PFT’s Week Nine picks

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A sluggish year of prognostication yielded last week to a 14-1 performance by me. The only problem? MDS also went 14-1.

So he still leads by eight games, after eight weeks.

For the year, he’s now 80-41. I’m at 72-49.

This week, we disagree on two games. For all picks, start scrolling.

49ers at Cardinals

MDS’s take: Kyler Murray is going to have a rough game against the great 49ers defense. I’ll be surprised if this one is close.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 24, Cardinals 6.

Florio’s take: The Cardinals are better than expected. The 49ers are dramatically better than expected.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 34, Cardinals 17.


Texans at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The AFC South race is wide open, with all four teams between 5-2 and 4-4. That makes every division game a big one, and I like the Jaguars here.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 21, Texans 20.

Florio’s take: Deshaun Watson continues to prove that the gap between himself and Patrick Mahomes is narrower than anyone realizes. 

Florio’s pick: Texans 27, Jaguars 23.


Colts at Steelers

MDS’s take: Call this a hunch more than anything else, but I see the Steelers turning things around over the second half of the season and getting into the playoff hunt.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 24, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: Here come the Steelers, a team that will keep finding a way despite any and all injuries that they may endure.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Colts 24.


Bears at Eagles

MDS’s take: If the rematch of last year’s playoff game comes down to a last-second field goal, the entire city of Chicago may have a collective heart attack. I see the Bears losing this and falling deeper into last place in the NFC North.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Bears 23.

Florio’s take: It won’t take a double doink this time around.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Bears 20.


Jets at Dolphins

MDS’s take: What an ugly, awful game this should be.

MDS’s pick: Jets 13, Dolphins 12.

Florio’s take: The Jets aren’t good, but they’re better than the Dolphins. Not by much, however.

Florio’s pick: Jets 20, Dolphins 17.


Vikings at Chiefs

MDS’s take: Even without a healthy Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are a pretty good team. I think they’re good enough to put a half to the Vikings’ impressive run.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Vikings 21.

Florio’s take: If the Vikings are going to have a special season they need to win this game. Spoiler: The Vikings are not going to have a special season.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 24, Vikings 20.


Titans at Panthers

MDS’s take: Ryan Tannehill has been better than Marcus Mariota this season, but either way I see the Panthers’ defense shutting down the Titans’ offense.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 17, Titans 13.

Florio’s take: The Panthers are reeling after getting blown out in San Francisco. The Titans are surging are stealing one from the Bucs. It’s a house money game for the road team, and the road team steals another.

Florio’s pick: Titans 23, Panthers 16.


Washington at Bills

MDS’s take: After an ugly loss to the Eagles, the Bills’ defense will bounce back against a much worse opponent.

MDS’s pick: Bills 13, Washington 6.

Florio’s take: It’s a Super Bowl XXVII rematch, and Thurman Thomas wouldn’t need a helmet to win this one.

Florio’s pick: Bills 24, Washington 14.


Buccaneers at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Bucs are a better team than their 2-5 record suggests, but Russell Wilson will have a better game than Jameis Winston on Sunday and the Bucs will drop to 2-6.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, Buccaneers 14.

Florio’s take: The two teams that joined the NFL in 1976 renew acquaintances, as do Bruce Arians and Pete Carroll. Jameis Winston eventually will do Jameis Winston things, and Russell Wilson eventually will do Russell Wilson things.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 28, Buccaneers 16.


Lions at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders are a better team than people think, and they’re going to stay in playoff contention with a win on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 28, Lions 27.

Florio’s take: The Raiders return home for the first time in seven weeks, with only five more chances to win a game in Oakland. 

Florio’s pick: Raiders 24, Lions 17.


Packers at Chargers

MDS’s take: Green Bay fans will fill the Chargers’ tiny stadium in Carson, and this will sound like a Packers home game as they cheer on another big win.

MDS’s pick: Packers 28, Chargers 17.

Florio’s take: Lambeau Field West will be a-rockin’ with Aaron Rodgers fans.

Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Chargers 20.


Browns at Broncos

MDS’s take: What better time for the Browns to right the ship than when they’re facing a bad Broncos team that’s starting someone named Brandon Allen at quarterback?

MDS’s pick: Browns 20, Broncos 17.

