Hawks NFL Picks: Week 9

By Brent “The Hawk” Walker

A week 8 record of 7-7 puts me at 67-52 for the year.
Damn! the regular season is officially half over already. Week 9 here I come.
Team byes: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks
 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) at New York Jets (4-3)
Line: NYJ -9.0
O/U: 40

New York suffered a surprising loss to Oakland last week. A team with one of the best defenses in the NFL got shredded by Derek Carr and company, but what better way to bounce back than to play a home game against the lowly Jaguars?
Pick: Jets

Washington Redskins (3-4) at New England Cheaters
Line: NE -15
O/U: 51.5
Las Vegas is right more often than it is wrong, so if they have a team as a 14 point favorite you go with them.
Seriously though? How many damn home games are the Cheaters going to get this year? I think this is 3 in a row.
Pick: Cheaters

St. Louis Rams (4-3) at Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Line: Even
O/U: 44

We have a couple really good rookies facing off here. Rams Back Todd Gurley is scary right now. He has run for 575 yards and 3 Td’s in his first 5 games and Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs has burst onto the scene only recently. He has 25 catches for 419 yards and 2 Td’s in his first 4 games.
Tough one to call. But the Rams defense is slightly better and this game is expected to be low scoring.
Pick: Rams

Miami Dolphins (3-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-4)
Line: BUF -2.5
O/U: 44

Another tough game to call. Both these teams are inconsistent as hell. However it is in Buffalo, the Bills are coming off a bye, and they have lost 2 in a row so they might just be slightly hungrier.

Pick: Bills

Green Bay Packers (6-1) at Carolina Panthers (7-0)
Line: GB -2.5

O/U: 46.5

To say that the Packers loss last week to the Broncos was shocking is an understatement. Denver beat the living hell out of them in every facet of the game. Aaron Rodgers completed 14 of 22 passes for 77 yards, and no that is not a typo (editors note: holy shit I thought that was a typo).
Quite frankly they were embarrassed and I fully expect them to take it out on luckiest 7-0 team in NFL history. Carolina hasn’t even played a team above .500 yet.
Pick: Packers

Tennessee Titans (1-6) at New Orleans Saints (4-4)
Line: NO -9.0
O/U: 48

As head coach of the Titans, Ken Whisenhunt had a record of 3-20. That’s not going to do it in this league. Needless to say he was fired on Tuesday. Mike Mularkey will take over for the rest of the year.
New Orleans on the other hand is quietly one of the hottest teams in the league. They have won 3 in a row, including last week against the Giants which was one of the wildest games of all time.
Drew Brees threw for 505 yards and 7 TD’s (tied for an NFL record). Not to be outdone, Giants QB Eli Manning threw for 350 yards and 6 TDs. Final score; Saints 52 Giants 49.
Saints stay hot and take it.
Pick: Saints

Oakland Raiders (4-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
Line: PIT -4.5
O/U: 48.5

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger started last week against the Bengals for the first time in a month after recovering from an ACL sprain and looked rusty. He threw 3 picks. Unfortunately his first game back was the last game of the season for superstar running back Le’veon Bell who tore his MCL. DeAngelo Williams will start instead. Williams is good but he is nowhere near the caliber player Bell is, Pittsburgh might be in trouble.
Meanwhile Oakland dominated the Jets last week, and at 4-3 are starting to look a team that might be the biggest surprise of the year.
Pick: Raiders

Oakland-Raiders-LogoNew York Giants (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
Line: NYG -2.5
O/U: 49.5

In week 6 Eli Manning threw for 189 yards, 1 TD and 2 Int’s against the Eagles. In week 7 he threw for 170 yards 0 Tds, and 0 Int’s against the Cowboys. In week 8 he threw for 350 yards, 6 Td’s and 0 Int’s. What the hell is his deal? How do his stats vary so drastically like that from week to week? I don’t know but it makes it really hard to pick his games.
Will we get good Eli or bad Eli this Week?
Lets flip a coin again.
Heads: good Eli.
Tails: bad Eli
….. Heads it is.
Pick: Giants


Atlanta Falcons (6-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
Line: ATL -7.5
O/U: 48.5

San Francisco has decided to make a big move and bench starting QB Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert. While I get that Kaepernick is having a bad year, and has clearly taken a huge step back from the starting Super Bowl QB of 3 years ago, this is another bonehead move in a series of bonehead moves that the 49ers organization has made in the past year.
Gabbert is fucking awful. Seriously, did you see him play when he started for the Jaguars? His rookie season in 2011, he was sacked 40 times, he fumbled the ball 14 times, only completed 50.8 % of his passes, and had a passer rating of 65.4. In fact “Football Outsiders” a website which focuses on advanced statistical analysis of the NFL calculated that it was the 5th worst QB season ever measured.
This is good news for a Falcons team that has struggled the last two weeks against the likes of the Titans, whom they beat 10-7 and Buccaneers, whom they lost 23-20 to last week in OT.
I told you the Falcons weren’t for real despite their 5-0 start. Despite those struggles they should have no problem beating a 49ers team that might be the worst team in the league this year.
Pick: Falcons


Denver Broncos (7-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
Line: DEN -5.5
O/U: 45.5

Denver shocked the world last week by blasting a very good Packers team 29-10. Peyton Manning and head coach Gary Kubiak seemed to be on the same page offensively for the first time all year. If this continues, and they don’t wear out the 39 year old Manning by making him throw it 40 times a game they have a great chance to make it to their second Super Bowl in 3 years.
Hell, even if that offense doesn’t keep clicking like that for the rest of the year they might win the AFC. That defense is nasty. They held that Packers offense to 140 total yards. That is insane.
So much for the Colts making it to the Super Bowl like I picked. They have had a disastrous season so far. What is wrong with Andrew Luck? Is he hurt or something? Luck has thrown a league leading 12 picks and has only completed 54.9% of his passes, terrible stats for a guy that was expected to be the face of the NFL in a few years.
Lucky for them they play in by far the worst division in football and at 3-5 are still in first place.
With Denver’s dominating defense going up against a turnover prone Luck, this game could get ugly quick.
Pick: Broncos

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (2-5)
Line: PHI -3.0
O/U: 43.5

I’m sure when this game was put on the schedule as the Sunday Night matchup it was expected to be two of the best teams in the NFL facing off, but that has not been the case. Both those teams have underachieved drastically.
Philadelphia has no excuse for this but Dallas does as Romo went down in week two, which happened to be the first game against the Eagles this season. It also happens to be the last time the Cowboys won. They are currently on a 5 game losing streak.
They won that game because their defense shut the Eagles offense down. No reason to think that changes. Especially considering it is in Dallas and they will be hungry after a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to the Seahawks last week.
Pick: Cowboys


Chicago Bears (2-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-6)
Line: SD -4.5
O/U: 49

One of the best parts of playing fantasy football is that it motivates you to watch games like this despite the fact that the two teams have a combined record of 4-11.
I am in two leagues this season and have 4 players starting in this game on my team; Jeremy Langford (Replacing the injured Matt Forte whom I also have), Alshon Jeffery, Phillip Rivers, and Melvin Gordon.
Here’s to hoping it is a high scoring affair.
Pick: Chargers

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