We have now reached the halfway point of the 2008 NFL football season and nothing seems to be the way everyone expected it to be. The Titans are 7-0, the Cowboys are struggling, the Colts are flopping, and the rest of the league can not seem to decide who they are. All of this is making this the most challenging year of picks that I can remember. That said, we have a very respectable record of 71-45 going into week nine, and given the way the season has gone, I will take it.
For those that have been with me several years, get ready for the best time of the year. The second half. This is when we step up the game and dive a little deeper. It is crunch time now. Let us not waste another minute.
Here are my picks for week nine of the NFL football season:
NY Jets at Buffalo – Brett Favre and the New York Jets are having trouble with teams they should not be. The Bills actually came down to Earth a bit this past Sunday. Both teams are capable of playing great football, and both are in the playoff hunt at the halfway mark. My guess is that the Bills will control the clock with the running game to a degree, and that they will have enough offense to win. Favre in cold weather again should be fun, and he might just snake bite this pick. Still, I think Buffalo is the team to pick here.
Result- Bills Win
Detroit at Chicago – The Lions actually made a decent showing during week eight, but now they travel to Chicago to meet a rested Bears team. The Bears should be kicked out of the league if they lose this game.
Result – Bears Win
Jacksonville at Cincinnati – Jacksonville is doing everything in their power to make me pick against them. The Bengals always get picked to lose. I think I will take Jacksonville if for no other reason than the fact that they should be able to run all over the Bengals. (Literally)
Result – Jaguars Win
Baltimore at Cleveland – Cleveland and the Ravens are always fun to watch. Somehow, the Browns have snuck a couple of wins lately and that adds intrigue to this match up. I think that the Browns will sneak one in this week too. The Ravens really need a quarterback, though Flacco looked decent against the Raiders. I still say the Browns should be playing Quinn, however, I think Anderson will win this one at home.
Result – Browns Win
Green Bay at Tennessee – The Titans took care of the Colts and I really did not see it coming. I figured that the same old Peyton would pull out the season and take the Titans to their first loss. The Packers are the next to test them, and should be a strong opponent. I still think the Titans will win at home.
Result – Titans win
Arizona at St. Louis – Just who is this new St. Louis team? They are showing a lot of heart to try to salvage the season. Warner is throwing the ball like he was in St. Louis still. This is going to be a fun game to watch, especially for old fans of “The Greatest Show On Turf” and Rams fans. The Rams will surprise the Cardinals.
Result – Rams Win
Houston at Minnesota – The Vikings are a team that I hate to pick. They seem to find a way to lose the games that they should win. This game is a prime example. The Texans are no push over, and could easily surprise the Vikings. Expect that very thing to happen.
Result – Texans win
Tampa Bay at Kansas City – Tampa gets back on track.
Result – Bucs win
Miami at Denver – The Broncos have got to learn to turn off the opposition’s scoring. Problem is they can not stop the run and that is exactly what Miami seems to be able to do. Run the football. The Broncos will win, but not easily.
Result – Broncos Win
Atlanta at Oakland – The Falcons are no joke this season, and will get a needed win on the road.
Result – Falcons win
Dallas at NY Giants – What would have been a marquee match up just three weeks ago, is now a pretty easy pick.
Result – Giants win
Philadelphia at Seattle – The Seahawks finally found an offense this past week in San Francisco but it is to little to late. The Eagles are going to win this in a tight one.
Result – Eagles win
New England at Indianapolis – The Colts simply must win this game and will do so at home. Cassell will struggle against the Colts D.
Result – Colts Win
Pittsburgh at Washington – The Redskins and the Steelers will be the best game of the week. I expect that the Skins will have to pass at some point as the Steelers are tough against the run. That will be their downfall.
Result – Steelers win
Monday Night Score – Pittsburgh 28 Washington 14
Week Eight Record – 8-6
Season Record – 71-45
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