NFL Confidence Pool Picks Week 9
There are plenty of new faces at quarterback in Week 9 of the NFL season. The Jaguars will start rookie quarterback Jake Luton, the Cowboys will start Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush, and the Lions might have to look into their quarterback situation with Matthew Stafford in close contact with a non-team person on Monday. Currently, Stafford, if he tests negative, should be good to go for Sunday, but it’s something to look out for.
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Week 9 Confidence List (Most Confidence to Least Confidence)
Steelers vs Cowboys: The Cowboys really need to find another quarterback to salvage the season. With that said, the Cowboys will struggle to do anything offensively against the best defense in the league in the Steelers. Take the Steelers.
Texans vs Jaguars Jake Luton will get the start for the Jaguars with Gardner Minshew out. Who? I thought the same. The Jags won’t get stops, and Luton will not be able to carry this Jaguars offense. Take the Texans.
Ravens vs Colts: I’m not sold on the Colts this season. They’ve been inconsistent all year long. The Ravens just lost to the Steelers last week. Many had the Ravens going undefeated this season. Now they’re just a 2.5-point favorite in this game. The Ravens will be just fine. Take the Ravens.
Seahawks vs Bills: The Bills haven’t impressed me in the last two weeks. Maybe they show up in bigger games. However, against the Jets and Patriots, their wins were narrow and questionable. The Seahawks also lost to the Cardinals, but the offense wasn’t the issue. We’ll see a high-scoring game, but Russell Wilson will score a tad bit more leading the Seahawks offense. Take the Seahawks.
Giants vs Football Team: It’s hard to take the Giants. I get it. They continue to lose close, tight games. They need to learn how to win, but the Football Team does too. I’d still rely on the Giants in this spot. The offense is starting to come around, and the defense is by far better than Washington. ’Take the Giants.
Lions vs Vikings: The Vikings have all the momentum. Dalvin Cook and the receivers are licking their chops seeing the Lions on the schedule. That defense allowed more than 40 points to the Colts last week. Take the Vikings.
Packers vs 49ers: The Packers usually come back strong after a loss. Meanwhile, the 49ers will have to start Nick Mullins and he won’t even have George Kittle to throw to. Take the Packers.
Panthers vs Chiefs: It’ll be good to watch Christian McCaffrey back in action for the Panthers. Maybe the offense overperforms expectations against a subpar Chiefs defense. But the Chiefs will find a way to outscore the Panthers and take this game. Take the Chiefs.
Saints vs Buccaneers: We’ve got way too many questions about the Saints this season. The Buccaneers had their scare against the Giants and will now wake up to take on their divisional rival. Oh, and Antonio Brown is going to play for Tampa Bay. That’s scary. Take the Buccaneers.
Patriots vs Jets: Nobody deserves to be a favorite in this game, but the Jets have been abysmal. At least the Patriots have a defense. That defense might even score some points. Take the Patriots.
Bears vs Titans: The Titans kind of play to the level of their opponent. The Bears are a team that will potentially make the playoffs. They’ve struggled in their secondary, but going up against Nick Foles won’t be so bad. Take the Titans.
Broncos vs Falcons: The Broncos have a defense that will step up when needed. The offense can be good at times. They’re improving week by week with Drew Lock back in the lineup. The Falcons just don’t have much defensively, but the Broncos will get their stops against the Falcons offense. Take the Broncos.
Raiders vs Chargers: Every Sunday it’s the same story on Herbert having a fantastic day and then losing. It’s happening way too much. The Raiders offense will step up and win just like the Broncos did last week. Take the Raiders.
Dolphins vs Cardinals: I’ve been very impressed with the Dolphins defense this season. There’s no telling how great their offense can be with Tua Tagovailoa, but their defense will keep them in games. The Cardinals have also been fun and have an underrated defense as well. They’ll likely win a three-point game. Take the Cardinals.
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