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Week 9 NFL game picks: Colts roll previous Jets on Thursday night; Jordan Handle-led Packers stun Chiefs

Published: Nov 04, 2021 at 11: 27 AM

Gregg Rosenthal went 7-8 straight up and towards the unfold on his Week 8 NFL picks, bringing his season totals to 73-49 and 62-58-1, respectively. How will he fare in Week 9? His picks are below.

The traces below offered by Caesars are present as of 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 4 except otherwise eminent below.

New York Jets

Who knew that the presence of Mike White would derive TNF more animated? Making his first NFL starting up towards the Bengals this previous Sunday, the fourth-365 days pro confirmed a better verbalize of Mike LaFleur’s offense than rookie Zach Wilson, however I’m hesitant to completely make a selection in before seeing him assign all of it over again. And while the Jets’ bustle defense got a capture from the returns of Jarrad Davis and C.J. Mosley final week, the Colts’ upswing has lasted 5 weeks, now now not one. Indianapolis has three convincing wins towards lesser squads and two heartbreakers towards the AFC’s handiest, a class I’m now now not in a position to position White in. But.

Atlanta Falcons

  • WHERE: Caesars Superdome (Novel Orleans)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • SPREAD: Falcons +6 | O/U: 42

Sean Payton has performed coy about who will starting up at quarterback this week. Taysom Hill makes so extra special money or now now not it’s now now not easy to think he’ll sit down if he’s relief from his concussion, however Payton is crammed with surprises. Both device, the Saints coach will have to possess most current staring at the Falcons derive bullied final week in Carolina. His group is as healthy up front because it has been all season and has the scale to come to a decision on in a identical style to Carolina. Correct don’t expect it to be easy; these Saints love drama and the downgrade at quarterback is valid.

Denver Broncos

  • WHERE: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • SPREAD: Cowboys -10 | O/U:  49.5

Correct when it gave the look of the Broncos’ offense used to be getting its avid gamers relief, left style out Garett Bolles used to be hurt and tight stay Noah Fant got COVID-19. The Broncos’ defense, given a one-game reprieve from Taylor Heinicke, gorgeous is now now not equipped to address this Cowboys’ offense, assuming Dak Prescott returns to the starting up lineup. If Prescott is out, I would possibly presumably maybe derive the bag closer, on chronicle of Teddy Bridgewater would possibly presumably maybe still assign up substances for Denver, especially if the Broncos are trailing towards.

Carolina Panthers

  • WHERE: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | CBS
  • SPREAD: Patriots -3.5 | O/U:  41

Invoice Belichick will have to possess cracked a smile staring at the movie of the Panthers running 47 events and throwing it completely 25 final week in a tight game — now now not lower than till the game-sealing interception by ex-Patriot Stephon Gilmore. Carolina’s defense is diverse with Gilmore in the combine, and with linebacker Shaq Thompson persevering with his torrid season after lacking three video games to peril. Whether or now now not Sam Darnold or P.J. Walker is at quarterback, the Panthers are constructed to decelerate the tempo of play — they customarily’re constructed to dumb the bettering Patriots offense. This figures to glimpse like a game that a younger Matt Rhule, decked in Giants gear, would possess loved staring at Belichick coordinate relief in the dumb 1980s.

Minnesota Vikings

  • WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • SPREAD:  Vikings +6 | O/U: 49.5

The Week 8 bye did now not resolve all of Baltimore’s peril complications, with wideout Sammy Watkins, starting up style out Patrick Mekari and a trio of starting up defensive linemen out of be conscious Wednesday. But mandatory blockading tight stay Nick Boyle is coming relief, and there is map to imagine the Ravens will be taught to quilt up their primitive spots, on chronicle of they consistently possess in the previous. Shedding pass rusher Danielle Hunter for the season, on top of cornerback Patrick Peterson‘s absence, limits what Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer can assign defensively. This sounds like a position where the Vikings play better than most of us expect, but accept a map to lose painfully.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • WHERE: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | CBS
  • SPREAD: Browns +2.5 | O/U: 47

