PFT’s Week 11 picks

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I’m making my push. Finally.

Down eight games through nine weeks, I picked up a pair of wins last week, thanks to the Steelers and Seahawks.

Sure, I was only 8-5. But MDS was 6-7. For the year, he’s now 95-53. I’m at 89-59.

This week, we disagree on two more games. For all the picks, scroll along.

Steelers at Browns

MDS’s take: This isn’t as good a game as it looked like when the NFL put it on the prime time schedule, but it’s still an interesting matchup between two teams that still have playoff hopes but know they have no margin for error. I like the Steelers to earn a hard-fought road win.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 21, Browns 20.

Florio’s take: The Steelers are becoming the team that the Browns were supposed to be.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 27, Browns 21.


Jets at Washington

MDS’s take: This is an ugly game between two bad teams, but the difference to me is I just don’t think Dwayne Haskins is ready to win in the NFL, so the Jets take this one.

MDS’s pick: Jets 17, Washington 13.

Florio’s take: Fortunately, this one didn’t land in prime time.

Florio’s pick: Jets 27, Washington 20.


Saints at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Saints suffered a huge letdown last week against the Falcons. I can’t see them playing like that two weeks in a row.

MDS’s pick: Saints 20, Buccaneers 13.

Florio’s take: Redemption won’t be easy against a Bucs team that is much better than its record suggests.

Florio’s pick: Saints 30, Buccaneers 27.


Broncos at Vikings

MDS’s take: Brandon Allen was better than expected in his first NFL start, but a hostile environment in Minnesota could make this an ugly game for him.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 28, Broncos 10.

Florio’s take: The Vikings can enter their 2019 bye with as many wins as they had in all of 2018.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 30, Broncos 17.


Bills at Dolphins

MDS’s take: Could the Dolphins really make it a three-game winning streak? I don’t think so.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: The correction continues, for both teams.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 23, Bills 20.


Jaguars at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts suffered an embarrassing home loss last week. I don’t see them playing that way two in a row. Nick Foles will be rusty and the Colts’ defense will play well against him.

MDS’s pick: Colts 24, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: The return of Nick Foles combined with the ongoing presence of Adam Vinatieri combines to give the Jaguars a narrow win.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 20, Colts 17.


Cowboys at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions’ season is spiraling down the tubes, and whether Matthew Stafford is playing or not, I don’t see them beating the Cowboys.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Lions 20.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys are becoming this year’s win-the-games-they-should, lose-the-games-they-should franchise.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 28, Lions 21.


Falcons at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Falcons showed some signs of life last week, but this is still a mess of a defense. Kyle Allen should have a big game.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 31, Falcons 24.

Florio’s take: If the Falcons swipe this one, the short-term coach chalice could be passed from Dan Quinn to Ron Rivera.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 27, Falcons 20.


Texans at Ravens

MDS’s take: Deshaun Watson vs. Lamar Jackson may be my favorite quarterback matchup of the season. Jackson’s team ends up scoring a late touchdown in an exciting one.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 35, Texans 31.

Florio’s take: The first of hopefully many meetings between Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson could be a great one. 

Florio’s pick: Ravens 31, Texans 24.


Cardinals at 49ers

MDS’s take: The 49ers have to bounce back from a tough overtime loss on a short work week, but their defense should be good enough to do just that in a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 16, Cardinals 13.

Florio’s take: A 70-minute game followed by a short week could be trouble for the 49ers. But with the Packers, Ravens, and Saints looming, they can’t afford to slip here.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 34, Cardinals 21.


Patriots at Eagles

MDS’s take: The Patriots’ defense should give Carson Wentz fits. I see New England winning this one big.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take: When Bill Belichick has two weeks to get ready, he’s very hard to beat. Except, of course, when facing Doug Pederson in the Super Bowl. But the Pats are better than the Super Bowl LII team, and the Eagles aren’t as good as they were then.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 26, Eagles 20.


Bengals at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders are better than anyone expected and the Bengals are worse than anyone expected.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 21, Bengals 7.

Florio’s take: The Raiders are rolling. The Bengals are bumbling. This could get uglier than the infield that used to be in the stadium the Raiders will soon be leaving.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 41, Bengals 20.


Bears at Rams

MDS’s take: The Rams are running out of chances to turn their season around. I still think they’re a long shot to make the playoffs, but I do think they should win at home against the Bears.

MDS’s pick: Rams 24, Bears 21.

Florio’s take: It’s a playoff elimination game between two teams that probably won’t make the playoffs.

Florio’s pick: Rams 24, Bears 17.


Chiefs at Chargers

MDS’s take: The Chargers are giving up a home game to play in Mexico City, not that they have much of a home-field advantage anywhere. The Chiefs need to bounce back from their disappointing loss to the Titans, and I think they’ll do just that.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take: It’s hard to have any faith in a guy who threw seven straight incompletions with the game on the line last Thursday.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 34, Chargers 20.

Week 11 power rankings

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1. Ravens (7-2; last week No. 3): Yes, it was only the Bengals. But it also was a potential trap game, and this team is too good to have a letdown.

2. Seahawks (8-2; No. 5): Russell Wilson makes $35 million per year, and he’s arguably underpaid.

3. Patriots (8-1; No. 4): The next four games will tell us plenty about the 2019 Patriots.

4. 49ers (8-1; No. 1): Jimmy G is the new Captain Kurt.

