his pre-2016 form and has shown an inability to consistently move the offense. Julio Jones is obviously a huge talent, but isn’t getting enough opportunities to make a mark and this week he faces a Panthers defense that has been stout against the pass all season. It’ll be close, but I expect the Panthers to pull out the win at home.
Rams at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. The Giants are not a very good team, but coming off of a bye I think they will have enough of a gameplan put together to pull out a close victory at home–and let’s not forget the Rams are not a good football team when they travel cross-country.
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. The only win the Giants could achieve this week will be keeping Eli healthy for another week. Not a Ben McAdoo fan but even I would have a hard time putting him on the hot seat after the way this season has gone down from a health standpoint. Play the Rams defense in daily fantasy this week! Giants have no chance.
Orlando Torres: LA Rams. This should be a close game for the greater half of the game, but the Rams defense will make the bigger key plays to put the Giants in a deeper depression.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): New York Giants. Here’s my upset pick of the week. The Giants are at home and are coming off a bye. While the Giants have been an absolute dumpster fire of a team this season, they still have an experienced quarterback in Eli Manning and a solid defensive line. It hurts that cornerback Janoris Jenkins will be suspended for the game, but I expect that Eli Apple and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie will fill in just fine. The Rams will likely lean on the run with Todd Gurley, but if the Giants can stop them there, the pressure will shift to the shoulders of Jared Goff. While Goff has shown a marked improvement upon last season, I have yet to see him act as anything other than a game manager. That won’t get the job done this week and the Giants will claim their second win of the season.
Ravens at Titans
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. The AFC South race is closer than most expected and that means every game counts for the Titans. They need this victory and should be able to pull it out at home.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. I do not want to pick Tennessee at all here. They are not playing well and may win the division by default after the Deshaun Watson injury. The only reason I am picking Tennessee is because they are at home and Baltimore is really banged up.
Orlando Torres: Tennessee Titans. Joe Flacco might play this game but I’m still not giving the Ravens the edge here because of that. Mariota is healthy and back, and so it Corey Davis.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Tennessee Titans. Maybe people will be fooled by Baltimore’s performance last week against the Dolphins–I’m not. The Ravens actually have one of the worst offenses in the NFL and I thoroughly expect them to showcase that on the road at Tennessee. On the other side, Tennessee is coming off a bye and will likely feature a healthy Marcus Mariota and Corey Davis. Expect the Titans to roll this week against Baltimore at home.
Bengals at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. Don’t look now, but Brandon Reid has a secret crush on the Jags and they could beat his Titans for first place in the AFC South.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bengals wins this year have come against the Browns, Bills, and Colts. In the Jags four wins this year they have given up 7, 7, 9, and 0 points. I need to see the Bengals beat a legitimate team before I can predict them to win on the road against that caliber of defense.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. There’s nothing that can give me confidence to pick the Bengals. Anything can happen on any given Sunday, but their o line is horrible, Dalton cant catch a break, the run game is bad, and Fournette is back for the Jags.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are coming off a bye into one of their easiest home games of the season. The Jags have a defense littered with studs that are poised to give Andy Dalton fits on Sunday. They don’t call them Sacksonville for nothing. Having Leonard Fournette back and healthy should give the Jaguars offense the boost it needs to triumph over the lackluster Bengals.
Broncos at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Philadelphia Eagles. Normally, I would pick the Broncos here–the Eagles are NOT a Super Bowl caliber team and more losses are on their way—however, Brock freakin Osweiler is starting at QB. Where the hell is Paxton Lynch?
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos switched QB’s this week. They went back to a guy that didn’t work out the first time, two years ago. This is a great time for the Eagles to announce themselves as serious contenders this year. I think they win at home.
Orlando Torres: Philadelphia Eagles. I kind of want to pick the Broncos here because this feels like a trap game for Philly, but the Broncos have been losing confidence in themselves with their QB situation and run game, there for the eagles win this low scoring game.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Philadelphia Eagles. It’s finally Brock’s time to take the reins in Denver…oh wait. I feel like I’ve heard this before. Oh right, I have. Brock Osweiler was quarterback in Denver when Peyton Manning was still slinging the rock. That was before he got signed by Houston to a huge 72 million dollar contract after the 2015 season. It was also before he got traded to the Browns along with a second round pick, as a means to offload the terrible quarterback and his contract. Now he finds himself back in Denver as the starting quarterback on a sputtering offense. Philadelphia on the other hand, has been the best team in the NFL to date is currently allowing a league best 70.4 rushing yards per game to opponents this season. Such a stat suggests that all of Denver’s hopes will fall on the shoulders of Brock Osweiler this week. In other words, Eagles win.
Colts at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. Tom Savage, will be a savage out on that football field. Great analysis on a great game—sarcasm runs high.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. My disrespect of the Colts runs deep this year. Deshaun Watson or not, I still got the Texans at home. So does Vegas since Houston is favored at home by 7, after the Watson injury.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. What a huge loss Houston suffered by losing Watson, after celebrating their World Series Championship victory the previous day. I think Brissett and the Colts come in and steal on the road against a now vulnerable Houston team.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Houston Texans. As I’m writing this prediction, we now know that Deshaun Watson will now miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL suffered in practice on Thursday. As a fan of the NFL, it’s one of the most disappointing developments to happen this season. Watson had brought some excitement to an otherwise dreary season of poor play and pitiful officiating. The injury to Watson also makes this game a lot more difficult to predict. Despite the quarterback change, I think Houston will still be able to move the ball on a weak Colts defense. There are enough talented players on the Texans defense to keep Jacoby Brissett under pressure and prevent them from putting up huge numbers. Ultimately, Houston still has a better team than Indianapolis and they’ll get the win, even without Watson.
