Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers (-8): At 5-3 the Packers haven’t wrapped up homefield advantage for the playoffs or anything, but Vinnie is as impressed with this team as he has been all season, following last week’s road shutout of the Jets. The Cowboys’ roster is stocked with talent, but surprisingly, Dallas is off to its worst start since 1989. Can’t run the ball, has to rely on a heavy dose of Jon Kitna in order to keep games competitive at this point, and defensively has made opposing quarterbacks look like superstars lately. Without Jermichael Finley and for this week Donald Driver, Aaron Rodgers is getting the job done but without the usual fireworks. This won’t be an issue against Dallas, though, as the Packers defense is ready to bash its visitor in the mouth.
Gimme the Packers minus the points.
New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks (+5): What the Seahawks have going for them: Mike Williams developing into a solid possession receiver, a sometimes good defense, and a deafening home crowd to fill Qwest Field with. What the Seahawks do
not have going for them: an offensive line which lost a lot of its punch with Russell Okung missing time again, a running game not nearly as effective due to said problems with the offensive line, and Charlie Whitehurst making his first NFL regular season start this Sunday. Meanwhile, the New York football Giants have rounded into arguably the best team in the NFC, featuring Eli Manning and the many weapons surrounding him, along with the most disruptive defensive line in the league.
Gimme the Giants minus the points.
New York Jets @ Detroit Lions (+4): Prior to their embarrassing home loss in Week 8 to Green Bay, the Jets had won five straight. One could forecast this game as a blowout in favor of the Jets, especially with how far apart these two teams were a year ago; this undoubtedly has a little something to do with why the line is what it is. The Jets’ defense hasn’t been the dominating force we grew accustomed to seeing on a weekly basis in ’09, while Calvin Johnson and his offensive teammates in Detroit have shown they’re capable to taking it to just about any team. This is a well-coached group which has won two of its last three, its own defense boasting of stellar play from the defensive line rotation. Vinnie likes the underdog here.
Gimme the Lions plus the points.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers (+7): It probably won’t be until after its Week 10 bye that New Orleans gets Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas back, but some of the starters among its secondary return this week. Without ’em against the Steelers last week, the Saints defense still managed to force plenty of turnovers and will do more of the same in Carolina in Week 9. Against Matt Moore? You bet Vinnie likes the road favorite. And look for Drew Brees‘ passing numbers to escalate as he targets Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Robert Meachum, and Devery Henderson for a big fantasy day.
Gimme the Saints minus the points.