The NFL is in full swing, and the competition off the field among fans is nearly as heated as the competition on the field on game day.
The Athlon Sports Pro Football Experts Club presented by New Era gives you the chance to compete with your friends and our experts each week.
Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:
Buffalo at N.Y. Jets
Rex Ryan returns to his old home for a game that will start to shape the AFC Wild Card race. The Bills are 4–2 when QB Tyrod Taylor is healthy.
Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 24–20.
Detroit at Green Bay
Green Bay has lost two in a row — both against undefeated teams on the road. This one is back at Lambeau, and the Lions are far from undefeated.
Gworek's Pick: Packers, 30–17.
Dallas at Tampa Bay
The Cowboys are winless since Tony Romo got hurt, but it’s not all on the offense: The Dallas defense has forced one turnover during a six-game losing streak.
Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 26–23.
Carolina at Tennessee
Marcus Mariota and the Titans lit up the Saints for nearly 500 yards last week, but the Panthers defense is quite a bit tougher and leads the NFL in interceptions.
Gworek's Pick: Panthers, 23–14.
Chicago at St. Louis
Last week’s OT loss in Minnesota could come back to haunt the Rams. Since starting 0–3, Chicago has played five straight games decided by three points or less (3–2).
Gworek's Pick: St. Louis, 20–16.
New Orleans at Washington
The Saints were rolling before stumbling at home against Tennessee. Washington has allowed more than 400 yards in four straight games.
Gworek's Pick: New Orleans, 30–24.
Miami at Philadelphia
Philadelphia has averaged 173 yards rushing over its last four games. Miami got gashed by Buffalo for 266 yards on the ground last week.
Gworek's Pick: Philadelphia, 27–20.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Cleveland ranks last in the NFL against the run. Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams is averaging 125 yards per game in his three starts.
Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 24–17.
Jacksonville at Baltimore
The Jaguars moved the ball on the Jets last week but were done in by four turnovers. Every one of Baltimore’s games has been decided by eight points or less.
Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 26–24.
Minnesota at Oakland
The Raiders offense is clicking, averaging over 430 yards over the last three games. Can the Vikings (30th in passing) exploit the NFL’s worst pass defense?
Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 29–27.
New England at N.Y. Giants
The Giants have survived ranking last in total defense thanks to a league-best plus-12 turnover differential, but the Patriots sit tied for second at plus-7.
Gworek's Pick: New England, 31–21.
Kansas City at Denver
Denver has not forced a turnover in its last two games after 17 takeaways in its first six. Five of those came at the Chiefs expense in Week 2.
Gworek's Pick: Denver, 27–21.
Arizona at Seattle
Without Carson Palmer last season, the Cards did not score a touchdown against Seattle. The NFC West is far from over.
Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 17–13.
Houston at Cincinnati
The Texans may have life in the AFC South with Andrew Luck injured, but their next six games are against teams with legitimate playoff hopes.
Gworek's Pick: Bengals, 31–16.
Week 9 Record: 6–7
Overall Record: 80–52