No Punt Intended: Week 9 NFL Picks
By Brody Burns
Last Week: 10-3 Season Record: 69-34
This week I am going to pick the games with fewer words for each game than the Vegas spread. Midseason awards follow this week’s picks.
San Diego at Washington (-1) – Bolts. My Pick: Chargers 28, Washington 17.
Thursday night: Cincinnati (-2.5) at Miami – Dolphins, yuck. My Pick: Bengals 28, Dolphins 20.
Kansas City (-4.5) at Buffalo – Jamal Charles big day. My Pick: Chiefs 27, Bills 17.
Minnesota at Dallas (-10.5) – Christian Ponder can’t win on the road in Big D. My Pick: Cowboys 31, Vikings 20.
Tennessee (-3) at St. Louis – Mundane mediocrity. My Pick: Titans 28, Rams 23.
New Orleans (-5.5) at NY Jets – Brees gives Rex Ryan heart-attack. My Pick: Saints 31, Jets 21.
Atlanta at Carolina (-7) – Most disappointing half-season; the Falcons. My Pick: Panthers 34, Falcons 24.
Philadelphia (-2.5) at Oakland – Black hole. My Pick: Raiders 27, Eagles 24.
Tampa Bay at Seattle (-17) – This game will be ugly; Seahawks extend their home-winning streak to 12 games. My Pick: Seahawks 35, Buccaneers 13.
Baltimore (-2.5) at Cleveland – Rivalry game. My Pick: Ravens 24, Browns 23.
Pittsburgh at New England (-7) – Terrible Towels to dry their tears. My Pick: Patriots 28, Steelers 17.
Indianapolis (-2.5) at Houston – Luck charms. My Pick: Colts 24, Texans 20.
Chicago at Green Bay (-11) – Rodgers and the Pack embarrass the injury depleted Bears. My Pick: Packers 35, Bears 20.
MVP – Peyton Manning, Broncos.
Offensive Player of Year (non-Manning) – Drew Brees, Saints.
Defensive Player of the Year – Sean Lee, Cowboys.
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Eddie Lacy, Packers.
Defensive Rookie of the Year – Kiko Alonso, Bills.
Coach of the Year – Tie: Andy Reid, Chiefs / Sean Payton, Saints.
Play of the Season – Calvin Johnson 50-yd TD catch over three Bengals.
Most surprising team: Kansas City Chiefs.
Most Disappointing team: Atlanta Falcons/Houston Texans.
Most Disappointing first half of the Season: (Couldn’t narrow it down to one so my top five follow instead):
- Matt Schaub, Texans (consecutive pick sixes in four straight games);
- Josh Freeman, Vikings (last in the entire league in QB rating);
- Ray Rice, Ravens (Alex Smith has more rushing yards);
- Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line (31st in rushing, 27 sacks allowed in 7 games);
- Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8, average margin of loss – 22.25 points, -178 scoring differential).