Week 9 signifies the official start of the second half of the NFL season that has some interesting matchup’s in store for fans. Of course, the 49ers beat the Cardinals; however, I highly doubt that they will keep this undefeated streak going (I’m looking for the Packers in Week 12 to knock them off).
In a tight NFC North, every game matters for a playoff spot, or a potential wildcard birth in an already tight NFC. The Vikings are playing the Chiefs on Sunday morning at Arrowhead. The Vikings are on a hot streak after being humbled by the Lions. On the other hand, the Chiefs are dropping in the AFC, going 1-3 over their past 4 games. However, there is hope in Kansas City because Mahomes is questionable for their game on Sunday and could possibly play. Although Kirk Cousins has a history of being inconsistent, I still believe that the Vikings will beat the further-sliding Chiefs.
In a tank bowl game, the Dolphins and the Jets are playing for the No.1 pick, which could now be Chase Young the defensive end out of Ohio State. The Dolphins showed up for the first quarter against the Steelers until they realized that they needed to still tank. The Jets have to find a way to lose this game since they are currently 1-6 to have a better draft pick; they are coming off a loss from the Foles-less Jaguars who are led by Gardner Minshew. I predict the Dolphins will lead for most of the game until they give it away late in the 4th quarter.
On Sunday Night Football, the Patriots take on the Ravens, both of whom are in playoff contention. The Patriots finally get a real test for their offense and defense after having the easiest schedule through the first half of the season. The Ravens are coming off of a great win against Seattle and are led by a worthy MVP candidate in Lamar Jackson. I believe the Patriots will not ready for John Harbaugh’s challenging offense, and the Ravens will finally end the Patriots undefeated season.
The Bears take on the Eagles who will try to recover ground in their respective divisions. The Bears are 4th in the NFC North and the Eagles are 2nd in their division at 4-4 and they need to catch up to the Cowboys. The Bears are coming off of a brutal loss due to a Pineiro missed FG at the end of the game. The Eagles thrashed the Bills, who people thought was a “legit team”, in a 37-13 loss. I believe the Eagles will win this game due to the Eagles beginning to heat up offensively and because the Bears simply cannot seem to develop a consistent offensive attack due to Tribisky’s shortcomings.
Finally, the Packers play an away game against the Chargers in a matchup that will seem like a home game for the Packers. The Packers are 7-1, and I think they are the strongest team in the NFC. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones are both finding their stride and a few of the Packers undrafted free agents are showing up in big moments, I’m looking at you, Allen Lazard. With the addition of Davante Adams this weekend, it’s sure to be a great time to be Packers’ fan. The Chargers’ hopes at a playoff birth will surely come to an end because the Packers will win this game convincingly and will become 8-1.
Go Pack Go.