Florio’s take: Brandon Allen is the starting quarterback on Sunday. That’s all that needs to be said.

Florio’s pick: Browns 20, Broncos 13.


Patriots at Ravens

MDS’s take: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will be the toughest opponent the Patriots have faced this season, but not tough enough to hand them their first loss.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 20, Ravens 14.

Florio’s take: The Patriots haven’t seen a quarterback like Lamar Jackson this year, but Jackson has never seen a defense like New England’s.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 23, Ravens 15.


Cowboys at Giants

MDS’s take: Dak Prescott will have a big day against a bad Giants pass defense. The Cowboys should win easily.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 31, Giants 20.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys get a chance to redeem themselves at MetLife Stadium, not long after losing to the Jets there. Look for Dallas to get an early lead and then suffocate the Giants.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 31, Giants 17.

98 responses to “PFT’s Week Nine picks

  1. Panthers over Titans – the Panthers get back on a winning track at home.. Titans still struggling to put it all together.

    Seahawks over Bucs – one has a ‘franchise’ qb and the other team has a qb that plays for their opponent!

  2. If the Patriots can hold the Ravens to no more than 15 points, thus far, it would be their most impressive win of the season. It’s their kicker that is the issue right now. Nick Folk cannot be trusted.

  3. Bears at Eagles
    Florio’s take: It won’t take a double doink this time around.
    Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Bears 20.

    Talk about kicking a man/team when they’re down.
    Then again, of the two, Mr. Florio is probably the better kicker.

  4. If the Vikings don’t beat KC this weekend, you can stick a fork in Minnesota. Without a win against the Chiefs, the Vikes have no realistic hope of catching the Packers for the NFC North crown. (And you know the Packers are going to beat the Chargers.) If the Vikings are going to make a run, they have to win games like this. I’m a Viking fan, but I have very little faith in Kirk Cousins to come through when the chips are down. I hope I’m wrong about this, but Cousins worries me.

  5. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    No chance the Steelers beat the Colts
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    Steelers are coming together on D, while the Colts have squeeked by a bunch of mediocre teams. I’ll take the Steelers in this one by 10.

  6. Winners this week:

    49ers, Jags, Colts, Eagles, Fins, Vikes, Titans, Bills, Hawks, Lions, Pack, Browns, Ravens, and Cowboys.

  7. MD says that beating a 3-5 team that is third in their own division would be a big win for the Packers. The Packers are expected to win so I wouldn’t consider it a big win. If they choke and lose, however, that would be a big loss.

  8. There will be an upset tonight. Why? The Cardinals have won the last eight games against the 49ers. The Niners haven’t won since Dec. 28, 2014. Arizona always seems to give them problems. Garoppolo is throwing one pick every game.

  9. carloswlassiter says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    What happens to Gase if the Jets lose in Miami?

    10% BONUS for improving probability of landing the number one pick.

  10. FootballSeasonRules says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    If the Patriots can hold the Ravens to no more than 15 points, thus far, it would be their most impressive win of the season. It’s their kicker that is the issue right now. Nick Folk cannot be trusted
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    LOL “impressive win”. They beat the snot out of horrible teams. The only winning record team was the Bills and they aren’t that good. In fact, they will be 8-8 at best at the end. We get it… The Patriots already won the Super Bowl this year. No need to gloat at every single thing they do on a weekly basis. The only team that can possibly beat them would be the Saints in their Dome and I would not even bet in that.

  11. Come on Florio, it 4th down and time is running out on you this season. Time to try picking some upset. You have nothing to lose, as you are going to lose at this rate anyway.

  12. Patriots at home, i’d say they’d win 24-20. On the road with offensive issues they’ve been experiencing…. anybody’s game. Might be the Pats first loss of the season.

  13. If you guys are spot on, this week marks the start of Green Bay’s pulling away from the rest of the NFC Central.

  14. There will be an upset tonight. Why? The Cardinals have won the last eight games against the 49ers. The Niners haven’t won since Dec. 28, 2014. Arizona always seems to give them problems. Garoppolo is throwing one pick every game.
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    And five touchdowns.

  15. Dolphins don’t want to go 0-16. This is their best chance for a win and win they will.

  16. The Cowboys lost to the Jets. Again, let that sink in. No game on their schedule is a given. Having seen that, they could also lose to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. This was quite a boring trade deadline.

