2012 NFL Season Week Nine Picks
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By Danny Cox
Into the second half of the 2012 NFL season we go and unpredictability is around every single corner. A little bit more reliability and sanity has come to the league in the past couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean the craziness is done yet. Who will throw the monkey wrench in the machine this week?
Bye Weeks: St. Louis, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco
Thursday Night Football: San Diego Chargers 31 – Kansas City Chiefs 13
San Diego’s struggles are stranger to no-one that pays any attention to the professional world of the NFL. Still, it didn’t seem like the Bolts would be hurting enough to lose to the Chiefs, and such was the case.
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
Peyton Manning has really shaken off the early season rust, and has this Broncos team headed for the playoffs in what is an easily winnable AFC West.
Baltimore needs to rebound, and if they can’t beat the Browns, then consider this season getting ready to turn into a long one. One piece of advice for Baltimore and that is…give the ball to Ray Rice. Just do it.
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers
The Cards are on a downward spiral to nowhere.
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
Chicago is finally looking like the contender they were expected to be the past few years. Tennessee isn’t so bad, but they just won’t be able to get around the defense of the Bears and an offense that plays well enough to win.
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts
Yes, Andrew Luck is looking better and better as the season goes on, but the Dolphins are onto something. Their success depends on the health of Ryan Tannehill though, and the report is that he will start on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Carolina has already imploded this season, and the Panthers have no type of answer for RG3.
Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars
Is it just me or does Jacksonville seem to be rebuilding every season?
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
Houston is looking like one of the most complete teams in the NFL at this point in the season. Mario Williams may take this game to look at his decision to take the money a little differently.
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is another one of those teams that rely on which team shows up week in and week out. Adrian Peterson has been ankle problems, but late injury reports state that he is expected to play on Sunday. With “All-Day” in the line-up, the tumbling Hawks don’t have a chance.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders
Toss-up game of the week because these teams are both on again and off again. Tampa Bay just seems to be more consistent.
Pittsburgh Steelers New York Giants
Road woes and injuries are continuing to haunt the Steelers, and that is exactly they are dealing with yet again this week. The Giants are finally on a roll, and looking more like their championship team from last year. They also have the inspiration of Hurricane Sandy‘s aftermath to work with.
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons
Rob Ryan‘s guarantee just isn’t going to happen. I’m sorry, but it isn’t.
Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a real downer against the Broncos, and one more loss will essentially put them out of the playoffs for this year. Philly is in the middle of a possible quarterback change and Michael Vick wants to stay in charge. What’s more important?
Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.