Taylor’s NFL Picks-Week 9

Taylor Hauck

(Winning picks in BOLD)

Record: 61-42

Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins

The Bengals are coming off a convincing win over the Jets, beating them by 40 points. Cincinnati has won four straight and should make it five with a win over the Dolphins. The Dolphins came out strong against the Patriots, but blew a 14-point lead. Expect the Dolphins to compete with the Bengals, but Andy Dalton should lead the Bengals to victory on Thursday Night Football.

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

The Falcons are having a bad season after playing for the NFC Championship last season. They were one of the preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl, but the chances of winning the big game are getting slimmer. Atlanta needs a win to keep their hopes alive. The Panthers are winners of three-straight and could produce a fourth-straight win. Look for this game to be close with the Panthers edging out the Falcons.

Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys will need to bounce back after blowing a lead with less than a minute left on Sunday against the Lions. Tony Romo should rebound his team and lead them to an easy win over the Vikings. The Vikings put up a lot of points on Sunday Night Football, but without a more consistent quarterback and defense, they won’t be winning any time soon.

New Orleans Saints @ New York Jets

The Jets have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league this season. One week they have superb defense and the next week their defense is non-existent. New Orleans has a two-game lead in the NFC South and hopes to keep that distance. Drew Brees is third in the league in passing yards, and leads the Saints’ high-powered offense. Expect the Saints to roll over the Jets.

Tennessee Titans @ St. Louis Rams The Titans have lost their last three games, but should end that streak with a win over the Rams. Tennessee is coming off a bye week and hope Jake Locker has fully healed so he can be even better than he was the last few games since coming back from an injury. The Rams lost their quarterback two weeks ago and are desperate. They hope lifetime backup quarterback, Kellen Clemens, can fill in nicely.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills

Kansas City is 8-0 for the first time in ten years. They survived an upset bid by the Browns and are looking toward extending their record to 9-0 with a win over Bills. The Bills need to win or they will fall deeper in a hole in the AFC East. Expect the Chiefs to win and continue to shock the football world.

San Diego Chargers @ Washington Redskins

The Chargers are hanging around in the AFC West behind the Chiefs and Broncos. They look to win their third straight game and hold on to the last AFC playoff spot. The Redskins blew a lead against the Broncos on Sunday and hope to rebound. Expect a close game with the Chargers prevailing.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders

The Eagles have been awful, but somehow are only a game back in the NFC East. They have quarterback issues and even their starter, Michael Vick, is underperforming, and is hurt. The Eagles need to find some answers, and find them quick. The Raiders are hanging around in the AFC Wild Card picture and a win would help them dearly. Oakland has had a good running game as of late. Expect the Eagles to edge out the Raiders in a sloppy game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Seattle Seahawks

This game should be a blowout in favor of the Seahawks. The Seahawks are too strong offensively and defensively and will easily shut down the Bucs. Tampa Bay hasn’t won a game all season and will remain winless after this game.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

Both teams have losing records midway through the season. The Ravens lost their last two games and hope to put an end to that streak. Joe Flacco has been decent at quarterback, but with no big game threat available, it’s tough to consistently win. Their defense has been good, but they need to score on a more consistent basis to climb back in the playoff hunt. The Browns have surpassed expectations and have performed better than their 3-5 record indicates. Look for Cleveland to make this a close, exciting game, but the Ravens should win.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots

Tom Brady has been getting progressively worse as the season carries on. Fortunately for him, the Steelers are even worse. The Patriots should win their second straight game with a win over the Steelers. Pittsburgh lost to the Raiders, despite a comeback effort. The Steelers and Patriots lack a good receiving core and their quarterbacks have struggled mightily as a result. This game could be sloppy.

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

Both teams are coming off a bye week. The Texans needed to regroup after a poor start to the season. The Colts probably lost momentum with the bye, but should come out strong. The Colts have impressed and Andrew Luck looks even better in his sophomore season. Look for Indianapolis to roll over the Texans in Houston.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

The Packers are winners of four straight games and hope to use their momentum to overcome a tough Bears’ team. The Packers need a win to stay ahead of the Lions in the tight division race. A win for Chicago would put them back in the mix and make it an interesting three-team race for the title. The Bears have given up a lot of points as of late, but hope the bye week allowed them to regroup. Expect a close game on Monday Night Football.