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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Tennessee at Jacksonville

These teams have only five wins between them, but the winner of this game is actually still in the AFC South race. Jacksonville has won two of three, forcing four turnovers in each victory.

Gworek's Pick: Jacksonville, 17-13.

Oakland at Detroit

The Raiders need to get back on track after a disappointing home loss to Minnesota. Despite winning in Green Bay for the first time since 1991, Detroit ranks 27th in offense and may not be able to keep up.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 30-20.

Indianapolis at Atlanta

Atlanta had the week off to get healthy and figure out how a 5–0 start turned into a 6–3 record. Indianapolis again turns to Matt Hasselbeck (2–0 as a starter this season) at quarterback for the injured Andrew Luck.

Gworek's Pick: Atlanta, 27-21.

N.Y. Jets at Houston

Houston has not allowed a touchdown in winning its last two over Tennessee and Cincinnati. After turning the ball over four times in a loss to Buffalo, the Jets have a minus-9 turnover differential in their four losses.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Jets, 23–20.

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia

Two 4–5 teams hoping to stay on the edge of the NFC playoff chase meet. Philadelphia, which will be without quarterback Sam Bradford for at least a couple weeks, needs Mark Sanchez to avoid the big turnover.

Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 26–24.

Denver at Chicago

The Broncos have lost two in a row and give Brock Osweiler is first career start with Peyton Manning hurting. The Bears have won two in a row and moved into the NFL’s top 10 in total defense.

Gworek's Pick: Chicago, 16–14.

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St. Louis at Baltimore

The Rams switch to Case Keenum at quarterback, but it won’t matter if the defense plays like it did in a loss to the Bears. The Ravens can’t catch a break and have lost seven games by 32 total points.

Gworek's Pick: Baltimore, 26–20.

Dallas at Miami

The Cowboys get Tony Romo back after going 0–7 without him. Amazingly, they still have a chance in the ugly NFC East. Miami needs to get hot fast and plays five of its last seven at home.

Gworek's Pick: Dallas, 23–21.

Washington at Carolina

Carolina may run away with home-field advantage in the NFC but plays four of its last six on the road. The Redskins are just a half game out of first place in the NFC East with four division games left.

Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 28–20.

Kansas City at San Diego

Kansas City has won three in a row to get right into the thick of the AFC Wild Card race. The Chargers have lost five in a row but can play spoiler with every team left on its schedule still in the playoff picture.

Gworek's Pick: San Diego, 27–24.

Green Bay at Minnesota

After averaging 127 yards per game on the ground during a 6–0 start, the Packers have averaged 69 yards per game since. Green Bay ranks 24th in the NFL against the run; the Vikings lead the NFL in rushing.

Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 20–17.

San Francisco at Seattle

Seattle won the first meeting, holding the Niners to 142 total yards in a 20–3 victory. Blaine Gabbert beat Atlanta in his first start for San Francisco two weeks ago, but a road game at Seattle will be a bigger challenge.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 26–10.

Cincinnati at Arizona

Andy Dalton struggled in a 10–6 loss to the Texans, and it didn’t help that Bengals running backs gained only 51 yards on 15 carries. Cincinnati will need to be better to keep up with the NFL’s No. 1 offense.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 28–23.

Buffalo at New England

New England won the first meeting 40–32 in Buffalo, sacking Tyrod Taylor eight times. Before last season’s finale when the Pats rested starters, Buffalo’s last win in Foxboro was Nov. 5, 2000.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 24–20.

Week 9 Record: 5–9

Overall Record: 85–61