NFL Week 9 open thread

posted at 12:31 pm on November 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

People ask me, “Just how big of a Pittsburgh Steelers fan are you?” The front-page pic should give a pretty clear indication, but let’s settle this once and for all.  The Steelers are 2-5, and lost on the road to a subpar Oakland squad.  This week they take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road — and I still think they win, 24-20. (It’s probably a good thing that my vacation’s coming up this week …)

Last week, I went 6-1 to bring my record to 30-24. Can I keep the momentum going into my bye weeks? Let’s see (all times ET):

  • Vikings at Cowboys (1 pm, Fox) - Not even Tony Romo can give this one away.  Dallas will trounce the hapless Vikes, 34-17, in front of the home crowd.
  • Saints at Jets (1 pm, Fox) – New Orleans is unstoppable at home, but not quite so formidable on the road.  The Jets are inconsistent this year, but usually better at home.  If they had a better rushing game, they might be able to edge the Saints, but … coming off the debacle in Cincinnati, I don’t think they bounce back well enough to win.  I’ll pick the Saints in a 27-24 nailbiter.
  • Chargers at Barrycaders (1 pm, CBS) - Washington played a good first half against Denver before Peyton Manning settled down and  creamed them. RGIII got dinged up, but is listed as probable.  While the Redskins offense is doing well, their defense is mired near the bottom of the league. Expect Philip Rivers to carve them up, while the Chargers D does just enough to keep Rivers in the game.  San Diego 27-20 over Washington.
  • Ravens at Browns (4:25 pm, CBS) - The AFC North is a topsy-turvy division this year, with both Pittsburgh and Baltimore below .500 halfway through the season. The Browns are doing better than usual this year, and they’re playing at home.  They’be lost three in a row, but to three good teams, and only lost to unbeaten Kansas City by six.  The line has Baltimore up by one, but I’ll take the Browns and their defense at home, 19-13.
  • Colts at Texans (8:30 pm, NBC) - The Texans look tough on paper, with the 10th-ranked rushing offense, 14th-ranked passing offense, and top-rated passing defense in the league.  They’ve also lost five games in a row before their bye week.  Indy’s ratings don’t look as good, but they do have the 9th-ranked rushing offense going up against the 28th-ranked rushing defense, and they’re also coming off the bye after winning four of their last five.  The line has Houston by three, but I’ll go with the Colts in a 31-23 win on the road.
  • Chicago at Green Bay (MNF, 8:30 pm, ESPN) - Jay Cutler is out for the next few weeks, and so probably are Da Bears chances of catching up to the Pack this year.  Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have too many of his receivers healthy, but he probably won’t need them as much with Eddie Lacy in the backfield. Pack will roll to a 33-21 win.

Jazz Shaw will write the picks the next two weeks, so be sure to watch out for irrational Jets picks … as opposed to my measured and practical Steelers predictions.

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For you BDSers out there, the ref for today’s Pats-Steelers game will be Walt “Tuck Rule” Coleman.

I saw Coach Belicheat on the telly the other night, and love him or hate him, the man is a sheer genius at the telestrator. He has a plan to take care of Polamanu so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Two weeks? Are you going someplace exciting?

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Jazz Shaw will write the picks the next two weeks, so be sure to watch out for irrational Jets picks … as opposed to my measured and practical Steelers predictions.

Question: Does this mean more diverse picks or will it be along the same trend (minus the constant irrational jets/steelers picks)?

nobar on November 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Go Steelers!!!

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I predict the Giants won’t lose this weekend.

rbj on November 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I predict win or lose the Vikings will still have a worse record than the Gophers :)

gophergirl on November 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Go Pack!!!

Bmore on November 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Ed,

you always pick pittsburgh.

gerrym51 on November 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

DIE Steelers DIE!

Sorry… I had to get that out of my system. :p

CPT. Charles on November 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Buffalo 24-16 KC
Cowboys 38-31 Vikings
Jets 25-24 Saints
Chargers 33-20 Skins
Panthers 28-17 Falcons

Thats my mornings picks. lol

Daikokuco on November 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Question: Does this mean more diverse picks or will it be along the same trend (minus the constant irrational jets/steelers picks)?

nobar on November 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

What do you mean by “more diverse” here?