The abominable vibes in Cleveland got worse this week, with Odell Beckham Jr. being informed to discontinuance house Wednesday and Thursday. The Browns entered the week with more peril questions than their opponent, as frequent, and with the wrong quarterback in a Cleveland-Cincinnati game for the first time in a prolonged time. But I still have faith their coach and roster more overall than those of the frisky Bengals. An energy-and-execution defense like Cincinnati’s has smaller margins for error, and Cleveland’s running game is constructed to steamroll.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • WHERE: TIAA Bank Discipline (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | CBS
  • SPREAD:  Bills -14.5 | O/U: 48.5

Here’s the 365 days of the double-digit current in the NFL. More events than now now not, the double-digit current has covered. Come what would possibly, the Jaguars haven’t been taking into consideration any of these video games. That speaks to their easy time desk, which additionally speaks to their lifelike claim to being the league’s worst group. That’s a critical distance of announcing the Bills possess the most honest defense in football, and there is now now not a bunch big ample to convince me to come to a decision on the Jaguars on Sunday.

Houston Texans

  • WHERE: Laborious Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
  • WHEN: 1 p.m. ET | FOX
  • SPREAD:  Texans +5.5 | O/U: 46.5

After I used to be below the impression Davis Mills would starting up this game for Houston, I wasn’t willing to come to a decision on the 6.5 substances of bait on the Texans’ facet. Houston is the rare group that can now now not come up with the option to stress Tua Tagovailoa, and I figured Brian Flores would put together dinner up ample third-down warmth to force Mills into rookie mistakes. So, at preliminary publishing, this house predicted a 28-17 Dolphins make a choice. But on Thursday, Texans coach David Culley announced Tyrod Taylor would retake the quarterbacking reins. The road modified — dropping a present 5.5 — and so did my calculation. Taylor looked terrific in his six quarters of play before peril. He dramatically upgrades this Texans offense, so I’m now now not chuffed giving freely too many substances in a matchup of one-make a choice groups.

New York Giants

I write these picks on Wednesday, when Giants participant availability is total guesswork. Although I know, there is now not any technique to identify which four Giants will accelerate away with contemporary accidents in the first half on Sunday. I’ve believed that Novel York is more healthy than its document for a while now, and Daniel Jones is basically holding up, however the truth Joe Employ’s squad has been outscored 42-0 in the final two minutes of first halves is an indictment of his coaching capability. The Giants are abominable in the overall situational football ways he’s presupposed to be honest. In a wrestle of particular groups mavens, I’m rolling with the BISACCIA BUMP.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • WHERE: Lincoln Financial Discipline (Philadelphia)
  • WHEN: 4: 05 p.m. ET | CBS
  • SPREAD: Chargers -1.5 | O/U:  50

The Eagles employ getting these alternatives to reach to relevance in the broad-originate NFC scoot for the seventh seed, they customarily employ springing up rapid. I most current one of the crucial Chargers’ put up-bye defensive adjustments, even if accidents at cornerback rapid-circuited their day. Justin Herbert and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi were flummoxed by two of the league’s handiest defensive minds in relief-to-relief video games, however Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is now now not in that league, despite a blowout make a choice in Detroit. Lay the substances.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • WHERE: GEHA Discipline at Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • WHEN: 4: 25 p.m. ET | FOX
  • SPREAD: Packers +7.5 | O/U: 48

The Chiefs are 3-15-1 towards the unfold of their final 19 video games, a stretch that places some data on the map that of being overrated. They’ve performed so consistently below expectations without the expectations altering, now now not lower than till this week. This game used to be a bewitch ’em, at house, towards a right — if erroneous — Packers group. The market correction used to be right here, now now not lower than till Aaron Rodgers got COVID-19. Now Kansas City’s a heavy current towards a group that can also/would possibly presumably maybe still derive Davante AdamsDavid Bakhtiari and Allen Lazard relief in the lineup. Jordan Handle confirmed off his abilities in the preseason, and his Week 1 cameo is ample to imagine that ever-resourceful Matt LaFleur is a right bewitch to quilt that number. I imagine the Packers can make a choice outright as a result of their noteworthy running game. Plus, I’m right here for the chaos that would ensue after.

Chicago Bears

Justin Fields is coming off his handiest game, as is the Steelers’ defense. Pittsburgh’s offensive line is bettering at bustle blockading and Mike Tomlin is taking part in a hit without extra special relief from his passing game. I wish to know the put of abode of Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson before picking the bag on this game. If the Bears’ defense is terminate to paunchy strength, they derive my vote to employ this game low-scoring ample to derive it intelligent.

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