Sorry folks, I know it’s been a while. 2019 wasn’t my year for picking baseball as the Nationals captured our hearts and took the world by storm. But now my modest 3-3 NFL picks record is no longer on hold, so here are some picks for Week 9 in the NFL:
Season record: 3-3 (.500)
Chicago at Philadelphia (-4)
I feel like the Eagles have to be confident again after dismantling Buffalo last week, even though the Bills are very overrated. They are still a talented, well-coached team and now they go up against a mediocre-at-best quarterback in Mitch Trubisky. Any magic the Bears had in 2018 seems to be gone now. Pick: Eagles.
New York Jets (-3) at Miami
I just cannot pick the Dolphins. I want to, because the Jets are a joke, but the Dolphins are so dismal and so bad at making second-half adjustments that I’ll still take my chances with Adam Gase getting his revenge on the team that (rightfully) fired him after 2018. Pick: Jets.
Washington at Buffalo (-10.5)
No way I’m giving this overhyped Bills team double-digit points. They just haven’t earned it. At 5-2, Buffalo’s only semi-legitimate win was at Tennessee. The Skins hung tough against Minnesota and as bad as Dwayne Haskins might end up being, I’ll still take my chances with 10.5 points. Pick: Redskins.
New England (-3) at Baltimore
People are saying the same thing: this is the first “real” team the Patriots have played thus far, basically. Buffalo is a sham of a 5-2 club and so Lamar Jackson and Co. represents the first test for this other-worldly New England defense. But I don’t see it that way. Though the Pats are often beneficiaries of an easy schedule, they’ve been so dominant defensively you can’t help but think 16-0 is a very real possibility. This will be their first chance to prove they can shut down top-tier teams, and they won’t disappoint as Bill Belichick will have something up his sleeve Jackson has never seen before. Pick: Patriots.