  17. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    If you guys are spot on, this week marks the start of Green Bay’s pulling away from the rest of the NFC Central.

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    If I’m the Vikings I’m thinking Wild Card as well, you can pull away BUT do the Packers really want to play Minnesota 3 times in one year? Seen it happen sweep a team during the year and get bounced in the play-offs 2004 Packas and the Bears did it to the Vikes in the 95 play offs.

  18. I’m a bit confused as to why a lot of people think the Steelers are gonna beat the Colts. They were getting crushed by Miami before the curious defensive call and Howard getting hurt. Also Raiders against the Lions? Hudson not playing should be big. Also Seahawks blowing out the Bucs? Bucs have played close every game, not saying they’ll win but they matchup well against Seahawks.

  19. Expect a Stafford 400 yard game 4 TD game on Sunday and a Lions win. They are getting healthier at the right time. Sorry Raiders, your pass or secondary doesn’t scare me.

  20. The lock of the week is the Bears folding like a cheap suit. The problems start with the GM and Coach. I’ve never seen such an EGO on a coach in my life. Looks like they will be in the basement of the NFCN for the rest of the year.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm
    Pats set to slice and dice.

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    Serious question: Do you think the Pats will go undefeated? If not, to which team(s) do you predict they will lose?

  22. itsnotcheese2934 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Patriots.. On the road with offensive issues they’ve been experiencing…. anybody’s game.
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    The bigger issues now could be Ravens have had an extra week and Pats weakness at kicking

  23. Let me get this straight…if the Vikings lose on Sunday, they are finished?! With the 4th best record in the NFC. With 6 more games to play after Sunday. Did the nfl rules change to reduce the number of playoff teams? Just a dumb take.

    Now, let’s actually talk X’s and O’s, even though PFT commenters rarely like to do that.

    Chiefs; 5-3 record, back-up QB, just lost a game, 30th ranked rush D, can’t cover a RB on pass plays.
    Vikes; 6-2 record, 4 straight wins, surging offense, best RB in nfl with 3rd ranked rushing offense, QB offensive player of the month, very good pass rush.

    Tell me why the Vikings should lose. And no; “Cousins loses big games” is not an adult argument. Barring the great equalizer called turnovers, the Vikings win on the road by 10 on a Sunday.

  24. itsnotcheese2934 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Patriots at home, i’d say they’d win 24-20. On the road with offensive issues they’ve been experiencing…. anybody’s game. Might be the Pats first loss of the season.

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    A well coached D will expose run first Jackson. The blueprint comes out sunday night.

    On the flip side, why is it that Baltimore is supposed to be this great D? Their secondary is old and very suspect, hence at the attempt to trade for Jamal Adams, and look their medicore linebackers.

    If you spread them all out, they’re going to have some issues with NE’s very experience and balanced personnel. Don’t be fooled by some guys who haven’t been available lately, who will be Sun night. It’ll be a coming out party for ne’s offense.

    They have 2 good dts, jimmy smith at cb and that is all that is to be concerned about with them.

    The Browns demolished them, putting up 40 with Mayfield.

    If the Pats D does what they likely will do to Jackson, they can’t eat clock on offense like they have been doing.

  25. You forgot

    Bengals at BYE Week

    My take: The Bengals face a ferocious BYE Week pass rush but with Ryan Finley now at QB his mobility in the pocket will help but ultimately not make a difference.

    My pick: BYE Week 35, Bengals 3

  26. Patriots have won 7 of the last 8 regular season games in the Belichick era. Last two games in Baltimore

    41-7 PATRIOTS (Balt could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. Ended up missing the playoffs)

    30-31 RAVENS on last second FG Belichick to this day insists was outside / above the upright.

  27. The Pats defense is gonna have a field day Sunday night, Jackson will be exposed as a RB playing QB (like most of us didn’t know this already), and all of the stupid “Jackson for MVP” talk can be put to rest.

  28. conormacleod says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:03 pm
    Let me get this straight…if the Vikings lose on Sunday, they are finished?! With the 4th best record in the NFC. With 6 more games to play after Sunday. Did the nfl rules change to reduce the number of playoff teams? Just a dumb take.

