Check out our NFL analysts’ bold predictions for week nine of the NFL season.
Detroit Lions will beat the Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers are having one of the worst starts to a season in recent memory at 3-5. As the trade deadline came and went, the Packers did not make any moves to help their struggling offense after a four game losing streak. This week, the Packers are headed to Detroit to play the 1-6 Detroit Lions. Although Detroit has an awful record, most of their games have been competitive. The Lions have a top 10 rushing attack, so they should have success on the ground against a poor Packers rushing defense ranked 29th. Fantasy owners of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams will be happy after this contest as the Lions will win a tight game led by their running backs.
Alvin Kamara will have at least 150 total yards
Alvin Kamara has been an elite back this season since week four. In weeks four through eight, Kamara has 581 total yards and three touchdowns. Coach Dennis Allen has given the Saints ball carrier every opportunity to make an impact on the game. The Baltimore Ravens have had lackluster defensive play all season as they have the 24th ranked defense. Kamara has the ability to catch the football and earn yards after the catch which will open up running lanes for him. Saints fans should expect a big game from Kamara on Monday Night Football.
The Indianapolis Colts Will Beat The New England Patriots
The Indianapolis Colts have not looked anywhere near what they looked last season and part of the struggle was the lack of Jonathan Taylor. Now Taylor does miss this week but I still think that the Colts can beat their week nine matchup in the New England Patriots and their fate lies on Sam Ehlinger.
I was pleasantly surprised with Ehlinger in his first career start. 17-23 for 201 yards and no touchdowns but that’s not what I was happy with seeing out of his first start. I was most happy with the fact that he didn’t throw an interception despite losing a fumble on a sack. I don’t blame him as much for the fumble but he played a really solid game. If we see more juice in him in this game, I think they can control the Patriots and win this game.
Kirk Cousins Will Throw For Over 300 Yards And Three or More Touchdowns
Kirk Cousins has yet to throw for 300 yards and has yet to throw three touchdowns in a game this season but I think that changes this week against the Washington Commanders. The Commanders have an average passing defense by allowing 232 yards and 1.8 passing touchdowns per game, however, the quarterbacks they faced to reach that average are subpar. After facing Justin Fields, Cooper Rush, Trevor Lawrence, Sam Ehlinger, and Ryan Tannehill, the other three quarterbacks they faced were allowing over 300 yards and three touchdowns to Jalen Hurts, four touchdowns to Jared Goff, and Aaron Rodgers…which goes without saying.
Kirk Cousins, at least this season, has been a solid enough quarterback to reach that stat line as well as being due to reach that stat line. With an absolutely loaded receiving core, including the newly added star tight end in TJ Hockenson, the Vikings look like the real deal. Does that dominance start this week? If all goes as planned, I think that Kirk Cousins can throw for over 300 yards and three or more touchdowns.
Bears Upset Dolphins
I recognize this take may be quite out there, but they don’t call it bold predictions for no reason. The Bears have proven this season they are much better and more competitive than many expected them to be. Self inflicted errors have plagued Chicago this season but I expect that to change Sunday. This should be a close one and if the Bears are able to pull this one out, a defensive battle is the only way I see this going. Chicago’s offense simply cannot hang with Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill.
Seahawks Defense Contain DeAndre Hopkins to Under 50 Yards
Since returning from his six game suspension, DeAndre Hopkins has been on a tear, going for over 100 yards in each of his games with 12 receptions for 159 yards in his most recent outing against the Vikings. I expect this to change. Hopkins will be matching up against Seahawks rookie standout Tariq Woolen who I believe has the best physical attributes to lock down Hopkins. Although still raw with his technique, I expect Woolen to showcase his physicality and speed at the point of attack to hold Hopkins to under 50 yards.