Jazz Shaw on November 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Very clever Ed saying you’re a Steelers fan, but picking them to win every week knowing that jinxes them to lose. Just come out and say it.

msupertas on November 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Oh and Ben Roth was quoted this week as saying it’s “must win” this weekend….ahh..that was about three weeks ago. Stick a fork in em.

msupertas on November 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Ed,

you always pick pittsburgh.

gerrym51 on November 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Nice catch.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

whoever wins the commercial’s are good “Bishop” “Dodge” “Anchorman”

wheels on November 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Trivia note of the week: Bears-Packers is the only NFL match-up this week between two teams with winning records.

stukinIL4now on November 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I have no clue which Texans team will show up tonight. I can see us beating Indy as easily as I can see Indy humiliating us. I just hope QB Case Keenum has a good night. If we lose, we have no hope of playoffs, but coach Gary Kubiak probably needs to move on anyway. I can’t see him doing any better in the future than he’s already done and that ain’t good enough for Houston fans. It’s a shame because Kubiak is a native Houstonian.
Go Texans… I think…

cartooner on November 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Who’s that bicyclist in the pic?

unclesmrgol on November 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Another INT for Romo!

rbj on November 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Go Pats!!

dogsoldier on November 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!

9-0 baby!

Rogue on November 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

That was some trouncing by the Cowboys, barely eking out a win in the last minute.

rbj on November 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

“Eking” is not a term that will appear in record. These days, I’ll take a Boys win anyway it comes

BobMbx on November 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Saints’ only two losses this season? Against the AFC East.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The Bravehearts won.

msupertas on November 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Shocking! Winless Tampa Bay is at Seattle and is already up 21-0. 2 TDs in less than 60 seconds in the second quarter.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

…Detroit can’t lose this week!

KOOLAID2 on November 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Go Ed! Go!

onomo on November 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Hold onto your seats, the Carolina Panthers have won Four in a row! But beating up on Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Atlanta is one thing. The next two weeks will tell us what they really have. They play the 49er and Patriots.

TarheelBen on November 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

…Detroit can’t lose this week!

KOOLAID2 on November 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

lol ;)

Ugly on November 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

What’s wrong with Seattle today? In the third quarter and Russell Wilson has only 30yds passing.

TarheelBen on November 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Chargers 24 Redskins 30
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Eat that, Pale Faces… be sure to leave your wampum here next week as well.
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Yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi yi !!!!!!!!

ExpressoBold on November 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Have the Steelers lost yet?

Hot Gas on November 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.
Fight Eagles Fight, Score A Touchdown 1-2-3.

Hit ‘Em Low.
Hit ‘Em High.
And We’ll Watch Our Eagles Fly.

Fly Eagles Fly, On The Road To Victory.

E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!

Flapjackmaka on November 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Have the Steelers lost yet?

Hot Gas on November 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

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Still giving up points like water through a sieve. Now Pitts 31, Pats 55
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Phil Simms is talking about the Steelers “having to start over…” although I guess they will play out the rest of their schedule.

ExpressoBold on November 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Tom Brady, The Gronk, back in season!

Daikokuco on November 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

55 :)

WannabeAnglican on November 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

The Steelers are 2-5, and lost on the road to a subpar Oakland squad.  This week they take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road — and I still think they win, 24-20.

Ed, missed it by that much. Ha,ha,ha! 55-31!!!

The Steelers gave up a franchise history worse 55 points, ouch that’s gonna leave a mark. On a good note, Troy’s hair looked good.

D-fusit on November 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

The Patriots ran up 600+ yards on offense today. The alltime record of 735 yards dates back to the 1951 (LA) Rams.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

What’s the over/under on the Steelers having more wins than day one 0bamacare enrollees?

Hot Gas on November 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Healing beams to Gary Kubiak.

Del Dolemonte on November 3, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Ed, how do we take you seriously when you present such unabashed homer-ism as objective football analysis?

HornHiAceDeuce on November 4, 2013 at 6:07 AM

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!

9-0 baby!

Rogue on November 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I’m loving all the chiefs hate, while the same people love on the broncos. Yet they both have had almost the same schedule. Silly peasants. Manning is about spent for the season. Chiefs will win both games against them.

LaughterJones on November 4, 2013 at 8:06 AM

NFL Network: Gary Kubiak had a mini stroke.

Also on NFL Network: their biggest loudmouth, Warren Sapp, just gave Troy Polamanu a F- for his performance on D yesterday. Coach’s plan worked!

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM