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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 9 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | November 5-8

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, November 5

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-12, 45 1/2) 8:25 pm - Thursday night games shift from CBS to the NFL Network beginning with this game, meaning that viewership will suffer and Westwood One will get great radio ratings for their broadcast.

That being said, this battle for Ohio shouldn't be much of a contest. The Browns have gone South in a big way, losing their third straight last week (Arizona, 34-20) and dropping to a dismal 2-6. The Bengals haven't yet tasted defeat, though the Steelers gave them a run for their money, Cincinnati eventually prevailing, 16-10.

The two AFC North teams have not met this season, but last season they split, Cleveland winning, 24-3, at Cincy, the Bengals returning the favor later in the season with a 30-0 slaughter. Don't expect a similar result this season.

Prediction: Bengals 31 Browns 17

Sunday, November 8

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-3, 44) 1:00 pm - Coming off a bye week, the Bills should have enough healthy players to handle the Dolphins, who were smacked down at New England last Thursday, 36-7.

Buffalo easily handled the Dolphins back in week three, 41-14, and should have no issues defeating them for a second time. The week off should have given Buffalo time to fix the defense, which still hasn't lived up to its pre-season hype, despite a plethora of quality athletes.

Prediction: Bills 24 Dolphins 13

Green Bay Packers (-2 1/2, 46 1/2) at Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm - No rest for the unbeaten Panthers, who prevailed narrowly on Monday night, topping the Colts, 29-26, in overtime, after the Colts erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

As for the Packers, their first loss of the season was an embarrassment at Denver, where the Broncos completely shut down their offense in a 29-10 victory.

The Panthers, no doubt, have game film and their defense should take note of Green Bay's missing pieces. Look for a defensive struggle eventually turning the way of the home team. Cam Newton is on pace for NFL Player of the Year.

Prediction: Panthers 20 Packers 17

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St. Louis Rams at Minnesota Vikings (-2 1/2, 39 1/2) 1:00 pm - With Teddy Bridgewater at QB, the Viking have been thriving, winners of three straight after winning on the road at Chicago last week with a 23-20 win over the Bears. The 5-2 Vikings are just a game behind Green Bay in the NFC North.

St.Louis has won two in a row, last week putting down the 49ers, 27-6, but the Rams are just 1-2 on the road, while Minnesota has not lost in three home games this season. Look for those trends to extend in a possible preview of two potential playoff-bound teams.

Prediction: Vikings 27 Rams 20

Washington Redskins at New England Patriots (-14 1/2, 52) 1:00 pm - While the Redskins are only 3-4, that happens to be a solid record in the decimated NFC East, where the Giants lead the division with a 4-4 mark.

Now, the Patriots aren't likely to lose this game, but the Redskins have an opportunity before them and should be very motivated to perform against the best offense in the league (Patriots score 34.6 ppg.)

The Redskins aren't exactly horrible, and New England may be taking them a bit too lightly.

Prediction: Patriots 30 Redskins 20

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Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints (-9 1/2, 48) 1:00 pm - There's only one way to go here, regardless of the number of points spotted the Titans, who are terrible and losers of six straight games.

The 4-4 Saints outlasted the Giants last week in the SuperDome and look to get past .500 with a win here, over one of the worst teams in the league. Tennessee wasn't even close to competitive in last week's 20-6 loss to Houston, no powerhouse themselves.

Tennessee beat Tampa Bay, 42-14, in week one, but it's been all downhill from there. The Saints have been steadily improving and should have a better week on defense than they did against the Jets. The offense is clicking and should blow away the Titans.

Prediction: Saints 35 Titans 10

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (-9, 43) 1:00 pm - Jets were slammed in Oakland last weekend, 34-20, completely out of the game after midway through the second quarter. New York may have issues in their secondary, or, the Raiders' offense is really a powerhouse.

While the Jets were getting skewered, Jacksonville players were no doubt reveling, watching on TV, having a bye after taking down the Bills in London, 34-31. Similarly, the Jags took control in the second quarter, scoring 27 points off a number of Buffalo misques.

Needing to guard against a repeat of last week's fiasco the Jets need to run the ball, but, bear in mind that the Jags have already won two games this season (they were 3-13 last year) and are improving with Blake Bortles at QB. At 4-3, the Jets have playoff hopes, but may not be good enough to conquer the up-and-coming Jaguars.

Prediction: Jaguars 27 Jets 24

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4 1/2, 48) 1:00 pm - With Roethlisberger back at quarterback, the Steelers look pretty good as a playoff prospect, nearly tasking down the Bengals last week, eventually losing, 16-10.

Pittsburgh's defense is allowing just 18.4 points per game, and they'll need to be solid agains the Raiders, who put up 34 against the Jets after scoring 37 on the Chargers in week seven, both wins.

While the 4-3 Raiders aren't exactly challenging the 7-0 Broncos in the division, they do share the best record among wild card hopefuls in the conference with the Jets. The Steelers will try to contain Derek Carr and his armada of receivers, but the league is quickly waking up to the fact that this is a dangerous offense.

Prediction: Raiders 31 Steelers 24

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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