Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 9

Kansas City at Jacksonville (-6.5)

The Jags are a very up and down team, losing badly to the Titans a week ago. The Chiefs stink though, and this should be a week that Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jags get on track with a big home effort. Jacksonville 27 Kansas City 14

Baltimore (-3) at Cincinnati

The Bengals won this game a few weeks back, and are looking to sweep their rivals, which would be huge for the AFC North race. The Ravens beat the Broncos a week ago, and I think they get the revenge they want here, going into the Jungle and gaining a big win to make the North race a three-team battle. Baltimore 20 Cincinnati 13

Houston at Indianapolis (-9)

No one talks about the Colts, yet they are undefeated and maybe the best team in the league. Houston played well in Buffalo last week, winning 31-10. The Colts played well at home last week, rallying to top the Niners, and they will find a way to beat their South rivals here. Indianapolis 29 Houston 17

Washington at Atlanta (-10)

The Falcons were beat up last Monday night vs the Saints, and they had a shot to pull the upset but Matt Ryan threw some bad picks. They are turning the ball over too much the last few weeks, but should get back on track vs the bad Redskins. Washington does little right, meaning the Falcons will get back on track with a big win. Atlanta 31 Washington 13

Green Bay (-9.5) at Tampa Bay

I don’t think I need to say much here. The Bucs are the last team in the league yet to win, and while the Pack lost to the Vikings again last week, they won’t fall here, even with the game being in Tampa. It’s going to be a a long day for Bucs rookie QB Josh Freeman vs the Pack D. Green Bay 23 Tampa Bay 6

Arizona at Chicago (-3)

What the heck is going on with the Cardinals? They looked like world beaters the past few weeks, then laid an egg vs the Panthers. The Bears are struggling badly on offense, this even after they beat up the awful Browns. Look for the Cards to go to Solider Field and lay one on a Bears team that I think is fading fast. Arizona 27 Chicago 10

Miami at New England (-10.5)

The Pats lost this game a season ago, and will look to make sure not to look past the Fins, who just topped the Jets for the 2nd time in 09. The Dolphins really didn’t play well on offense, but did it with special teams and defense. Look for the Pats to attack the Fins secondary, and to have success with a big win. New England 23 Miami 14

Carolina at New Orleans (-13)

Ok, here’s my logic for calling for the upset here. There’s too much talk already about the Saints going undefeated, the Panthers can run and keep New Orleans off the field, and the Panthers play well in the Superdome. All that equals the Panthers, who won in Arizona last week, winning here. Book it. Carolina 23 New Orleans 20

Detroit at Seattle (-10)

Detroit is pretty bad. Matthew Stafford needs to play better, and that is going to be tough going to Seattle, where it’s never easy to win. The Hawks got bounced in Dallas last week, but they will get the job done here in a game that few people outside of Seattle or Detroit watch. Seattle 17 Detroit 3

Tennessee at San Francisco (-4)

Titans RB Chris Johnson is talking about running the table. Uh, how about a two-game win streak first? They will get the win in SF, as the Niners haven’t shown much since they got off to a fast start. They need to run the ball better, and Alex Smith needs to avoid mistakes. The Titans will run over SF as Johnson has another big day vs the Niners D. Tennessee 21 San Francisco 14

San Diego at New York Giants (-5)

The Giants have fallen apart after a great start, and should be able to do it here at home vs a Chargers team that struggled to beat the Raiders. The Giants have to get back to playing hard nosed football on offense, and stopping the mistakes that have hurt them the past few weeks. Look for Eli and company to play better and get a win. New York 24 San Diego 16

Dallas at Philadelphia (-3)

The Eagles jumped all over the Giants a week ago, scoring early and often, and then making it hold up with a defense that made life tough for Eli Manning. Can they do that vs the Cowboys, who have an even better offense? Probably. The atmosphere is going to be crazy in Philly, and look for another big night for Donovan McNabb and a returning Brian Westbrook. Eagles win a close one. Philadelphia 20 Dallas 17

Monday Night:

Pittsburgh (-3) at Denver

The champs have won four in a row after they were 1-2, the big win coming as they stopped the Vikings two weeks ago. Denver will look to rebound after they were stopped by the Ravens a week ago. The Broncos need to pressure Ben Roethlisberger, but that seems to be when he’s at his best. Look for Pittsburgh to pull out a good back and forth game that puts them to 6-2. Pittsburgh 24 Denver 21

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2 Responses to “Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 9”

  1. LDUTheCoach says:

    I see you emailed me Matt about FanVsFan competion!

    check out my picks @