Another six teams have a bye this week so the available teams to choose from are slim. Check out the Week 9 game-by-game breakdown.
Week 1 – New York Giants – WIN
Week 2 – Green Bay Packers – WIN
Week 3 – New England Patriots – WIN
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints – WIN
Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts – WIN
Week 6 – Chicago Bears – LOSS – ELIMINATED
Week 7 –
1. Saints – L /
2. Ravens – W /
3. Chiefs – W
Week 8 –
1. Jets – L /
2. Chiefs – W / 3. Rams – W
Bears @ Bills – We will find out if the Bears were able to correct their problems after the bye week, but Buffalo will give all they have to beat the Bears and pick up their first win of the season. Avoid.
Chargers @ Texans – Here’s a pick’em and a huge game for both teams. The Chargers need to roll off a huge winning streak like they did last year while the Texans are struggling after a hot start.
Saints @ Panthers – These divisional games are never easy on the road. New Orleans is coming off a big win on Sunday night against Pittsburgh and they could be in for a letdown game.
Cardinals @ Vikings – Here is your chance to use Minnesota this season. This team is full of drama with Brett Favre and Randy Moss, but the Cardinals have issues at quarterback. Adrian Peterson should carry the ball close to 30 times and run wild on the Cardinals. The Vikings are a good bet at home, especially with their solid defense.
Buccaneers @ Falcons – The Falcons are coming off a bye while the Buccaneers travel back to the East coast after a big win in Arizona. This is another divisional game that I will likely avoid. If you must pick the Falcons, they are an option, but avoid if you can.
Jets @ Lions – The Jets put on a disheartening performance Sunday at home against the Packers. However, they have not lost on the road this season and have two inferior, yet improved teams, coming up on the schedule in the Lions and Browns. I normally do not like to pick road teams, but in Week 9, I would consider the Jets.
Dolphins @ Ravens – The Dolphins are also undefeated on the road this season and I think they’ll give Baltimore a battle this Sunday. Miami cannot keep playing the win one, lose one game in the AFC. They are in a tough division looking up at the Jets and Patriots, but a win Sunday would put them right in the mix. Avoid.
Patriots @ Browns – New England is a quiet 6-1 this season as they have been behind the Jets in the spotlight. However, they are due for a close game and I think this Sunday in Cleveland will be that type of game. I like the Browns getting points and think they’ll make a game of it with Peyton Hillis controlling the ground game.
Giants @ Seahawks – Going from the east coast to west coast is not easy and the Giants’ last trip to Seattle was a disaster when Jay Feely missed three field goals back in November of 2005. I would pass on the Giants this week also because of their poor record after the bye. The Giants are 5-16 in games after the bye. Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck is coming off a slight concussion so the Seahawks better pass protect this weekend or they’ll pay the price.
Chiefs @ Raiders – Two NFL throwback teams that are finally back in the mix in the AFC West. This should be a great game and I like the Raiders to prevail at home. Avoid in survivor, though.
Colts @ Eagles – Here is another good late game this weekend. It is a very intriguing matchup as this could be a big win for the Eagles. The Colts are not exactly the same team this year away from home, but could be getting back Austin Collie this weekend. The same goes for the Eagles with Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson. This one will come down to the final minutes and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles’ defense attempts to slow down Peyton Manning.
Cowboys @ Packers – The 1-6 Dallas Cowboys face the Packers on Sunday night in Lambeau. The 1-6 Cowboys. Wow. Green Bay is coming off a big road win, but don’t expect them to let down against a poor Dallas team.
Steelers @ Bengals – Pittsburgh will enter Cincinnati in their third straight road game, which is never easy to win. However, they are coming off a loss and the Bengals’ cord was pretty much pulled on Sunday in their loss to Miami. The Bengals usually play up to their divisional opponents’ level, but with their banged up secondary, it could spell trouble for them. Pittsburgh for the win, but should pass on this game.
SELECTIONS: Vikings, Packers. Probably your best time to use the Vikings is this week at home against the Cardinals.