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NFL picks Week 9: Predicting this week's games

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Jason Butt and Daniel Park take a crack at predicting who wins this week's slate of games.

This is simply a funny picture of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and umpire Mark Pellis.
This is simply a funny picture of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and umpire Mark Pellis.
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Daniel Park: Oh, how the tides are turning. For the week I went 11-4, Boss-man JB was destroyed, finishing 9-6.

For the season, my boss leads by two, 74-45-1 to my 72-47-1.

Last week, I wrote my picks in the school's library on my short lunch break (didn't even eat). Yet I can see my Chipotle burrito now, double steak - so fat, oozing with tomatoes and dripping with heavenly juices - they'll need to wrap twice.

Anyways let's get the show on the road. Butt's going down.

Jason Butt: Easy now. A good week and you feel on top of the world. Let's see if your lucky streak can continue.

Saints at Panthers

Park's take: I asked Godwin Eagles high school assistant football coach Tyler Bradley for his opinion. He said, "I'll go with the unthinkable. The Saints will pull this off on the road." I agree. New Orleans is coming off a tremendous win over the Packers and my-height Mark Ingram rocked Green Bay's socks off for 172 yards on 24 carries.

Park's pick: Saints 31, Panthers 24

Butt's take: Never count out Drew Brees in the NFC South. Coach Bradley knows what he's talking about.

Butt's pick: Saints 30, Panthers 28

Jaguars at Bengals

Park's take: I hope the Jaguars don't pull off this upset. However, with Denard Robinson running the ball like he has the last two games it is opening up Jacksonville's offense and all seems possible. This is a freebie for every analyst in the nation otherwise.

Park's pick: Bengals 37, Jaguars 20

Butt's take: It still amazes me the Jaguars have won a game this year. Win number two isn't coming this week either.

Butt's pick: Bengals 34, Jaguars 14

Buccaneers at Browns

Park's take: All is in shambles in Tampa. The quarterback is struggling and Lovie Smith just can't seem to lock down a solid RB1. If you own them, start the Browns defense this weekend.

Park's pick: Browns 28, Bucs 13

Butt's take: Lovie Smith's one act in Tampa Bay is slowly turning into his final act. Thing is, the Browns defense can be scored on (see Jacksonville). The Browns' offense is hit or miss. But this is at home, and the Browns prevail.

Butt's pick: Browns 20, Bucs 17

Cardinals at Cowboys

Park's take: The Cardinals will chew up the clock and keep Dallas' high-octane offense off the field. No Justin Durant, Tony Romo is questionable, and Arizona owns one of the top run defenses in the league. If they can shut down DeMarco Murray this game, with no question, this game belongs to the Cards.

Park's pick: Cardinals 21, Cowboys 20

Butt's take: Something in me says Tony Romo plays this Sunday. And with Romo, the Cowboys get back on track. And hey, Brandon Weeden actually looked all right during his two drives against Washington. I'm a believer in the Cardinals this year but I'm going with Dallas in this one.

Butt's pick: Cowboys 24, Cardinals 21

Eagles at Texans

Park's take: This is my hero pick of the week. The Eagles are fuming after a painful loss to Arizona a week ago. While Houston's Arian Foster is looking better each week and J.J. Watt is creatively planning his next TD. This will be a good one.

Park's pick: Eagles 27, Texans 24

Butt's take: No fake selfie pics this week for Mr. Watt.

Butt's pick: Eagles 34, Texans 17

Jets at Chiefs

Park's take: The Jets are in self-destruct mode right now, and coach Rex Ryan is losing control of his team, no matter how the media portrays it.

Park's pick: Chiefs 30, Jets 19

Butt's take: Nothing can save the Jets at this point. And it's quite sad because I do think Rex Ryan can be a good coach in the right situation. But everything surrounding the Jets is disastrous and toxic.

Butt's pick: Chiefs 38, Jets 17

Chargers at Dolphins

Park's take: Cornerback Jason Verrett should feast on interceptions this game. I'm calling at least two n'tos. That's my coach speak for INTs.

Park's pick: Chargers 23, Dolphins 21

Butt's take: San Diego has had some extra rest following their blowout los to Denver. Miami will be the unfortunate victims of an angry team this week.

Butt's pick: Chargers 27, Dolphins 17

Redskins at Vikings

Park's take: Whoever it is under center — Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Daniel Park — Washington's offense shreds the Vikes' secondary. DeSean Jackson's numbers will look similar to the digits I see when I step on my scale. I'm pretty fat.

Park's pick: Redskins 42, Vikings 17

Butt's take: Something in me says that Robert Griffin III is coming back too soon. And even when he was healthy and not playing the Jaguars he didn't look all that great. Minnesota's defense has come alive lately. And Jerick McKinnon finally breaks out for a big game with a touchdown (or two).

Butt's pick: Vikings 24, Redskins 21

Rams at 49ers

Park's take: St. Louis will do anything to get their wins — they'll even swallow goldfish — Jonah Hill style.

Park's pick: 49ers 21, Rams 13

Butt's take: Injuries have ruined the Rams this year. And possibly Jeff Fisher's job, too.

Butt's pick: 49ers 26, Rams 10

Broncos at Patriots

Park's take: I hope my editor takes the Broncos. I like Coach Belichick more than I do John Fox.

Park's pick: Patriots 24, Broncos 20

Butt's take: You got it. Broncos win.

Butt's pick: Broncos 34, Patriots 31

Raiders at Seahawks

Park's take: Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch should torch the league's 26-ranked defense against the run. Oakland is 0-7, make it 0-8.

Park's pick: Seahawks 31, Raiders 10

Butt's take: The Raiders have absolutely zero chance.

Butt's pick: Seahawks 30, Raiders 7

Colts at Giants

Park's take: The Giants know exactly how to attack Indy's defense. #WatchSteelersClips

Park's pick: Giants 33, Colts 27 (OT)

Butt's take: Chuck Pagano won't let his defense look the way it did a week ago. And Ahmad Bradshaw gets revenge on the team that let him go.

Butt's pick: Colts 24, Giants 20