The second half of the season starts this week. And as usual, the contenders have made themselves evident who they are at this time. Along with the teams that have shown to be contenders, there are some that have shown that they have a long way to go. Just like some teams have shown to be contenders or pretenders, there are some that have yet to wake up but are hovering around the edges of the playoffs. If those hovering around are to make the playoffs, then this is the week they need to make their move. Time is running out and those teams need to make some things happen. And for that to happen, players need make some things happen as well. Welcome to a crucial week in the NFL. Let’s get into the General’s proclamations for Week 9 in the NFL!
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- The Bucs defense has been quite interesting this year to say the least. And on national television against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, they may get embarrassed. Look for the Falcons to put up forty points on the Bucs in this one.
- The offense of the Bucs has been interesting as well, almost exclusively becoming a passing team. And in this one, things will be no different. Jameis Winston will throw the football at least forty-five times in this game.
- The Falcons defense has been led in sacks by linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. And in this game, he will add to his sack total by collecting two more sacks. This was what they expected from Beasley last year and he is giving them exactly what they need.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
- The Lions offense have been a little up and down this year at times. But in this game, expect them to be on again. The Vikings have been struggling defensively, mainly because of them being on the field a lot of the game. I don’t expect that to change in this one as the Lions get at least 24 points against the Minnesota defense.
- The Vikings have struggled offensively and the blame starts with their offensive line. Look for them to give up at least three sacks in this game as they try hard to protect Sam Bradford but fail in some of those aspects.
- There has to be some questions as to how the Vikings offense will be since their offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, has recently resigned. Well, with whatever that plan may be, it must include stretching the field some. And if that is the case, look for Stephon Diggs to get at least get two chances to make a big play deep. And Bradford will connect on one of those chances for at least a twenty yard completion.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
- The Eagles lost a tough one to the Cowboys last week, but that does not mean they did not do some good things. Well, in this one, I think they rediscover the tight end position. Look for the Carson Wentz to complete at least five passes to that position in this one.
- The chemistry between Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. is starting to get better and better. And with the defensive backs that Philadelphia has, look at their chemistry to look even better. Expect Beckham Jr. to go for over 100 yards receiving along with one touchdown and one touchdown celebration that probably no one will understand.
- The defenses in this one have had good moments and bad moments too. And this game will be the perfect reflection of that. Look for both defenses to make a big mistake that cost them and also look for both defenses to force a big turnover that helps them out.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
- The Jets have been underwhelming this year offensively. But in this game, look for the defense to be underwhelming stopping the run. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi has been incredible the last two games. He may not get 200 yards in this one, but he will surely make the Jets work defensively, accumulating 150 yards rushing and a touchdown.
- The Jets are looking again to have Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the starter this week. And we all know of his struggles. But he will be facing one guy that can break any quarterback out of a struggle and his name is Byron Maxwell. The Dolphins corner will be targeted in this game by the Jets. And expect him to live up to his nickname, Burnt Toast, when he is torched by any pick of Jets wide receivers for a big play or two in this game.
- Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been best when he has not had to lead the team and be the frontline guy. Ajayi has afforded him that during his hot streak. And in this one, he shall afford him that again. Look for Tannehill to not have a spectacular game numbers-wise, but look for him to get at least 180 yards passing with no interceptions and one touchdown pass.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
- The Jaguars looked bad last week versus the Tennessee Titans last week, especially offensively. Well, this week they fired their offensive coordinator. But the bad thing for them is that change will not count for much. The Jags will have at least two turnovers offensively as things get even worse for them on that side of the ball.
- The Chiefs will be playing without starting quarterback Alex Smith. Well, having a backup that played in your system for a while is not a bad option. Look for Nick Foles to step in and throw for three touchdowns and 200 yards passing.
- The Chiefs secondary has been a little quiet recently. Well, that stops this week as their veteran safety, Eric Berry, collects an interception in this game.
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The General Mike Patton is an up-and-coming writer from Nashville, TN who brings a fresh and non-biased opinion about sports. From his radio experience in Nashville to his time as a sports writer for Free’s World, the website for radio personality and former cohost of BET’s 106 and Park Free (www.freesworld.com), The General is definitely one you want to get to know in the sports world. You can catch his work on SPORTSAWAKENING.COM. Mike grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs, and remains a passionate sports fan who expresses intelligent opinions.