2009 Week Nine NFL Football Game Previews
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Sunday, November 8st, 2009
Washington Redskins (2-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Atlanta – 10
Preview: The Redskins, fresh off their week eight bye will invade the dirty south and take on the Atlanta Falcons. Washington has struggled this season, wining just two of their first seven games on the year. The Redskins have scored just 96 points; tied for second fewest in the NFC. Washington is in last place in the NFC East; trailing Philadelphia, Dallas and New York; all with five wins. The Redskins are winless on the season on the road. Atlanta is coming off their second straight loss; on Monday Night Football to the division leading and undefeated New Orleans Saints. It was the first time a Mike Smith head coached team has lost two straight games. The Falcons now trail the Saints by three games in the NFC South. Atlanta has won all three of their home games they have played in this season.
Arizona Cardinals (4-3) @ Chicago Bears (4-3)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Chicago – 3
Preview: The Arizona Cardinals come off their disappointing loss to Carolina, and head to Chicago to take on the Bears. Both teams come in with a 4-3 record. The Cardinals continued to lead the NFC West, leading 3-4 San Francisco. The Bears are tied in second place in the NFC North, with Green Bay; both teams trailing 7-1 Minnesota. The Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is questionable for the game, despite not practicing this week. Arizona has been led in touchdowns by Tim Hightower on the ground and Larry Fitzgerald in the air. Quarterback Kurt Warner has had a pretty solid season throwing for 1914 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season, but coming off a five turnover game to Carolina. The Bears snapped their two game losing streak last week with a blasting of the hapless Cleveland Browns. The Bears have scored 159 points on the season, with their defense yielding 150. Chicago’s running back Matt Forte has seen his numbers decrease after his sensational rookie season. Forte has rushed 118 times for 408 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chicago has not lost this season when playing at Soldier Field.
Baltimore Ravens (4-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Baltimore – 2.5
Preview: In a key AFC North game the Baltimore Ravens will look to extend their winning streak to two when they head to Cincinnati to take on the division leading Bengals. The Ravens are coming off the impressive 30-7 blasting of Denver. Ray Rice has taken over the load as top running back for the Ravens, leading the team in yards, five of the first seven games. The Ravens trail Cincinnati and Pittsburgh by one game in the division. Cincinnati is coming off their bye week, before that the Bengals smoked Chicago 45-10. The Bengals have been aided by running back Cedric Benson who has rushed for over 700 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season. Cincinnati is 2-2 when playing at home this season. Baltimore beat Cincinnati on October 17th 17-14.
Houston Texans (5-3) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-0)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Indianapolis - 9
Preview: The Houston Texans, for the first time in franchise history have moved to two games above .500. Now, Houston will play in one of their biggest games in franchise history. The Texans will travel to Indianapolis to take on the unbeaten Colts. Houston has scored nearly 200 points (198) for the second most in the entire AFC. The Texans are coming off wins over Cincinnati, San Francisco and Buffalo. Houston is 3-1 when playing on the road this season. The Colts narrowly escaped a tough 18-14 win at home over the San Francisco 49ers. Indianapolis has been solid on both sides of the ball this season, scoring 197 points, while yielding just 91. Peyton Manning has put up MVP type numbers, completing 187 of 263 passes for 2227 yards and 15 touchdowns. 6 of those touchdowns have went to Reggie Wayne, who has caught 51 total passes. The Colts host New England and travel to Baltimore in the two weeks following this game.
Miami Dolphins (3-4) @ New England Patriots (5-2)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: New England – 10.5
Preview: The Miami Dolphins, the defending AFC East Champs will look to head to Foxboro on Sunday and knock off the divisional leaders. Miami is coming off a 30-25 win over divisional foe New York last weekend. The Dolphins are 3-0 when playing against divisional opponents. Miami is led by Ronnie Brown and his 7 rushing touchdowns, and Ricki Williams and his 423 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Patriots have out scored opponents by a total of 100 points on the season, including two huge blowouts wins over Tennessee and Tampa Bay. Tom Brady got off to a slow start, but has heated up as of late. On the season, Brady has tossed for over 2000 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Patriots have yet to lose when playing at home. These two teams will play again, in Miami, on December 6th.
