Wednesday 18 October 2017 / 10:08 PM

NFL WEEK 9 PREDICTIONS

Every week, we’ll look at the matchups and give our predictions for each of the games. If you’re a betting man…I’d take the opposite of these picks.

Last week, your resident expert went 6-6-1, and is sitting at 73-45-2 on the year. Yes, more ties. And a rough week.

Atlanta Falcons (5-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

The Falcons stopped the bleeding and got the exciting win over the Packers on Sunday. The Bucs were on the opposite end of that spectrum, losing a heartbreaker to the Raiders. The Falcons should take care of business here, but call me totally crazy, I’m just feeling an upset.

Prediction: Bucs 27-24

New York Jets (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (3-4)

This is one of those games where you just don’t know who to trust. The Dolphins look to be piecing together a semblance of a competitive team. And the Jets are just bad, but look to be attempting to fix things. This may be whoever loses least that wins this game. And I’ll take Miami riding hot.

Prediction: Dolphins 24-20

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-4)

Both teams got a BYE ahead of this matchup, which will determine the leader of the division. The Steelers will get Big Ben back more than likely for this one, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Ravens defense just isn’t that great, and the offense isn’t much better. Home games can get close, but the Steelers are a superior team.

Prediction: Steelers 27-20

Dallas Cowboys (6-1) @ Cleveland Browns (0-8)

The Cowboys got a big-time win over the Eagles to ratchet up their lead on the division. With a nice gap, they travel to Cleveland, who just can’t catch a break. The Browns are keeping things close – and I think they can again this week – but Dallas is rolling right now.

Prediction: Cowboys 28-17

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)

A tale of two teams. The Jaguars are on a downward spiral and in danger of seeing their coach shown the door. The Chiefs may be missing their quarterback, but the jury is out. Either way, the Jaguars probably don’t have the firepower to score enough on KC. Plus, Arrowhead isn’t where a losing team wins.

Prediction: Chiefs 31-20

Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) @ New York Giants (4-3)

The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Cowboys and are now looking up at them in the division. The Giants are aiming to move up and got some time to lick wounds. Philly is more talented, but how do they handle the loss? I’m going Eagles…but this could haunt me.

Prediction: Eagles 24-23

Detriot Lions (4-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (5-2)

The Vikings were the undisputed best team in football two weeks ago. Today? They’ve lost their OC and Bradford has regressed. The Lions are fresh off a letdown, and this Viking defense isn’t a great comforter. I just can’t see them dropping another one, while they should contain Stafford.

Prediction: Vikings 21-17

Carolina Panthers (2-5) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-4)

The Panthers got back in the win column by smacking around the Cardinals. The secondary is a big concern, but that shouldn’t get tested by the Rams. Jared Goff gets his first start, and he’ll get a big wake-up against the Panthers front seven. Panthers stay hot.

Prediction: Panthers 27-20

New Orleans Saints (3-4) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-6)

Another NFC South team takes a trip across the country, the Saints have looked really competitive after their rough start. If they want to keep pace in the division, they have to top the hapless 49ers. The defense is looking a little better, but that offense is bad. And they aren’t scoring with Brees.

Prediction: Saints 34-21

Tennessee Titans (4-4) @ San Diego Chargers (3-5)

The Titans are riding pretty hot, winners in three of four. The Chargers have been competitive in each game they’ve played. Both need wins to keep running in the division, but the Titans are young enough that a road trip across country just doesn’t seem winnable to me. Chargers get another win.

Prediction: Chargers 31-28

Indianapolis Colts (3-5) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3)

Things just keep getting worse for Indy, don’t they? In desperate need of a win, they get to travel to the friendly confines of Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers played like old against Atlanta, but is he really back? The Indy defense isn’t much better than Atlanta and Andrew Luck has no protection.

Prediction: Packers 30-27

Denver Broncos (6-2) @ Oakland Raiders (6-2)

Game of the week, maybe game of the year. I’m really excited to see these guys go head-to-head, with Derek Carr and the Raiders looking to prove they belong. The defense is bad, but that offense is the best in football. The opposite is true for Denver. It’s experience versus youth, but I’m all aboard the Raiders train.

Prediction: Raiders 24-20

Buffalo Bills (4-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-2)

The struggling Bills travel to Seattle for Monday Night Football, where the Seahawks are 22-8 all time on Mondays, the best in the NFL. No one has beaten them on a Monday since 2011, and I just don’t think it’ll be the Bills who finally do. Another loss for Rex and company.

Prediction: Seahawks 24-17

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Austin Albertson

Austin is CBS' senior NFL and NBA analyst, bringing you commentary on everything between the lines and inside the hashes, from the film room to the scoreboard.

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