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LAST WEEK: 6-7

SEASON: 70-47

NFL Week Nine

(BYES: Denver, Jacksonville, St. Louis, San Francisco, Tennessee and Washington)

SUNDAY’S GAMES

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at

Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Quarterback Josh Freeman has won the last couple games, almost single handedly, for the Buccaneers. He is clutch!However, I think the Falcons will get off to a quick lead and not allow a chance for Josh Freeman to takeover in the critical parts of the game.

Falcons 27, Buccaneers 17

Miami Dolphins at

Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

This will be a tremendous defensive battle. Cameron Wake and the Dolphins’defense have been looking sharp recently and we all know that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed makes big plays at will. This will be the perfect weekend to get Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown running downhill against this Ravens defense that has struggled against the run at times this season. The Dolphins are perfect on the road this season so I am going with the Fins.

Dolphins 24, Ravens 20

Chicago Bears vs.

Buffalo Bills at Toronto, 1 p.m.

Losing the last three out of four games, the Bears have slid from 3-0 to 4-3. Playing a winless Buffalo Bills’squad in Toronto this weekend may be tougher than most think. The Bills have lost many close games this season, but they have the tools they need to put several wins up before the season is done. With the Bears playing inconsistent and the Bills improving every week, I am going to go with the Bills and call an upset at the Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Bills 27, Bears 24

New Orleans Saints at

Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

The Saints have their swagger back but they are still uncertain if Reggie Bush will be ready to suit up on Sunday. I think the Saints should sit him anyway and give him an extra week rest. They should be able to handle the struggling Panthers without him.

Saints 35, Panthers 13

New England Patriots at

Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Arguably the best team in football currently just knows how to win games. They do not have superstars on their team, but they know how to utilize every player to maximize their potential and put in a collective effort as a team to get wins. This week will be no different for the New England Patriots. Expect Coach’Billy-Boy’to go into Cleveland and beat up on his former pupil,’Coach Eric Mangenius’. Remember these coaches have bitter feelings toward each other so this won’t be an easy win for the Patriots. Expect the Browns to throw every trick in the book at the Patriots this week.

Patriots 28, Browns 27

N.Y. Jets at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

The Jets are coming off a tough loss to the Packers after being shut out for the first time this season. The Jets held the Packers to just three field goals but still lost 9-0. This week they play the Lions and Calvin Johnson is heating up as the season rolls on. The weak part of the Jets’defense is their pass defense and I expect Johnson to put up big numbers. However, can the Lions suspect run defense slow down the Jets?

Jets 17, Lions 13

San Diego Chargers at

Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

The Chargers has been a very deceptive team. Their numbers look like the numbers of a 7-0 team but they are just 2-5. The Texans have been playing sub-par lately as well, going 2-3 over the last five games. This game will be won through the air, and the Chargers will miss Vincent Jackson because he is not able to play until the end of this month. If the Texans use Andre Johnson, they should pull it off against a Chargers team that just can’t finish games.

Texans 34, Chargers 31

Arizona Cardinals at

Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

The Cardinals are luckily facing off a Vikings team that is confused and in the thick of controversy at the moment. The Vikings have been the spotlight for a season now because of the Brett Favre show and now Brad Childress has created a show of his own. Releasing Randy Moss will hurt the Vikings in the future, but at home this week facing the Cardinals, the Vikings should pull off a win in a close one against a banged-up team.

Vikings 23, Cardinals 13

N.Y. Giants at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.

The Seahawks are great at home and many weird things happen for them in the northwest. This week, I think it will be a little different with the red hot Giants coming to town. With the Giants offense and defense working together I think the G-men will keep rolling!

Giants 31, Seahawks 20

Indianapolis Colts at

Philadelphia Eagles, 4:15 p.m.

We all know what the Colts can do when Peyton Manning and his receivers are on one accord. If the Eagles’defense can hold up and if Michael Vick can be effective in his return, the Eagles should be able to take care of the Colts this weekend in a shootout. I look for Vick to be rusty, but I think he will get comfortable after the first quarter and take control of the game.

Eagles 38, Colts 37

Kansas City Chiefs at

Oakland Raiders, 4:15 p.m.

The Raiders are playing well when’Run DMC'(Darren McFadden)gets 25-30 touches a game. However, the Chiefs are great at defending the run and the Raiders are bad at defending the run. The Chiefs will travel to Oakland and defeat the Raiders and silence all of the excited Raider fans on Sunday.

Chiefs 24, Raiders 20

Dallas Cowboys at

Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m.

Ahhh my, poor Cowboys!

Packers 38, Cowboys 16

MONDAY’S GAME

Pittsburgh Steelers at

Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m.

The Bengals should all create a reality show based on the disappointing Chad Ochocinco and the over-achieving, attention craving Terrell Owens. That will sell more tickets in their stadium than watching them play and painfully losing to opposing teams. The Steelers will be in control from opening kickoff and they will win this game.

Steelers 28, Bengals 13

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