NFL Week 9 Game-by-Game Picks

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Oct 25, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles and the 2-5 Dallas Cowboys will clash in a division rivalry matchup in AT&T (aka the Jerry Dome) on Sunday Night in a game that could go a long way in determining which NFC East team makes the playoffs. If Dallas goes 2-6, the Cowboys’ season will essentially be over, even if Tony Romo manages to return later this season. If Philadelphia can win this game and hit .500, the Eagles’ chances of making the playoffs will drastically increase. Since Philadelphia smacked New York earlier in the season, it currently holds the head-to-head tiebreaker; and the Eagles would secure the tiebreaker with a second victory over New York later in the season. With a win on Sunday night, the Eagles would be able to stay close to New York and maintain their chance to win the division if the Giants’ inconsistency continues.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

Sunday 11/8 at 8:30PM EST

The Cowboys already won the first of the two DeMarco Murray revenge matchups, but the Eagles just have to be the heavy favorites here. Even if Dez Bryant returns to health, Matt Cassel is throwing ducks all over the field. Philadelphia’s defense has been an underrated reason why they have even attained three wins this season, and the Eagles’ offense is improving. Coming off a bye after winning two of their last there games, the Eagles have had plenty of time to assess their weaknesses and game plan for the Cowboys. I’m taking Philadelphia in this one.

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Monday Night’s matchup between the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers is bound to be one of the most meaningless Monday Night Football matchups of the season. These teams haven’t been overly exciting this season; the Chargers have already been flexed out of one matchup in favor of Cincinnati vs. Arizona and neither team has any remaining Sunday or Monday night games remaining on their respective schedules. Both teams are .500 or below all-time on Monday Night Football, and even if one team comes out of this game with a decisive win, it will be a three-win team at best.

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Chicago Bears (2-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-6)

Sunday 11/8 at 8:30PM EST

Philip Rivers may have lost Keenan Allen to a season-ending injury, but the Chargers’ quarterback has proven that he doesn’t need any offensive starters on the field to put on a show in each game of the 2015 season. While Tom Brady is on pace to potentially break the NFL’s single-season passing yardage record, Rivers isn’t far behind, despite playing for a 2-6 Chargers team behind the most injury-prone offensive line in the NFL and with a pass-catching unit that can’t stay healthy. While the Bears’ offense has been coming around, I trust the Chargers more in a game that should be a shootout.

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