NFL Week 9 open thread

Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers dominated RGIII and the Washington Redskins, raising their record to 4-3 and my hopes of a Super Bowl season.  Today they take on Washington’s division rival New York Giants, who have played dominating football of late themselves.  They’ll play in the Meadowlands, with the emotion of surviving Hurricane Sandy making the Giants emotional as well betting favorites in this game.  I’m still picking the Steelers, although I admit this is a faith-based decision.  Pittsburgh 20, Giants 16.

I had a good week in Week 8, going 5-1 for three weeks in a row to run my season record to 32-16.  Can I get a sweep today?

  • Cardinals at Packers – Arizona looked sharp to start the season, but they’ve gone dull ever since.  The Packers have stepped up their play since losing to Seattle in the game that all but demanded an end to the game-officials strike.  I don’t see either trend ending this week.  Green Bay over Arizona, 35-17.
  • Vikings at Seahawks – The Vikings don’t play well on the road, and Seattle plays tough at home; they haven’t lost a game there yet, and I don’t think the Vikes are the team to end that streak.  Seahawks edge Minnesota, 31-27.
  • Cowboys at Falcons – Dallas desperately needs a win to keep their season alive, but Atlanta looks too tough at home — or anywhere else, for that matter.  Atlanta won’t go 16-0, but they won’t be 7-1 either.  The line has the Falcons up by 4, but I think it won’t be that close.  Falcons 30, Dallas 20.
  • Eagles at Saints – This should be a really good Monday Night Football game, but only because both teams are looking pretty desperate.  Both have fallen far short of expectations, and both have a tremendous amount of pressure to start righting their collective ships.  New Orleans has deeper talent on both sides of the ball, though, and they’re playing at home.  I’m picking the Saints to win, 38-27.
  • Panthers at Redskins – Normally I wouldn’t pick this game, but we’re hearing once again about the “Redskins Rule.”   “Since 1940 — ever since the Redskins moved to D.C. — the team’s outcome in their final game before the presidential election has usually determined which party would win the White House all but one time,” the Washington Post explains.  “Every time the Redskins win on their game before the election, the incumbent party wins the presidential vote. If the Redskins lose, the non-incumbent wins.” Soooooooo … go Panthers, 29-17 over the Redskins.

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