Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 9

The PG's pigskin guru makes his picks for the NFL slate

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DULAC'S MARK Last week: 6-7 (.461)

Season record: 65-51 (.560)


GAME: Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Steelers (5-2)

TIME:

Mon., 8:30 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Do the Steelers remember last year's losses of 27-0 and 31-7 to the Ravens? If they don't, the 75th anniversary team members will remind them.

PREDICTION: Steelers, 27-10


GAME: Cincinnati Bengals (2-5) at Buffalo Bills (3-4)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: The Bills will be going back to J.P. Losman at quarterback, even though they have won two in a row. After losing five of their past six, the Bengals need to go back to 2005.

PREDICTION: Bengals, 24-17


GAME: San Francisco 49ers (2-5) at Atlanta Falcons (1-6)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: It was nice while it lasted for the 49ers, who have lost five in a row since coming to Heinz Field at 2-0. The Falcons haven't had a lot of nice moments, period.

PREDICTION: Falcons, 20-14


GAME: Denver Broncos (3-4) at Detroit Lions (5-2)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Early vote: Rod Marinelli, NFC Coach of the Year. The Lions haven't started 6-2 since 1999, which was also their last playoff appearance.

PREDICTION: Lions, 30-20


GAME: Green Bay Packers (6-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: The Packers haven't played in Arrowhead Stadium since 1996. And Brett Favre is still making big plays. Just ask the Broncos.

PREDICTION: Chiefs, 24-21


GAME: San Diego Chargers (4-3) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Don't look now, but the Chargers have won three in a row by averaging 34.6 points. Even Adrian Peterson can't account for that many points.

PREDICTION: Chargers, 30-17


GAME: Jacksonville Jaguars (5-2) at New Orleans Saints (3-4)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: The Saints are marching again, scoring 81 points during a three-game win streak after scoring 51 points in their first four games. But who dey beat?

PREDICTION: Jaguars, 23-21


GAME: Washington Redskins (4-3) at New York Jets (1-7)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Eric Mangenius is giving up on Chad Pennington and switching to Kellen Clemens at quarterback. Will the Belichick disciple run up the score on the Skins? Hardly.

PREDICTION: Redskins, 20-12


GAME: Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Ken Whisenhunt had an extra week to get injured Kurt Warner some rest. The Buccaneers look like they need a rest after losing three of the past four.

PREDICTION: Buccaneers, 23-20


GAME: Carolina Panthers (4-3) at Tennessee Titans (5-2)

TIME:

1 p.m.

THE SKINNY: All the Titans keep doing is winning, which, in the AFC South, is a difficult thing to do. And they have a new 100-yard threat, LenDale White.

PREDICTION: Titans, 24-16


GAME: Seattle Seahawks (4-3) at Cleveland Browns (4-3)

TIME:

4:05 p.m.

THE SKINNY: The Browns haven't won three in row since Week 4 of the 2001 season. Can it be an honest-to-goodness showdown with the Steelers next week at Heinz Field?

PREDICTION: Browns, 30-24


GAME: New England Patriots (8-0) at Indianapolis Colts (7-0)

TIME:

4:15 p.m.

THE SKINNY: They're calling it Super Bowl XLI and a half because there has never been a meeting of two teams with records of 7-0 or better. It's on to the real Super Bowl for New England.

PREDICTION: Patriots, 34-24


GAME: Houston Texans (3-5) at Oakland Raiders (2-5)

TIME:

4:15 p.m.

THE SKINNY: The Raiders are a scrappy bunch, losing three of their five games by a combined seven points. And they are 2-1 at that junkyard they call home.

PREDICTION: Raiders, 20-17


GAME: Dallas Cowboys (6-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)

TIME:

8:15 p.m.

THE SKINNY: Tough to understand a team that pays $67.5 million to a quarterback with 17 starts, fumbled away a playoff victory and committed six turnovers against the Bills.

PREDICTION: Cowboys, 31-21



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