    Now, let’s actually talk X’s and O’s, even though PFT commenters rarely like to do that.

    Chiefs; 5-3 record, back-up QB, just lost a game, 30th ranked rush D, can’t cover a RB on pass plays.
    Vikes; 6-2 record, 4 straight wins, surging offense, best RB in nfl with 3rd ranked rushing offense, QB offensive player of the month, very good pass rush.

    Tell me why the Vikings should lose. And no; “Cousins loses big games” is not an adult argument. Barring the great equalizer called turnovers, the Vikings win on the road by 10 on a Sunday.
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    Ok, I’ll bite. A few thoughts:

    * Vikings on real grass, outdoors, in the elements vs. indoors are completely different beasts
    * Arrowhead is loud and notoriously difficult for opposing teams. Blitz-happy defense vs. the silent snap count.
    * As Thielen so plainly put it, you can’t win with just running the ball. At some point Cousins will need to hit some key passes.
    * Vikings defense, and particularly its secondary, is incredibly aggressive, which makes them susceptible to double-moves and deep crossing routes (see Eagles playoff game two years ago). I promise you Andy Reid understands this given Doug Pederson was his protege
    * Rhetorical question: can any of those CBs cover Hill one on one? And if not (likely not), who will cover Kelce? And can they stop the run with safeties playing deep?
    * Oh yeah, most importantly, KIRK COUSINS LOSES BIG GAMES!

  29. conor…you make the same mistake as most Vikes fan. Doesn’t matter what their stats are or their win/loss record. They always disappoint in the playoffs. How many times do you have to see this movie? 59 years w/o a SB win.

  30. FootballSeasonRules says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    The Cowboys lost to the Jets. Again, let that sink in. No game on their schedule is a given. Having seen that, they could also lose to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. This was quite a boring trade deadline.
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    Yes, on any given Sunday any team can beat any other…we know how much the NFL loves parity. That said, would you care to make a bet on this particular game? After all, it’s America’s team in primetime – and you obviously think they may lose – so let’s do this.

  31. mrburns21 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a bit confused as to why a lot of people think the Steelers are gonna beat the Colts. They were getting crushed by Miami before the curious defensive call and Howard getting hurt.
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    Have you watched the Colts play? They’ve barely squeaked by a bunch of mediocre opponents, including last week when it took all they could do to get past a terrible Denver team at home on a last second FG.

  32. There are 3 teams with a reputation for trash talking and playing with a chip on the shoulder. The real A() hole teams, so to speak.

    Seattle
    Baltimore
    Philadelphia

    The Patriots get two of them on the road and both coming off byes in the next two contests.

  33. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Serious question: Do you think the Pats will go undefeated? If not, to which team(s) do you predict they will lose?
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    This is easily the most difficult stretch of the Pats schedule coming up.

    – Belichick will put a D scheme in place that will beat the Ravens.
    – Next we get the Eagles with the Pats coming off a bye. Pats take this one in a revenge game.
    – Cowboys at home. Win.
    – At Texans. This could be a tough game but Pats are 10-1 against them in the Belichick/Brady era. I like out chances with Watt out for the season and no more Clowney.
    – Then the Chiefs at home. Mahomes will be back and have a few games under his belt by then. Brady will need to go into cyborg mode in the 4th quarter – luckily he is the best ever at doing this. If we win this one then 16-0 is likely.

    But anything can happen in the playoffs. Anyone predicting 19-0 at this point is just blowing smoke.

  34. jackedupboonie says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    Cards are beating the Clara niners

    +++

    They might.

    Your team won’t. Not at the Niners on a Monday night.

  35. Jets-Dolphins, meh! Raiders-Lions, meh! Browns-Broncos, meh! And Bills-anybody, meh! The league obviously doesn’t care about ratings.

