I can’t be the only person out there who thinks this NFL season needs to slow down, can I? I mean, it’s November and week 9 has arrived. It seems like just yesterday everyone was having their fantasy football drafts and anxiously awaiting week 9 to arrive, right? It can’t really be that long ago that I had visions in my head of dominating the NFL season and making a mockery of the point spreads the geniuses in Vegas came up with. Well, 9 weeks later and here we are. The season is half over and while my picks have been better of late, the season has been pretty terrible overall. The tide is turning though. I can feel it. This is the week! Continue reading “TOJ Week 9 Stock Watch & Gambling Advice”
TOJ with his week 9 NFL Picks. What game are you most looking forward to this weekend?
Last Week: 5-7-1
Season Record: 57-53-4
TOJ Week 9 NFL Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUS)
- Atlanta (-8.5) vs. Indianapolis
- Tampa Bay (+8.5) vs. New Orleans
- Houston (-10.5) vs. Cleveland
- Jets (+2) vs. Buffalo
- Miami (+4) vs. Kansas City
- San Francisco (-4.5) vs. Washington
- Dallas (-11) vs. Seattle
- Oakland (-7.5) vs. Tebowmania
- Tennessee (-2.5) vs. Cincinnati
- St. Louis (+2.5) vs. Arizona
- Giants (+9) vs. New England
- Green Bay (-6.5) vs. San Diego
- Pittsburgh (-3.5) vs. Baltimore
- Philadelphia (-8) vs. Chicago
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A tricky week to put together power rankings, after the NFC finally stepped up and grabbed a few victories from the AFC. The NFL just keeps getting more and more confusing each week, regardless here is what I am thinking heading into week 9, which can’t get here fast enough for Jets fans:
1. New England Patriots (6-1) – They just win football games, despite a young defense and an inconsistent running game. Beyond that, I am pretty sure Bill Belichick has acquired 102 draft picks for next season.
2. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings (5-2) – I am pretty confident you could throw me in the slot for the Colts and they’d still put up 30 points a game.
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – They watched two of their top competitors in the AFC lose to NFC teams during their bye week.
4. New York Giants (5-2) – Seattle has always been a house of horrors for them. However if they can get a win, their schedule is very manageable the rest of the way.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) – The defending champs were desperate and made a few more plays than Pittsburgh, not a terrible loss for them.
6. Green Bay Packers (5-3) – Two straight impressive wins for Green Bay, who showed they could win a defensive struggle and take advantage of wide receivers who can’t catch the football.
7. New York Jets (5-2) – Too steep of a fall? I don’t think so. Great teams don’t get shut out at home by defenses of Green Bay’s caliber.
8. Atlanta Falcons (5-2) – They had a bye week to prepare for a huge game against the second place Bucs…who would have thought?
9. New Orleans Saints (5-3) – Did they get their swagger back with a big win over the Steelers?
10. Tennessee Titans (5-3) – Tough loss to San Diego and it won’t be easy to keep pace with the Colts, unless they get more consistent.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) – They could give themselves a nice mid-season cushion in first place by beating Oakland.
12. Tampa Bay Bucs (5-2) – Let’s see how legit they are against the Falcons this week, after they failed two of their other big tests miserably.
13. Miami Dolphins (4-3) – Chance for a statement win this week in Baltimore.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) – Can Mike Vick keep the Eagles on pace with the Giants for a NFC East title?
15. Houston Texans (4-3) – Feeling like another 8-8 year for the Texans.
16. Oakland Raiders (4-4) – Oakland actually has a big game in November.
17. San Diego Chargers (3-5) – Are they ready to make their annual mid-season run?
18. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) – They just lost by 30 to Oakland and still might be the NFC West’s best team…yuck.
19. Washington Redskins (4-4) – Rex Grossman is never the answer.
20. Chicago Bears (4-3) – The crappiest team in the NFL over .500
21. St. Louis Rams (4-4) – A very impressive season so far for this young team.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) – The crappiest team in the NFL that is at least .500.
23. Arizona Cardinals (3-4) – You think they miss Kurt Warner?
24. Detroit Lions (2-5) – Yes I am beyond worried about the Jets traveling to Detroit this week.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5) – Playing out the string with their cast of characters should just be a joy.
26. Cleveland Browns (2-5) – Come on Mangini, let’s get that upset over New England this week.
27. Denver Broncos (2-6) – Is it time for Tim Tebow yet?
28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – Sadly alive in the NFC West.
29. Minnesota Vikings (2-5) – The most talked about 2-5 team in NFL history.
30. Carolina Panthers (1-6) – I’d be shocked if they won more than 3 games this year.
31. Buffalo Bills (0-7) – At least they put up a fight every week.
32. Dallas Cowboys (1-6) – No heart, no effort. I’d be more scared of the Jets playing Buffalo or Carolina right now than Dallas.