Week 9 NFL Picks; Rams play host to Titans on SNF; Battle of Ohio for AFC North Positioning

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

Covid-19 has struck it's ugly head again and it just will not go away. A.J. Green, Aaron Rodgers, Noah Fant, Saquon Barkley, and Xavier McKinney have all tested positive for the virus and look to be out for Sunday. Fans of the NFL were robbed of a Mahomes-Rodgers showdown in Kansas City this week. I'm sad. Odell Beckham Jr. has been excused from the Browns practice the past two days after a series of social media shares from his father, which showed Odell being open and Baker Mayfield not connecting with his son. Things are not great in Cleveland right now, but that all could change with a victory over AFC North foe Cincinnati on Sunday. Heroic efforts from backup quarterbacks in Week 8 were the highlight of the season so far. Mike White led the Jets to a victory over the Bengals at home. Trevor Siemian stepped in after Jameis Winston went down (Season ending injury) and led the Saints to a victory over the Bucs. Finally, Cooper Rush helped Dallas to a late victory over the Vikings on Sunday night. I'd be remised to leave out the loss of Derrick Henry for the season and Calvin Ridley stepping away from football to take care of his mental health. We here at The Cut wish a strong and speedy recover to both these guys.

Week 9 showcases a battle between Houston and Miami. All kidding aside, New England travels to Carolina in a game between 4-4 teams, with the winner headed into the wild-card hunt. The Raiders will look to get a win in New Jersey as they take on the Giants, in what has been another emotional week for Las Vegas. Derek Carr is the perfect quarterback to lead this team through one of the most tumultuous seasons in recent memory. Sitting at 5-2, this feels like a game that could mean a lot going forward. Jordan Love gets the nod against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. He will get an opportunity to show what he can do over the next week or two. I'm excited to see what he can do and I'm sure the Packers management will be watching closely as well.

Find out who The Cut contributors like in this week's games, as they now hold a 63% winning percentage after Adam, Brandon, Randy, and Christian stunk up the joint in Week 8.

Here are the current standings:

1. Sean: 85-37 @sward_1212

2. Adam: 78-44 @AdammackNFL

T3. Sweet: 75-47 @AllEliteSweet

T3. Randy: 75-47 @RHallNFL

5. Christian: 73-49 @CWilliamsNFL

Image via NewYorkJets.com

*(2-5) New York Jets @ (3-5) Indianapolis Colts (-10.5) (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network) Over/Under: 46.5

Sweet: Colts 27-20

Randy: Colts 27-20

Christian: Colts 21-17

Adam: Jets 24-21

Sean: Colts 31-24

(4-4) Cleveland Browns @ (5-3) Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 46.5

Sweet: Browns 24-21

Randy: Browns 26-23

Christian: Browns 31-21

Adam: Bengals 27-10

Sean: Browns 34-31

Image via Stacy Revere, Getty Images

(4-4) Denver Broncos @ (6-1) Dallas Cowboys (-9.5) (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 49.5

Sweet: Cowboys 38-17

Randy: Cowboys 31-17

Christian: Cowboys 31-21

Adam: Cowboys 42-10

Sean: Cowboys 27-20

(1-7) Houston Texans @ (1-7) Miami Dolphins (-6.5) (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 46

Sweet: Dolphins 29-21

Randy: Dolphins 26-24

Christian: Texans 31-27

Adam: Texans 17-14

Sean: Dolphins 28-24

(3-4) Atlanta Falcons @ (5-2) New Orleans Saints (-6) (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 42

Sweet: Saints 20-17

Randy: Saints 23-14

Christian: Falcons 28-24

Adam: Saints 35-30

Sean: Saints 28-27

(5-2) Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5) @ (2-6) New York Giants (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 46.5

Sweet: Giants 23-20

Randy: Raiders 27-23

Christian: Raiders 24-17

Adam: Raiders 10-7

Sean: Raiders 31-27

Image via Patriots Wire/USA Today

(4-4) New England Patriots (-4) @ (4-4) Carolina Panthers (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 41

Sweet: Patriots 26-14

Randy: Patriots 23-13

Christian: Patriots 17-14

Adam: Patriots 24-21

Sean: Patriots 34-24

(5-2) Buffalo Bills (-14.5) @ (1-6) Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 48.5

Sweet: Bills 38-20

Randy: Bills 34-13

Christian: Bills 42-14

Adam: Bills 42-3

Sean: Bills 37-28

(3-4) Minnesota Vikings @ (5-2) Baltimore Ravens (-5.5) (1:00 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 49.5

Sweet: Ravens 34-17

Randy: Ravens 30-27

Christian: Ravens 30-20

Adam: Ravens 30-20

Sean: Ravens 38-30

(4-3) Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5) @ (3-5) Philadelphia Eagles (4:05 PM ET, CBS) Over/Under: 50

Sweet: Chargers 27-17

Randy: Chargers 28-20

Christian: Chargers 24-18

Adam: Chargers 30-14

Sean: Chargers 38-34

Image via Christian Petersen/Getty Images

(7-1) Green Bay Packers @ (4-4) Kansas City Chiefs (EVEN) (4:25 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 54.5

Sweet: Chiefs 28-17

Randy: Packers 23-20

Christian: Packers 24-23

Adam: Packers 23-20

Sean: Chiefs 34-31

(7-1) Arizona Cardinals @ (3-4) San Francisco 49ers (EVEN) (4:25 PM ET, FOX) Over/Under: 45

Sweet: 49ers 28-17

Randy: 49ers 27-17

Christian: 49ers 24-21

Adam: Cardinals 27-20

Sean: 49ers 31-28

Image via Rams Wire

**(6-2) Tennessee Titans @ (7-1) Los Angeles Rams (-7.5) (8:20 PM ET, NBC) Over/Under: 53.5

Sweet: Rams 34-21

Randy: Rams 30-27

Christian: Rams 31-17

Adam: Rams 35-14

Sean: Rams 34-30

***(3-5) Chicago Bears @ (4-3) Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5) (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Over/Under: 40

Sweet: Steelers 20-3

Randy: Steelers 24-17

Christian: Bears 24-21

Adam: Steelers 24-17

Sean: Steelers 23-17

* Indianapolis hosts New York (Jets) on Thursday Night Football *

** Los Angeles (Rams) hosts Tennessee on Sunday Night Football **

*** Pittsburgh hosts Chicago on Monday Night Football ***

Week 9 Byes: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

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