Green Bay Packers (4-3) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)
Time: 1pm ET
Spread: Green Bay - 10
Preview: The Green Bay Packers will head South to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Green Bay, coming off their home loss to rival Minnesota will look to bounce back against the winless Buccaneers. Green Bay, at 4-3, is tied with Chicago in second place in the NFC East. Tampa Bay, who is looking for their first win, trail New Orleans, Atlanta and Carolina in the ultra competitive NFC South. The Buccaneers come into this game off their bye; the week before that Tampa Bay was in London, getting throttled by the New England Patriots. The Buccaneers on the season have scored just 96 points, and allowed 204. The point differential of 107 is second worst in the NFC, only better than St. Louis.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4)
Time: 1pm EST
Spread: Jacksonville – 6.5
Preview: In one of three games featuring two teams below .500, the Kansas City Chiefs head to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kansas City coming off their bye week have just one win; a 14-6 at Washington. The Chiefs have struggled offensively scoring just 105 points in seven games. The Chiefs are in last place in the AFC West, trailing Denver, San Diego and Oakland. The Chiefs Larry Johnson will not be in uniform for this one, as part of his suspension for making remarks about head coach Todd Haley. The Jaguars had a chance to move above .500 on Sunday but were downed by divisional foe Tennessee. The win for the Titans was their first on the season. Jacksonville has scored 133 points, while allowing 177 on the season. Jacksonville has won two of three games when playing at home this season.
Carolina Panthers (3-4) @ New Orleans Saints (7-0)
Time: 4:05pm EST
Spread: New Orleans – 13.5
Preview: In a key NFC South tilt, the Carolina Panthers will head to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints. Carolina is coming off a very surprising, and impressive win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Panthers have used the rushing of DeAngelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart to key in winning three of their last four games. Williams has rushed for 619 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Stewart has rushed 74 times for 360 yards and 4 touchdowns. The passing game of the Panthers has been dismal, as Jake Delhomme leads the NFL in interceptions thrown. Steve Smith has caught just one touchdown on the season. The Panthers have scored 128 points, while allowing 166. The Saints will come into this home game with a perfect 7-0 record. The Saints knocked off Atlanta on Monday Night Football to stay unbeaten. New Orleans leads the entire NFL with 273 points, while they have allowed just 154. Drew Brees has had a sensational season, putting up MVP type numbers of 2006 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. The Saints have a three game lead at the top of the NFC South.
Detroit Lions (1-6) @ Seattle Seahawks (2-5)
Time: 4:05pm ET
Spread: Seattle – 10
Preview: The Detroit Lions had an opportunity to keep St. Louis winless, to match the Lions nightmare 2008 season, but failed in the attempt, dropping 17-10. The Lions were once again playing without top offensive receiver Calvin Johnson. Matthew Stafford, rookie out of Georgia struggled to get the Lions into the end zone, and on the season has thrown just three touchdown passes. Detroit has been out scored 113 - 205 on the season. The 205 points given up is the second most, only trailing St. Louis. The Lions are in last place in the NFC North. For Seattle, they hope to use the home game with Detroit to springboard them into mid season success. Through the first seven games this season Jim Mora Jr’s team has won just two. After winning their first game of the season, the Seahawks have won just one other game; a 41-0 blowout over Jacksonville. The Seahawks will play three straight road games following this home tilt.