  36. @binky; following up with you….
    Thanks for actually talking some football. It’s refreshing. But of course, I must disagree with you…
    -In the elements?! It’s gonna be 60 degrees and sunny out. And Cousins arm is plenty strong if it gets windy, which it isn’t supposed to.
    -I’m not concerned about loud noise. Teams are very good with this nowadays. Rarely do you see it affect players anymore. You know what negates crowd noise? Beating their team.
    -Dude, Cousins is the nfc offensive player of the month. Cousins hit so many key passes in October that he made nfl records for passing efficiency and scores. Your quote is like 5 weeks old.
    -The Vikings defense is aggressive, but not like you state. They don’t go for double moves as much as they are physical and take too many penalties. Besides, double moves require time for the QB, and the front 7 is stout. I’ll grant you that Rhodes last game was plenty awful though.
    -I don’t think any CB can cover Hill 1 on 1, which is why I’m glad it’s a team game. And the Vikings have Harrison Smith at safety. The Chiefs don’t put Hill in motion just because he is fast. They do it so that little dude can actually get off the line with being put on his back. The Vikings don’t have to stop Hill, just keep him from 2-3 long receptions.
    -The Vikings front 7 can absolutely stop the run, and between Kendrick’s and Barr, with zone coverage to boot, Kelce won’t hurt the Vikings much.
    -I’m not predicting a shutout, but if the Chiefs could consistently do half of what you say, they’d be 8-0 instead of 5-3.
    -Btw, don’t look now, but another RB just blew past a Chiefs LB for a long score.

  37. I make a case for the Vikings beating the Chiefs this week and some dude comes at me with; “Vikings haven’t won the Superbowl”?! Weak, man. Weak. At least one other guy actually took the effort to talk about this weeks game and how the Chiefs will win.

  38. streetyson says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Patriots.. On the road with offensive issues they’ve been experiencing…. anybody’s game.
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    The bigger issues now could be Ravens have had an extra week and Pats weakness at kicking
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    Didn’t help Cleveland. Notice how the Patriots next 2 opponents have a bye the week before they play the Pats… hum, 3 in a row?

  39. No chance the Steelers beat the Colts

    I am very glad you said that because you are not very astute about anything related to football being another Steeler hating patriot troll. Steelers seem to be coming together at the right time, but the Colts could be tough.

  40. Hard to see the Chiefs losing four in a row, but also hard to see how they beat the Vikings. Except that the Vikings are playing outdoors in pretty cold weather. Any win is a big win, even if the Packers beat a third place team. There aren’t many easy games in the NFL. If the Packers win and the other three North teams lose, it puts them in a pretty strong spot.

  41. binkystevens says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    conormacleod says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:03 pm
    Let me get this straight…if the Vikings lose on Sunday, they are finished?! With the 4th best record in the NFC. With 6 more games to play after Sunday. Did the nfl rules change to reduce the number of playoff teams? Just a dumb take.

    Now, let’s actually talk X’s and O’s, even though PFT commenters rarely like to do that.

    Chiefs; 5-3 record, back-up QB, just lost a game, 30th ranked rush D, can’t cover a RB on pass plays.
    Vikes; 6-2 record, 4 straight wins, surging offense, best RB in nfl with 3rd ranked rushing offense, QB offensive player of the month, very good pass rush.

    Tell me why the Vikings should lose. And no; “Cousins loses big games” is not an adult argument. Barring the great equalizer called turnovers, the Vikings win on the road by 10 on a Sunday.
    ———————-

    Ok, I’ll bite. A few thoughts:

    * Vikings on real grass, outdoors, in the elements vs. indoors are completely different beasts
    * Arrowhead is loud and notoriously difficult for opposing teams. Blitz-happy defense vs. the silent snap count.
    * As Thielen so plainly put it, you can’t win with just running the ball. At some point Cousins will need to hit some key passes.
    * Vikings defense, and particularly its secondary, is incredibly aggressive, which makes them susceptible to double-moves and deep crossing routes (see Eagles playoff game two years ago). I promise you Andy Reid understands this given Doug Pederson was his protege
    * Rhetorical question: can any of those CBs cover Hill one on one? And if not (likely not), who will cover Kelce? And can they stop the run with safeties playing deep?
    * Oh yeah, most importantly, KIRK COUSINS LOSES BIG GAMES!

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    – Vikings can win on real grass. We have won at Lambleau plenty in the past years, last year won in Philly (real grass, outside).
    – Cousins is offensive player of the month for the NFC, so he has been hitting plenty of passes. Highest passer rating.
    -They will probably put Mike Hughes on Hill. He is super fast like Hill and can do decent ad staying with him. Rhodes will probably go on Kelcey.
    -Kirk Cousins won against the Eagles (a team the Packers lost to), and against the Lions on the road, who are a division rival. How are both of those not big games?