5. Saints (7-2; No. 2): Was it is fluke, or a harbinger of doom?

6. Packers (8-2; No. 7): It wasn’t pretty, but it also wasn’t nearly as ugly as the Chargers game.

7. Vikings (7-3; No. 12): In 20 days, we’ll find out whether Primetime Kurt has more staying power than the Great Pumpkin.

8. Texans (6-3; No. 9): Another week, another potential Brady-Manning rivalry gets rolling, with Deshaun Watson facing Lamar Jackson.

9. Chiefs (6-4; No. 8): They’ve gone from having to worry about missing a bye to having to worry about losing the division title.

10. Bills (6-3; No. 6): That “one year away” feeling has been hanging around for a few years.

11. Steelers (5-4; No. 15): The Steelers are ready to give the Browns their latest reminder that the Steelers are the Steelers, and the Browns are the Browns.

12. Eagles (5-4; No. 13): The table is set to topple the Cowboys in the NFC East.

13. Raiders (5-4; No. 17): They’re playing just well enough to be stuck with Derek Carr for another year.

14. Cowboys (5-4; No. 11): They’re playing just well enough to be stuck with Jason Garrett for another year.

15. Rams (5-4; No. 10): They’re stuck with Jared Goff.

16. Titans (5-5; No. 21): They’re no longer stuck with Marcus Mariota.

17. Panthers (5-4; No. 14): Another late-season collapse could prompt a clean sweep of the front office and coaching staff.

18. Colts (5-4; No. 16): It’s time.

19. Jaguars (4-5; No. 19): The Jaguars can still do everything they had hoped to do when the season began.

20. Bears (4-5; No. 23): In a battle of Mitch Trubisky and Jared Goff, everyone loses.

21. Chargers (4-6; No. 18): Philip Rivers had almost as many consecutive incompletions to end the game as he has kids.

22. Broncos (3-6; No. 22): Drew Lock will soon get his chance to prove whether John Elway can pick a quarterback.

23. Browns (3-6; No. 26): Freddie Kitchens is still new at this. Mike Tomlin definitely isn’t.

24. Lions (3-5-1; No. 20): Jeff Driskel played better than expected. As expected, however, the Lions lost in Chicago.

25. Buccaneers (3-6; No. 25): “What Could Have Been” will be the name of their official 2019 highlight video.

26. Cardinals (3-6-1; No. 24): “What Could Soon Be” will be the name of their official 2019 highlight video.

27. Falcons (2-7; No. 29): “What the Hell Happened in New Orleans?” will be the name of their official 2019 highlight video.

28. Dolphins (2-7; No. 28): “Tanks For Nothing” will be the name of their official 2019 highlight video.

29. Jets (2-7; No. 30): What good are bragging rights when there’s nothing to brag about?

30. Giants (2-8; No. 27): Pat Shurmur is a big suit jacket and a bottle of Brylcreem away from being Ben McAdoo without as many wins.

31. Washington (1-8; No. 31): The Dwayne Haskins era in D.C. begins. (Poor Dwayne.)

32. Bengals (0-9; No. 32): Maybe they can get Marvin Lewis to come back next year.

NFC playoff picture: Getting tighter at the top

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The 49ers lost their first game of the year on Monday night, which didn’t knock them from the top perch in the NFC playoff picture but did make things tighter in the race for the No. 1 seed in the conference.

A win would have left them two games up on the Packers and Saints in the loss column and three games up on the Seahawks on the same front. All three of those teams are right on the 49ers’ tails now, however.

Here’s how the entire NFC playoff picture looks with Week 10 in the books.

LEADERS
1. 49ers (8-1) Monday night’s loss cost them a chance at a commanding lead in the NFC West, but they remain in front of both conference and division.

2. Packers (8-2) They rebounded from a bad loss and have a week off to prepare for their shot at the 49ers.

3. Saints (7-2) An upset loss to the Falcons stings less thanks to losses by the 49ers and Panthers.

4. Cowboys (5-4) Sunday night’s loss to the Vikings sets up a tense stretch run in Dallas.

5. Seahawks (8-2) They get a well-timed bye after playing 70 minutes that kept their hopes of a division title alive.

6. Vikings (7-3) Winning on Sunday night has solidified Minnesota’s Wild Card edge with six games left on the slate.

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7. Rams (5-4) The Rams are home the next two weeks, but injuries are mounting at the wrong time for last year’s NFC champs.

8. Eagles (5-4) A loss by the Cowboys put them back into a horse race for the division title, but they’ll need to beat the Patriots this week to fully take advantage.

9. Panthers (5-4) They’ll need to guard against the kind of letdown against the Falcons that the Saints experienced in Week 10.

10. Bears (4-5) They got a much needed win on Sunday and will need another one against the Rams this week to fan their remaining playoff hopes.

11. Lions (3-5-1) Matthew Stafford‘s health will have a lot to do with the Lions’ chances of making any late push.

12. Cardinals (3-6-1) If they don’t beat the 49ers this week, playoff dreams will be on hold until next year.

13. Buccaneers (3-6) Snapped a four-game losing streak in Week 10, but they likely have dug themselves too deep a hole this season.

14. Falcons (2-7) Games against the Panthers, Saints and 49ers will allow them to have a hand in the playoff race after falling out of it.

15. Giants (2-8) The draft order is of more significance than the playoff picture.

16. Washington (1-8) The rest of the year will be about evaluating rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

AFC playoff picture: Steelers would be in

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When the Steelers lost their first two games, and lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season, it appeared hopeless. It wasn’t.

In fact, if the playoffs started today, the Steelers would be in.

Here’s how the AFC playoff race looks through Week 10:

LEADERS
1. Patriots (8-1) The clear favorites for home-field advantage, although the Ravens won’t make it easy.

