NFL Picks Week 9: Calling out the slate

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Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) scrambles out of the pocket in the fourth quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. The Buccaneers won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons (-7) at San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco (2-6) is starting Blaine Gabbert. Atlanta (6-2) is not.

Pick: Atlanta 30, San Francisco 7

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)

Tampa Bay (3-4) is starting to show some signs of life, while New York (4-4) is desperately trying to get back into its winning ways. The Giants are leading the NFC East, but only because the division is awful. This might be an ugly game.

Pick: New York 27, Tampa Bay 24

Denver Broncos (-3) at Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis (3-5) is a bad football team, and Andrew Luck is either injured or badly regressing. Unfortunately, Denver (7-0) is a very good team with the best defense in the NFL. The Broncos are going to piledrive the Colts, because the difference in talent is monumental.

Pick: Denver 30, Indianapolis 9

Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys

This has to be the worst Sunday Night Football game of the year. Are you jacked up for Philadelphia (3-4) and Dallas (2-5) with Sam Bradford and Matt Cassel seeing whoc an throw more interceptions? Yikes.

Pick: Dallas 17, Philadelphia 16

Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers (-3.5)

Just turn off the TV. San Diego (2-6) is horrific and Chicago (2-5) is barely an NFL team.

Pick: San Diego 20, Chicago 19

Last Week: 9-5
Season: 75-44