Pick Against Mike: Week 9
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Okay, last week was a disaster...not just for me, mind you, but for pretty much everybody picking games in pools everywhere. Only a handful of people had the Cardinals losing at home to the Panthers or the Lions, sorry as they are, losing at home to the winless Rams. Gotta do better than 8-5 this week, though, so here goes:
Arizona at Chicago
Two playoff wannabes. Amazing thing is the Cardinals, traditionally a road casualty, have won all their road games (while losing three at home). Hard to see the Bears' now-leaky defense stopping Arizona's passing game. Cardinals remain road warriors and win in their city of origin.
Washington at Atlanta
Wild-card races starting to shape up. Falcons coming off first back-to-back losses in Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era. Losing streak won't reach three. Falcons win at home.
Miami at New England
Key to winning pick pools in the NFL is to find road teams that can win and go with four or five of them. Miami can win, could win. But the Patriots are starting to find their stride. Great game, close game, Patriots win at home. I'm still searching for more road warriors.
Houston at Indianapolis
Here's another one. The Colts just might be the best team in the league, but they're not going to win them all. Houston has won three in a row and four of five. This isn't about picking the better team over the entire season, just the team that's going to win this game. Okay, I'm closing my eyes ... I'm going to do it: Houston ends Indy's undefeated run. There, I've done it.
Baltimore at Cincinnati
We're starting to get more rematches now, and this is a goodie. The Ravens lost at home already to the division rival Bengals. A sweep by Cincy? Nope, Baltimore goes on the road and wins to get the season split, with Joe Flacco lighting it up.
Green Bay at Tampa Bay
The Packers and their playoff hopes can't afford an emotional letdown in a trap game. Tampa is the worst team I've ever seen and the Bucs must be looking at this as a chance to get the first win of the season. The Packers still eke out victory in Florida.
Kansas City at Jacksonville
A victory at home over dreadful Chiefs puts Jacksonville right back in the wild-card hunt at 4-4. Jaguars win big at home with Maurice Jones-Drew having a huge day against porous Chiefs run defense.
Detroit at Seattle
We're not going to waste a lot of words here. Seattle big at home.
Carolina at New Orleans
Looking for a place in the schedule that will result in a Saints loss? Yeah, me, too. This ain't it. Carolina's victory in Arizona last week must have the Saints' attention. Might be closer than expected, but the Saints will stay undefeated.
San Diego at N.Y. Giants
These are the games where the Chargers actually play inspired football. Problem is, the G-Men have lost three straight and Tom Coughlin has gone into Boot Camp mode this week, telling his team essentially if they lose, they're done. Wow. Risky? Yes. Will it work? You bet. Giants win.
Tennessee at San Francisco
Tennessee players claim they think they can win 10 straight games like they did to start last season. Well, how about nine straight starting next week? The Niners have to win to keep close to the wild-card leaders -- and they will.
Dallas at Philadelphia
The Eagles are the hardest good team to predict week to week. Tony Romo is playing very, very well. But Cowboys haven't beaten anybody other than Atlanta, at home, this season. The Eagles get Brian Westbrook back. They should win. Very nervous about this pick, but I will take Philly at home.
Pittsburgh at Denver
Pittsburgh has won four straight, is back to championship form, and will make it five straight at Denver.
Michael Wilbon| November 6, 2009; 6:10 PM ET | Category: NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:
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