Poupart's Picks: Week 9

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 9 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Nov. 5

Cincinnati (4-3) at Baltimore (5-2) — A Ravens win could put them a great shape in the AFC North race, and the Bengals haven't exactly been playing great football. Steve McNair had a nice game at New Orleans last week, but it was the defense that won the game. Same story this week. Prediction: Baltimore, 21-20.

Green Bay (3-4) at Buffalo (2-5) — The Packers have gotten on a nice little roll, with Ahman Green coming off back-to-back 100-yard games. But Buffalo at home could be a different story, and the Packers just aren't good enough to win three in a row. Prediction: Buffalo, 19-16.

Miami (1-6) at Chicago (7-0) — Could this be a repeat of 1985, withe Dolphins ending the Bears' run at perfection? Can Nick Saban coax one great performance from his underdog team? Could the Bears come out flat and looking ahead to the Giants game next weekend? No, not likely, and maybe but it won't matter anyway. Prediction: Chicago, 24-10.

Atlanta (5-2) at Detroit (1-6) — There could be a lot of scoring in this one, with Michael Vick on a roll and the Lions offense actually taking advantage of a mediocre Falcons pass defense. Vick wins in at the end. Prediction: Atlanta, 31-27.

Tennessee (2-5) at Jacksonville (4-3) — The Jags got a huge win last week at Philadelphia, and it won't matter that David Garrard once again will be at quarterback for this game. Defense and the running of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew make the difference. Prediction: Jacksonville, 24-14.

Houston (2-5) at N.Y. Giants (5-2) — This has mismatch written all over it. The biggest question actually might be whether David Carr gets to finish the game after being pulled in favor of former Dolphin Sage Rosenfels last week. Prediction: N.Y. Giants, 31-13.

Kansas City (4-3) at St. Louis (4-3) — The "Show Me" showdown. Between Larry Johnson, Marc Bulger and Torry Holt, there should be plenty of fireworks. We'll go with the Rams because K.C. isn't nearly as good away from home. Prediction: St. Louis, 30-27.

New Orleans (5-2) at Tampa Bay (2-5) — The Saints really didn't play well last week and are banged up (Reggie Bush, Joe Horn), but they still should have enough to beat the Bucs. Prediction: New Orleans, 20-17.

Dallas (4-3) at Washington (2-5) — The Redskins might have a better chance to pull off an upset here if not for the fact that Clinton Portis and Santana Moss are banged up. The Cowboys are coming off a big, big win at Carolina, and we're thinking they'll roll again. Prediction: Dallas, 24-20.

Minnesota (4-3) at San Francisco (2-5) — The Vikings were exposed as a pretender by New England, but the 49ers are in a different, lower, class. Still, we see Alex Smith having a big day against a Vikings secondary that got torched by the Pats. Prediction: San Francisco, 24-17.

Denver (5-2) at Pittsburgh (2-5) — The defending champs are on the verge of extinction but have the ability to come up big at home, thanks to their defense. Don't look for many points to be scored in this one. Prediction: Pittsburgh, 13-10.

Cleveland (2-5) at San Diego (5-2) — This has mismatch written all over it. A big day for LaDainian Tomlinson and backup Michael Turner. Prediction, San Diego, 27-10.

Indianapolis (7-0) at New England (6-1) — Now, that's a game. The Pats have owned the Colts in the past, but Indy won the last matchup and Peyton Manning is playing just too well right now for Tom Brady to keep up. New England will keep it close, but the Colts stay unbeaten. Prediction, Indianapolis, 27-24.

Monday, Nov. 6

Oakland (2-5) at Seattle (4-3) — What a horrible Monday night game. The Raiders have won two in a row, but the Seahawks should stop that mini-streak, even with Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck on the sidelines. Prediction, Seattle, 23-16.

Last week's record: 9-5

Season record: 71-43

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