Sunday has gifted us with the second day-long slate of the season, starting with the 9:30 a.m. AFC South game in London and finishing with the Ravens and Patriots at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday Night Football. With 13 games standing between us and the end of Week 9, here’s how I have them broken up in terms of intrigue.
Can’t miss contests:
Patriots vs. Ravens
Should be good:
Could be surprisingly fun:
Hit the snooze button:
Now lets take a look at some weekly awards ...
The boldest upset award: Mateo Caliz (KC over MIN & BAL over NE)
There were several staffers who had at least one of the upsets mentioned above, but Caliz was the only one to double down and pick the Chiefs to take down the Vikings and the Ravens to send the Patriots back to Boston with their first loss of the season.
The Chucky Chalk award: Chris Shepherd
Only going against the grain just once on the week, Shep is on the side of the majority of the staff in all but the Jets/Dolphins game.
The road warrior award: Josh Hudgens (10)
Josh only has four home teams winning this weekend — the Eagles, Bills, Raiders and Seahawks. Lots of upsets in enemy territory for this one.
Greg Rader: 85-35 (70.8%) / Elliot Denton: 82-38 (68.3%) / Mateo Caliz: 80-40 (66.7%) / Blake Pace: 79-41 (65.8%) / Zach Hicks: 69-36 (65.7%) / Chris Blystone: 78-42 (65.0%) / Brett Mock: 78-42 (65.0%) / Josh Hudgens: 68-38 (64.2%) / Matt Danely: 72-48 (60.0%) / Chris Shepherd: 63-42 (60.0%) / Andrew Aziz: 69-51 (57.5%) / Stephen Reed: 69-51 (57.5%)
Note: Thursday Night Football picks were submitted prior to kickoff (not like anyone was going to pick the Cardinals)
Thursday 8:20 pm ET
49ers @ Cardinals
Sunday 8:30 am ET
Texans @ Jaguars (5) | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Mateo Caliz, Elliot Denton, Josh Hudgens, Brett Mock
Sunday 1:00 pm ET
Bears @ Eagles
Vikings (7) @ Chiefs | Contrarians: Caliz, Blake Pace, Greg Rader
Colts @ Steelers
Jets (7) @ Dolphins | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, Stephen Reed, Chris Shepherd
Redskins @ Bills
Titans @ Panthers (8) | Contrarians: Hudgens, Pace
Sunday 4:05 pm ET
Lions @ Raiders (8) | Contrarians: Aziz, Caliz
Buccaneers @ Seahawks
Sunday 4:25 pm ET
Packers @ Chargers
Browns (6) @ Broncos | Contrarians: Aziz, Blystone, Mock, Reed
Sunday 8:20 pm ET
Patriots @ Ravens (6) | Contrarians: Hudgens, Mock, Pace, Rader
Monday 8:15 pm ET
Cowboys @ Giants
Who do you have coming out on top in Week 9?