2. Ravens (7-2) Having the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Patriots gives them a chance.

3. Texans (6-3) The Colts’ loss to the Dolphins was a big win for Houston.

4. Chiefs (6-4) Still leading the AFC West despite another disappointing loss.

5. Bills (6-3) Not much hope of catching the Patriots in the division, but a clear path to a wild card.

6. Steelers (5-4) Credit to Mike Tomlin for keeping his team in contention.

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7. Raiders (5-4) Credit to Jon Gruden for keeping his team in contention.

8. Colts (5-4) Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins was a big one for the Colts’ playoff hopes.

9. Titans (5-5) Tennessee stayed in contention with the upset over Kansas City.

10. Jaguars (4-5) It’s a long shot they’ll catch the Texans, but they’re only a game out of the wild card.

11. Chargers (4-6) Even if they catch up in the standings, their 2-5 conference record is going to hurt them in the tiebreakers.

12. Broncos (3-6) The rest of the season will be about seeing if they have a young quarterback.

13. Browns (3-6) Beat the Bills on Sunday, but this remains a disappointing team through 10 weeks.

14. Dolphins (2-7) On a surprise two-game winning streak.

15. Jets (2-7) Jamal Adams said after Sunday’s game the Jets could still make the playoffs. He’s the only one who thinks so.

16. Bengals (0-9) The worst team in football.

FMIA Week 10: Playoffs For Steelers? It’s a Whole New World in Pittsburgh

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After an 0-3 start, the Steelers stunningly have played their way into the playoff chase. Peter King opens Football Morning in America Week 10 with Pittsburgh, and how Sunday’s win over the Rams was emblematic of their quick turnaround. Also in the column:

• Why two early-season Super Bowl contenders—the Rams and Chiefs—could be in big trouble after relatively surprising losses on Sunday.

• With three black quarterbacks at the top of the current MVP race, a look back at pioneering QB James Harris, who helped pave the way.

• The Week 10 awards, including strong performances from Lamar Jackson, Mitchell Trubisky, Jamal Adams and more.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the decline of participation in high school football; the pro prospects of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow; the secret to interviews, according to Dan Patrick; likes/dislikes from Week 10.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness and why Kevin Harlan is an American treasure. [more]

Week 10 early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Giants at Jets

Giants: TE Evan Engram, WR Sterling Shepard, C Jon Halapio, T Mike Remmers, OL Chad Slade, LB Chris Peace, QB Alex Tanney

Jets: LB C.J. Mosley, C Ryan Kalil, LB Neville Hewitt, OL Conor McDermott, CB Darryl Roberts, DL Jordan Willis, S Blake Countess

Lions at Bears

Lions: QB Matthew Stafford, DL Da'shawn Hand, S Miles Killebrew, S Tracy Walker, CB Michael Jackson, G Beau Benzschawel, DE Romeo Okwara

Bears: LB Isaiah Irving, DB Duke Shelley, LB Josh Woods, OL Alex Bars, TE Adam Shaheen, DL Abdullah Anderson, WR Riley Ridley

Ravens at Bengals

Ravens: CB Cyrus Jones, WR Chris Moore, WR Jaleel Scott, DT Daylon Mack, DL Ufomba Kamalu, G Ben Powers, QB Trace McSorley

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, T Cordy Glenn, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, G Alex Redmond, CB Torry McTyer, OL Fred Johnson, QB Jake Dolegala

Bills at Browns

Bills: WR Duke Williams, RB T.J. Yeldon, OL Ike Boettger, OL Ryan Bates, TE Tommy Sweeney, DT Vincent Taylor, S Dean Marlowe

Browns: DE Olivier Vernon, S Eric Murray, WR Taywan Taylor, WR Antonio Callaway, CB Robert Jackson, T Kendall Lamm, TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Falcons at Saints

Falcons: DE John Cominsky, OL Wes Schweitzer, CB Desmond Trufant, S Jamal Carter, OL Matt Gono, WR Brandon Powell, DL Deadrin Senat

Saints: CB Patrick Robinson, S Saquan Hampton, C Nick Easton, T Ethan Greenidge, WR Austin Carr, TE Dan Arnold, DE Carl Granderson

Cardinals at Buccaneers

Cardinals: RB Chase Edmonds, DE Zach Allen, CB Tramaine Brock, T Justin Murray, S Deionte Thompson, WR Damiere Byrd, OL Lamont Gaillard

Buccaneers: CB Carlton Davis, LB Carl Nassib, LB Anthony Nelson, S Darian Stewart, C Nate Trewyn, T Jerald Hawkins, TE Jordan Leggett

Chiefs at Titans

Chiefs: T Eric Fisher, DE Alex Okafor, RB LeSean McCoy, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DL Mike Pennell, CB Kendall Fuller, QB Chad Henne

Titans: TE Delanie Walker, DT Jurrell Casey, LB Jayon Brown, WR Corey Davis, CB Tye Smith, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Hroniss Grasu

Week 10 injury report roundup

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Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Raiders and it continues with 11 more games on Sunday, which means that the 22 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Lions at Bears

The Lions listed QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) as questionable, but he said this week that he’s fine. DE Da'shawn Hand (ankle), S Miles Killebrew (concussion) and S Tracy Walker (knee) have all been ruled out for this weekend. G Joe Dahl (ankle), DT Mike Daniels (foot), G Graham Glasgow (back), DT Damon Harrison (groin, not injury related), P Sam Martin (abdomen), DE Romeo Okwara (groin) and DT A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) are all considered questionable.

