Week 9 NFL Early Game Predictions

Well, last week we finished with nine wins and five losses. On the season, we are 68 up and 47 down. Hats off to both the Giants and Titans - the clear cut top teams in their respective conferences for the first half of the 2008 season!

New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills – The Bills played like winners and lost while the Jets played like losers and won. This one should go more according to Hoyle. The Bills are just a better football club on both sides of the ball. Brett Favre, in his first season in New York, has experienced more heat (both on and off the field) than he has during his entire professional career. Look for a one-and-done scenario for the future Hall of Fame member and for the Jets to once again find themselves in desperate need for a quarterback. Bills 27 – Jets 20

Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears – The Lions came very close last week. As the saying goes, close "only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades". The improved Bears offense and always-tough defense should have little trouble at home against one of the poorest teams in professional football over the last decade. Hey Mr. Ford, what's Greg Landry doing this weekend? Bears 24 – Lions 10

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cincinnati Bengals – One of these days the Bengals are going to win a football game; it's just not going to be this week versus the Jaguars. The Jags are going to have to get on some sort of a winning streak and I can't find a better club to start one with than the boys from the queen city. Jaguars 26 – Bengals 17

Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns – If the Ravens can repeat their offensive efforts of the last two weeks, or for that matter from their first meeting with the Browns, this one played in a hostile environment is still very winnable. The Browns are coming off a their biggest road victory in 2008, but a loss to division rival Ravens could spell the end of the Derek Anderson era in Cleveland. Ravens 24 – Browns 16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker last week against the Jets on the road, but this Buccaneers club is a far more formidable group than I had originally expected. Look for the "Tampa two" defense to give rookie quarterback Tyler Thigpen fits this weekend.  Buccaneers 28 – Chiefs 12

Houston Texans vs Minnesota Vikings – Both clubs are looking to get to the .500 mark on the season. The Viking special team units have been, in a word, "awful", but this one is at the Metrodome and the Vikings have a fellow by the name of Adrian Peterson on their side. Vikings 20 – Texans 16

Arizona Cardinals vs St. Louis Rams - The Rams have played extremely well over the last three weeks and have an excellent chance of closing to a game-and-a-half of the division-leading Cardinals. I like their chances, particularly at the Edward Jones Dome. The Cardinals lost in overtime last week in their building and just don't play very well on the road. Rams 23 – Cardinals 21

Green Bay Packers vs Tennessee Titans – I don't see this Titans club remaining undefeated over the regular season, but on the strength of their defensive unit and playing at home, I really like them staying undefeated for at least another week. The Packers pitch and catch combination of Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings has been nothing short of exceptional, but the run game has really struggled. This one could be a close one, but in the end, I really like this Titans club. Titans 26 – Packers 20


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