Saturday, November 5, 2016

NFL - Week Nine Preview

Better late than never, but have been really busy this week (what with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years) and so now it's time for the NFL Week Nine Heftyinfo preview for the games.
There are some games that appear to be very competitive this weekend, including both prime time games on Sunday night and the Monday Night Football game.
The Denver Broncos face the Oakland Raiders (both 6-2) on Sunday night in a battle for first place in the AFC West.
The Raiders have been blistering on offense this season while the Broncos, once again are doing their thing on defense. Last week, the Broncos avenged a loss to the San Diego Chargers by knocking them off, 27-19 as they sacked Philip Rivers four times and intercepted three passes, including one for a touchdown.
The Raiders won in overtime at Tampa Bay as quarterback Derek Carr had a HUGE game, passing for over 500 yards with four touchdowns.
The Monday night game features the Buffalo Bills (4-4) traveling to take on the Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1) who lost at New Orleans last week.
The Bills have been up and down so far this season, losing their first two games and then winning four in a row prior to losing their last two games. The Seahawks have been banged up of late and are struggling on offense. The defense has been solid once again as the 'Hawks have allowed the second fewest points (109) in pro football through seven games.
Two fierce rivals go at it on Sunday afternoon when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams do not like each other and with just a game separating them in the AFC North standings, this tilt should be a good one.

For a look at all of the games this weekend (13 games with six teams having the bye week) the following offers a capsule style look, followed by the picks for the games.

Pittsburgh (4-3) at Baltimore (3-4) - The Ravens are looking to snap a four-game skid and the Steelers are without Big Ben.

Dallas (6-1) at Cleveland (0-8) - One of the NFL's best teams going against the worst team in the league.

Jacksonville (2-5) at Kansas City (5-2) - Two teams headed in opposite directions . . . Take the Chiefs.

NY Jets (3-5) at Miami (3-4) - The loser of this game faces a very tough road ahead if they want to contend for a playoff spot.

Philadelphia (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3) - These teams need to keep pace with the first place Cowboys.

Detroit (4-4) at Minnesota (5-2) - The Vikings were embarrassed by the Bears on national TV last week.

Carolina (2-5) at Los Angeles (3-4) - The Panthers could boost themselves back into contention in the NFC South. A win here would do them well. Rams are struggling.

New Orleans (3-4) at San Francisco (1-6) - Upset Alert?  It's a possibility.

Tennessee (4-4) at San Diego (3-5) - Chargers were rolling until they came across a good defense last week, but the Titans defense isn't all that good . . .  Take the Chargers.

Indianapolis (3-5) at Green Bay (4-3) - Two mediocre teams going at it in this one.

Denver (6-2) at Oakland (6-2) - The Raiders playing a division rival in "prime time" at home in the Black Hole. Must watch game here.

Buffalo (4-4) at Seattle (4-2-1) - The Seahawks should win this game,  but remember that former Seattle player Percy Harvin is back from retirement to play for the Bills.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Nine  . . . . .   (Home teams are listed in bold;  Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Atlanta over Tampa Bay
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
Dallas over Cleveland
KANSAS CITY over Jacksonville
Miami over NY Jets
NY Giants over Philadelphia
Minnesota over Detroit
Carolina over Los Angeles
New Orleans over San Francisco
San Diego over Tennessee
Green Bay over Indianapolis
Oakland over Denver
Seattle over Buffalo

Last Week's Record:  7-5-1


Lock of the Week Record:  8-0

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