DT Eddie Goldman (thigh) is the lone questionable player for the Bears. LB Isaiah Irving (quadricep) has been ruled out.

Ravens at Bengals

The Ravens listed QB Lamar Jackson (illness) as questionable after he returned for a limited practice Friday, but all signs point to him playing on Sunday. WR Marquise Brown (ankle, thigh), DT Daylon Mack (knee, hip), WR Chris Moore (thumb), T Ronnie Stanley (knee), S Earl Thomas (not injury related, knee) and G Marshal Yanda (illness) are also listed as questionable.

T Cordy Glenn (concussion) may be in the Bengals lineup for the first time this year after being listed as questionable. WR A.J. Green (ankle) won’t be as he’s been ruled out again. CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and G Alex Redmond (knee, ankle) are also out.

Bills at Browns

The Bills have no players with injury designations this week.

The Browns ruled out S Eric Murray (knee) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee). T Kendall Lamm (knee), S Damarious Randall (hamstring) and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) are listed as questionable.

Chiefs at Titans

The big news for the Chiefs is that QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) is set to start after missing the last two games. DE Frank Clark (neck), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) and CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) all have a shot to return after being listed as questionable. T Eric Fisher (groin) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) have been ruled out.

Titans WR Corey Davis (hip) is set to miss the game after being listed as doubtful. LB Jayon Brown (groin), DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and TE Delanie Walker (ankle) will definitely miss the game.

Falcons at Saints

QB Matt Ryan (ankle) will start for the Falcons as they return from the bye. CB Desmond Trufant (toe) is listed as questionable while DE John Cominsky (ankle), C Wes Schweitzer (concussion) and RB Ito Smith (neck) have been ruled out.

The Saints listed CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) as questionable with everyone else, including RB Alvin Kamara (ankle), set to go on Sunday.

Giants at Jets

TE Evan Engram (foot), C Jon Halapio (hamstring) and WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) are out for the Giants this weekend. T Mike Remmers (back) is likely to miss the game as well after being listed as doubtful.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle) is listed as questionable, but all indications are that he will play. TE Chris Herndon (hamstring) carries the same tag and expectation. LB C.J. Mosley (groin) remains out while LB Neville Hewitt (knee, neck), C Ryan Kalil (knee) and CB Darryl Roberts (calf) are listed as doubtful to play. DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and G Brian Winters (knee, shoulder) round out the questionable contingent.

Cardinals at Buccaneers

DE Zach Allen (neck), CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) and RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are out for the Cardinals. T Justin Murray (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (hamstring) and S Deionte Thompson (knee) are listed as questionable.

The Buccaneers ruled out CB Carlton Davis (hip), LB Carl Nassib (groin) and LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring). Everyone else on their 53-man roster is healthy enough to play.

Dolphins at Colts

S Reshad Jones (chest) and CB Ken Webster (ankle) are out for the Dolphins. C Evan Boehm (hip), DT Davon Godchaux (shoulder), C Daniel Kilgore (knee) and DE Avery Moss (ankle) are listed as questionable.

The Colts say QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) will be a game-time decision after a week of limited practices. WR Parris Campbell (hand) and WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) won’t be on hand to catch anyone’s passes. Cornerbacks CB Pierre Desir (hamstring) and Quincy Wilson (shoulder) join Brissett in the questionable category.

Panthers at Packers

Panthers T Greg Little (concussion) is out again this weekend. CB James Bradberry (groin) and DE Vernon Butler (back) are listed as questionable.

The Packers added CB Jaire Alexander (groin) to the injury report on Friday and listed him as questionable. S Adrian Amos (hamstring) also has a questionable tag and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) is listed as doubtful.

Rams at Steelers

WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) returned to practice Friday, but has been ruled out for the Rams. LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) is also out and WR JoJo Natson (illness) is listed as questionable.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) will miss his second straight game and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is listed as questionable after a Friday addition to the injury report. G Ramon Foster (concussion), RB Roosevelt Nix (knee) and RB Benny Snell (knee) are also out for Pittsburgh.

Vikings at Cowboys

The Vikings ruled DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Andrew Sendejo (groin) and WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) out for Sunday night’s game. CB Trae Waynes (ankle, not injury related) and DE Stephen Weatherly (groin) are listed as questionable.

WR Amari Cooper (knee, ankle) returned to practice Friday and the Cowboys listed him as questionable. T Cameron Fleming (calf) has been ruled out.

PFT’s Week 10 picks

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I’m going to have a hard time catching MDS if we don’t disagree on more games. This week, we disagree only on two.

Best-case, I’ll trim his eight-game margin to six. Worst-case, he’ll have a 10-game lead with seven weeks left.

Last week, we each went 9-5. For the year, he’s now 89-46. I’m at 81-54.

Chargers at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Chargers made a statement with a big win over the Packers on Sunday, but I still think the Raiders are underrated and will keep their playoff hopes alive with a win.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 22, Chargers 17.

Florio’s take: Jon Gruden is back, baby. And the Raiders are making their last year in Oakland one to remember.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 24, Chargers 17.


Chiefs at Titans

MDS’s take: If Patrick Mahomes is good to go, the Chiefs should win this one easily. But even with Matt Moore, I like Kansas City here.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Titans 20.

Florio’s take: Patrick Mahomes or Matt Moore, it won’t matter against an up-and-down Titans team that is a loss or two away from another unexpected winning streak.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 27, Titans 17.


