Ron Glover’s Week 9 NFL Predictions

 

With the second half of the 2010-11 campaign set to begin we can only hope that the cream begins to rise – this has been an interesting first half to say the least.

Today on the marquee we have the Dolphins who are undefeated on the road heading up to chilly Baltimore to face the Ravens. The Chargers are eager to begin the second half as they face the Texans in Houston. The surprising Buccaneers look to keep the naysayers at bay as they face Matty Ice and the Falcons. Michael Vick returns as the Eagles hope to keep their undefeated record after a bye week intact as Peyton Manning and the Colts pay a visit. My pick for game of the day is the renewal of one of the NFL’s most bitter rivalries as the Chiefs and Raiders go at it in Oakland.

Byes this week: Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins and Titans

Sunday November 7, 2010

New York Jets (5-2) at Detroit Lions (2-5) 1pm: Rex Ryan had better tread lightly with his young quarterback todayNdamukong Suh is every bit the game-changing predator we thought he’d be. I don’t expect the Lions to be pushovers from here on out.

Pick: Jets 21 – Lions 20

Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2) 1pm: The Ravens have won six in a row at home, while the Dolphins are the League’s best road team this season. Ed Reed’s presence in the secondary gives the Ravens an added boost in dealing with Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall. This is the Phin’s third straight game against the AFC North.

Pick: Ravens 30 – Dolphins 17

New England Patriots (6-1) at Cleveland Browns (2-5) 1pm: The Browns are nobody’s chumps, despite a losing record and anybody’s guess at quarterback from week to week. Who’s easier to dislike Eric Mangini or Bill Belichick? I’m sure the Browns remember  when Belichick was run out of town – Belichick hasn’t forgotten either.

San Diego Chargers (3-5) at Houston Texans (5-3) 1pm: Both teams need this game to keep pace in their respective divisions. We could easily see one thousand yards of offense in this one. If the Texans are going to finally see the playoffs, landing a blow to the Chargers hopes here is a must. Antonio Gates is hobbled and Vincent Jackson is some weeks away from playing.

 Texans 38 – Chargers 31

Chicago Bears (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (0-7) 1pm Toronto, Canada: The Bills are going to come up big in what could be their new home in a season or two. The Bears have been shaky and this could be their week to be upset by the Bills. Steve Johnson has stepped up big as the offense is beginning to take shape.

Pick: Bills 24 – Bears 20

Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5) 1pm: The revelation  that Brad Childress was a hair away from being fired has put the coach in a tough but not so tough spot. Childress knows his best bet is to go with anyone but Favre but he has no confidence in Tavaris Jackson. Screw what the fans want and screw what Favre wants – he’s gonna retire at the end of the season while this may be Childress’ only shot at a head coaching job. The choice is simple here.

 Cardinals 27 – Vikings 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) at Atlanta Falcons (5-2) 1pm: Week after week “experts” have predicted the fall of the Buccaneers, well it hasn’t occured yet. Josh Freeman is as good on the road as Matt Ryan is at home – and no one talks about that. Well maybe they will start after today.

Buccaneers 30 – Falcons 28

New Orleans Saints (5-3) at Carolina Panthers (1-6) 1pm: The Saints may have found themselves while saving their season at the same time in last week’s win over the Steelers. With Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush returning shortly, this was one Sean Payton and his crew needed. Today’s game against a game Panthers squad is no different.

Saints 35 – Panthers 24

New York Giants (5-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3) 4:05pm: Two division leaders face off today hoping to pull away from their otherwise mediocre divisions. The Giants are probably the best team in the NFC that no one really wants to face. The Seahawks are one of the most dangerous. I’m curious to see how the G-Men get after Matt Hasselbeck after the Raiders had a field day last weekend.

Giants 27 – Seahawks 23

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) 4:15pm: The Eagles hopefully return to full strength (Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and Jason Peters) this week against a Colts team that is banged up but remains effective. Andy Reid’s Eagles are undefeated coming out of the bye while Peyton Manning is undefeated against the Eagles in his career. Something has to give today.

Eagles 31 – Colts 28 ot

Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) at Oakland Raiders (4-4) 4:15pm: Len Dawson, George Blanda, Hank Stramm, John Madden, Mark van Eeghen, Fred Williamson, Otis Sistrunk, Willie Lanier, Willie Brown, Art Still, Cliff Branch, Joe Delaney, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Howie Long, Christian Okoye, Tim Brown and everyone in between.

