We’ve now passed the midpoint of the NFL season. This week’s matchups feature five games between teams with winning records. These five games could obviously have playoff implications. Let’s take a look at this week’s slate of games and predict who will win so you can cash in against their NFL odds.
2020 NFL Straight-Up Picks For Week 9
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
The Packers are coming off a tough loss to the Vikings, while the Niners suffered even more injuries in their loss to Seattle. Rodgers always bounces back well after a loss, and with the 49ers not having George Kittle or Jimmy Garoppolo, we look for Green Bay to win this one.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
These teams have a combined record of 2-12. Houston’s defense is awful, and Jacksonville’s isn’t much better.
Houston has the better offense, which is mostly a product of Deshaun Watson. Watson’s play will carry the Texans to a victory.
New York Giants at Washington Football Team
When these two met just a couple of weeks ago, the Giants won 20-19. This should be a very tight game, as neither team has shown much on the offensive side of the ball.
The Giants are coming off a Monday night loss to Tampa Bay in a very close game. The Giants win by one point again.
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
The Colts elite defense will have to find a way to stop Lamar Jackson. Philip Rivers hasn’t been the player that the Colts were hoping for when they got him in the offseason.
The Colts defense will slow Jackson down, but the Colts offense won’t be able to score enough. The Ravens will win in a low-scoring affair.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
This is a must-win game for both teams if they want to stay in playoff contention. Dalvin Cook returned from injury and scored four touchdowns in a victory over the Packers on Sunday.
The Lions were blown out by the Colts. Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense has been coming together of late. Minnesota is starting to trade off some of its pieces, so we think the Lions win this one.
Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans
The Bears defense will be geared up to stop Derrick Henry. Although the Titans defense isn’t very good, neither is the Bears offense. We think that Tennessee is the better team and will earn a victory over the Bears.
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs
Although Matt Rhule has done a tremendous job in his first season as the Panthers head coach, and Carolina is expecting Christian McCaffrey to play, the Panthers still aren’t good enough to beat the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes is starting to hit his stride, and the Chiefs will put up some big offensive numbers. Kansas City wins this one easily.
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills
This should be a fun one to watch. Both of these teams have shown that they can score points in bunches. Whichever team has the ball last will win. We think that will be Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
These two teams are pretty much playing for a higher draft pick right now. Atlanta has the offensive weapons to do some damage, but they’ve been inconsistent all season.
Denver’s offense has been bland, and its defense has been average. The Falcons offense will play well, and that will lead to an Atlanta win.
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
The Raiders are thinking about the playoffs. The Chargers seem to have found their quarterback of the future in Justin Herbert.
The Chargers have been finding ways to lose games that they should win. This will be the case again this week, as the Raiders will claim a late victory.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals
The Dolphins have been playing well, and their defense has been improving. Now they’ll travel across the country to face Kyler Murray and the high-powered Cardinals offense.
Arizona wants to keep pace with the Seahawks, and they’ll do that by beating the Dolphins.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys defense can’t stop anyone. Ben Roethlisberger and company will score plenty of points.
Since Dak Prescott has been out, the Cowboys offense has struggled to score. A struggling offense now gets to play the top defense in the league. That doesn’t bode well for Dallas.
Pittsburgh wins easily.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Saints took the first matchup in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL Regular Season. Since then, Tom Brady and the Bucs offense has gotten better, and the defense has been playing well.
Drew Brees is starting to look like a 40-year-old quarterback. Tampa Bay wins at home.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Could this be the week that the Jets finally win a game against a struggling Patriots squad? Nope. The Jets will stay winless.