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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL Weekend with John Brockway

WEEK 9 GAME PICKS LAST WEEK: 8-5 SEASON RECORD: 74-43 TOP GAMES

LIONS AT VIKINGS: DETROIT'S OFFENSE NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO GET THEIR BACKS IN FAVORABLE MATCHUPS AGAINST LB'S AND THEIR DEFENSE MUST GET IN THE FACE OF SAM BRADFORD TO FORCE MISTAKES. THE VIKINGS OFFENSE NEEDS TO FIND WAYS TO RUN THE BALL EFFECTIVELY WHILE THEIR DEFENSE MUST TIGHTEN UP IN THE RED ZONE AND FORCE FIELD GOALS OVER TD'S. PICK: VIKINGS 22-19

EAGLES AT GIANTS: PHILLY'S OFFENSE NEEDS TO TAKE CHANCES DOWN THE FIELD AND CHALLENGE THE NYG SECONDARY WHILE THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS TO MAKE SOMEONE OTHER THAN ODB BEAT THEM IN THE PASSING GAME. THE NYG OFFENSE NEEDS TO BE PATIENT WITH THE RUNNING GAME IN ORDER TO GIVE ELI MANNING A BREATHER AND SLOW DOWN THE PASS RUSH WHILE THEIR DEFENSE MUST PLAY TIGHT TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE TO TAKE AWAY PHILLY'S QUICK-HIT THROWS. PICK: GIANTS 24-23

STEELERS AT RAVENS: PITTSBURGH'S OFFENSE WILL LOOK TO GET THEIR PLAYMAKERS INVOLVED EARLY TO CREATE A DIVERSE ATTACK WHILE THEIR DEFENSE MUST FIND A WAY TO THE QB FOR HURRIES AND SACKS. THE RAVENS OFFENSE HAS TO USE THEIR RUNNING GAME TO SETUP THE PASS AND THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS TO TACKLE WELL TO AVOID LETTING SMALL PLAYS BECOME LARGE ONES. PICK: STEELERS 31-27

BRONCOS AT RAIDERS: DENVER'S OFFENSE NEEDS TO TAKE SOME CHANCES WITH BIG PLAYS AND GET THEIR STAR WR'S MORE INVOLVED WHILE THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO BE PHYSICAL WITH OAKLAND'S WR'S TO SLOW THEM AT THE LINE. THE RAIDERS OFFENSE NEEDS TO PLAY CLEAN FOOTBALL AND BE EFFICIENT WHEN THEY GET TO THE RED ZONE WHILE THEIR DEFENSE HAS GOT TO FORCE TURNOVERS AND TURN THOSE INTO POINTS OR AT LEAST SHORT-FIELD SITUATIONS FOR THEMSELVES. PICK: BRONCOS 23-20

THE REST

COWBOYS AT BROWNS PICK: COWBOYS 34-24

JAGUARS AT CHIEFS PICK: CHIEFS 27-20

JETS AT DOLPHINS PICK: DOLPHINS 30-24

PANTHERS AT RAMS PICK: PANTHERS 28-21

SAINTS AT 49ERS PICK: SAINTS 38-21

COLTS AT PACKERS PICK: PACKERS 35-31

TITANS AT CHARGERS PICK: CHARGERS 26-24

BILLS AT SEAHAWKS PICK: SEAHAWKS 24-17

IN THE NEWS

TITANS WR ANDRE JOHNSON RETIRES FROM NFL AFTER 14 SEASONS

BROWNS ACQUIRE LB JAMIE COLLINS FROM PATRIOTS FOR COMPENSATORY THIRD-ROUND PICK

EAGLES RELEASE WR JOSH HUFF AFTER BEING ARRESTED ON DUI, SPEEDING, AND MARIJUANA CHARGES

JAGUARS FIRE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREG OLSON; PROMOTE OFFENSIVE LINE COACH NATHANIEL HACKETT TO POSITION

BRONCOS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WADE PHILLIPS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SIDELINE COLLISION WITH CHARGERS PLAYER DURING LAST WEEK'S GAME

VIKINGS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR NORV TURNER RESIGNES FROM POSITION; TE'S COACH PAT SHURMUR PROMOTED TO POSITION

REDSKINS LT TRENT WILLIAMS SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE'S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY

LIONS DE ARMONTY BRYANT SUSPENDED THREE GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE'S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY

BEARS HIRE OUTSIDE CONSULTANT TO REVIEW TEAM'S FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

BUCS TRADE FORMER SECOND-ROUND PICK CB JOHNTHAN BANKS TO LIONS FOR 2018 SEVENTH-ROUND PICK

CHIEFS SIGN FORMER TITANS SECOND-ROUND PICK RB BISHOP SANKEY

BILLS SIGN WR PERCY HARVIN TO ONE-YEAR, $1.5 MILLION DEAL

BILLS SIGN S SERGIO BROWN

JETS SIGN RB C.J. SPILLER

CHIEFS SIGN FORMER FALCONS OL MIKE PERSON

EXPECTED RETURNS

STEELERS QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (KNEE)

STEELERS DE CAMERON HEYWARD (HAMSTRING)

STEELERS RT MARCUS GILBERT (ANKLE)

STEELERS RB DEANGELO WILLIAMS (KNEE)

BILLS RB LESEAN MCCOY (HAMSTRING)

BILLS WR MARQUISE GOODWIN (CONCUSSION)

RAMS CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON (ANKLE)

RAVENS WR STEVE SMITH SR. (ANKLE)

LIONS CB DARIUS SLAY (HAMSTRING)

PACKERS RB TY MONTGOMERY (ILLNESS)

SEAHAWKS SS KAM CHANCELLOR (GROIN)

BROWNS WR COREY COLEMAN (BROKEN HAND)

BROWNS QB CODY KESSLER (CONCUSSION)

COLTS TE DWYANE ALLEN (ANKLE)

VIKINGS RB JERRICK MCKINNON (ANKLE)

SAINTS CB DELVIN BREAUX (LEG)

SAINTS DT SHELDON RANKINS (KNEE)

PACKERS CB QUINTEN ROLLINS (GROIN)

INJURY REPORT QUESTIONABLE

BILLS NT MARCELL DAREUS (GROIN)

BILLS OLB LORENZO ALEXANDER (HAMSTRING)

PANTHERS C RYAN KALIL (SHOULDER)

TITANS TE DELANIE WALKER (GROIN)

RAIDERS CB SEAN SMITH (SHOULDER)

JETS DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON (ANKLE)

CARDINALS CB TYRANN MATHIEU (SHOULDER)

CHARGERS WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN (KNEE)

COLTS CB VONTAE DAVIS (CONCUSSION)

PACKERS WR RANDALL COBB (HAMSTRING)

VIKINGS MLB ERIC KENDRICKS (CONCUSSION)

WEEK-TO-WEEK

CHIEFS QB ALEX SMITH (CONCUSSION)

CHIEFS RB SPENCER WARE (CONCUSSION)

BRONCOS CB AQIB TALIB (BACK)

COLTS FS MIKE ADAMS (GROIN)

CHARGERS TE HUNTER HENRY (KNEE)

CARDINALS CB TYRANN MATHIEU (SHOULDER SUBLUXATION; 3-6 WEEKS)

COWBOYS CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE (SPORTS HERNIA; 4-6 WEEKS)

COWBOYS S BARRY CHURCH (BROKEN ARM; 3-5 WEEKS)

EAGLES LG ALLEN BARBRE (HAMSTRING)

BUCS RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS (SPRAINED FOOT)

JETS C NICK MANGOLD (ANKLE)

FALCONS TE JACOB TAMME (SHOULDER)

RAIDERS CB SEAN SMITH (SHOULDER)

CHARGERS ILB DENZEL PERRYMAN (HAMSTRING)

PACKERS C J.C. TRETTER (SPRAINED MCL)

PANTHERS LB SHAQ THOMPSON (KNEE)

OUT FOR SEASON

CHIEFS RB JAMAAL CHARLES (KNEE)

CHIEFS LG PARKER EHINGER (TORN ACL)

CARDINALS LT JARED VELDHEER (TORN TRICEPS)

POWER RANKINGS - THROUGH WEEK 8 TOP 5 1. PATRIOTS 7-1 2. COWBOYS 6-1 3. BRONCOS 6-2 4. RAIDERS 6-2 5. SEAHAWKS 4-2-1 BOTTOM 5 28. JETS 3-5 29. BEARS 2-6 30. JAGUARS 2-5 31. 49ERS 1-6 32. BROWNS 0-8

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