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NFL Pro Football 2014 Week 9 Picks

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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 9 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | October 30 - November 2

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 30

New Orleans Saints (-3, 48) at Carolina Panthers 8:25 pm - Tied for the lead in the NFC South, the Saints are coming off a morale-building, home win over Green Bay (44-23), while the Panthers could not tolerate success and have allowed New Orleans back into the divisional race by losing their last two.

This is the first of two meetings for these two teams; last season they split, each winning at home, but that won't be the case here, as the Saints, still without a road victory in 2014 (0-4), finally get one.

Prediction: Saints 26 Panthers 20

Sunday, November 2

San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (-1, 44) 1:00 pm - Pivotal game as the Chargers are coming off back-to-back divisional losses to the Chiefs and Broncos but are still 5-3.

4-3 Miami has had their bye week, has two straight wins and is surprisingly good, nearly on par with the Chargers on both offense and defense. Home field for the fish and a long trip and jet lag for the visitors works to Miami's favor.

Prediction: Dolphins 27 Chargers 23

Washington Redskins (-1, 44 1/2) at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 pm - The Redskins have turned the corner with two straight wins, including Monday night's 20-17 OT win at Dallas, and may get RG3 back at QB, replacing Colt McCoy, but probably not, with a bye week ahead.

Minnesota's defense is 29th in points scored, acting as an aid to the Washington cause. The Redskins are well down the list on most offensive categories, but the defense showed plenty stopping Dallas and should rock the Vikings.

Prediction: Redskins 30 Vikings 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns (-7, 44) 1:00 pm - Even though Cleveland is technically last in the AFC North at 4-3, a home win puts them firmly in the chase for the division, which has suddenly become a four-horse race with little space between the respective squads.

Tampa Bay players won't like the chill off Lake Erie, helping the Browns keep winning. The Bucs have the most generous defense in the league, allowing 31.9 points per outing.

Prediction: Browns 24 Buccaneers 13

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Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys (-4, 48) 1:00 pm - Huge NFC match-up between potential post-season teams and division leaders.

The Cardinals have posted three straight wins, the last a thrilling, 24-20, victory over the Eagles, but must travel to Dallas to face an angry bunch of Cowboys who had their five-game winning streak snapped by Washington, 20-17, in overtime, Monday night.

A quick turnaround for the cowpokes and short trip for the Cardinals gives Arizona an edge, Dallas will run DeMarco Murray at the AZ defense, while Carson Palmer and Larry Alexander provide most of the thrills in the Cardinal offense.

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Cowboys 24

Philadelphia Eagles (-2, 48) at Houston Texans 1:00 pm - A solid match-up and contrast in styles, as the Eagles are the 4th-highest scoring team in the league, at 29.0 ppg and the Texans #8 in scoring defense (20.8 ppg).

Houston is 4-4 but still, this early in the season, in the hunt for the playoffs. Their defense should contain Philadelphia's high-speed offense for the win.

Prediction: Texans 23 Eagles 19

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New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (-10, 42) 1:00 pm - Once a proud and dangerous defense, the Jets have fallen to 30th in points allowed this season, giving up 28.5 per game and are likely to find the going a little rough in KC.

Winners of two straight, including last week's 34-7 rout of the Rams, the Chiefs stay home for their second consecutive game, a huge boost in their romp over the Jets, who own the longest losing streak in the league, currently at seven straight. No contest.

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Jets 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (-12, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Cincy's 27-24 win over the visiting Ravens last week was huge, keeping the Bengals atop the AFC North.

Jacksonville got its first win over the season two weeks back, but returned to form in a 27-13 loss to Miami last weekend.

The Bengals will make sure Jacksonville remains in the AFC basement.

Prediction: Bengals 38 Jaguars 10

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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