Around the League: Week 9 Results

My apologies for the lateness on this one. I definitely came down with a bit of some kind of death-like flu. No, seriously. I wanted to die for a couple of days. In any case, on to the picks.


Atlanta Falcons 31 Indianapolis Colts 7

I think we can all agree that injuries have killed this team the last two seasons, none more relevant than the injury/surgery to Peyton Manning. By Bill Polian’s estimate, the Colts are down 11 starters. That’s enough to lose to anybody. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 1

Travis – 1 for 1

New York Jets 27 Buffalo Bills 11

I saw on Around the League live featuring 3 former defensive players in the NFL including Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp agreeing that defense don’t win championships. Instead, they give your team a chance. This agreement is exactly what the Jets stand for. Their defense is not quite elite but good enough to provide an opportunity for an average at best offense. For Buffalo, I’m not exactly sure how they plan to contend in that Division with play like that. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 2

Travis – 1 for 2

Cleveland Browns 12 Houston Texans 30

When Houston has two running backs rush for over 100 yards apiece in the NFL in the same game, there isn’t a logical argument as to how they lose. For Cleveland, I’m sad for Colt McCoy, who will certainly be drafted over after this season. Also, the Madden Curse is for real. See Peyton Hillis. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 3

Travis – 2 for 3

Seattle Seahawks 13 Dallas Cowboys 23

I read that after this game, Cowboys fans were upset that the game was this close. As someone who figured this would be a blowout, I’m equally bewildered. I don’t think Dallas is good enough to go to the Playoffs at this point. We already knew this about Seattle. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 4

Travis – 3 for 4

Miami Dolphins 31 Kansas City Chiefs 3

You know, after seeing Kansas City reel off a few nice wins, it was quite the shock to see the Colts only real challenge for the number 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft win in a blowout on Sunday. I really thought Kansas City would give its Division a run for its money. Now I’m not so sure. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 5

Travis – 4 for 5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 New Orleans Saints 27

New Orleans plays really well at home. This should be noted moving forward this season. If the Saints get a home game in the Playoffs, go ahead and circle that as a win. Tampa Bay, however, is stuck in a Division with two better teams in Atlanta and New Orleans. That’s too bad, as Tampa Bay could win a couple Divisions in the NFL. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 6

Travis – 5 for 6

San Francisco 49ers 19 Washington Redskins 11

The bottom line is, no one wants to play the 49ers right now. I figured the Redskins would put up a fight here, but the bottom line is, Jim Harbaugh has this team playing at too high a level to lose to a team without an identity, and that’s exactly who the Redskins are. -Jared

Jared – 5 for 7

Travis – 6 for 7

Cincinnati Bengals 24 Tennessee Titans 17

As far as I can tell, the Bengals’ biggest problem is playing the Division they play in. The Steelers and Ravens pose quite a problem for a rookie quarterback and a pretty untested team as a whole. They may play great defense, but they have yet to really play anyone. -Jared

Jared – 6 for 8

Travis – 7 for 8

Denver Broncos 38 Oakland Raiders 24

There’s a beauty in the genuine distrust that sports media has in Tim Tebow’s ability to play quarterback in NFL. Luckily, what Tebow lacks in throwing ability, he more than makes up for in running ability. While this is absolutely an upset, what’s more concerning is the play of Carson Palmer. He showed more than was expected of him, but still needs a lot of work. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 9

Travis – 7 for 9

Green Bay Packers 45 San Diego Chargers 38

We got a little more out of San Diego than I expected, especially against this Packer team that is seemingly unstoppable on offense. Most of the points scored in the second half by San Diego could be considered garbage points, but nonetheless, this game was entertaining. -Jared

Jared – 8 for 10

Travis – 8 for 10

St. Louis Rams 13 Arizona Cardinals 19

I’m not sure what happened here because I didn’t watch the game, but when you turn the ball over in a close game and don’t put up any points on offense, you’re going to struggle to win. Arizona didn’t necessarily do better, but a win is a win, right? The Cardinals appear to have lost Kevin Kolb for the time being, so there’s that. -Jared

Jared – 8 for 11

Travis – 8 for 11

New York Giants 24 New England Patriots 20

I think a lot of people saw this coming. New England has been riding a dangerous line so far this year. The offensive production has been waning and the defense is vulnerable. For the Giants, while they aren’t necessarily great at anything, are stabilizing defensively. Defense is the last thing the Patriots want to see. -Jared

Jared – 9 for 12

Travis – 9 for 12

Baltimore Ravens 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 20

I’m going to struggle to put into words how awesome this game was, but I think what we witnessed here was a coming of age for Joe Flacco. Sunday Night Football is one of the biggest stages in football. The Steelers are one of the marquee teams in the NFL. To go into Heinz Field on a Sunday night as the underdog, not get a ton of production out of Ray Rice, and to march down the field and score against one of the elite defenses in the league says quite a bit about this Ravens team. I can’t wait to see these two tango in the Playoffs. -Jared

Jared – 9 for 13

Travis – 10 for 13

Chicago Bears 30 Philadelphia Eagles 24

Some questions I posed in my predictions were answered Monday night. Chicago still has an elite defense. Michael Vick’s play is just as much of a curse as it appears, at times, to be a blessing. If the Eagles are going to pick their poison every game, they won’t make it to the postseason. Jay Cutler is playing at a high level with the return of college teammate Earl Bennett. -Jared

Jared – 10 for 14

Travis – 10 for 14

Gasp! A tie! Team Travis!