We used Halloween to make one of our five best bets this week, and we, as well as the Bengals, were shocked by the Dolphin’s “Walk-off Safety” in OT. There has only been three of these in NFL history with the first one coming in 1989 by the Vikings Mike Merriweather. Here are the remaining four picks for Week #9…
Home team in CAPS:
COWBOYS over the Vikings- This season’s version of the Dallas Cowboys is one that we haven’t seen for some time. Teams are scoring at will against them and as they enter Week 9 the Cowboys have the 32nd worst defense in the league giving up 315.4 yards of offense per game. The Vikings have had trouble scoring this seaosn as Adrian Peterson has been held in check for the most part and will be playing at less than 100% this week. They’re home this week and their division rival Giants have won two in a row so the incentive is there. ‘Boys are due for a lopsided win.
Saints over the JETS- One year removed from their defense giving up a staggering 7,042 yards on the season, Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan has turned things around in New Orleans. It is because of this plus their offensive prowess that they have been able to eke out 6 wins over their first 7 games. The Jets who just allowed the Bengals to put up 49 points against them last week , will not be that generous this week but should still fall to the visiting Saints.
RAIDERS over the Eagles- The Raiders, who cost us a perfect 5-0 record last Sunday with their stunning 3 point victory over the fading Steelers, seem to be putting things together. Althought Terrelle Pryor didn’t even throw for 100 yards last Sunday, he did run for a score as Oakland held on for the win. As the rare favorite this week, they should have no problem improving to 4-1 at the Black Hole over a fumbling, bumbling Eagles team.
Colts over the TEXANS- Although these two usually play extremely close and competitive games, the Colt’s have a much better resume this season with wins over some of the most elite teams in the NFL such as Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco. Case Keenum almost pulled off the upset of the year against the Chiefs last week, but we think that was more of a case of the Chiefs falling into a good old fashion “Trap Game” mode.