Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week 9
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Packers vs. 49ers
The Packers have remained as a powerhouse in the NFC behind their future hall of fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Meanwhile, the 49ers have struggled mightily due to their injuries but when healthy, they are a top team in the league. Unless the 49ers are able to get healthier on both sides of the football, this game may be a runaway. Green Bay is far more talented on each side of the ball and are playing at close to full strength. The Packers should be able to make up for their NFC championship loss to the 49ers last season and get a win here.
Final Pick: Packers
Broncos vs. Falcons
The Broncos offense continues to look absolutely pitiful even with quarterback Drew Lock back in action. They just can’t get themselves into the endzone, taking more field goals than touchdowns. Their defense has performed really well though and it is a big reason as to why they are still remaining competitive in their games. They get a high-powered offense in this game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have had one of the best offenses all season long, which should give them a chance to win this game. However, their defense remains one of the worst in the league. This matchup will come down to the Broncos offense against the Falcons defense, and as shocking as it is to say, I believe that the Falcons defense will be able to come up huge this week and get the win.
Final Pick: Falcons
Panthers vs. Chiefs
The Panthers are hopefully getting superstar running back Christian McCaffrey back into the flow of things this week and are definitely going to need him. They will be taking on the reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have been devastating to opposing defenses all season long behind MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes. He will cause a lot of problems for this young and inexperienced Panthers secondary that was shredded by Drew Brees and the Saints a few weeks ago. However, Carolina has had drastic improvements on their offense after signing Robby Anderson and Teddy Bridgewater, those two guys will be key to the Panthers putting up big numbers offensively. I think that this game will be closer than people expect, but it is really hard to go against Mahomes and the Chiefs.
Final Pick: Chiefs
Bears vs. Titans
As shocking as it is to say this, the Bears still have a quarterback issue that they need to figure out for the rest of the season. While Nick Foles has started the last few games, something about it doesn’t seem definite at the moment. Their defense however has been playing at an unreal level all season long. They get one of the hottest teams in the NFL this week in the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have surprised a lot of people this year with their improved passing attack and outstanding rushing attack. The Bears defense will make this game close, but their lack of offense is going to end up coming back to bite them in this matchup. Take the Titans.
Final Pick: Titans
Giants vs. Football Team
Somehow, both of these teams have a possibility of making the postseason and hosting a playoff game. The Giants have had one of the worst offenses in NFL history this season, especially since superstar running back Saquon Barkley went down with an ACL tear back in the first few games. They will get a Washington defense this week that has actually played at a far better pace then in the years prior. However, they still have a major quarterback situation at hand and will need to figure that out before this season comes to a close. As bad as both of these teams have been all season long, one of them has to win this game. The Football Team just has more talent overall in this matchup and should pick up the huge division win.
Final Pick: Football Team
Dolphins vs. Cardinals
The Dolphins will be rocking with their rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa against the Cardinals this week. Their offense has shown flashes of greatness throughout the season but haven’t been able to sustain that efficiency. They will get another chance to prove themselves this week against a tough Cardinals defense that still has a lot of talent despite losing Chandler Jones for the year. However, Kyler Murray and the Arizona offense should prove to be too much to handle for the Miami defense and will be the difference maker in this matchup.
Final Pick: Cardinals
Saints vs. Buccaneers
The rematch we have all been waiting for is finally here. After the Saints dominated their first game against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, each of these teams have fared very differently. The Saints have dealt with a mass of injuries on both sides of the ball and have surprisingly struggled offensively this year. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have had a stout defense to go along with their insanely talented offense that will be adding former all-pro receiver Antonio Brown. This game is bound to be a lot differently compared to the first matchup, I think that Tampa Bay is able to split the season series against New Orleans with this game, winning this matchup.
