Jan the Intern’s Week 9 NFL Preview
What a freakin’ week! I was wrong on half of the things I said last week and that’s okay. Sometimes it’s healthy to admit that you’re wrong. Plus, I think the Monday night game between Dallas and Washington is proof that you can’t predict anything in the National Football League. Colt McCoy went into Dallas and just blew the roof off ol Jerry’s doors. I think that was the best NFL game we’ve had this season by far. What a whirlwind. That game left me wanting more so let’s see if Week 9 can deliver.
New Orleans Saints (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (3-4-1)
Bank of America Stadium, Thursday 8:25 pm ET – NFL Network
Remember when I said last week that the Saints and the Packers game would be sneaky good? I originally had written that the Saints would win that game, and then I went back and changed my mind. I now look like an idiot and I’m worried about Aaron Rodgers’ health for the sake of my fantasy team. Guys, the Saints look good. The Panthers are struggling mightily. But with Thursday night games, anything can happen and the Saints could take the top spot in the NFC South with a much needed road win. I think the Saints will take their giant Sunday night win into Thursday and put the Panthers to sleep.
Jan's Pick: Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-3)
FirstEnergy Stadium, 1:00 PM ET - FOX
Tampa Bay isn’t very good and Doug Martin is banged up and probably won’t play again. There are reports that the O-line isn’t feeling very confident. The Browns have the same record as the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. I said last week that the Browns are going to make the playoffs. They might. Who knows? But basically, Browns at home = Browns win. Especially against Tampa Bay.
Jan’s Pick: Browns
Arizona Cardinals (6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
AT&T Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – FOX
This is probably going to be one of the best games of the week, and the game to watch out of the early games. After Tony Romo got hurt on Monday night, he still hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday’s game. According to ESPN, The Cardinals are off to their best start since going 7-0 in 1974 – when they were in St. Louis. The Cardinals are feeling quite confident and the Cowboys are feeling pretty deflated after Monday night – especially with their starting QB in question. Arizona flies to victory in Jerry’s World.
Jan’s Pick: Cardinals
Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) at Houston Texans (4-4)
NRG Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – FOX
Remember how much I love JJ Watt? Well that hasn’t changed. I still love him. The Eagles are battling some turnover issues, but they haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2013, which then Nick Foles came in and took over the starting job and Philly have gone 12-3 since then. Nick Foles can’t seem to stop turning the ball over though, ranking 29th just ahead of the Jets, Jaguars, and Washington. Houston is second in turnovers, behind Buffalo. JJ Watt and Houston are going to eat lots of Eagle turnovers on Sunday. But the Eagles have beaten the Texans all three times they’ve met. My heart is telling me to go with Watt.
Jan’s Pick: Texans
New York Jets (1-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
Arrowhead Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – CBS
Mike Vick is starting for the Jets. I think that helps the Jets chances just a bit, but I don’t think it’s enough facing the Chiefs at home in Arrowhead. But here’s a gif of the buttfumble because it’s the greatest Thanksgiving gift we’ve ever received.
Jan’s Pick: Chiefs
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1)
Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – CBS
The Bengals took the top spot in the AFC North after their win over Baltimore and they get Jacksonville coming to town. However, the Bengals are without linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who had surgery on his left knee this week. However, the defense might be able to catch a bit of a break, as the Jags have turned the ball over the most in the league (well, tied with the Jets). The Jags have also lost five straight road games.
Jan’s Pick: Bengals
San Diego Chargers (5-3) at Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Sun Life Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – CBS
The once rolling Chargers have now lost two in a row and travel to the opposite end of the South to face a Dolphins team looking to win their third in a row. These are two banged up teams who are facing adversity, both looking to gain confidence with a win this Sunday. This one could really be a toss up, but I think history will be on Dolphins’ side, as the Chargers haven’t won in Miami since 1982.
Jan’s Pick: Dolphins
Washington Football Club (3-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
TCF Bank Stadium, 1:00 PM ET – FOX
Well, well, well. Looks like we’ve got ourselves a sub-.500 showdown here in Minneap-polis Minnieso-tahhhh. Reports are that RGIII will be back for Washington this Sunday, barring any ankle explosions before hand. After fighting for old DC last Monday night against NFC East rival Cowboys, Washington is flying high as they land in Minneapolis to face Teddy. I’d feel much better about Washington’s chances if they wouldn’t have disrupted the offensive flow that Colt McCoy had going with DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed, so I’m rolling with my pal Teddy and the Vikes.
Jan’s Pick: Vikings
St. Louis Rams (2-5) at San Francisco 49ers (4-3)
Levi’s Stadium, 4:05 PM ET – FOX
Coming off their bye week, the 49ers look to get back linebacker Patrick Willis from injury as they face a banged up NFC West rival Rams squad. The 49ers have faced a ton of off-field issues this season, but they haven’t let it get to them too badly, even though they’re coming off an embarrassing defeat in Denver before the bye. They’ll be getting back offensive lineman Mike Iupati and defensive back Chris Culliver from concussions. However, they lost their center Daniel Kilgore and have a rookie, who isn’t even of legal drinking age, filling in. The Rams haven’t won in San Francisco since 2007.
Jan’s Pick: 49ers
Denver Broncos (6-1) at New England Patriots (6-2)
Gillette Stadium, 4:25 PM ET – CBS
Brady vs. Manning. That’s all that matters, really. Let’s be honest. Why isn’t this the Sunday night game?!
What IS that ^
Jan’s Pick: Denver (their defense is vastly improved, I can’t help but love it)
Oakland Raiders (0-7) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
CenturyLink Field, 4:25 PM ET – CBS
The Raiders still haven’t won a game and they have to go into Seattle to face a Seahawks team that is angry and wants to prove that they’re still that team that killed Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. RIP Raiders.
Jan’s Pick: Seahawks
Baltimore Ravens (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
Heinz Field, 8:30 PM ET – NBC
I get why this is the Sunday night game. Ravens/Steelers matchups are always competitive and they have the same record and Big Ben is coming off his best performance of his career – blah blah blah. BUT BRADY VS MANNING GUYS. Should’ve made this the Monday night game or something. Who am I kidding? We’ll all still watch.
Jan’s Pick: Steelers because home field. Or Ravens because the Steelers are inconsistent.
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) at New York Giants (3-4)
MetLife Stadium, 8:30 PM ET – ESPN
Andrew Luck is really good. I need Eli Manning to be really good because Aaron Rodgers is on a bye. However the Giants coming off a bye week and the Colts coming off an embarrassment by the Steelers, I think this could be a much more competitive game than anyone really thinks.
Jan’s Pick: Giants
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