NFL Office Pool Picks Week 9
There have been many surprises this season in regards to the NFL standings. But there are none more surprising than the Dolphins and what they’ve been able to accomplish this season. The Dolphins are 4-3 on the season and have allowed just 130 points in seven games, which is 18.57 points per game. That’s incredible. However, there is a real test for the Dolphins on Sunday against the Cardinals. This will tell us all we need to know about Tua Tagovailoa’s Miami Dolphins. We’ve also got the Steelers leading the AFC North by two games as they’re undefeated. Meanwhile, the Colts are 5-2 on the season and have high expectations through half the season. It’s going to be a fun Week 9.
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Packers vs 49ers: The 49ers are back on the IR. Nick Mullins will start again, and he’ll be without George Kittle and so many others on that offense. The Packers offense has looked solid with the return of Davante Adams. And if Aaron Jones is back, the Packers will win this one. Take the Packers -5.5.
Panthers vs Chiefs: The Chiefs added Le’Veon Bell to their offense. He’s just another weapon that the Chiefs can use. But the Panthers are adding their own weapon in Christian McCaffrey, who should be good to go for this one. Can the Panthers keep it close defensively? Maybe. I think the Panthers offense will rise to the occasion on Saturday. Take the Panthers +10.5.
Ravens vs Colts: The Ravens are just 2.5-point favorites. I know what you’re thinking. This seems like a trap. The Ravens lost to the Steelers and the Colts destroyed the Lions last week. It means nothing. Even without Mark Ingram, the Ravens will be fine. Take the Ravens -2.5.
Seahawks vs Bills: I haven’t been impressed with either defense this season. But both offenses have been a pleasure to watch. Still, the last two weeks for the Bills have been kind of quiet. They could’ve easily lost their last two games to the Jets and Patriots. Yes, the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals two weeks ago but bounced back in a big way last week against the 49ers. Take the Seahawks -3.
Giants vs Football Team: The Giants really aren’t that bad. They’re looking at close games seemingly every game. But this is a Giants team that has already beat the Football Team once this season. There’s talent on the Giants offense that can score enough to win. ’Take the Giants +3.
Lions vs Vikings: Stafford will be away from the Lions until Sunday due to a close contact with a non-team person on Monday. He’ll be allowed to play on Sunday if he tests negative, but I’d roll with that momentum and take the Vikings regardless. Take the Vikings TBD.
Bears vs Titans: The Titans were embarrassed by the Bengals. The secondary in their defense hasn’t been good, but there won’t be much problem against a poor offense like the Bears. Meanwhile, the Titans will have trouble scoring against the Bears, but you can expect a couple big drives. Take the Titans -5.5.
Texans vs Jaguars No Gardner Minshew for the Jaguars. Instead they’ll ride with rookie quarterback Jake Luton. That’s not going to get the job done. I’d be all over the Texans. This offense will have a field day. Take the Texans -7.
Broncos vs Falcons: The Broncos came from behind to beat the Chargers last week after a fantastic second half from Drew Lock and the Broncos defense. They’ve made many believers, including me. The defense is one of the best in the league and could shut down an inconsistent Falcons offense. Take the Broncos +3.5.
Raiders vs Chargers: Herbert has been a premier rookie. But he’ll get out to big leads, struggle to score late, and allow the defense to let up points and then eventually lose. The Chargers will learn to win under Herbert, but I’d be afraid of the Raiders potential on offense against the Chargers. Take the Raiders +1.
Steelers vs Cowboys: The Cowboys will have to roll with Cooper Rush or Garrett Gilbert at quarterback. I feel bad for this offense, but I’m not sure if the Cowboys will be able to score a point in this game against the Steelers ridiculous defense. Take the Steelers -13.5.
Dolphins vs Cardinals: This is a fun one. Kyler Murray has really helped propel the Cardinals offense. However, after seeing the Dolphins force Jared Goff into many turnovers last week, he’ll have to be careful. Tagovailoa wasn’t fantastic by any stretch of the imagination last week, but he’ll continue to prove. Maybe the Dolphins are for real. Take the Dolphins +5.
Saints vs Buccaneers: The Buccaneers offense struggled against the Giants, but the Saints defense is much worse. Now Antonio Brown is available for the Buccaneers going into this game, while Michael Thomas is questionable for the Saints. I like the Buccaneers chances to take one against the Saints. Take the Buccaneers -5.
Patriots vs Jets: This might be a snoozer. The Patriots and Jets have been terrible on offense all season long. The only thing that helps the Patriots here is their defense. It’ll be enough. Take the Patriots -7.
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