Thank goodness that my Philadelphia Eagles are on their bye week. I need a bye week just to calm my nerves after watching the Eagles barely escape in beating a Dallas Cowboys team that was using a third-string quarterback.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looked more like the third-string quarterback, throwing two needless interceptions and fumbling twice (although one fumble I won’t blame him for because coach Doug Peterson inexplicably went for it on 4th-and-3 at midfield. PUNT THE BALL, DOUG!)
Anyway, this Sunday I can relax and have the games on in the background while I’m at work producing the Daily Gazette and Recorder sports sections. My stress level will be up again the following Sunday when the Eagles face the New York Giants.
Much like my Eagles, I had a mediocre Week 8 with my picks. I was 8-6 to go to 78-40-1. Gazette news columnist Sara Foss was 10-4 to go to 80-38-1.
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Here are my Week 9 picks.
Green Bay 29, San Francisco 19
Atlanta 24, Denver 21
Seattle 30, Buffalo 23
Tennessee 26, Chicago 20
Baltimore 28, Indianapolis 27
Kansas City 40, Carolina 10
Minnesota 28, Detroit 17
Washington 20, N.Y. Giants 14
Houston 30, Jacksonville 7
Las Vegas 31, L.A. Chargers 28
Pittsburgh 41, Dallas 9
Arizona 28, Miami 20
Tampa Bay 41, New Orleans 38
New England 14, N.Y. Jets 10
WEEK 9 TV SCHEDULE
(Announcers, games subject to change)
FOX23 (WXXA), NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video — Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink; Amazon: Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer).
FOX23 — N.Y. Giants at Washington, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake).
CBS6 (WRGB) — Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn); Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson).
NBC13 (WNYT) — New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuletta); Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins); Denver at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely); Chicago at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton, Greg Jennings, Laura Okmin); Carolina at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver); Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale); Las Vegas at L.A. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (Joe Davis, Mark Schlereth); Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Michael Grady).
ESPN — New England at N.Y. Jets, 8:15 p.m. (Steve Levy, Brain Griese and Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters).