A preview of every NFL game for Week 9, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
A quick preview of every game on the NFL schedule for Week 9, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:
Ravens (5-2) at Steelers (6-2)
The most physical rivalry in football resumes on Sunday night. Last season, these AFC North foes played a pair of defensive battles, both of which were won by three points by the road team. Baltimore won 17â14 in Week 4, Pittsburgh won 13â10 in Week 13. This season the Ravens have struggled on the road, while the Steelers are unbeaten at home and fresh off a 25â17 statement win over the Patriots.
Steelers by 3
Jets (4-3) at Bills (5-2)
Despite being winless on the road, the Jets are just one game out of first place in the AFC East with the two teams ahead of them â the Bills and Patriots â up next on the schedule. The Bills are 4â0 at âhomeâ this season, going 3â0 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., and 1â0 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Bills by 2
Browns (3-4) at Texans (5-3)
If this is in fact Houstonâs breakout season, coach Gary Kubiakâs club must take care of its business against a scrappy Cleveland squad.
Texans by 9
Dolphins (0-7) at Chiefs (4-3)
Kansas City got lucky against San Diego on Monday night; winless Miami just wants Luck.
Chiefs by 5
Seahawks (2-5) at Cowboys (3-4)
Tony Romo has thrown seven TDs and six INTs (with one fumble at the goal line) in four losses, four TDs and one INT in three wins. The Boys go as Romo does, just like Jerry Jones promised.
Cowboys by 10
49ers (6-1) at Redskins (3-4)
No West Coast bias for Niners, who carry a 4â0 record in the Eastern Time Zone this season.
49ers by 6
Falcons (4-3) at Colts (0-8)
Indy has lost by a combined score of 78â63 in three home games. On the road, the Colts have been broken by a combined 174â58 tally.
Falcons by 11
Broncos (2-5) at Raiders (4-3)
One week after being thrown to the Lions, Tim Tebow enters the Black Hole hoping to regain the magic touch he had in his heroic comeback at Miami and his entire career at Florida.
Raiders by 7
Buccaneers (4-3) at Saints (5-3)
Drew Brees threw for 383 yards, one TD and three INTs during a 26â20 loss at Tampa Bay in Week 6. Three weeks later, Brees has a chance to redeem himself in an NFC South showdown that will determine which team takes the halftime lead in one of the leagueâs best divisions.
Saints by 6
Bengals (5-2) at Titans (4-3)
Cincyâs Cedric Benson will return from a one-game suspension. The real question is whether or not Tennesseeâs missing runner, Chris Johnson, will return to form â or continue being serenaded with boos by the Music City crowd.
Titans by 2
Giants (5-2) at Patriots (5-2)
These two teams have met in Week 4 of the preseason every year since 2005. No one remembers those meaningless matchups. But the last two times the G-Men and Pats have played when it mattered are hard to forget. There was the 38â35 classic from Week 17 in 2007, when New England capped its perfect 16â0 regular season. And, of course, a 17â14 New York win in Super Bowl XLII shortly after.
Patriots by 7
Packers (7-0) at Chargers (4-3)
Fresh off a bye, California kid Aaron Rodgers returns to the West Coast to take on a flickering Chargers club working on short rest after a devastating Monday night loss in Kansas City. The past two seasons, Green Bay has been extremely sharp following its bye â outscoring opponents by a combined 57â3.
Packers by 7
Rams (1-6) at Cardinals (1-6)
St. Louis football migrates to the desert once again, as the franchise formerly known as the Los Angeles Rams takes on the old St. Louis Cardinals. These are decidedly different one-win teams. The Rams just won; the Cardinals are trying to stop a six-game losing streak.
Cardinals by 3
Bears (4-3) at Eagles (3-4)
Two of the leagueâs most unpredictable and polarizing passers â Chicagoâs Jay Cutler and Philadelphiaâs Mike Vick â take the field in a make-or-break game on Monday night.
Eagles by 7
Last week: 9-4 / Season: 81-35