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Week 9 NFL Picks

Take a peek into our crystal ball and find out which teams will pull upsets on Sunday as we pick every NFL game.

Charlie Bernstein

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After struggling with a cloudy crystal ball last week, we vow to do a better job as they cleaning crew came in and we are seeing things more clearly.

Tampa Bay vs. Cleveland

There’s no good reason to pick the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win this game, other than they’re playing a Browns team that doesn’t seem to be as good as their record suggests. Bucs players don’t have to worry about the trade deadline any longer and they should play with clear heads. Bucs 23, Browns 20

Arizona vs. Dallas

Since we can’t reserve judgement until we see if Tony Romo is playing, we’re going to assume he is and we’re going to assume that the Cowboys bounce back from Monday night’s defeat with a victory over Arizona. Bruce Arians is an amazing coach, but it’s just not that talented of a roster. Cowboys 24, Cardinals 17.

Philadelphia vs. Houston

The Texans are the worst 4-4 team in the NFL. Although that’s better than being the best 3-5 team, they still don’t have the horses to compete with a pretty good Eagles offense. Eagles 31, Texans 21.

New York Jets vs. Kansas City

Michael Vick is starting for the Jets! Michael Vick is going to look a lot like Geno Smith as Justin Houston and company will be harassing him all day long. Alex Smith will do enough to get the Chiefs another win. Chiefs 24, Jets 16.

Jacksonville vs. Cincinnati

You never know what Bengals team will show up on Sunday, but fortunately for them you do know what Jaguars team will show up. Too many things have to go perfectly for Jacksonville to pick up a road win over a playoff team. Bengals 27, Jaguars 17.

San Diego vs. Miami

This has all the makings of being the best game of the day. Two legitimately solid teams fighting for a potentially valuable wildcard tiebreak in perfect football weather. In a battle of Rivers versus Tannehill, we’ll take Rivers. Chargers 20, Dolphins 16.

Washington vs. Minnesota

RG3 is back for Washington, who is trying to win their third consecutive game. After a hot start against the Falcons, Teddy Bridgewater has been awful of late. RG3 will play well enough to justify Jay Gruden’s confidence in him. Redskins 20, Vikings 17.

St. Louis vs. San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers are a much better team than the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers are playing at home and the Rams suffered season-ending injuries to Jake Long and Brian Quick. This has blowout written all over it. 49ers 45, Rams 17.

Denver vs. New England

The Patriots have a nice four-game winning streak keyed by their second-ranked pass defense. In the past four games the Pats have faced Andy Dalton, Kyle Orton, Geno Smith and Jay Cutler. This time they face Peyton Manning. Broncos 38, Patriots 21.

Oakland vs. Seattle

The Seahawks haven’t looked like champions since their opening night victory over Green Bay. Oakland has been fighting, but don’t have the horses to notch a victory. It won’t happen on Sunday either, but the Raiders will make the Seahawks sweat. Seahawks 24, Raiders 16.

Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh

Although both teams come in a 5-3, this is very close to a must-win type of game for the Steelers. Pittsburgh already dropped their first meeting with Baltimore and if they lose their tiebreak advantage will be gone. The Steelers will respond. Steelers 20, Ravens 19.

Indianapolis vs. New York Giants

The Giants haven’t defeated the Colts since December of 2002. Indianapolis appears to have a better football team but New York certainly has more urgency. Monday night upset special! Giants 28, Colts 24.

Last week: 6-8

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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