2015 NFL Season Week 9 – FootballSunday, November 8, 2015 9:45
NFL Week 9 picks and analysis.
WEEK NINE SUNDAY
AFTER WEEK EIGHT
WEEKLY TALLY: 7 – 5 – 2 SPECIALS 3 – 1 O/U 3 – 3
OVERALL: 55 – 59 – 5 SPECIALS 16 – 13 – 3 O/U 27 – 19 – 1
GW 1 – 5 – 2
LW 6 – 2 – 0
US 4 – 3 – 1
O/U 5 – 3 – 0
WEEK NINE PICKS
UPSET SPECIAL: 3 – 3 – 1
St. Louis Rams @ Minnesota Vikings -2.5 39.5 [U]
I love what Jeff Fisher is doing in St. Louis. He won’t reach the ultimate goal this year but he is building a team reminiscent of his old Titans squads, reflecting, in this day of dazzle and glitter, a refreshing old school mentality: Beat people into submission, run the ball down their throats, and make one outstanding special teams play a week.
Which is exactly what Mike Zimmer is doing in the Land of the Norsemen…
Here’s the tale of the tape:
DEFENSE: Yardage… Rams = 6th Vikes = 7th
Rushing….Rams = 9th Vikes = 15th
Passing…..Rams = 10th Vikes = 9th
Scoring…. Rams = 5th Vikes = 2nd
Sacks….Rams = 3rd Vikes = 14th
OFFENSE: Yardage… Rams = 30th Vikes = 29th
Rushing….Rams = 3rd Vikes = 5th
Passing…..Rams = 32nd Vikes = 30th
Scoring…. Rams = 29th Vikes = 26th
Kicking…. Rams 2nd Vikes 3rd
Returns….Rams 16th Vikes 15th
Would it matter if Zimmer and Fisher switched sidelines at halftime? Early Prediction: The 2017 NFC Championship game will feature these two teams.
We’re going with the Rams to pull off the outright upset because they get the 2.5 points and they have Aaron Donald; he will make the play that decides the game—Under the chalk…
Rams 22 Vikings 13
LOCK OF THE WEEK
Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers +7 44.5 [U]
In 1998-99 it had become abundantly clear Steelers defacto GM, Tom Donahoe and Bill, “The Jaw” Cowher were no longer able to co-exist. Both men submitted resignations to Dan Rooney. He accepted Donahoe’s. That high level, beginning to fester, organizational turmoil was nipped neater than a Beverly Hills vasectomy.
In San Francisco, the Niners started bleeding two years ago. Jed York and Trent Baalke did all they could to sever the balls from their organization and compelled Jim Harbaugh—compulsive, intense, borderline nuts as they come, who took the team to two consecutive NFCCGs and one Super Bowl—to resign.
When Harbaugh left, the Niners lost 14—that’s fourteen—of the best and most vital players and coaches, left to free agency or retirement. LB, Chris Borlan, T, Anthony Davis, Frank Gore, Andy Lee, Mike Iupati, Michael Crabtree & Patrick Willis—to name but half. I won’t mention both coordinators.
If new head coach, Jim Tomsula wins 5 games they should rename the Lombardi Trophy in his honor. You have to wonder if Jed York regrets Harbaugh’s departure.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, Dan Quinn, has stabilized the Falcons to an acceptable degree. The Falcons tackle and block much better than they have in years.
Funny how important those tasks are to a football team’s success, huh?
They Birds of Prey will embarrass the home team.
Falcons 30 Niners 10
GAME OF THE WEEK 1 – 3 – 2
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts + 2.5 45.5 [O]
Yeah, yeah, Peyton Manning returns to the Oil Can. Peyton Manning versus Andrew Luck—blah blah, blah…
If the Broncos find Super Bowl redemption in 2015, their defense will take most of the credit. In today’s NFL, teams routinely give up 172 yards a half. Denver = average pass yards yielded per game. The Wild Horses field the NFL’s most complete and best coordinated defense and the best cornerback tandem in the league, but have held only two good or better QBs down this year. (See below.)
That’s why some idiot pundits—ahem—had the Packers stealing last week’s game at Mile High.
Oh, shut up!
Indianapolis is playing out like a poor man’s version of As The 49ers Turn—Our Stomach.
Chuck Pagano is a hell of a defensive football coach. His players love him, and he has to take orders from Ryan Grigson on who to play on his field? There are two words perfectly designed to express what any self-respecting coach would feel—and they come just before “I QUIT!!!!”
I bet Jim Harbaugh knows what they are.
Broncos 32 Colts 20
O/U OF THE WEEK 4 – 2 – 0
Green Bay Packers (6-1) @ Carolina Panthers (7-0) +4.5 44.5 [O]
We’re riding the Green Bay train to wherever Aaron Rogers takes us.
The same Aaron Rodgers who passed for a paltry 77 yards against that great Broncos defense.
We can almost hear Rodgers seething, “Relax…”
We are not quite buying what Cam Newton and Ron Rivera are selling in Carolina. They have won the majority of their games against teams out of the each conference’s South divisions-minus Carolina, those divisions have won just 22 games, have only one quality win, (against the Gulls), and haven’t dominated anyone.
I love Rivera’s defense. Featuring the superb Luke Kuechly, but Green Bay walks into BOA Stadium with something to prove—and the games second best quarterback. The Pack rediscovers their mojo and knocks the Big Black Cats from the unbeaten ranks—Over the Total
Packers 27 Panther 23
As usual, all my picks are below in bold italics:
NFL Lines For Week 9 – 11/5 – 11/9, 2015
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|11/5 8:25 ET||At Cincinnati [O]||-11||Cleveland||46|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At Pittsburgh||-4.5||Oakland||48|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At NY Jets||-6||Jacksonville||42|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At Minnesota US||-2.5 [U]||St. Louis||39.5|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At Buffalo||-3||Miami||44|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At New Orleans||-8||Tennessee||47.5|
|11/8 1:00 ET||At New England||-14||Washington||52.5|
|11/8 1:00 ET||Green Bay O/U||-2.5||At Carolina||46|
|11/8 4:05 ET||Atlanta LW||-7 [U]||At San Francisco||44.5|
|11/8 4:05 ET||NY Giants||-2.5||At Tampa Bay||47.5|
|11/8 4:25 ET||Denver GW [O]||-4.5||At Indianapolis||44.5|
|11/8 8:30 ET||Philadelphia [O]||-2.5||At Dallas||44|
Monday Night Football Line
|11/9 8:30 ET||At San Diego [O]||-4||Chicago||49.5|
Bye Weeks: Arizona, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle
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