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NFL week 9 -- The beginning of the end

November 07, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

Week nine has been the week of upsets and amazing wins. The best game of the season occurred this week between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome.

The Patriots and the Colts came into this game undefeated. The Colts tried to score first, on their opening drive, but Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri missed his field goal attempt from 50 yards out. On the Patriots offense's first play, quarterback Tom Brady was sacked for a 10-yard loss. The Colts soon recovered the ball back and managed to score first on a field goal. By the end of the first half, the Colts were on top 13-7. In the end, the Patriots squeaked by with a late touchdown to win 24-20. It was the first game this season in which New England scored less than 30 points.

I went 1-3 with my picks this week, making me 16-16 for the season. I picked Indianapolis to win over New England, Jacksonville to beat New Orleans (the Saints won 41-24), and Seattle over Cleveland (the Browns won 33-30 in overtime). I did pick the Washington game correctly, as Washington defeated the Jets in overtime, 23-20.

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This week, I predict that Washington will defeat Philadelphia, Baltimore will defeat the Bengals in Baltimore, Dallas will beat the Giants in New Jersey, and Cleveland will win in Pittsburgh. Washington should be able to overcome Philadelphia easily since the Eagles haven't been having a great season. Baltimore can shut down Cincinnati if Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson doesn't play. Johnson had a strained neck following a hit in Sunday's game against Buffalo. Dallas has quarterback Tony Romo and New York doesn't; enough said. Cleveland has looked sharp since they've gained a few new additions to their team.

How many teams are there in the NFL currently who have lost two or fewer games? There are eight - four in the NFC and four in the AFC.

One of those teams is the Detroit Lions. Who would have thought that a team that barely won anything last season would be 6-2 right now? If you had told me before this season that after eight games, the Lions would be 6-2, I would have simply laughed. With the amount of interceptions thrown and the weakness in this team, it's a wonder they can get quarterback Jon Kitna to pass the ball down the field without being hit. The Lions are a winning team now, but no one would be surprised if they returned to last season's losing ways.

With the final week of byes coming up, the NFL schedule will get much harder. For some teams, this is just the beginning. For others, it's the end.

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