Week 9 NFL Picks – 2011

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Last week was an alright week for me, I went 8-5 but was pretty off on most of games. The ones I thought would be close weren’t the ones I thought would be easy were close. Hopefully this week is better for me, especially with the risks I’m taking. I’ve got seven road teams winning and a couple games that could be considered upsets.

As usual home teams in caps.

DALLAS 26, Seattle 19
LOCK – Atlanta 33, INDIANAPOLIS 16
BUFFALO 31, New York Jets 20
HOUSTON 27, Cleveland 13
San Francisco 23, WASHINGTON 20
NEW ORLEANS 33, Tampa Bay 17
UPSET – Miami 22, KANSAS CITY 20

Cincinnati 23, TENNESSEE 20
OAKLAND 30, Denver 13
NEW ENGLAND 24, New York Giants 20
St. Louis 20, ARIZONA 16
Green Bay 27, SAN DIEGO 24

PITTSBURGH 23, Baltimore 20
Chicago 25, PHILADELPHIA 22

Lock is Atlanta over Indianapolis, pretty much needs no explanation. My upset does. Kansas City may be hot lately but I like how Miami performed against the Giants last week. If it wasn’t for an almost perfect game by Eli Manning they would have pulled off the upset. The Dolphins played with some urgency and I expect that again this week, the difference will be the Chiefs don’t have an Eli Manning.

I expect Buffalo to put some big points on the Jets defense. I know, I know how do I figure. Well Buffalo has been a high scoring machine at home this year, while the Jets defense has been very generous on the road.

The Patriots / Giants will be a great game but it pains me to say New England should pull it out. The Giants defense will terrorize Brady like they did in the Super Bowl. The difference this time isn’t a Plaxico Burress or David Tyree but it’s the lack of the Giants two best weapons, Hakeem Nick and Ahmad Bradshaw.

The 49ers are 3-0 on the East Coast this year and I expect them to beat the banged up ‘Skins to go 4-0, it will be close though.

Here’s my real shocker this week, more then the Dolphins. I think the Bears will go into Philadelphia and win Monday night. Yes, the offense was spectacular last week, they looked like the dream team they were supposed to be but who did they play, the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, their defense is good but the ‘Boys game planned for classic Andy Reid aka pass happy abandon the run. Chicago won’t make that mistake. The Eagles defense will tee off on Jay Cutler but I think the Bears will lean heavy on Forte, who should consistently get to the Eagles linebackers. If Cutler minimizes the turnovers and just make the passes he’s given the Bears could pull this off. I have these two teams very evenly matched this week, which means I can bust big on this pick. Meaning watch the Eagles go and blow the Bears out but I’m sticking with my gut, a Bears upset.

Last Week – 8-5
Season 61-26
UPSET – 3-3
LOCK – 4-2
Correct Scores – 0
Partially Correct Scores – 6

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