Cardinals at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Bucs have suffered some heartbreaking losses when the breaks didn’t go their way. Those things usually balance out over the course of a season, and I expect the Bucs to have a much better record over the rest of the season.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 30, Cardinals 20.

Florio’s take: A record four-game losing streak for Bruce Arians comes to an end against his former team. 

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 26, Cardinals 17.


Giants at Jets

MDS’s take: Two of the worst teams in the NFL share a stadium, and I expect a lot of empty seats even with both teams effectively playing at home. Neither of these teams has done anything to inspire confidence, but the Giants are playing a little better right now and should escape with a win.

MDS’s pick: Giants 20, Jets 17.

Florio’s take: The Snoopy Bowl gets played between a couple of Charlie Browns who have had the football yanked away from them.

Florio’s pick: Giants 23, Jets 17.


Falcons at Saints

MDS’s take: The Falcons’ defense is a mess, and Drew Brees should cruise to a big game.

MDS’s pick: Saints 38, Falcons 24.

Florio’s take: The Falcons could surprise the Saints. They could. They won’t.

Florio’s pick: Saints 31, Falcons 20.


Bills at Browns

MDS’s take: The Browns simply can’t be as bad as they’ve looked so far this season. I think a big special teams play will make the difference, and the Bills will stumble on the road.

MDS’s pick: Browns 17, Bills 16.

Florio’s take: It’s now or never for the Browns. And it could indeed be never. But they’re due to win at home, where they’ve generated an 0-3 record so far this season.

Florio’s pick: Browns 24, Bills 20.


Ravens at Bengals

MDS’s take: Against some teams, the Ravens’ defense could be ripe for a letdown this week. Not against the Ryan Finley-led Bengals offense.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 28, Bengals 3.

Florio’s take: This one has upset potential written all over it, but surely John Harbaugh won’t let the Ravens slip, trip, and fall after a season-defining win over the Patriots.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 31, Bengals 17.


Lions at Bears

MDS’s take: A visit from the Lions’ defense should be the thing to get Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears’ offense back on track.

MDS’s pick: Bears 28, Lions 24.

Florio’s take: The Bears aren’t good, but they aren’t horrible. And with their back against the wall, it’s time to get a win against a Lions team that still hasn’t learned how to.

Florio’s pick: Bears 23, Lions 20.


Dolphins at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts are still right in the thick of the playoff hunt. They won’t let the Dolphins get two wins in a row.

MDS’s pick: Colts 24, Dolphins 13.

Florio’s take: The Colts will find a way to keep this one closer than it should be, and then they’ll find a way to win. As long as Adam Vinatieri doesn’t hit the turf before hitting the ball. Again. 

Florio’s pick: Colts 20, Dolphins 17.


Rams at Steelers

MDS’s take: I’m impressed with the way the Steelers have played after their ugly start to the season, but I just can’t see the Mason Rudolph-led offense do much against a good Rams defense.

MDS’s pick: Rams 20, Steelers 7.

Florio’s take:  The Super Bowl XIV rematch is a sneaky great game, with the loser having a wrench thrown into their postseason plans. Call it a gut feeling, but the Steelers find a way — even with Pittsburgh native and former Pitt standout Aaron Donald back in town.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Rams 20.


Panthers at Packers

MDS’s take: The Packers turned in a terrible performance against the Chargers last week, but they should get back on track this week.

MDS’s pick: Packers 28, Panthers 17.

Florio’s take: The Panthers can thank the Chargers for what’s about to happen to them at Lambeau Field.

Florio’s pick: Packers 28, Panthers 14.


Vikings at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Dak Prescott isn’t getting enough credit for the outstanding season he’s having. With a big game in prime time against a good Vikings defense, he’ll start to get more credit.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 30, Vikings 21.

Florio’s take: Another big game for the Vikings and Kirk Cousins. Another big opportunity to change the narrative that Cousins can’t deliver in a big spot. Another failure to get it done.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 27, Vikings 17.


Seahawks at 49ers

MDS’s take: Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate running the Seahawks’ offense, but he’ll struggle against the outstanding 49ers defense.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 21, Seahawks 13.

Florio’s take: The 49ers won’t go undefeated, and it’s starting to feel like they’re due to lose. The Seahawks are good enough to be the ones to deliver that first defeat.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 23, 49ers 13.

PFT’s Week 10 power rankings

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1. 49ers (8-0; last week No. 2): They finally got here. The question now becomes whether they will stay for long.

2. Saints (7-1; No. 3): They’re setting themselves up nicely for a third straight heartbreaking January exit.

3. Ravens (6-2; No. 5): How in the hell did they lose to the Browns?

4. Patriots (8-1; No. 1): The Ravens may have provided the next four opponents with a blueprint for beating New England, especially since each of them (Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs) has a mobile quarterback.

5. Seahawks (7-2; No. 6): MVP candidate Russell Wilson gets to make his case on a prime-time platform against an unbeaten team.

6. Bills (6-2; No. 8): They’re 2-0 in Super Bowl rematches this year, with a rematch of Super Bowl XLVII/XLVIII still looming.

7. Packers (7-2; No. 4): Early in the year, the defense showed up when the offense didn’t. Then, the offense showed up when the defense didn’t. On Sunday, nobody showed up.

8. Chiefs (6-3; No. 11): Andy Reid enters the coach of the year conversation, thanks to a masterful plan that helped Matt Moore outplay Kirk Cousins and company.

9. Texans (6-3; No. 12): For Bears fans, watching Deshaun Watson highlights now has a Clockwork Orange vibe to it.

10. Rams (5-3; No. 10): If they can’t win Sunday’s rematch of Super Bowl XIV, the Rams may not get a chance to play for a potential spot in Super Bowl LIV.

