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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 9 Picks - Early Games

Welcome to the very best in winning NFL and College Football picks.
Rick Gagliano | October 31 - November 3, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, October 31

(Byes: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco)

Cincinnati Bengals (-3, 42 1/2) at Miami Dolphins, 8:25 pm - Cool game to start off the week, with the Bengals riding a four-game winning streak while Miami is trying desperately to remain playoff-relevant, havng lost four in a row.

Teams going in opposite directions often produce sensational games as the expected victors (Cincinnati here) don't perform up to expectations while the team sliding - Miami - has all its marbles in the circle.

Making the correct call here gets the week off to a solid start, but don't over-think it. Andy dalton has finally gotten into a groove and the Cincy defense is beyond stout. The Bengals roar to another road win and a huge edge in the AFC North.

Prediction: Bengals 27 Dolphins 17


Sunday, November 3

Kansas City Chiefs (-3 1/2, 40) at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 pm - Are the Chiefs suffering from success fatigue? They've failed to cover the line the past two weeks in wins over Houston (17-16) and Cleveland (23-17), so the rest of the league is obviously seeing plenty of tape and catching onto the KC game plan, which is surprisingly simple: sound defense, run, run, pass when down and distance dictates.

Buffalo has been beset by injuries to offensive players, most notably at QB and RB. C.J. Spiller hasn't been right all season and E.J. Manuel isn't expected back for a couple more weeks, leaving the starting job to Thad Lewis, though Matt Flynn may get some action if the Bills fall behind early.

Oddly enough, the Bills are 5-0 ATS the past five times KC has visited, and they've won four of the last five outright. These two teams have had dismal seasons recently and played each other in each of the past five seasons. Buffalo plays better at home and the line should rise as kickoff approaches. Possible upset alert.

Prediction: Bills 24 Chiefs 21


Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-7 1/2, 44), 1:00 pm - The Falcons are a shadow of the team they were a year ago, and the differences are spread well around the Atlanta camp. Offense is down and defense is sometimes a non-entity with the Falcons allowing 26.3 points per game.

Carolina's defense is second-best in points allowed, league-wide, at 13.7 per game, and the offense has been rejuvenated by the play of Cam Newton, who's romping around like he did as a rookie.

This is a very tough line, considering it's a divisional clash, but the Falcons just seem to be on the way down in a big way and the Panthers have strung together three straight wins. The trend is your friend here; Carolina should squeeze by.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Falcons 21


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Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys (-10 1/2, 47 1/2), 1:00 pm - OK, the Cowboys lost a tough one in Detroit last week, but that doesn't negate the fact that their defense is still one of the best in the league, even without DeMarcus Ware, listed as questionable this week.

The Cowboys, leading the NFC East with a 4-4 mark, are 3-1 at home, whereas the 1-6 Vikings are 0-3 on the road. Christian Ponder returned from injury last week, but the result was the same, a 44-31 loss on national TV to the Packers, at home, no less.

Adrian Peterson hasn't had a 100-yard game in three weeks, a testimony to Minnesota's shortcomings on offense. Face it, neither Ponder, nor John Freeman are the answer at QB, but Tony Romo, he's the real deal.

Prediction: Cowboys 34 Vikings 19


New Orleans Saints (-6, 45 1/2) at New York Jets, 1:00 pm - The Saints' road show heads to the Big Apple, where the Jets are still reeling from the beating put on them by the Bengals (49-9) where Andy Dalton threw five TDs while Jets' QB Geno Smith tossed a pair of picks for TDs the other way, was sacked three times and harassed all day long.

The Saints are going to pressure whoever plays QB for the Jets and Drew Brees will do what Drew Brees does, direct the offense to multiple scores.

Somehow the Jets are miraculously 4-4, with a W-L-W-L pattern that's about to come to an abrupt end. They just don't stack up well against the 6-1 Saints.

Prediction: Saints 31 Jets 13


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Tennessee Titans (-3, 39 1/2) at St. Louis Rams, 1:00 pm - The St. Louis defense really stepped up Monday night against the Seahawks and gave the offense multiple shots from great field positions, but Kellen Clemens could not get the team into the end zone in a 14-9 loss, the second straight for the Rams.

Tennessee had the week off, but must go on the road where they are 1-2 and have lost three straight. Getting to remain in St. Louis is a big plus for the Rams in a game that figures to go down to the wire, but, if the Rams defense repeats their performance against the Seahawks, it could be lights out early.

Clemens can only improve off his Monday night effort and the Rams seem to have some momentum, despite being without franchise QB Sam Bradford and probably should be favored here. Take the bonus points.

Prediction: Rams 21 Titans 16


San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins (even, 51), 1:00 pm - The Redskins are still very much alive in the NFC East, though for all the teams in the division, it's going to be win or go home as for the playoffs. Dallas leads at 4-4; the Redskins are 2-5, but the second half of the season may be better as RG3 gets his legs back.

The Chargers are a very sneaky-good football team, and always a threat when Phillip Rivers is behind center. This one ought to be a barn-burner down to the final seconds and a wild shootout.

Griffin III should be able to match Rivers' heroics play-for-play and deliver the knockout punch just before the final gun.

Prediction: Redskins 38 Chargers 35

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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