2013 NFL Season: Pokorny's Week 9 NFL Picks

Jeff Zelevansky

I put together a 10-3 record last week, which was my best predictions week of the season, taking my overall record to 73-46 (61%). My Week 9 NFL picks are below. Six teams are on the bye this week, so there are only 13 games to preview. Feel free to share your general thoughts on this week's games in the comments section.

Week 9 Games Explanation Pick
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Can't Snap Out of the Slump: After starting the season 3-0, the Dolphins have dropped their last four games and have lost offensive tackle Jonathan Martin due to "emotional issues." This team is in turmoil due to their underachieving, and I hate the fact that the Bengals are getting the shifty Andrew Hawkins back. Bengals 27, Dolphins 14

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Quietly Becoming a Force in the NFC: When you look across the board, this Falcons team is just struggling in every facet of the game. They got a pass from me for a few weeks, but things haven't improved and we're at the half-way point of the season. The Panthers have been red hot, thanks to the play of Cameron Newton, and Jonathan Stewart is expected to be back too. For once, the Panthers' surplus of running backs looks like a good thing. Panthers 28, Falcons 21

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Chiefs Continue Getting Lucky w/ QB's: E.J. Manuel. Thaddeus Lewis. Jeff Tuel. Matt Flynn. Dennis Dixon. The new strategy to beating the Kansas City Chiefs is, apparently, to make your opponent prepare for five possible starting quarterbacks. (Aside: it sounds like Lewis may be healthy enough to start again). It won't matter -- the Chiefs' defense is for real and will methodically punish whoever is under center. Chiefs 23, Bills 10

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Taking Care of Business: The Cowboys continue to play like the best team in the NFC East, despite being stuck at 4-4. They've had some tough losses against good teams this year, and it's important that they not suffer an upset against a terrible Vikings team, knowing they have the Saints on the road next week. Cowboys 31, Vikings 17

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Brother vs. Brother: If we follow the Jets' pattern of W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L, then they are on track for a win this week. The problem? They are facing the New Orleans Saints. The side storyline here will be that Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator of the Saints, will again be facing his brother, Rex Ryan. The Saints are far superior on offense and defense and should win easily. Saints 31, Jets 16

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Underrated Game of the Week: The Chargers have been the best team in the AFC that no one is talking about, and that's probably because of the 8-0 Chiefs and 7-1 Broncos being ahead of them. The Redskins suffered a setback last week, but I wouldn't write them off -- not many teams do look good against the Broncos. I think the Redskins will pick up their offensive momentum they had a couple weeks ago en route to victory. Redskins 24, Chargers 20

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Getting Back Into Wildcard Contention: The Titans have lost three games in a row, but Jake Locker got his feet wet against the 49ers two weeks ago, and then had a bye. This team has the opportunity to re-capture the momentum they had to begin the season at 3-1, and a soft upcoming schedule (Rams, Jaguars) is just the right recipe for that. Titans 23, Rams 9

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Pryor to Stay Strong: I am so sick and tired of hearing about the Eagles. I honestly couldn't be happier that Chip Kelly hasn't been able to take the NFL by storm with his offense. For the Raiders, it is incredible how Terrelle Pryor is single-handedly changing the culture of that franchise and establishing them as a possible wildcard contender -- that whole AFC West is good this year. Raiders 21, Eagles 17

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Look Out: This will be a blowout of epic proportions. I know I say that every week when the Buccaneers or Jaguars face somebody, but this time, it's a game taking place in Seattle. The Seahawks will take their foot off the pedal in the second half. Seahawks 31, Buccaneers 3

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Prime Time Drubbing: Browns fans won't get to see this game, since it is on at the same time as our game. For all intents and purposes, though, it is a nationally televised game on CBS at 4:25 PM EST. I have been waiting for the Steelers to look like a joke in front of the whole country, and this could be that time -- unless Tom Brady continues to struggle with his accuracy. Patriots 27, Steelers 13

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Keenam to the Rescue? It's remarkable how the Falcons and the Texans find themselves in the same boat this year -- fantastic in 2012, not too many changes in 2013, but a 2-5 record to start the year. The Texans will still have a glimmer of hope in the division if they win this week, but based on how things have gone lately, Case Keenam won't be able to muster enough to out-duel Andrew Luck and the Colts. Colts 26, Texans 20

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Injury Bug Strikes Chicago Again: It has to be rough for Bears fans to see their team cripple under the injury bug every year...but maybe Marc Trestman will be able to steer this team in the right direction in spite of their losses. Against the Green Bay Packers in prime time, though, how can you go with an upset here? Packers 28, Bears 16

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Saving the Season: Despite playing well at times this year, this is a defining point in the 2013 NFL season for the Browns. If they fall to 3-6, playoff hopes are pretty much lost. A record of 4-5 would provide a degree of optimism heading into the bye week. My full game preview and prediction for this game will be posted on Saturday, so stay tuned to DBN!

TBA
Bye Week

Pokorny's Week 8 NFL Picks Record: 10-3
Pokorny's Record w/ Browns Games: 4-4
Pokorny's 2013 NFL Picks Record: 73-46

Survivor Pick: I am 6-2 with a three game winning streak, having used DEN, KC, and SF. This week, I'll go with Seahawks destroying the Buccaneers.

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