NFL Picks Week 9
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” (Henry V, Shakespeare)
Hey, do you remember way back at the beginning of the season when the world was thinking that the Cowboys were serious contenders and might even stand a legitimate chance to actually host the Super Bowl in Dallas? Now, in Week 9, the Boys – at 1-6 – are fighting simply to hold on to some semblance of dignity.
And back in the beginning, who woulda thunk that the Chiefs would be battling the Raiders for the AFC West lead, with the Bolts fighting to stay out of the cellar?
Funny enterprise, this game of football. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, from week to week you never know what you’re going to get.
Chicago (-2.5) at Buffalo
Vinnie the Mooch tells us to “Forget home-field advantage – they is playing this in Canada.” Not that home-field advantage would mean all that much – the Bills are the only team in the league without a win. But Mooch says “they is a really good 0-7 team. That Harvard kid is a pretty good QB.” He means Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has provided some spark since taking over as starter in Week 3, but not enough to win a game yet. Is this the week? They got a little better by picking up LB Merriman off waivers from the Chargers, but he doesn’t figure to have much of an impact this week. Chicago is at 4-3, fighting for the lead in the NFC North. Offensively, they have allowed 31 sacks and so QB Jay Cutler will have his work cut out for him. The defense is solid, however, with 9 picks, and they’ve allowed only 4 passing TDs. Taking Chicago off the bye to cover.
NY Jets (-3.5) at Detroit
The Jets come into Ford Field after getting blanked 9-0 by the Packers last week and look to show some offense against the Lions, who know a thing or two about scoring points. Detroit is averaging 37 points a game at home, and enter off a 37-25 win over the Redskins. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnsom hooked up for 3 TDs in that one. Now they go up against the Jets’ vaunted DBs, Revis and Cromartie. Cheech says, “The Jets is 3-0 against the spread away, but the Lions is 3-0 against the spread at home. Whaddayagonnado?” The Lions rank 27th against the rush and that gives the strong-running Jets the edge they need. Taking the Jets to cover.