  42. Alan Light says:
    Spoiler alert: Florio eats a lot of crow come February
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    Since Alan is a Vikings fan it’s logical to assume he’s referencing Mr. Florio’s assertion that Minnesota won’t be enjoying a “special season.”
    Whether he meant to or not, Alan’s prediction essentially means he’s guaranteeing his team will still be playing “come February.”
    To be fair, that may be presumptuous on my part. While Alan did say Mr. Florio will “eat a lot of crow come February,” he didn’t actually specify February of any particular year, decade, or millennium.
    After all, the Vikings are bound to make it to February at least once before our sun goes dark, right? Alan?

  43. I don’t want the Pat to go undefeated. I’d rather they get #7.#1 seed is almost a lock. Who cares what MMorris and DShula think. In 2007, taking everyone’s best shot took it’s toll. As did overconfidence. And a great Giants game plan, executed perfectly, with a little luck sprinkled in.

  44. I laugh when I hear this “the Patriots have never played on offense like this before” nonsense.

    Lot of vets on the roster, a coach who has seen it all and tons of experience dealing with running QBs. Doesn’t mean they’ll shut Jackson down or that they’ll win, but let’s not act like this is some new revolutionary offense. NE will try to keep him in the pocket and force him to make accurate throws and move down the field in long drives. Can Jackson do it? We’ll find out.

  45. If the Vikings are going to have a special season they need to win this game. Spoiler: The Vikings are not going to have a special season.
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    I’m not sure what defines a special season, but they can certainly be a playoff team even if they lose this game. I will say that they should win at least one of the next two (at Dallas on Sunday night next week) if they want to be taken seriously. Two tough opponents on the road, a good team should win one.

  46. Wow. I guess the Jags are in a worse spot now against a team they were an extra point conversion away from sending the game into OT (the replay review was inconclusive on the 2-pt try to win) for a rookie QB making his first start on the road

  47. carloswlassiter says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    I laugh when I hear this “the Patriots have never played on offense like this before” nonsense.

    Lot of vets on the roster, a coach who has seen it all and tons of experience dealing with running QBs. Doesn’t mean they’ll shut Jackson down or that they’ll win, but let’s not act like this is some new revolutionary offense. NE will try to keep him in the pocket and force him to make accurate throws and move down the field in long drives. Can Jackson do it? We’ll find out.

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    Exactly. And the thing is, whether slowing Roethlisberger with this, Russell Wilson, Mahomes (two first half shutouts last year before Goodell’s refs got involved), they know the gameplan.

    It’s very obvious.

    What I can’t figure out is the extreme hype around Jackson. He can’t throw outside the numbers, which is why he tucks it and runs upwards of 20 times per game.

    Funnel down through the middle and have Collins/McCourty there to clean up.

    The only throws he makes are the ones off of first reads. Him pretending to rush through his progressions, so he can tuck and run is funny to me. NE’s D won’t take that cheese.

  48. rho1953 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Hard to see the Chiefs losing four in a row, but also hard to see how they beat the Vikings. Except that the Vikings are playing outdoors in pretty cold weather. Any win is a big win, even if the Packers beat a third place team. There aren’t many easy games in the NFL. If the Packers win and the other three North teams lose, it puts them in a pretty strong spot.
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    I know it’s been cold in Kansas City this week but the forecast for Sunday is 57 degrees and sunny.

    Also, the Chiefs haven’t lost three in a row, they’ve lost three of four. Still, it’s hard to imagine them losing four of five. It’s also hard to imagine the Vikings winning five in a row. That’s why I think the Vikings will probably lose even though they should win. It’s not who you play, it’s when you play them.

  49. tokyosandblaster says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    The Vikings were exposed by the Redskins.

    The redskins.
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    And how is that, exactly? Throw the ball at Xavier Rhodes? Like nobody else could have figured that out.

    Your team is having a nice season, but all you ever talk about is the Vikings. Ever notice that?

  50. Liberalsruineverything says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    The Packers were exposed by Matt Moore.