Redskins at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Seattle Seahawks. I don’t like either team, but I’ll go with the home team with the terrible running game instead of the away team with the terrible running game.
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. This could be the game of the week because the Seahawks defense is not at full strength. However, their offense is ramping it up and they could be the team to beat in the NFC when it comes down to playoff time.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are not the same, and the Seahawks defense gives up the big play now. As a fan of football I’m hoping for another shootout at Century Link.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Seattle Seahawks. Seattle has been on fire as of late from a passing perspective. Russell Wilson has essentially put the team on his shoulders and carried them to victory. This week the Seahawks acquired a talented left tackle in Duane Brown and seem even more poised to dominate the NFC this season. The Redskins have looked solid against week defenses this season, but Seattle is far from that. Expect Kirk Cousins to be pressured early and often. Seattle should easily snag this win.
Cardinals at 49ers
Dan Schalk: San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers aren’t as bad as their record would indicate and with Drew Stanton and Adrian Peterson starting for the Cardinals, I believe the 49ers are actually more talented on offense at this point in the season.
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals will feast on C.J. Beathard. It took a game and a half into the Beathard era for the 49ers to realize they need to acquire a QB. Arizona will do enough to pick up the win in an ugly game.
Orlando Torres: San Francisco 49ers. Jimmy G might not see the field this week, but at 0-8 the niners have got to come out desperate looking for a win. I don’t think the Cards offense can keep up if the Niners get cooking.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers captured their new franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garappolo this week, but he won’t be on the field for this Sunday’s game. That honor will still fall to C.J. Beathard. He has been beat up behind their shaky offensive line in his limited starts, but has shown a calm sort of poise in the pocket. Without Carson Palmer and David Johnson leading the Cardinals, their offense will rely completely on the prowess of old man Adrian Peterson. I expect him to be pedestrian, allowing the 49ers to snag their first win of 2017.
Chiefs at Cowboys
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I was picking the Boys whether Zeke was playing or not. Dak will outduel Alex.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. Since Zeke is playing one more week, the Cowboys steal this one at home. Mike Nugent gives the Cowboys the win with a last second field goal.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. Prior to the suspension I honestly would’ve picked the Chiefs to win even with Zeke playing. However this circus with Zeke and the court system is getting out of hand, and now that Zeke has been granted the rights to play this week I think the Cowboys come out looking for blood to make a statement. Overall this should be a really fun game to watch.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Kansas City Chiefs. This should be the best game of the week with two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses squaring off. Kareem Hunt has been phenomenal for the Chiefs this season, but has failed to get in the end zone the past few weeks. Last week, he was held under 100 scrimmage yards for the first time this season; I thoroughly expect that to change against Dallas. It seems as though Dallas will be without its most potent weapon, as Ezekiel Elliot looks poised to finally serve his six-game suspension for domestic violence. Without Zeke in the backfield, Dallas will have to lean on Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden to carry the load. I doubt that committee will be able to get much traction, forcing the Cowboys to lean on the passing game. Dak Prescott is good, but I don’t see him as the type of quarterback that can carry the team. The Chiefs will emerge victorious this week.
Raiders at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. Matt Moore, Smokin’ Jay it won’t matter who lines up at QB for the Dolphins, they are going to lose this game.
Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. I’m not feeling good about the Raiders offensive chemistry right now and the defensive secondary is pretty banged up. We may be seeing the fire in Del Rio’s head coaching flame be put out early in his current west coast tenure.
Orlando Torres: Oakland Raiders. Is this really a SNF game? Feels more like a TNF game. Either way the Dolphins are horrible and without Ajayi, and this is a must win for Oakland. Give me the Raiders on the road.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Oakland Raiders. Behind the Browns and the 49ers, Miami might actually be the worst team in the NFL. This point is highlighted by their 40-0 loss to the Ravens last week. With their entire team in shambles, I expect the Oakland Raiders to capitalize. Derek Carr has been inconsistent this season, but Oakland remains one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. Oakland should win this one handily and begin to claw their way back into the AFC wildcard race.
Lions at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Coming off a bye week I’m fairly certain Mike McCarthy lived with Brett Hundley to get him to look like a semi-decent NFL QB. We’ll see.
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. After Aaron Rodgers went down two weeks ago, I proclaimed on ‘My Fantasy Podcast’ that the Packers would go 2-8 the rest of the season. This week is not one of those two wins.
Orlando Torres: Green Bay Packers. I’m gonna take a dart throw here and say with the bye that Hundley got it together a bit, and will come out Monday night and beat the Lions under the bright lights. You heard it here first.
Casey Birch (Celebrity Picker): Detroit Lions. Green Bay is at home this week in a divisional rivalry against the Detroit Lions. Before the Aaron Rodger’s injury, most everyone would have pegged the Packers to dominate the Lions in this matchup. Without Aaron Rodgers, the needle swings the other way. The Lions have shown themselves to be a mediocre team this season, but they have the potential to be quite good if they put it all together. Mathew Stafford is a gunslinger, and if given time in the pocket, will pick apart the Green Bay defense on Monday Night Football. The Lions will get the win and make the divisional race in the NFC North a complete question mark.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/nfl-pickem-week-9-nfl-picks/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/brees.jpg?fit=860%2C517&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/brees.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC WestNFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC WestNFLNFL PicksRecent PostsNFL,NFL Picks,week 9 nfl picksWelcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season. Standings after Week 8 Dan Schalk: 63-56 Brandon Reid: 68-51 Orlando Torres: 65-54 As you know, we have one “celebrity picker”...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk