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Mark Craig's Week 9 NFL Picks & Power Rankings

  • Blog Post by: Mark Craig
  • November 3, 2013 - 7:49 AM

What would you rather do on a Sunday morning than wake up early and read weekly picks and power rankings involving 32 teams that basically are of equal strength and ability to beat, lose to or tie anyone on any given Sunday, Monday, Saturday, Thursday (and some day, when the revenue ceiling needs to be extended to a gazillion bazillion dollars, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday as well)?

CRAIG'S NFL POWER RANKINGS
BEST OF THE BUNCH
1. Colts (5-2)
Why:
We’ll see how they do coming out of the bye against Houston. But wins over the 49ers (27-7), Seahawks (34-28) and Peytons (39-33) in a five-week stretch was awfully impressive.

THE REST
2. Broncos (7-1); 3. Seahawks (7-1); 4. Chiefs (8-0); 5. 49ers (6-2); 6. Packers (5-2); 7. Bengals (6-3); 8. Patriots (6-2); 9. Saints (6-1); 10. Chargers (4-3); 11. Lions (5-3); 12. Panthers (4-3); 13. Cowboys (4-4); 14. Dolphins (4-4); 15. Cardinals (4-4); 16. Jets (4-4); 17. Raiders (3-4); 18. Steelers (2-5); 19. Bills (3-5); 20. Ravens (3-4); 21. Redskins (2-5); 22. Bears (4-3); 23. Giants (2-6); 24. Titans (3-4); 25. Rams (3-5); 26. Browns (3-5); 27. Eagles (3-5); 28. Falcons (2-5); 29. Texans (2-5).

THE VIKINGS
30. Vikings 1-6 (Last week: 30):
Tony Romo probably probably is icing his shoulder right now getting ready for the Vikings’ junior varsity secondary. Three of the four starters are out because of injury. And the other guy, Josh Robinson, is still in on-the-job training.

THE REST OF THE REST
31. Buccaneers (0-7).

WORST OF THE BUNCH
32: Jaguars (0-8):
The Jaguars’ stranglehold on the basement room could be challenged. They’re off, while the No. 31 Schianos travel to Seattle.

THE PICKS

VIKINGS
Vikings plus-10 at Cowboys: Cowboys 35, Vikings 14:
The best and perhaps only chance the Vikings have to winning rests in Adrian Peterson and the offensive line getting so ticked off that they flash back to 2012 and run for over 200 yards. Otherwise, Romo and the Cowboys passing attack will make this a laugher from the get-go.

Last week: Packers minus-8 ½ at Vikings. The pick: Packers 28, Vikings 14. The final: Packers 44, Vikings 31. Record: 3-4, 2-5 vs. the spread.

UPSET SPECIAL
Chiefs minus-4 at Bills: Bills 30, Chiefs 27.

Why?: The Bills return home after being humiliated in New Orleans. They’ve played well at home, having beaten the Ravens. Plus, this Chiefs thing has gone on long enough, dontcha think? 

Last week: Steelers minus-2 ½ at Raiders. The pick: Raiders 24, Steelers 21. The final: Raiders 21, Steelers 18. Record: 2-6.

THE REST
Ravens minus-2 at Browns: Ravens by 3.
Falcons plus-7 ½ at Panthers: Panthers by 3.
Colts minus-1 at Texans: Colts by 7.
Steelers plus-7 at Patriots: Patriots by 10.
Saints minus-6 ½ at Jets: Saints by 7.
Eagles plus-2 ½ at Raiders: Raiders by 3.
Chargers minus-1 at Redskins: Redskins by 3.
Buccaneers plus-16 at Seahawks: Seahawks by 14.
Titans minus-3 at Rams: Rams by 7.
Bears plus-10 ½ at Packers: Packers by 14.

Record: Last week: 10-3; 8-4 vs. the spread. Overall: 64-48; 46-63-2 vs. the spread.

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