The Editors at HefferBrew are back from a much needed BYE week with their picks for Week 9 of the NFL season.
Week 9 of the NFL is upon us, there are a few statement games and a few destined to be one-sided affairs. Plus, will Michael Vick still be the starter after this week? Only time can tell, on to the picks.
DENVER BRONCOS vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Dustin: Broncos- The Bengals are falling apart, Marvin Lewis just called out his quarterback and a few defensive players and said they need to step up as leaders. Nothing like throwing others under the bus in an attempt to deflect blame from an inept coach. In the erstwhile, Peyton and the
Colts Broncos are looking close to unstoppable after a dismantling of the hapless Saints. For the month of October, Peyton Manning threw just one interception, just one, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler and Phillip Rivers all saw that stat and cried. Broncos – 35, Bengals – 24.
Cameron: Bengals – I’m going to try and answer every pick with a haiku from here on out. Here it goes.
Cold air effects old bones. Peyton’s neck has to go right? This is the cats time.
Not off to a good start but I promise this will work out. Bengals – 37, Broncos – 24.
BALTIMORE RAVENS vs. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Dustin: Ravens- The Ravens D is a bit rag-tag at this point thanks to injuries and the offense can look suspect at times, however, Trent Richardson is about all that the Browns have going for them and Baltimore can still stop the run. Ravens – 21, Browns – 10.
Cameron: Ravens – They’ve played once before. The Raven struggled but caught a break. Torrey Smith is great. Ravens – 34, Browns – 17.
ARIZONA CARDINALS vs. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Dustin: Packers- Michael Crabtree destroyed Cardinals “shut down” CB Patrick Peterson last week to the tune of 2 TDs and 100 yards and that was with Alex Smith passing. This week, the much exposed Cards D get to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers who seem to be getting it together after a slow start.
Cameron: Packers – Card regress to mean. Pack look to be back on track. Skelton equal Roo. Packers – 38, Cardinals – 13.
CHICAGO BEARS vs. TENNESSEE TITANS
Dustin: Bears- The Titans haven’t looked too bad, it’s just too bad they play the Bears. Da Bears- 28, Titans- 13.
Cameron: Bears – Very good defense. Very impotent offense. Bears will maul to death . Bears – 42, Titans – 17.
MIAMI DOLPHINS vs. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Dustin: Colts- Tannehill likely out for Dolphins, with him he takes all their chance as Andrew Luck looks to continue to prove just how real a deal he is. Colts – 24, Dolphins- 14.
Cameron: Colts – Colts need to win big. I start Luck in fantasy. Playoffs in sight now. Colts – 33, Dolphins – 20.
CAROLINA PANTHERS vs. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Dustin: Redskins- The battle of Cam Newton and RG3. Many have been shocked with just how mediocre Cam has looked in his sophomore season this year while RG3 has provided the exciting plays and watercooler conversation topics that everyone expected Cam to bring. This could be a statement game for the Panthers, could be, if they weren’t so streaky in every single aspect of the game. Look for the Redskins to get the last laugh in a shootout. Redskins – 38, Panthers – 35.
Cameron: Panthers – Cam finds his groove true. RGIII has to fail again. Panthers purr to win. Panthers – 35, Redskins – 27.
DETROIT LIONS vs. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Dustin: Lions- The Lions looked pretty good last week against the Seahawks and Matt Stafford finally returned to the last season form that many (myself included) expected from him at the beginning. Blaine Gabbert for the Jags has actually shown major signs of improvement from last season but the Lions offense looks to be just too much. Lions – 35, Jags – 17.
Cameron: Lions – Megatron is due. Nothing will hold him back now. Jags get ripped apart. Lions – 37, Jaguars – 14.
BUFFALO BILLS vs. HOUSTON TEXANS
Dustin: Texans- You know how in “Alien vs. Predator” the fail-safe should the Predators fail to kill the Aliens is blow everything up? I’m just saying, the Bills should be looking into all options. This week, they get Arian “I’m here to score touchdowns and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum” Foster and the Houston Texans. The Bills would be better off getting the gorillas from “Congo” to play defense as opposed to all the overpaid pussies they have. This is getting old. Texans – 28, Bills – 17.
Cameron: Texans – This one is gonna hurt. Childhood beaten like a stepchild. Texans pound like sex. Texans – 49, Bills – 20.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Dustin: Seahawks- The wheels are falling off the Vikings bandwagon pretty quickly after a few crushing losses these last few weeks. The Seahawks have been competitive enough in their games that they barely get the edge here. Seahawks- 20, Vikings – 17.
Cameron: Seahawks – Twelfth man is so good. Vikings back down to earth again. Wilson will prevail. Seahawks – 26, Vikings – 24.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS vs. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Dustin: Buccaneers- Josh Freeman has returned to rookie form, he’s an animal. The offense is clicking, Doug Martin is a little wrecking-ball of rushing offense and Vincent Jackson looks damn near unstoppable. Nearly the exact opposite of the Raiders. Bucs – 27, Raiders – 21.
Cameron: Buccaneers – Bucs don’t suck as much. As much as the Raiders do. This is why they win. Buccaneers – 35, Raiders – 19.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. NEW YORK GIANTS
Dustin: Giants- A make-or-break game for both teams, the Giants normally lay eggs at home but the passion of the home-crowd should be double considering the horrific state of the East coast after Hurricane Sandy. It’s arguable that the game shouldn’t be held, but hopefully the Giants can buck the trend of no-showing big home games to give the people of the Meadowlands something to cheer for for just a few hours. Giants – 28, Steelers – 24.
Cameron: Steelers – Still a contender. David will slay Goliath. Big Ben reign supreme. Steelers – 27, Giants – 24.
DALLAS COWBOYS vs. ATLANTA FALCONS
Dustin: Falcons- Last I read, Tony “4 INTs and a few fumbles” Romo is still QB for Dallas. Matt Ryan on the other hand, still an MVP front-runner. Falcons – 35, Cowboys – 28. Romo- 3 INTs.
Cameron: Falcons – The dirty bird rule. Will continue tride and true. Cowboys will suck bad. Falcons – 40, Cowboys – 27.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Dustin: Saints- Michael Vick has spent all week telling anyone who will listen that he’s not the problem, that he’s giving them a chance to win every week. This is a karma game for sure. Prime-time in the Super Dome against the equally as disappointing Saints, this is the game that lands Vick on the bench (too soon for a dog-house joke?) for the foreseeable future. Saints – 31, Eagles – 23.
Cameron: Eagles – Reid will save his job. But if only for the year. I don’t know anymore. Eagles – 27, Saints – 24.
Season Totals: Cameron 54-37, Dustin 49-42.