NFL Week 9 Preview

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Green Bay @ Tennessee, Sunday 1pm
Mike: Green Bay, are you any good? Sure, you beat the Colts. But remember those 3 straight losses? I know they were to Dallas, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta, but if you were good, you win one of them. The bigger question is if the Titans can get up again after the big MNF win over the Colts. I like Green Bay coming off the bye over Tennessee coming off the high. Pick: Packers
Ahad: Green Bay has the potential to pull off the upset but I just don’t see it happening. If the game was in Green Bay, I would like their chances even more. The Titans will ride the momentum of the win over the Colts and stay undefeated. Pick: Titans
Evan: I still know nothing about Tennessee. I think everyone is paying attention after they beat the Colts. Packers don’t have the stuff to dethrone them just yet. Pick: Titans
Matt: I think Green Bay has a very good shot of knocking off the Titans, but the Packers will have a tough time stopping what the Titans do best, and that’s run the ball. Should be a close game, but I still like the Titans. Pick: Titans

Dallas @ New York Giants, Sunday 4:15pm
Mike: Sounds like Brad Johnson is playing again. The Steelers game was just a sack warmup for the Giants. Pick: Giants
Ahad: At this point does it matter who is playing quarterback for the Cowboys? The choice between Johnson and Bollinger doesn’t look to appealing. The Giants defense should have a field day. I expect a plethora of blitzes from Giants. Pick: Giants
Evan: Dallas just wants to survive another week without getting anybody else injured. I think the G-Men come in a little too confident. Pick: Cowboys
Matt: I had a dream last night that the Cowboys were able to pull off this game. The defense needs to play like they did last week, but the offense needs to do more, whether that means more Brad Johnson or Brooks Bollinger. I just don’t see why they just don’t throw jump balls to Roy E. Williams all the time. He should come down with most of them. I don’t know…it’s hard to pick against my team. I just don’t think they have enough in this game to pull it out, but it will be close. Pick: Giants

Miami @ Denver, Sunday 4:05pm
Mike: I don’t like this matchup one bit. I have no strong feelings either way. The Dolphins had a good win against Buffalo last week while the Broncos had the week off. Not sure a week off is what was needed for the Broncos. Their defense needs more time on the field to figure things out, not less. Pick: Dolphins
Ahad: This game is a toss up. The Broncos play no defense and the Dolphins possess a ball control offense. I think Pennington will dink and dunk them down the field all day long. Pick: Dolphins
Evan: Time for this fantasy to end. I’m sick of the so-called Dolphins fans coming out of the woodwork around where I live just because they’ve won a few games. Pick: Broncos
Matt: Miami is playing well, but Denver is tough at home. If the Broncos didn’t get their defense fixed over the bye, I don’t think they have much of a chance in this game. Pick: Dolphins

New England @ Indianapolis, Sunday 8:15pm
Mike: New England is on my do not touch list. The Colts need this game badly. They have fallen 4 games behind the Titans. The Colts started to get on a roll but then ran into 2 good teams in the Packers and Titans. Pick: Colts
Ahad: These teams used to fight for the top stop in the AFC, but not this year. New England still has a legitimate shot at winning the division. The Colts need this game to keep pace in the division. Pick: Colts
Evan: Peyton is hungry, and the Pats just aren’t sexy without Tom Brady. Pick: Colts
Matt: I am not sold on the fact that Cassel is coming into his own. The Colts need this game bad. They had this game last year before they squandered the lead to Brady and gang. They don’t let it happen again. Pick: Colts

Pittsburgh @ Washington, Monday 8:30pm
Mike: I’m calling a sweep for NFC East teams against the Steelers. By the time the Cowboys come to town Week 14 they should be healthy and ready to complete the sweep. The plan to beat the Steelers was laid out by the Eagles, it just took a few weeks until the Giants took the opportunity to try it out. Pick: Redskins
Ahad: I like the call for the NFC East sweep of the Steelers. I’m sure that will enrage Dave. The Redskins have a solid defense, but they don’t blitz a lot which has to change this week. My only concern for this game is that Steelers defense might be able to confuse Campbell and force him into a turnover or two. Pick: Redskins
Evan: In the past 17 elections, if the Redskins win their final game before election day, the party that won the popular vote in the previous election has won the presidency. If the Redskins lose their last game before election day, the party that lost the popular vote the previous election wins the Presidency. Pick: Steelers
Matt: I am pretty sure the fact that Evan stated only relates to the last Redskin home game before the election, not just any game. Just thought I would clarify. Looks like a win for Obama. Pick: Steelers

Mike’s Last Thought for the Week
I don’t have a prediction and I won’t get to see it because it won’t be on TV here, but I think the best game of the weekend could be Arizona @ St. Louis. Let’s see if I’m right.

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