We are still at the midway point of the 2016 NFL Season, and it's hard to believe that the season is going by fast. There are huge games in the NFL this week, which include huge divisional games, so without further ado, here is my preview and predictions for Week 9 of the 2016 NFL Season.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Falcons looked pretty sharp against the Packers in getting that winning touchdown and it was a huge win after losing two straight. The Falcons head to Tampa to face the Buccaneers, a team that had a two-game winning streak only to give up 500 passing yards to the Raiders in an overtime loss. After a disaster of performance, it's safe to say that Matt Ryan will do the same thing that Derek Carr did last weekend. (Atlanta Wins)
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota is on a two-game slide and their offensive coordinator Norv Turner left the team today. I figured it would happen since Sam Bradford got sacked five times and the offensive line is playing like hot garbage. The Vikings have been a good team this season, and the Lions may not be able to have a full advantage of Minnesota's issues along the offensive line. (Minnesota Wins)
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants: Minnesota is playing their second straight road game, and they need the offense to get going since it's a while it has happen. However, they play a New York offense that hasn't looked hot as of late and have been a turnover machine. It's a tough game to predict, but I believe that Eli Manning will lead the Giants to victory in this crucial NFC East matchup.
New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins: The Jets may have some momentum, as they have won two in a row, but hey, they defeated the worst team in the NFL. The Jets have been a disappointment on the defensive side of the ball this season, and with Jay Ajayi delivering two big games for the Fins, I'm not confident that the Jets defense will slow him down. And with another mediocre performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick, I'm not sold on this Jets offense. (Miami Wins)
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs: The Jaguars looked like a hot mess last Thursday night against the Titans at home, and it's becoming more likely that Gus Bradley will hit the unemployment office. I'm just not sold on them, and can't pick them as the winner of this contest because they travel to Arrowhead to face a solid Kansas City football team. (Kansas City Wins)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns: At least the Browns want to get their first win of the season, but last week they fell apart to the Jets. However, they do get another shot, but I don't see them beating a Cowboys team that's on fire. Give me Dallas to win this game.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens: Where Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for Sunday's game, I just don't see him playing this huge AFC North game. The Ravens are not that good, but I can say the same thing about Landry Jones and that's bad news for the Steelers offense. I still believe that the Steelers are a better team, but without Roethlisberger, Baltimore gets a huge AFC North victory.
New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers: I'm throwing in the towel for the 49ers as losers of six straight. They hadn't won a game since opening weekend when they went on to defeat the Rams. They'' host a game against the Saints, as the Saints are playing good football as of late, winning three out of their last four games. Considering that the 49ers have a weak defense, that's a recipe for success for the Saints. (New Orleans Wins)
Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Rams: Could the Panthers make a comeback? They did look good on offense whereas the defense made some plays to get a victory at home. The Rams continue to be awful on offense, and that hurts them as a team, which puts pressure on the defense. I believe Carolina will get another win that keeps their hopes alive.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers: It would have been perfect for the Packers to pick up a win on the road, but that didn't happen. They do return to Lambeau to face the Colts, a team that played terrible at home against the Chiefs. Aaron Rodgers had a decent day against the Falcons, and there is a reason why he will torch one of the worst defenses in the NFL. (Green Bay Wins)
Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers: This should be a good game as both teams have been competitive in all of their games this season. A matchup that consists of the best running game in the NFL against the best passing team in the NFL. The advantage will be on the defense, and that gives Tennessee the advantage. Tennessee wins one on the road.
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders: This game has the makings of not the Game of the Week, but a five-star classic with plenty of drama. A huge matchup in the AFC West. Oakland's offense squaring off against Denver's defense has to boost the ratings for Sunday Night Football. In the end, I do believe that Derek Carr will find a way to win by throwing the ball down the field while Oakland's defense has to step up at the right time. (Oakland Wins)
Buffalo Bills vs. Seattle Seahawks: The Bills and the Seahawks don't have the best offense in the NFL, as they're ranked 24th and 23rd, but the Bills are 8th in the NFL in scoring, and Seattle is 2nd in the NFL in scoring. I had to share those stats with you, but the X-factor here is that the game is being played at CenturyLink Field and that will carry the Seahawks to a victory.