Friday, 4 November 2011

NFL Week Nine Predictions


6PM GMT Games

NYJ @ Buffalo
Buffalo finally managed to pull off a victory north of the border in Toronto, this week they face AFC East rivals the New York Jets who are coming off a bye and on a two game win streak. It will be interesting to see if the Jets defence can stop Jackson running all over them and force Fitzpatrick to win the game. Buffalo’s D should not be underestimated after last week’s performance against the Redskins.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Buffalo by 6.

Seattle @ Dallas

You have to feel sorry for Dallas fans, one week the teams good, the next week they’re losing heavily to a division rival. Fortunately for Dallas they face the struggling Seahawks this week; Seattle may now be playing for a good draft pick with the 49ers running away with the division.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Dallas wins by 10.

Cleveland @ Houston

Houston are currently on a two game win streak and leading the AFC South, even though Houston lost their number one receiver, the offence continues to be ranked in the top ten. Arian Foster could end up having a huge game against a 26th ranked rushing D. With Colt McCoy struggling in Pat Shurmur’s offence and no running game, it could be a long day for the Browns on both sides of the ball.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Houston by 14.

Atlanta @ Indianapolis

It would seem that some fans in Indy have decided that Andrew Luck will be at the Colts next season, even though they are currently 0-8 the Colts have played well at home with Curtis Painter under centre (losing by 3 and 4 respectively), the Falcons may be complacent coming off a bye week allowing the Colts to stay competitive throughout the game.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Atlanta by 3.

Miami @ Kansas City
After week 3 these two teams were firmly in the “suck for Luck” race, since then the Chiefs have won four straight whilst the Dolphins continue to remain winless. Last week’s victory over the Chargers will give the Chiefs a huge confidence boost heading into this game.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Kansas by 7.

Tampa Bay @ New Orleans

After posting 62 points against the Colts, the Saints got brought back down to Earth with a thud. The loss to the Rams might well be upset of the season and the Saints offence was very poor until garbage time. The Bucs should have Blount back for this must win game, a victory this week could put the Bucs in the driving seat for the NFC South crown.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Saints by 6.

San Fran @ Washington

After a solid start we are starting to see the Redskins that have been around for the last few years. Last week’s embarrassment against the Bills may be the game that sums up the ‘Skins season at the end of the year. If Washington wants to win they will need to keep their QB upright, last week they gave up nine sacks and now they have to face a defence with players including Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and NaVorro Bowman. If I had the 49ers D in my fantasy football league I’d be so happy with this matchup.

Dbl Coverage prediction: 49ers by 14.
9 PM GMT Games

Denver @ Oakland

Tim Tebow needs a big performance against Oakland this week if he is going to retain the starting job in Denver. Carson Palmer will be getting his first start at Oakland and it will be interesting to see if he plays as bad as he did in his last half of football. Fortunately he has a strong running game (even if Darren Mcfadden doesn’t play) if he starts to struggle whereas Tim Tebow has very little in terms of talent around him.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Denver by 3.

Cincinnati @ Tennessee

Marvin Lewis and the rookie duo of Dalton and Green (sound like a detective agency) carry on guiding the Bengals to well earned victories. With Bengals defence averaging 17.8 points per game, this one could end up being a low scoring affair. If Tennessee wants to stay competitive in the AFC South then they’ll need to give Chris Johnson a kick up the backside or start running the ball with Javon Ringer. A 32nd ranked rushing offence will not win you a divisional title any time soon.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Cincinnati by 3.

St.Louis @ Arizona

This could end up as the battle of the backup QBs with Kevin Kolb rumoured to be out and Sam Bradford still hurt. The Rams are lucky they still have a good running back to carry the load (like in previous years) if Bradford is still out. Arizona will be on a downer after blowing a huge lead against the Ravens last weekend. This game could come down to a defensive or special teams score.

Dbl Coverage prediction: St.Louis to win by 6.

NYG @ New England

Last week’s comeback victory over the Dolphins backed up Eli’s preseason claim that he’s an elite QB, currently protecting the ball better than previous years; Eli could have a field day against a Patriots secondary who were awful against the Steelers last week. If the Patriots offence ends up firing on all cylinders and Eli continues his good performances then this one could turn into a shootout.

Dbl Coverage prediction: New England to win by 7

Green Bay @ San Diego

Normally Rodgers vs. Rivers would be a matchup to watch, lately though Rivers has been a turnover machine (and looks like he is playing injured) and it will be interesting to see how he plays against Dom Capers D. Aaron Rodgers will continue his MVP season (20 TD passes and a QB rating of 125.7) against a Chargers defence that allowed numerous big plays against the Chiefs last week. It looks like Green Bay is firmly on the way to a 16-0 season.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Green Bay to win by 10.

1 AM GMT Game

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

We don’t believe this game will be the same as week 1. Pittsburgh will be out for revenge after the humiliating loss in week 1 and last week’s victory over the Patriots showed that the Steelers are still one of the premier teams in the NFL. The defence certainly showed no signs of getting old or rusty against a top ranked offence! Joe Flacco will have to have a superb game if the Ravens are going to win, these teams are matched equally in terms or rushing offence and overall defence, the difference maker in this game will be the play of the QB.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Pittsburgh by 3.

Monday Night Game

Chicago @ Philadelphia

After last week’s blowout against the Cowboys, the Eagles will now face another highly ranked NFC team. It will be interesting to see if McCoy can carry on his good form (currently 2nd in rushing yards) against the Bears defence. The Eagles D will need to stop the Chicago Bears offence Matt Forte from running all over them if they want to get back into the race for the NFC East. With two of the best D lines going against two of the poorest O lines in the league, the starting QBs could be under duress all game.

Dbl Coverage prediction: Chicago to by 9

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