Final Pick: Buccaneers
Lions vs. Vikings
The Lions have continued to be inconsistent, while the Vikings have been consistently terrible all season long. Detroit has had their fair share of offensive struggles this season but have coming into their own lately behind their franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford and star receiver Kenny Golladay. Their defense has been below average for most of the year though, which will have to be cleaned up if they want a chance to win this game. Luckily, their opponent has been downright terrible on offense all year without Stefon Diggs. It has caused their defense to be out on the field for far too long which allows for mistakes on the defensive side of the ball. If I had to pick this game last year, the Vikings would be the obvious choice. But 2020 continues to be throw everybody for a loop, the Lions should win this one on the road against their division rival.
Final Pick: Lions
Texans vs. Jaguars
This will be a battle between two of the worst teams in the league. The Texans have had terrible performances from their defense all season long and have clearly struggled offensively after trading their all-pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals. For Jacksonville, they have just gotten rid of the majority of their overall talent in the offseason, leaving them with a lot of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. This will be a difficult game to predict as these teams are also division opponents. However, Deshaun Watson is still a terrific quarterback and should be able to will his Texans to a close victory.
Final Pick: Texans
Seahawks vs. Bills
Seattle still looks like the best team in the league right now. They are led by their MVP caliber quarterback Russel Wilson, who has played at an insane pace, delivering big time throw after big time throw. Although, their defense has looked porous without all-pro safety Jamal Adams in the lineup. They are hoping to get him back this week against a fellow MVP candidate this year in Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Allen has fallen back down to Earth in the last few games after his huge start to the season. He has struggled quite a bit lately but has a much easier defensive opponent this week against the 31st ranked Seattle defense. This game is going to be a must watch for NFL fans across the world, but after the way the Bills have been playing lately it will be hard to pick against Seattle here.
Final Pick: Seahawks
Ravens vs. Colts
The Ravens are no doubt Super Bowl contenders this year, mostly due to their stellar quarterback Lamar Jackson. They have also been loading up their defense, making a few trades for big name players to further bolster their incredible defense. They get a Colts team that has been decent on offense this year. The Colts have been a work in progress after trying to adjust to their new quarterback Phillip Rivers, who has fit in quite nicely. But their defense is among the best in the league throughout this season and will have to play at their best in order to slow down this high-powered Raven offense. Ultimately, the Colts just don’t have enough on the offensive side in order to keep up with the Ravens, which will lead to a big Baltimore victory.
Final Pick: Ravens
Raiders vs. Chargers
The Raiders have shown that they can be deadly on the offensive side of the ball when they are clicking, but they have had constant fumbling issues that have plagued them throughout the year. Their defense hasn’t been bad either, despite their inexperience. They get another inexperienced team in the Chargers that have been led by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert has played amazing in his first few starts as an NFL quarterback, constantly throwing his receivers open and making plays when there seems like there is no play. Their defense should also be getting star pass rusher Melvin Ingram back which will help them tremendously. This will be a very interesting AFC showdown, but the Raiders just have more offensive firepower in this matchup, leading to a huge Raiders win.
Final Pick: Raiders
Steelers vs. Cowboys
Pittsburgh has proven that they are legit this season. After getting a huge win a few weeks ago against the formerly undefeated Tennessee Titans. They also have shown that they can get it done both in the passing game and on the ground. Their defense is also a top five unit in the league right now with star players T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick. They are matched up against a Cowboys team that is just demoralized the past few weeks. They lost Dak Prescott for the year, they also lost backup Andy Dalton with a concussion a few weeks back. It also doesn’t help that their defense is ranked towards the bottom of the league in every statistical category. Before this season, this would be a highly anticipated matchup. But due to the injuries that Dallas has had to sustain, the Steelers will dominate this game.
Final Pick: Steelers
Patriots vs. Jets
Another game that doesn’t need much explanation. While the Patriots have looked terrible the past few weeks, they should have no problem taking on the winless New York Jets that have had nothing good going for them all year long. The Jets have shown improvements in recent weeks after getting Sam Darnold back from injury and after head coach Adam Gase handed over his play calling duties but just don’t have enough talent to really compete with anybody right now on either side of the ball. The Patriots will get a much-needed bounce back win this week.
Final Pick: Patriots