    Matt Moore.
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    Going into that game, the Packers defense had given up an average of 252.1 yds passing per game. Matt Moore passed for 249 yds on them.

    What did he expose?

    What did he expose?

  51. A-Aron was already rolling his eyes after the second play last week. It will be another early ending to the the season for him. This is not 2010.

  52. tedmurph says:
    October 31, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    I don’t want the Pat to go undefeated. I’d rather they get #7.#1 seed is almost a lock. Who cares what MMorris and DShula think. In 2007, taking everyone’s best shot took it’s toll. As did overconfidence. And a great Giants game plan, executed perfectly, with a little luck sprinkled in.

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    You are in for quite a ride this season. What gives it away is the fact that 2019 is a pig year. The Patriots were founded during a pig year in 1959, and they won 18 consecutive games in 2007, which was the last pig year. Both 1959 and 2019 share the earth element. According to the legend, the animal most compatible with a pig is the goat, which is what Tom Brady is called all the time. One of the lucky colors is gray. It would be poetic justice for the Patriots to go 19-0 and cap off another super bowl win in that kind of fashion in the Dolphins’ stadium.

  53. SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    No chance the Steelers beat the Colts
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    Steelers are coming together on D, while the Colts have squeeked by a bunch of mediocre teams. I’ll take the Steelers in this one by 10.

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    The 3 Steelers wins are from teams that have a Combined 3 wins between them.

    Bengals 0-8
    Chargers 3-5
    Dolphins 0-7

    Not very impressive.

  54. binkystevens says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    * Arrowhead is loud and notoriously difficult for opposing teams.

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    I see people say this a lot, but I’m not sure it holds water.

    Maybe it’s “difficult”, but it doesn’t seem to result in an actual home field advantage. Since 2009, the Chiefs have only the 18th-best home record. That’s below the likes of Cincinnati, Houston, and Dallas, among many others.

    Even just over the last few years, they’re still barely scraping 66% wins at home, well below Tennessee, Minnesota, and others.

    Arrowhead seems to have this reputation, but I don’t see why.

  55. You cannot say “the Vikings are due to lose” or the “Chiefs shouldn’t lose another one”. That’s not how it works. It’s about the matchup. And with Mahomes not playing, the matchup favors the Vikings. There’s actually nothing that points to the Chiefs winning this one. Sure, it could happen. But none of you would put your own paycheck on it.

  56. v2787 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    If the Vikings don’t beat KC this weekend, you can stick a fork in Minnesota. Without a win against the Chiefs, the Vikes have no realistic hope of catching the Packers for the NFC North crown. (And you know the Packers are going to beat the Chargers.) If the Vikings are going to make a run, they have to win games like this. I’m a Viking fan, but I have very little faith in Kirk Cousins to come through when the chips are down. I hope I’m wrong about this, but Cousins worries me.
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    That would still leave them with twice as many wins as losses at 6-3. Relax, good chance of making playoffs even if they don't take the division.

  57. carloswlassiter says:
    October 31, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    mrburns21 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I’m a bit confused as to why a lot of people think the Steelers are gonna beat the Colts. They were getting crushed by Miami before the curious defensive call and Howard getting hurt.
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    Have you watched the Colts play? They’ve barely squeaked by a bunch of mediocre opponents, including last week when it took all they could do to get past a terrible Denver team at home on a last second FG.

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    You have a lot of nerve calling the colts mediocre. The 3 Steelers 3 wins have come from teams that have a total of 3 wins. Bengals 0-8, Chargers 3-5 and Dolphins 0-7.

  58. The Squealers are playing the Colts and their fans are on here whining about the Dynasty in New England. Par for the course for the Squealers and their fans. Going to be lots of fun watching them whine and make lame excuses when New England wins a seventh title and relegates the Squealers to second best. Of course in reality they are already second best because New England has same number of Super Bowl titles but more AFC championships, so technically they are already second best. Of course Squealer fans usually do not know history or the facts so they will hold out with their six titles until Patriots win seventh title. The Steel Curtain is GONE. The culture in Pittsburgh is one of excuse making and whining and selfish diva players. They are a long way from ever wining another title. They have never intimidated the Patriots. Terrible towels are used in New England as toilet paper and Belichick toys with Tomlin like a puppet and Brady carves up that soft weak zone defense like a thanksgiving turkey. Good luck with that squealers.