Raiders 33 – Chiefs 27

Dallas Cowboys (1-6) at Green Bay Packers (5-3) 8:20 pm: The Packers are looking to put the Cowboys away for the season tonight as Al Harris and Atari Bigby return to a defense that is one of the NFL’s most aggressive. It doesn’t help that Cowboys QB Jon Kitna threw four picks last week. A poor showing tonight and Wade Phillips’ season could end much sooner.

Packers 27 – Cowboys 13

Monday November 8, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-5) 8:30 pm: The Steelers are going  find a way to win this week in another hostile enviroment. Although they’ve come up way short this season (thanks to their quarterback) I’m still curious to see how T.Ochocinco matchup against the Steelers secondary. Wow, just that fast I forgot Carson Palmer was their quarterback.

Steelers 30 – Bengals 17

Last Week 10-3, 2010 Season 66-37

63 Responses to “Ron Glover’s Week 9 NFL Predictions”

  1. MODI says:

    Been in DC the last decade and I swear this is the first year I’ve seen Jason Campbell be able to hold the ball for more than 3 seconds without getting smashed…

    And damn the rookie Ford sure doesn’t play like a rookie!

  2. Miranda says:

    Wait……………did the Packers just score again?

  3. Temple3 says:

    MODI:

    I’ve been saying for years that Campbell, flawed as he is, is not the problem.

    He’s huge, can run, can make all the throws, and he doesn’t get flustered in the pocket. All they need to do is block and leave him alone…and work on his mechanics — which have been undermined by playing for 15 different offensive coordinators.

    Hue Jackson deserves a lot of credit for crafting an offense suited to the talents of his players. He asked the players what they liked to run and then built the system around that. He’s got to be one of a handful of guys who is willing and able to do that.

    How good would Dallas and Minnesota be right now if their coordinators did the same thing?

    Campbell’s not great, but he is a solid passing option that allows the Raiders to do what they want to do — run with power, stretch the field, and play their traditional style. Gradkowski gets rid of the ball quicker, but he’s not ripping bullets 40 yards down the field. This is going to be interesting. If Campbell can improve his anticipation and reduce his risk aversion, the sky is the limit.

  4. Temple3 says:

    Ron:

    7-4 so far.

    Too bad you didn’t make a pick for the Patriots – Browns game!

  5. Ron Glover says:

    @Temple I looked at that earlier and in my mind I had the Patriots winning.

    I’m good for at least two of those this season.

  6. Ron Glover says:

    @Miranda, great call on last night’s mauling.

  7. GrandNubian says:

    I need to get the lottery numbers from Michael Lombardi (NFL Network). His weekly upset special for the last four weeks has been on the money. This week, his pick was the Eagles over the Colts.

    BTW…..does Wes Welker still play for the Patriots? He sure as hell haven’t been getting those catches since Moss left NE.

  8. Temple3 says:

    GN:

    Look at Welker’s GAME LOG
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7027/gamelog

    For all of these media types who had the balls to debate (in 2007) if Welker or Moss was most valuable, the answer today is definitively, “DUH!!!!”

  9. GrandNubian says:

    @T3:

    Exactly. Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp pointed this out yesterday on GameDay morning.

  10. Temple3 says:

    Stoopid Shit 101:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/columns/story?columnist=reiss_mike&id=4674820

    This guy has NO VALUE without a player like Moss in the lineup. It’s why the Dolphins gave him up for so little in return.

  11. MODI says:

    “It is often said that Moss’s presence in the deep parts of the field open things up for Welker underneath, and surely, there is some truth to that. But this season, one could argue it’s the other way around when considering that Welker has nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on third down, while Moss has 16 for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Opponents have more often keyed on Welker on crucial third downs, creating more opportunities for Moss. That, in many ways, is the mark of a most valuable player — one who makes his teammates better.”

    Temple, per your link this is truly astonishing absurd logic. Was Welker the one getting double-teamed on 3rd downs? Did we miss that one? Moss could catch two balls and be the most valuable offensive player every single week. Amazing.

    As for Campbell, yes you have been saying that for years and I sure hope you are right his future. It is finally nice to see him finally throw down field. I’d be lying to say that I didn’t get frustrated with him more than a few times throwing dinks for 7 and 8 yard gains when it was 3rd and 9 or 3rd and 10. I never could tell if it were him or the system. Maybe a little of both.

  12. Temple3 says:

    MODI:

    I felt some of that same frustration too. Sometimes you’d watch him sit there, passing up open receivers and taking sacks — on third down. It’s the most frustrating part of watching any QB. Roethlisberger still does that sometimes (’09 vs. Tennessee, KC, Cleveland.) That stuff costs you games. Campbell still has a way to go…and there may be no better way to get there than in a FORD — a Jacoby Ford.

  13. MODI says:

    loving Jacoby Ford!

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