11. Cowboys (5-3; No. 13): Things are falling together perfectly for an eventual loss in the divisional round.

12. Vikings (6-3; No. 7): Things are falling together perfectly for an eventual loss in Week 17 with a playoff berth riding on the outcome.

13. Eagles (5-4; No. 14): They’re improving, but how good can they be if they won’t have DeSean Jackson again this year?

14. Panthers (5-3; No. 15): A win at Lambeau Field would go a long way toward giving the Panthers a real shot at the playoffs.

15. Steelers (4-4; No. 17): Could the stench of September eventually yield to the Febreze of February?

16. Colts (5-3; No. 9): The Colts are sufficiently inconsistent to nearly lose to the Dolphins.

17. Raiders (4-4; No. 20): If the Raiders make the playoffs, they should name the coach of the year award after Jon Gruden.

18. Chargers (4-5; No. 21): Their drubbing of the Packers makes most of their losses inexcusable.

19. Jaguars (4-5; No. 16): Minshew Mania was sort of fun while it lasted.

20. Lions (3-4-1; No. 18): They keep finding new and exciting ways to lose games they could win.

21. Titans (4-5; No. 19): Write them off and they win; believe in them and they lose.

22. Broncos (3-6; No. 25): Another week, another backup quarterback with two first names defies expectations.

23. Bears (3-5; No. 23): “More like Falsebisky, am I right?”

24. Cardinals (3-5-1; No. 24): If this team was in any other division, they could be a potential playoff contender.

25. Buccaneers (2-6; No. 26): The Buccaneers finally return home; good seats will continue to be available.

26. Browns (2-6; No. 22): Good news — they finally get Kareem Hunt. Bad news — there’s still only one football.

27. Giants (2-7; No. 27): Danny Dimes now has a nickel’s worth of consecutive losses.

28. Dolphins (1-7; No. 32): Yes, they’re going to screw up a perfectly good tank job.

29. Falcons (1-7; No. 29): Plenty of people feel sorry for the Falcons. On Sunday, the Saints definitely will not.

30. Jets (1-7; No. 28): When Woody Johnson comes home, he’s going to fire everyone and bring back Rex Ryan, isn’t he?

31. Washington (1-8; No. 30): At least they have a damn good culture.

32. Bengals (0-8; No. 31): Being only two games behind the Browns through nine weeks would have sounded like a pretty good deal in August.

FMIA Week 9: ‘Lamar The Dude’ As Ravens Topple Pats, Shifting The NFL Landscape At Season’s Halfway Point

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Three words to describe what America witnessed Sunday night? “Lamar the dude.” Peter King opens Football Morning in America Week 9 from Baltimore, where the Ravens and their young star quarterback handed the Patriots their first loss of the season and shifted the NFL landscape in the process. Also in the column:

• A second-half preview, complete with a look at the biggest issues, best games, most compelling coaches and much more.

• An eye-opening look at just how far the Browns have fallen in this Freddie Kitchens-Baker Mayfield era.

• A word with Sean McVay, on finding the right balance and how Dick Vermeil is helping him get there.

• The Week 9 awards, including strong performances from Russell Wilson and the new Chargers offensive coordinator; bad news for Adam Vinatieri.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 debacle; the upcoming Minshew-Foles decision; likes/dislikes from Week 9.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, a travel note, a word to A.J. Hinch about the World Series and a farewell to Aunt Bert. [more]

Week Nine early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Colts at Steelers

Colts: WR T.Y. Hilton, CB Pierre Desir, DT Carl Davis, OL Le'Raven Clark, DL Tyquan Lewis, RB Jonathan Williams, CB Quincy Wilson

Steelers: RB James Conner, QB Paxton Lynch, RB Benny Snell, CB Justin Layne, G Ramon Foster, TE Zach Gentry, DE Leterrius Walton

Washington at Bills

Washington: TE Vernon Davis, QB Case Keenum, RB Chris Thompson, DB Montae Nicholson, S Deshazor Everett, G Wes Martin, CB Aaron Colvin

Bills: WR Duke Williams, RB TJ Yeldon, S Kurt Coleman, LB Maurice Alexander, OL Ike Boettger, OL Spencer Long, TE Tommy Sweeney

Jets at Dolphins

Jets: WR Josh Bellamy, CB Trumaine Johnson, S Rontez Miles, LB Neville Hewitt, C Ryan Kalil, LB C.J. Mosely, T Kelvin Beachum

Dolphins: S Reshad Jones, CB Ken Webster, RB Myles Gaskin, G Shaq Calhoun, C Daniel Kilgore, T Isaiah Prince, DE Avery Moss

Vikings at Chiefs

Vikings: S Marcus Epps, DT Hercules Mata’afa, C Brett Jones, G Dru Samia, T Oli Udoh, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts

Chiefs: QB Patrick Mahomes, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, T Eric Fisher, DE Alex Okafor, CB Kendall Fuller, RB Darwin Thompson, DE Frank Clark

Bears at Eagles

Bears: S Deon Bush, LB Josh Woods, LB Isaiah Irving, WR Riley Ridley, CB Duke Shelley, DL Abdullah Anderson, OL Alex Bars

Eagles: QB Nate Sudfeld, CB Sidney Jones, DE Shareef Miller, LB Nigel Bradham, T Jason Peters, G Nate Herbig, DE Daeshon Hall

Titans at Panthers

Titans: TE Delanie Walker, DL Jurrell Casey, C Ben Jones, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Aaron Stinnie, DB Chris Milton, LB Reggie Gilbert

Panthers: LB Mario Addison, QB Cam Newton, T Greg Little, LB Christian Miller, OL Bryan Witzmann, LB Jordan Kunaszyk

Week Nine injury report roundup

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Week Nine of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the 49ers and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Colts at Steelers

The Colts ruled out WR T.Y. Hilton (calf) and don’t expect to have CB Pierre Desir (hamstring) in the lineup after listing him as doubtful. S Malik Hooker (knee) and DE Justin Houston (calf) each drew questionable tags.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is listed as doubtful. G Ramon Foster (concussion) and RB Benny Snell (knee) are definitely out for the home team while FB Roosevelt Nix (knee) is listed as questionable.

