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NFL Week 9 Recap--My Predictions
Randal Bruce vs ESPN
It was a solid week for Randal. Feeling a little better after a few brutal weeks of bad picks. I finished Week 9 at 8-5. Joyner at ESPN finished 9-4. Randal was so close to beating the Experts this week. Close isn't good enough, but I'll take being in the mix to trailing everyone at ESPN. My overall record is 70-62. Not too bad. I'll take more wins than losses. Not happy, but I refuse to get down when the win column is higher. Chris Mortensen is leading the way at 90-42. That's impressive. Eric Allen is bringing up the rear at 77-55. So I'm still trailing big time. That's where I'm not happy but it's still a fun ride folks.
You can see my picks below. There is a link that will lead you to my division by division breakdown and picks and the next link will lead you to ESPN's.
- 2015 NFL Season Preview and Predictions--AFC North Division
A division by division breakdown of the 2015 NFL Season.
- NFL Picks and Predictions for Week 9 - National Football League - ESPN
Check out ESPN's expert picks and predictions for Week 9 NFL pro football games.
The Bengals take care of their divison rivals easily
The Bengals continue to impress by staying undefeated. The Bengals are treating every week like they have something to prove. They do and they look up for the challenge. Andy Dalton is leading the way. He was 21-27 passing and threw 3 TD's. He should be an MVP candidate. The Bengals defense continues to play well. They are holding opponents to around 17 points a game. They held the Browns to just 213 yards of total offense.
Final Score: Bengals 31-Browns 10
I picked the Bengals because they were the superior team.
The Bills get back on track by beating rival Miami
It was a much needed win for the Bills after suffering that devastating loss in London 2 weeks ago to the Jaguars. The offense is much better when Tyrod Taylor is in the lineup. It's also a lot better when LeSean McCoy is lining up at RB. Taylor had an efficient day. He went 11-12, threw a TD and ran for 44 yards. McCoy rushed for 112 yards and a TD. Karlos Williams chipped in with 110 yards rushing and 2 TD's. They also made Sammy Watkins happy getting him involved in the offense. Sammy had 8 catches for 168 yards and a TD. The Dolphins have lost 2 in a row. They are now 2-2 under Dan Campbell and it's been a series of streaks in his 4 games as head coach. Things were great in South Beach just a few weeks ago and now they are disappointed again.
Final Score: Bills 33-Dolphins 17
I picked the Bills because they were at home in November against the Dolphins who don't travel up north that well in cold weather months.
Vikings win a fight in OT over the Rams
The Vikings are ahead of schedule in my book. I thought they were another year away from seriously competing for the playoffs. They are tough and are in the mix for the NFC South. They made the right coach in hiring Mike Zimmer. I like his toughness and I really like the fact that he made it known after this game how he feels about Jeff Fisher. Fisher's teams have always been known for dirty tactics and that attempted take out of Tedy Bridgewater was gutless. He was in his slide and they targeted his head. Tedy was knocked out for a few seconds and Zimmer was livid. The handshake with Fisher was awkward and Zimmer said if they were on the street they'd be fighting. I love it! All of that overshadowed the game. The Rams are great against the NFC West and below average against teams outside of their division.
Final Score: Vikings 21-Rams 18
I picked the Vikings because I thought the Vikings had a better coaching staff and were at home.
The Patriots beat the Redskins who struggle performing basic football plays
This game really isn't worth talking about. There are the Patriots that are the definition of a successful championship organization and then there are the Redskins that cruise along in a clown car. Now with that said, the Redskins defense gave the Redskins a chance to win. Forcing 2 turnovers early and holding the Pats to their lowest point total of the season. However the Redskins offense couldn't get out of its own way. The WR's dropped 7 passes, they have an inaccurate QB, non existent running game and doofus for a head coach. The Patriots, however have Tom Brady and that's all they needed to take care of the Redskins. The defending champs roll to an 8-0 record.
Final Score Patriots 27-Redskins 10
I picked the Patriots because they are good and the Redskins are not.
Mariota's return sparks the Titans past the Saints in OT
The Titans had a new coach and their QB back and that was enough for them to stop their losing streak and beat the Saints in OT. It's a bit of an upset but not that shocking considering that the Saints defense gives up points at an alarming rate. Especially in the last two weeks. Marcus Mariota outperformed Drew Brees in his return. Mariota passed for 371 yards and 4 TD's in his return. It's a big win for interim coach Mike Mularkey and the Titans. In this awful division they still have a shot.
Final Score: Titans 34-Saints 28
I picked the Saints because I thought they'd overpower the Titans.
The Jets get back on track beating the Jaguars at home
This game proves that coaching matters. Look what Todd Bowles has done in his first year as Jets coach. The Jets are competitive and winning games in the process. He's done more in 1 year than Gus Bradley has in 3 years with the Jaguars. I know everyone will cry and talk about the lack of talent the Jaguars had. That's fair enough, but it's not like the Jets had this wealth of talent either. The Jags have a better QB situation. They have talent. I just think they have the wrong leader. If Gus Bradley is back after the season, don't expect much to change.
Final Score: Jets 28-Jaguars 23
I picked the Jets because I thought they had the better coaching staff and I still do.
