Late Games and Monday Night Week 9 Prediction

I don't know about you, but he level of play in the NFL this season has been to say the least disappointing. Can anyone on the back end tackle? Can anyone on the offensive front knock anyone off the football? And finally other than Manning, Favre, Brady, Palmer, Bulger, Romo and Roethlisberger can anyone complete a pass vertically down the field?

Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos – The Dolphins played giant killer again last week end and a victory this week versus the slumping Broncos would leave both clubs at the five hundred mark for the season. The Broncos have dropped just once at Invesco Field and have a very potent offense, but the problems is that they have shown a complete inability to stop the run over the past two seasons. This less then scintillating defensive unit will be further challenged this week as the Broncos will play the next six week without their top defensive player Champ Bailey and for the remainder of the year without his very talented brother Boss Bailey. It should be a shootout, but I like the home team by a whisker.

Broncos 30 – Dolphins 28

Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants - The Cowboys have been virtually devastated by injuries over the past three weeks and face the unenviable task of trying to slow down this high flying Giants unit. The losses of Terence Newman, safety Roy Williams, tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo are critical and the Cowboys have no suitable replacements for any of these star players.

Giants 27 – Cowboys 17

Atlanta Falcons vs Oakland Raiders - Based on his first seven contests, Mike Smith is the hands down NFL coach of the year while rookie quarterback Matt Ryan is the runaway choice for rookie of the year. Look for them to attack the Raiders secondary and in particular former Falcon DeAngelo Hall. The loss of Darren McFadden due to a turf toe injury has really hurt this already inconsistent offensive unit.

Falcons 21 – Raiders 16

Philadelphia Eagles vs Seattle Seahawks – The Eagles need this one desperately just to keep pace in the highly competitive NFC East division. The Seahawks, in spite of their two and five record are still in the hunt in the weak NFC West division. It should be a competitive contest early, but winning consistently without Matt Hasselbeck, is not going to be an easy task.

Eagles 31 – Seahawks 18

New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts – Lucas Oil Stadium sure hasn't proven to be much of an advantage for this struggling Colts squad. The offensive front has played poorly and the running game has also been a major disappointment. The Colts are 3 up and 4 down, but without Peyton under the center, this club could easily be one and six on the season. Matt Cassel has really come on over the past three weeks and if the Patriots marginal offensive line can give him enough time, he could well do some significant damage. Should be a good one, but the Patriots are the better football team.

Patriots 23 – Colts 21

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Washington Redskins – The Steelers kept the score rather close last week in last weeks 21 to 14 loss to the Giants, but in reality were beaten soundly on their home turf. This week it doesn't get any easier when they journey to FedEx Field to face the 6 and 2 Redskins. Both quarterbacks have been superb through the first half of the 2008 season, but the Steelers minus Willie Parker have struggled. Clinton Portis, has quietly established himself as the top all purpose back in the league. I wouldn't miss this one for the world, but in the end, I believe the Steelers will come up short for the second time in as many weeks.

Redskins 24 – Steelers 20

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