NFL Picks Week 9: Calling out the slate

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Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.The Bengals won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are off this week, but that does not mean we can rest. No, the AFC playoffs are once again a possibility for the Chiefs, so we need to be watching and hoping to see some favorable results for Kansas City’s fortunes.

The Chiefs will likely be reading this piece (yeah, right) looking to see who I picked to win and lose. Of course, they and I both know I’m going 13-0 this week. I can’t be stopped. This week’s slate of games does give us some very intriguing AFC matchups, with some teams desperately trying to claw their way back into the race.

On the NFC side, the best game is the Green Bay Packers visiting the undefeated Carolina Panthers. That is going to be a blast to watch. Also, for high amounts of comedy, check out the San Francisco 49ers.

Without further adieu, here are the Week 9 NFL picks:

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-11.5)

Cincinnati (7-0) won a huge game last week against the Steelers. It is tough to see Cleveland (2-5) beating the Bengals in this spot, a team that suddenly looks like one of the real contenders in the NFL.

Pick: Cincinnati 27, Cleveland 17

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-3)

Buffalo (3-4) needs to win this game. Miami (3-4) also needs to win this game. Whoever loses is likely out of the playoff race and is looking at one of the most disappointing seasons of any team. Both were expected to make big runs, and one will be done before Thanksgiving.

Pick: Buffalo 24, Miami 19

Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers

Green Bay (6-1) is going to be fired up after getting blown out by the Broncos. Carolina (7-0) is a very good team that is somehow not getting much respect, but it is bound to lose a game at some point. Look for Aaron Rodgers to come out firing.

Pick: Green Bay 30, Carolina 23