  59. Conor, you missed my point. Doesnt matter if the Vikes win or lose Sunday. If they get to the playoffs history shows they will die there. You reciting stats isnt going to change that. The whole point of the season is to get to and win the SB. If you are satified with a regular season winning record and the Vikes repeatedly going bellyup in the playoffs, my hat is off to you.

  60. carloswlassiter says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    SWFLPC.INC says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    No chance the Steelers beat the Colts
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    Steelers are coming together on D, while the Colts have squeeked by a bunch of mediocre teams. I’ll take the Steelers in this one by 10.

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    The Colts have squeaked by a bunch of mediocre teams??? They beat Kansas City at Kansas City and beat the Houston Texans.

    What a horrible take by you.

  61. the packers struggled with a chiefs team without PM, 5 of their best defensive starters, and 2 offensive lineman.

    to me, that’s a pretty significant lack of talent on the chiefs side. i mean, packer fans always used to say that if AR didn’t play the win doesn’t count…so if PM doesn’t play the win doesn’t count, right?

  62. Ravens 27 Patriots 21 I think this might be the first loss of the season due to a bad kicking game and weak run defense. Hope I’m wrong but if the Pats were to win they’re doing it because the offense wakes up. Packers 31 Chargers 17 Rodgers smokes the Chargers. Colts 24 Steelers 10 run game will smoke the Steelers.

  63. jersey73 says:
    October 31, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    The Colts have squeaked by a bunch of mediocre teams??? They beat Kansas City at Kansas City and beat the Houston Texans.

    What a horrible take by you.
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    Yes, they did win those games. Colts have lost to the Raiders and Chargers while barely beating Atlanta, Denver and Titans.

  64. What happens to Gase if the Jets lose in Miami?

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    Will probably get a special bonus from the GM for improving the teams draft stock, since that seems to be what the Jets are all about right now.

  65. Honestly I haven’t seen anything out of the Patriots defense in the first 8 weeks to make me believe they can’t handle Jackson and the Ravens offense.

    Might have been a different story a few years ago. Not this team.

    Patriots take this one and get to 9-0.

  66. liontuss says:
    October 31, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Raidahs will destroy Lions and any silly hope #onepride has maintained.

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    I hope you’re right, but most of #onepride has abandoned hope 2 weeks ago. Here’s hoping for competitive losses for the rest of the season so we can get in the top 7 picks

  67. Just wow. First of all, to the Patriots fan that said if the Patriots hold Lamar and the Ravens to 14 points, it would be their most impressive defensive performance of the season, I whole heartily agree. As a Ravens fan, I say if Lamar is able to play well and do what no “REAL” young QB has done in 21 games against the Pats, it would be Lamar’s most impressive, hater bashing performance of the season. Much respect to that D despite so many haters discounting their opponents.

    2nd, did I really see a Bills fan call Lamar a RB pretending to be QB? Have you seen your “REAL” QB play yet? Last I checked, this RB at QB is playing better than your QB in every category and doing without his number one wideout for most of the season. What does that say about him there buddy?

    3rd, the Patriots fan that said you don’t understand all the hype regarding Lamar and MVP talk, and that he’s a one read QB who’s pretending to go through progressions so he can run. Cool. Glad to know you’re on the field with him and know this for a FACT. I’ll take the word of Bobby Wagner, Jadeveon Clowney, Terrell Suggs, etc, you know someone that’s played against him and didn’t have to go out of their way to compliment him.

    Anyway, should be a fun game and Lamar’s biggest challenge yet. Playing against the best team he’ll see all year.

  68. Buccaneers at Seahawks

    MDS’s take: The Bucs are a better team than their 2-5 record suggests, but Russell Wilson will have a better game than Jameis Winston on Sunday and the Bucs will drop to 2-6.

    MDS’s pick: Seahawks 24, Buccaneers 14.

    Florio’s take: The two teams that joined the NFL in 1976 renew acquaintances, as do Bruce Arians and Pete Carroll. Jameis Winston eventually will do Jameis Winston things, and Russell Wilson eventually will do Russell Wilson things.

    Florio’s pick: Seahawks 28, Buccaneers 16.

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    Other than the score you guys were both spot on.

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