Tennessee Titans (1-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-4)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: San Francisco – 4
Preview: Following their first win in 2009, the Tennessee Titans will look to expand that streak when they head on the road; to San Francisco. The Titans picked up a 30-13 win over Jacksonville, behind a career high 228 rushing yards from Chris Johnson. Johnson’s performance topped the storyline of Vince Young making his first start as quarterback this season. Through the first seven games, the Titans used Kerry Collins behind center. The Titans have scored 114 points, while allowing 211 on the season. For the 49ers, following their tough 18-14 loss to Indianapolis, they hope to climb back to .500. San Francisco trails Arizona at the top of the NFC West, but holds the tiebreaker with the win over the Cardinals. The 49ers have beaten all three divisional foes; St. Louis, Seattle and Arizona this season. San Francisco has scored 147 points, and allowed 140 on the season. The 49ers have won two of three home games this season.
San Diego Chargers (4-3) @ New York Giants (5-3)
Time: 4:15pm ET
Spread: New York Giants – 5
Preview: The San Diego Chargers, winners of two straight games will take on the New York Giants. San Diego, with wins over Kansas City and Oakland have climbed to a game above .500. With the recent Denver loss, the Chargers now just trail the Broncos by two games at the top of the AFC West. San Diego has seen quarterback Phillip Rivers throw for 2036 yards and 11 touchdowns, with his top receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson has caught 37 passes for 664 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Chargers have out scored opponents 185 - 159 on the season. For the Giants, they look to snap their nasty three game losing streak. After winning their first five games in 2009, the Giants have lost at New Orleans, home with Arizona and at Philadelphia. The losing streak for the Giants has dropped them to third place in the NFC East, trailing both the Eagles and the Cowboys. New York has scored the third most points in the NFC; with 212, trailing only Minnesota and New Orleans.
Dallas Cowboys (5-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-2)
Time: 8:20pm EST
Spread: Philadelphia – 3
Preview: With the NFC East division lead on the line, the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Dallas has won three straight games, including their 38-17 win over the Seahawks. The Cowboys have used the combination of Tony Romo to Miles Austin on several occasions in recent games, as Austin has garnered over 430 yards in the last three games. The Cowboys have scored just shy of 200 points on the season, while the defense has allowed 136. Tony Romo, after being scrutinized early in the season, has compiled solid stats, completing 138 of 230 passes for 1908 yards and 12 touchdowns. For the Eagles, aside from the 13-9 debacle in Oakland, they have been extremely solid in 2009. Philadelphia’s other loss came in week two when the Saints came marching in, blasting Philadelphia 48-22. The combination of Donovan McNabb to DeSean Jackson has been a deadly one thus far for the Eagles. Jackson, who has emerged as one of the top deep threats in all of football has led the team in receiving yards four of the first seven games. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia’s top running back is questionable for this game. Westbrook has led the team in rushing three teams. The Eagles have scored 203 points and allowed just 133 on the year.
Monday, November 9th, 2009
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) @ Denver Broncos (6-1)
Time: 8:30pm ET
Spread: Pittsburgh – 3
Preview: In a huge Monday Night Football affair, the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos. The Steelers are coming off their bye week, in which they went into and came out of tied in first place in the AFC North. The Steelers, after starting 1-2, have won four straight games. Rashard Mendenhall, who has taken over the position as top running back for the Steelers has rushed for four touchdowns on 78 carries. The Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has completed 164 of 233 passes for 2062 yards and 11 touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s defense has yielded the fifth least amount of points on the season; 129. The Steelers have won just one of three games on the road in 2009. For Denver, after their 6-0 start, they were steamrolled in Baltimore on Sunday. The Broncos scored just 7 points, allowing the Ravens 30. On the season, Denver has allowed 96 points, which is the second fewest in the AFC, only trailing Indianapolis. The Broncos’ Kyle Orton has done admirable work replacing Jay Cutler. Orton has completed 147 of 231 passes for 1617 yards and 9 touchdowns. Rookie running back Knowshon Moreno has rushed over 100 times, and scored 2 touchdowns. The Broncos lead the AFC West with their 6-1 mark, leading 4-3 San Diego.