NFL Week 9 Game-by-Game Picks

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Oct 11, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) calls the play from the line during the second against the Tennessee Titans half at Nissan Stadium. Buffalo won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-4)

Sunday 11/8 at 1:00PM EST

Tyrod Taylor could finally return to action on Sunday, which is going to be huge for the Buffalo Bills. While the Miami Dolphins have been much better under Dan Campbell than they were under Joe Philbin, the Bills are the more talented team–they should come out on top in this one. The winner of this game will still have a chance in the AFC Wild Card picture, and the loser will effectively drop out of the AFC playoff hunt.

20. 16. Final. 17. 59

Oakland Raiders (4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)

Sunday 11/8 at 1:00PM EST

Derek CarrAmari Cooper and company have been great so far this season. And while the defense has been dominant–Charles Woodson has already recorded five interceptions–I see the Steelers winning this game. Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t fully healthy last Sunday, and his Steelers still managed to hang with Cincinnati for 50 minutes. Even with Le’Veon Bell out for the season, Pittsburgh will still be able to run the ball; DeAngelo Williams is a very capable backup and could be huge for the Steelers moving forward.

14. 28. 24. 55. Final

Tennessee Titans (1-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-4)

Sunday 11/8 at 1:00PM EST

The New Orleans Saints have quietly fought their back way to a 4-4 record after starting the 2015 season with an 0-3 record. And while Marcus Mariota is in line to return to the field for the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans should have the upper hand in this one. Drew Brees is playing great football, and he finally seems to be figuring out who his playmakers are on offense. Even with an atrocious defense, New Orleans can win games–especially against a bad Titans team like this one. That being said, I could see a Titans surprise. Former head coach Ken Whisenhunt did not utilize his team’s quality personnel; if Mike Mularkey is able to identify and utilize Tennessee’s personnel, the Titans could come out on top. But the likeliness of this happening is slim; my money’s on the Saints in this one.

Final. 10. 35. 21. 15

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) at New York Jets (4-3)

Sunday 11/8 at 1:00PM EST

While I was actually tempted to pick Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in this game, I have to play it safe and pick the Jets. While a Geno Smith-led offense leaves me extremely uncomfortable to predict a Jets victory, I think that Chris Ivory is going to get back on track this Sunday after laying an egg in Oakland. The Jets’ defense will harass Blake Bortles all game long, which could also be key in a potential New York victory. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jaguars come out on top, but I’m just playing this one safe and rolling with the Jets.

Final. 17. 52. 20. 30

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