NFL week 9 picks: Bears and Packers win, Lions lose

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

If Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints managed to remain undefeated in Monday night’s game (Nov. 2) against the Atlanta Falcons, I had my best week so far this season. A Saints’ victory puts me at 11-2 for the week, and 83-33 for the season. That is a winning percentage of .715, just slightly above my goal of .700 as we near the halfway point of the season.

The Bears managed a win against the lowly Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field last Sunday, Nov. 1. They are at home again this week, although this time their opponent is a much tougher Arizona Cardinals team. The Cardinals lost last week at home against Carolina. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Bears make it two wins in a row, and the Cardinals make it two losses in a row.

As I predicted, Brett Favre and his Vikings invaded Lambeau Field and knocked off the Packers. For their outstanding effort, they get the week off. Green Bay, on the other hand, has to travel to Tampa to take on the Bucs. The Packers should come away from the southern bay with a victory.

The other NFC North team, the Detroit Lions, couldn’t even beat the winless St. Louis Rams in their home stadium last week. I don’t see them even coming close when they have to face the Seahawks in Seattle this weekend. I say the Seahawks by at least three touchdowns.

In all of the rest of the Sunday games, I am taking the home teams: Atlanta over Washington, Cincinnati over Baltimore, New England over Miami, Jacksonville should top Kansas City, New Orleans keeps their perfect record intact as they host the Panthers, Eli Manning and the Giants get out of their funk and beat San Diego. San Francisco puts Tennessee back in the loss column and, finally, Philadelphia defeats the Cowboys.

In the Monday night game, I’m picking the road team to come up with a win. Even though Denver is usually very tough at Mile High, I like Pittsburgh to prevail and hand the Broncos their second straight loss.

The other teams enjoying the week off with Minnesota are Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis and the New York Jets.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the November 4-10, 2009 issue

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