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NFL Picks, Week 9: Take The Giants And The Jets

New york Jets quarterback <strong>Mark Sanchez</strong>.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New york Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Last Friday I decided to try my hand at predicting NFL games. I told you guys not to trust me on any of this stuff, but I went ahead and gave it a shot. I went an OK 3-2, and I am back this week to try again.

I thought I would make one change. Each week I will pick the Jets and Giants games, plus three others.

this week's lines courtesy of Odds Shark:

  • New England (-4.5) at Cleveland
  • San Diego (-3) at Houston
  • Miami at Baltimore (-5)
  • New Orleans (-7) at Carolina
  • New York Jets (-4.5) at Detroit
  • Arizona at Minnesota (-8.5)
  • Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-8.5)
  • Chicago (-3) at Buffalo
  • New York Giants (-7) at Seattle
  • Indianapolis at Philadelphia (-3)
  • Kansas City at Oakland (-2.5)
  • Dallas at Green Bay (-8)
  • Pittsburgh (-5) at Cincinnati

Now, for this week's picks:

Giants (-7) at Seattle: The Seahawks are all beat up. Matt Hasselbeck won't play, meaning Charlie Whitehurst makes his first NFL start. The Seattle offensive line will likely be missing a couple of players, and receivers Mike Williams and Golden Tate may not play. Still, the Seahawks are home at Qwest Field where they always have a huge advantage, and the Giants are 0-2 there. It's a lot of points, and it makes me nervous, but I am going to take a big gulp and go with the Giants. Pick: Giants

Jets (-4.5) at Detroit: The Jets were terrible offensively last week in a 9-0 loss to Green Bay, and this shapes up as a difficult road game against a young, improving Lions team. The Jets are much better, though, and I think this week they get back to what they do best -- running the ball and playing great defense. Pick: Jets

Chicago (-3) at Buffalo: The Bears (4-3) have been stumbling after a 3-0 start. The Bills are 0-7, but have played well while suffering two straight overtime defeats. This week I think Buffalo finally gets rewarded. Pick: Bills

Dallas at Green Bay (-8): Seems like a lot of points, but Jerry Jones already thinks his 1-6 Cowboys are 1-7. They probably are. They have packed it in, coach Wade Phillips is a joke, the team is a mess. The Packers still have plenty to play for, and they will take care of business. More embarrassment this week for the 'Boys. Pick: Packers

New Orleans (-7) at Carolina: C'mon, these are defending champion Saints vs. the 1-6, going nowhere, Panthers. How can you not take New Orleans here? Pick: Saints

Last week: 3-2
Season record: