NFL Week 9 picks, predictions: Big Al says there will be only three unbeaten teams after the weekend
3:38 PM, Nov 6, 2015
TULSA - It will never end for Jason Garrett.
Maybe he can get lucky enough and be fired by Jerry Jones, because having to answer questions about Dez Byrant's monkey is getting out of control. No man with a Princeton degree should be subjected to such inquiry.
Dallas said goodbye to RB Jospeh Randle, but it had to come from Garrett's office, because Jones contended Randle could replace Murray as the top running back, which of course he was wrong....again. Dallas signed Randle after two incidents with the law. This is the same guy who asked a Frisco female police officer for a massage while he was getting booked. Brilliant stuff. You can not make this up.
Short schedule this week, six teams with byes...so, on to the picks!
Green Bay at Carolina - The game of the week. Carolina is the one that is unbeaten. Mr. Discount Double-Check held to less than 80 yards passing at Denver last week, will look to regroup. The pick is Pack will rebound. Carolina, living on borrowed unbeaten time, needed extra stanza to win last week at home. Carolina may be weakening a little at midway point. Green Bay, 23-21.
Washington at New England - There is a big reason why the same teams always win, and the same teams always lose. Smarts vs stupidity. Patriots play smart, Washington plays stupid. New England does not make mistakes, Washington makes plenty, and we are not even talking about politics. Pats easily, 34-13.
Tennessee at New Orleans - Titans fire head coach. Saints should fire defensive coordinator. Brees was playing against breeze of a defense last week in the Giants...SEVEN touchdown passes?!?! Could do the same this week. Saints, 34-13.
Miami at Buffalo - Almost went with Miami here, but game in Niagara Falls in November. Not quite the frozen tundra just yet, but close. Bills in a squeaker, 17-16.
St. Louis at Minnesota - Vikings seem to be over-achieving, and that's a good thing. Rams not a push over. Who gets more yards on ground? Gurley or Peterson? AD may get mad at all the publicity going Gurley's way, and has big game. Vikings, 21-20.
Jacksonville at NY Jets - Jaguars could be moving the franchise to London. You heard that right. London. As in England. Maybe they will take the plane from New York across the pond after this game. Jets looking for healthy QB, going with sore thumb Fitzpatrick. Jets, 23-21.
Oakland at Pittsburgh - Finally, an Oakland team that scares some teams. Steelers lost top running back, so more pressure on Big Ben. Look for mild upset here. Raiders get win, 24-20.
NY Giants at Tampa - I confess, I am a Giants fan, but I will also admit, that was the worst defense I have ever seen in an NFL game in my life, and I have seen plenty of NFL games. The Saints were stopped twice all game. Giving up 52 points in the NFL is a firable offense. Giants getting healthier, with three fingers Pierre-Paul expected back. My heart tells me Giants, 33-20.
Atlanta at San Francisco - That earthquake you here in San Francisco is not of the faulty kind. It's of the 49ers kind. QB Kap has been replaced. There are 21 other positions on the team that need to be replaced. Nice team for the new stadium. That is the closest this team will get to the Super Bowl, since it is being played in 49ers stadium. Atlanta rebounds after slight slide lately, 27-10.
Denver at Indianapolis - Peyton returns to his old stomping grounds, while Colts have thrown more than a few shoes. Now the offensive coordinator has been fired. Luck running out of it. Denver stays unbeaten, 27-10.
Chicago at San Diego - "No comment" game of the week. Chargers by default, 17-10.
Philadelphia at Dallas - Another week goes by, another whine from Dallas about the injuries. I recall Dallas let top NFL running back Demarco Murray go because he was injury-prone. Wish they had him now? Eagles win, 29-17.