The wounded Steelers outlast the youthful Raiders
The Steelers just find ways to keep fighting. They've battled injuries all year long and have kept themselves right in the mix. I picked them to win the Super Bowl and this is why. They lost Big Ben in this game for the 2nd time this year and find a way to win. The Steelers were without their star RB Le'Veon Bell as well. Back up DeAngelo Williams stepped up with 170 yards rushing and 2 TD's. Landry Jones stepped in relief of Big Ben. He's been great in relief, but they are going to need him to be a solid starter. The star of the day was Antonio Brown. Brown had 17 catches for 284 yards and made the play that led to the game winning field goal. Brown caught a short pass and sprinted 57 yards to put them in range. They beat a solid young Raiders team. The Raiders are going to be a tough out for people. Derek Carr is a star. Carr passed for 301 yards and 4 TD's. With so much talk about WR Amari Cooper and rightfully so, people forgot about Michael Crabtree. Crabtree had a monster game with 7 catches for 108 yards and 2 TD's. This was one of the more entertaining games this weekend.
Final Score: Steelers 38-Raiders 35
I picked the Steelers because they were the better team and they were at home.
The Panthers lose a big lead but hold on to beat the once mighty Packers
It's time to start putting Cam Newton's name in the MVP talk. He is the man and is delivering in so many different ways. Cam threw for 3 TD's and ran for 1. The defense just continues to make plays when they have to. They picked off Aaron Rodgers in the red zone to save the game. They don't do it pretty, but they win. Right now they are the team to beat in the NFC.
Final Score: Panthers 37-Packers 29
I picked the Packers because before the season I thought they were the superior team. With each week I believe more and more in Cam Newton and the Panthers.
The 49ers QB switch pays off with a win over the Falcons
The Falcons are crashing back to earth. This loss may be the most painful. The 49ers benched their franchise QB Colin Kapernick for Blaine Gabbert. It turned out to be the right move. I had my doubts about Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan. They are struggling and the Panthers are starting to run away with this division.
Final Score: 49ers 17-Falcons 16
I picked the 49ers because the Falcons always seem to lose a game that they should win easily. My gamble paid off big time here.
The Giants take care of business and beat the Bucs in Tampa
The Giants are surviving and doing what they must do to win this awful NFC East division. They are separating themselves from the pack. The Giants are a dangerous team when they get to the post season. If this team wins this division they should be a team to keep your eye on. Look at their two Super Bowl runs with Coughlin and Eli. They got hot late and ran through teams in the playoffs. This team doesn't have the talent those teams did, but they still have Eli and in the post season Eli is a killer. Just ask Tom Brady.
Final Score: Giants 32-Buccaneers 18
I picked the Giants because I thought this would be a rough year for Tampa with rookie QB. Jameis is getting better and Tampa could be ready to compete in 2016.
The Colts upset the Broncos and hand them their 1st loss
The Broncos with Peyton Manning can't beat the Colts with Andrew Luck. It's a fact. The Colts have won every match up and going into each game the Broncos looked like the superior team. The firing of OC Pep Hamilton worked. The offense was able to move the ball well and easy against the #1 defense. Rob Chudzinski had a solid game plan. Neither QB looked all that impressive, but Luck didn't make any mistakes and that's the difference. The Broncos couldn't get the running game going and they need that more than ever. I don't know if Manning has it in him to carry this team offensively another. He needs balance right now. The defense had been pulling out these games late for Broncos. You see that when the defense has a hard day the offense can't carry the load. This win should be the boost the Colts need to run away with this weak AFC South division.
Final Score: Colts 27-Broncos 24
I picked the Broncos before the season and I'm so annoyed. I knew going into this game that Peyton has struggled against his former team and I still picked the Broncos. After the first quarter of this game I wanted to slap myself.
The Eagles stun the Cowboys in OT and their losing streak hits 6
This was an exciting game between two bad teams. The Cowboys aren't a bad team. They are playing bad because their backup QB's are awful. Matt Cassel just can't make plays. He makes back breaking mistakes week after week. If Romo was healthy this Cowboys team would win this division easily. They need Romo back soon. They are in last place in a very weak division. The losses keep piling up and their chances are fading. It's now 6 in a row. The Eagles aren't a bad team either. They have talent. Their QB play is way too inconsistent. The Eagles are keeping pace with the Giants and have a win over them in their pocket but have a loss to the Redskins which shows their inconsistency. This was a thrilling OT game and the Eagles took care of business in Dallas.
Final Score: Eagles 33-Cowboys 27
I picked the Cowboys before the season because I thought Romo would be playing and the Cowboys would be hard to beat in Dallas.
The Bears rally late to beat the Chargers in San Diego
The Bears win a game with two teams going nowhere. The Bears have at least shown some fight. They go on the road and win a tough game. They come from behind in the 4th quarter to get a win. Jay Cutler had a solid game throwing for 345 yards and 2 TD's. He was hooking up with his favorite target Alshon Jeffery a lot. Jeffery had 10 catches for 151 yards. The Chargers continue to underachieve. Melvin Gordon has not lived up to his potential. There was talk that before the draft that it was really close between him and Todd Gurley for the best RB in the draft. It's still early, but it's clear that Gurley is far superior.
Final Score: Bears 22-Chargers 19
I picked the Chargers because I thought they had finally shaken their underachiever status. Silly me. When will I learn?