Texans at Jaguars (in London)

Texans tackles Tytus Howard (knee) and Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) are listed as questionable. WR Will Fuller (hamstring), S Tashaun Gipson (back, wrist), CB Lonnie Johnson (concussion), C Greg Mancz (concussion), and CB Bradley Roby (hamstring) all remained in Houston.

Linebackers Leon Jacobs (hamstring) and Quincy Williams (hamstring) are out for the Jaguars. They’re holding out hope for CB D.J. Hayden (neck, shoulder) and WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) after being listed as questionable.

Washington at Bills

Washington will play without TE Vernon Davis (concussion), S Deshazor Everett (ankle), QB Case Keenum (concussion), S Montae Nicholson (ankle), and RB Chris Thompson (toe) in Buffalo. DT Treyvon Hester (elbow) is listed as questionable.

Bills LB Maurice Alexander (knee) will not play on Sunday. S Kurt Coleman (hamstring), T Cody Ford (elbow) and CB Levi Wallace (shoulder) drew questionable tags on Friday’s injury report.

Vikings at Chiefs

WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is the only Vikings player with an injury designation this week. He’s listed as questionable.

The Chiefs listed QB Patrick Mahomes (knee) as questionable after three days of limited practices. DE Frank Clark (neck), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) and DT Chris Jones (groin) are also in the questionable group. G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), T Eric Fisher (groin) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) are all out this week.

Jets at Dolphins

The Jets won’t have WR Josh Bellamy (foot, shoulder), CB Trumaine Johnson (ankles), C Ryan Kalil (knee, elbow), S Rontez Miles (neck, hip), and LB C.J. Mosley (groin) this Sunday. LB Neville Hewitt (neck, knee) is on track to miss the game as well after drawing a doubtful tag. T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring), TE Christopher Herndon (hamstring), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) are all listed as questionable.

Dolphins CB Ken Webster (ankle) is out for Sunday. S Reshad Jones (chest) and C Daniel Kilgore (knee) are listed as doubtful and will likely miss the game. S Walt Aikens (hip), CB Ryan Lewis (knee), DE Avery Moss (ankle), and T J'Marcus Webb (quadricep) are listed as questionable.

Bears at Eagles

LB Isaiah Irving (quadricep) is the only Bears player on the final injury report of the week. He’s been ruled out.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) hopes to play for the first time since Week Two and is listed as questionable. The team ruled out LB Nigel Bradham (ankle) and T Jason Peters (knee). DT Timmy Jernigan (foot) and S Andrew Sendejo (groin) are also listed as questionable.

Titans at Panthers

The Titans ruled out DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder), C Ben Jones (concussion) and TE Delanie Walker (ankle). CB Chris Milton (ankle) is listed as questionable.

T Greg Little (concussion) and QB Cam Newton (foot) are out for the Panthers. LB Mario Addison (not injury related), LB Christian Miller (ankle) and WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

Lions at Raiders

The Lions will play without S Tracy Walker (knee) and DT Mike Daniels (foot) is likely to miss the game after being listed as doubtful. RB Tra Carson (hamstring), G Graham Glasgow (back), DT Damon Harrison (groin, not injury related), CB Amani Oruwariye (knee), DT A'Shawn Robinson (knee), and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) make up the questionable group for Detroit.

DT P.J. Hall (shoulder), WR Dwayne Harris (foot), S Erik Harris (illness), C Rodney Hudson (ankle), T Andre James (ankle), and DE Josh Mauro (groin) are all listed as questionable for the Raiders.

Buccaneers at Seahawks

The Buccaneers’ injury report consists of two tight ends. O.J. Howard (hamstring) is out and Cameron Brate (ribs) is questionable.

S Quandre Diggs (hamstring), S Delano Hill (elbow) and DT Quinton Jefferson (oblique) are expected to be out for the Seahawks. All three were listed as doubtful for Sunday.

Browns at Broncos

The Browns ruled out TE Pharaoh Brown (concussion), DT Daniel Ekuale (calf), S Eric Murray (knee), and S Damarious Randall (hamstring). T Kendall Lamm (knee) is listed as questionable.

CB Bryce Callahan (foot), TE Jeff Heuerman (knee), T Ja'Wuan James (knee), and S Will Parks (hand) won’t play for the Broncos. DE DeMarcus Walker (shoulder) drew a questionable tag.

Packers at Chargers

Packers WR Davante Adams (toe) practiced all three days this week and is listed as questionable after missing the last four games. TE Robert Tonyan (hip) is also listed as questionable.

DT Cortez Broughton (illness) was the only player ruled out by the Chargers, but three others — DT Justin Jones (shoulder), DT Brandon Mebane (knee), S Roderic Teamer (groin) — are also expected to sit out after being listed as doubtful. WR Geremy Davis (hamstring) is the lone questionable player.

