Here are my picks for the NFL’s Week 9:
*SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2*
New York Jets 4-3 at Buffalo 5-2 – 1:00 PM (Line: Buffalo by 5.5)
The Jets are just 1-2 on the road this season. The Bills have lost two of their last three, but are still undefeated at home.
RJ’s Pick – Buffalo by 3
Detroit 0-7 at Chicago 4-3 – 1:00 PM (Line: Chicago by 13)
The Lions are ranked 31st in rushing offense, 29th in total offense, and 28th in points scored. They are also dead last in both points allowed and total yards allowed. The Bears have scored the second-most points per game in the NFL.
RJ’s Pick – Chicago by 24
RJ’s Lame-Game Of The Week: Jacksonville 3-4 at Cincinnati 0-8 – 1:00 PM (Line: Jacksonville by 8)
The Jaguars have had every game this season decided by seven points or less. The Bengals are last in the league in points scored per game and total yards gained per game.
RJ’s Pick – Jacksonville by 14
Baltimore 4-3 at Cleveland 3-4 – 1:00 PM (Line: Cleveland by 1.5)
The Ravens have won two straight, but are just 1-2 on the road. The Browns are allowing just 17.6 points per game, seventh-best in the league.
RJ’s Pick – Baltimore by 4
Green Bay 4-3 at Tennessee 7-0 – 1:00 PM (Line: Tennessee by 5.5)
The Packers have won two in a row, and are tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC North. The Titans have allowed just 87 points through seven games, fewest in the NFL.
RJ’s Pick – Tennessee by 10
Arizona 4-3 at Saint Louis 2-5 – 1:00 PM (Line: Arizona by 3)
The Cardinals lead the league in points scored per game, but are just 1-3 on the road. The Rams have won two of their last three games – all of which were against very good teams – and were competitive on the road in the one loss.
RJ’s Pick – Saint Louis by 1
Houston 3-4 at Minnesota 3-4 – 1:00 PM (Line: Minnesota by 4.5)
The Texans have won three consecutive games after starting the season 0-4, but remain winless on the road. The Vikings have the league’s second-best defense against the run, but are ranked 20th against the pass.
RJ’s Pick – Minnesota by 2
Tampa Bay 5-3 at Kansas City 1-6 – 1:00 PM (Line: Tampa Bay by 8.5)
The Buccaneers are giving up the second-fewest points per game in the league, but are just 1-3 on the road this season. The Chiefs are scoring the second-fewest points per game in the NFL, while allowing the second-most total yards per game.
RJ’s Pick – Tampa Bay by 17
Miami 3-4 at Denver 4-3 – 4:05 PM (Line: Denver by 3.5)
Dolphins QB Chad Pennington has a quarterback rating of 100.5 through seven games. The Broncos are second in the league in total yards gained per game.
RJ’s Pick – Denver by 1
Atlanta 4-3 at Oakland 2-5 – 4:15 PM (Line: Atlanta by 3)
The Falcons have the third-ranked rushing offense in the league. The Raiders are ranked 30th in both points scored per game and passing yards per game.
RJ’s Pick – Atlanta by 7
RJ’s Game Of The Week: Dallas 5-3 at New York Giants 6-1 – 4:15 PM (Line: New York Giants by 8.5)
The Cowboys are ranked in the top ten in virtually all offensive categories, but they’ve lost three of their last five games. The Super Bowl champion Giants are undefeated at home, and have the best rushing offense in the league.
RJ’s Pick – New York Giants by 3
Philadelphia 4-3 at Seattle 2-5 – 4:15 PM (Line: Philadelphia by 6.5)
The Eagles have won two straight to put themselves back in the hunt in the NFC East. The Seahawks have the worst passing offense in the NFL, and a sub-par defense.
RJ’s Pick – Philadelphia by 15
New England 5-2 at Indianapolis 3-4 – 8:15 PM (Line: Indianapolis by 5.5)
The Patriots have won two in a row, and find themselves tied with the Bills atop the AFC East. The Colts have dropped two straight, and are now an incredible four games out of first place in the AFC South (but tied for second place).
RJ’s Pick – Indianapolis by 2
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3*
Pittsburgh 5-2 at Washington 6-2 – 8:30 PM (Line: Washington by 2)
The Steelers are allowing the fewest yards per game in the NFL. The Redskins have the second-best rushing offense in the league.
RJ’s Pick – Pittsburgh by 4
[Bye Week Teams: New Orleans Saints 4-4, San Diego Chargers 3-5, San Francisco 49ers 2-6, Carolina Panthers 6-2]
WEEKLY RESULTS (2008):