Patriots at Ravens

The Patriots listed RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Patrick Chung (heel, chest), WR Julian Edelman (chest, shoulder), TE Ryan Izzo (concussion), TE Matt LaCosse (knee), G Shaquille Mason (ankle), WR Gunner Olszewski (ankle, hamstring), and RB James White (toe) as questionable.

The Ravens have seven questionable players of their own. WR Marquise Brown (ankle, thigh), CB Maurice Canady (thigh), S Bennett Jackson (ankle), G Patrick Mekari (back), LB Patrick Onwuasor (ankle), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), and S Earl Thomas (knee) make up their group.

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.

PFT’s Week Nine power rankings

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1. Patriots (8-0; last week No. 1): Tommy vs. Jimmy G. is the Super Bowl matchup America needs.

2. 49ers (7-0; No. 2): How can the best offense in the NFL get even better? Give Nick Bosa some reps at tight end.

3. Saints (7-1; No. 3): The perfect way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of a Super Bowl win in Miami would be to win the Super Bowl in Miami.

4. Packers (7-1; No. 4): Tom Brady is a master surgeon who plans out every procedure in meticulous detail. Aaron Rodgers says, “Let’s cut this bastard open and see what we’ve got.” They both get the same results.

5. Ravens (5-2; No. 5): The Ravens can go from playoff contender to Super Bowl contender on Sunday night.

6. Seahawks (6-2; No. 7): Even with a Week 10 Monday night showdown against the 49ers looming, they can’t afford to peek past a Week Nine return engagement with Bruce Arians.

7. Vikings (6-2; No. 8): The difference between a special season and a wild-card scramble hinges on the next two games.

8. Bills (5-2; No. 6): The five seed is still better than no seed.

9. Colts (5-2; No. 11): They’re good enough to beat any good team. But they’re not good enough to not lose to any bad team.

10. Rams (5-3; No. 12): They’ll need to play better than they did against the Bengals in London if they hope to beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

11. Chiefs (5-3; No. 9): Lose to the Vikings, and the Chiefs may be saying farewell to a bye.

12. Texans (5-3; No. 14): The gap between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson is far narrower than most would admit.

13. Cowboys (4-3; No. 13): They return to the scene of a loss to a bad New York team, hopeful to not lose to a bad New York team.

14. Eagles (4-4; No. 15): If the Eagles would play as well as they do with their backs against the wall when their backs aren’t against the wall, their backs would never be against the wall.

15. Panthers (4-3; No. 10): The team the Panthers lost to on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium is even better than the team that beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl played there.

16. Jaguars (4-4; No. 17): Nick Foles may soon be back to being a highly competent backup quarterback.

17. Steelers (3-4; No. 18): The Steelers are 3-1 in night games, 0-4 in day games. With only one night game left on the docket, they’ll need to boost that ratio.

18. Lions (3-3-1; No. 19): The Lions could still cobble together a playoff run.

19. Titans (4-4; No. 20): The consistently inconsistent Titans are slowly becoming more consistent.

20. Raiders (3-4; No. 16): Just when it looks like they’re in, they pull them back out.

21. Chargers (3-5; No. 27): “Hey, guys! Let’s go out and celebrate our big win! . . . Right after I fire the offensive coordinator.”

22. Browns (2-5; No. 21): By the time the schedule softens, the season may as a practical matter be over.

23. Bears (3-4; No. 22): The worst thing that could have happened to Matt Nagy was winning 12 games last year.

24. Cardinals (3-4-1; No. 23): The reward for giving the Saints a closer game than the final score suggests is a short-week showdown against a team that is capable of blowing the Cardinals out of their own stadium.

25. Broncos (2-6; No. 24): The Joe Flacco era is over. There was one?

26. Buccaneers (2-5; No. 26): If Bruce Arians didn’t already drink, this season would definitely drive him to.

27. Giants (2-6; No. 28): This season is making Giants fans nostalgic for oversized suits and Brylcreem.

28. Jets (1-6; No. 25): Like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense, the Jets’ season has been dead all along.

29. Falcons (1-7; No. 29): Maybe making Dan Quinn finish the season is more of a punishment than firing him would be.

30. Washington (1-7; No. 31): The sooner they give Dwayne Haskins live reps, the sooner he’ll reach his ceiling — whatever it may be.

31. Bengals (0-8; No. 30): Maybe they should have kept Marvin Lewis.

32. Dolphins (0-7; No. 32): The best tank job is the tank job that doesn’t always look like a tank job.

FMIA Week 8: Nick Bosa, Defensive MVP? Plus, inside Watson’s incredible TD pass and Belichick stories

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Nick Bosa, the defensive MVP? Deshaun Watson, the NFL play of the year? Peter King opens Football Morning in America Week 8 with a look at a couple of the game’s brightest stars, who each had standout performances on Sunday. Also in the column:

• The Niners are 7-0 and atop a very competitive NFC, thanks to Bosa and his dominant defensive linemates.

• Even with only one eye, Watson was able to lead the Texans past the Raiders.

• A tribute to Bill Belichick, who won his 300th game, from a variety of players and others who’ve witnessed his greatness.

• The Week 8 awards, including strong performances from Gardner Minshew and Miles Sanders. Goat horns for the ref that burned the Bucs.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the Minshew-Foles debate; trading deadline rumors; J.J. Watt’s injury; Aaron Rodgers’ new go-to weapon.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, a travel note from the World Series and a note on the lost art of baseball scorekeeping. [more]