NFL Week 9 will begin with pretty much the best game on the schedule. It includes the Green Bay Packers attempting to exact revenge against the San Francisco 49ers after being swept last season.

From there, the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills will do battle in an intra-conference matchup. Expect that to be a high-scoring affair and a potential Super Bowl preview.

Here, we look at the NFL Week 9 schedule and give you a game-by-game prediction for each matchup.

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Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

Time/station: 8:20 PM EST, NFL Network

Packers-49ers point spread: 49ers -1.0 (over/under 50.5)

The two games these teams played last season saw San Francisco outscore the Packers by a combined margin of 74-28 in two games. That included a blowout 37-20 49ers win in the NFC Championship Game. Obviously, things have changed here. However, San Francisco appears to have the Packers’ number. 

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Fresh off consecutive wins over the Rams and Patriots, it appears the 49ers are back in the NFC title conversation. Despite dealing with a plethora of injuries, the team looks good. As for the Packers, they rebounded from a loss to the Buccaneers by dominating the Houston Texans in Week 7. The team sits at 5-1 and is averaging nearly 33 points per game. Will Green Bay exact revenge in Week 9? 

NFL Week 9 predictions: 49ers 31, Packers 27

NFL Week 9 Sunday games

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, CBS

Texans-Jaguars point spread: Texans -4.0 (over/under 55.5)

Two of the worst teams in the NFL going up against one another. A combined 2-12 record. Houston yielding an average of 31 points per game with the Jaguars having given up 30-plus points in each of their past six games, all losses. This is going to be an absolute dumpster fire. 

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Despite that, I fully expect Deshaun Watson and Co. to take advantage of one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Texans’ quarterback has been great this season, tallying 16 total touchdowns compared to five interceptions. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Texans 34, Jaguars 23

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Giants-Washington point spread: Washington -3.5 (over/under 42.5)

Washington’s 25-3 win over the Cowboys back in Week 7 came after the team lost five in a row under first-year head coach Ron Rivera. That five-game span saw Washington outscored by a combined 64 points. This seems to suggest there’s more problems with the Cowboys than anything else. 

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As for the Giants, their only win of the season came against this very same Washington squad by the score of 20-19 on Oct. 18. It included Rivera opting to go for the win on a two-point conversion in the final seconds. Picking a game between two one-win teams is hard enough. Given how close their last matchup was, and that’s magnified further. Go with the home team, I guess. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Washington 20, Giants 17

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, CBS

Ravens-Colts point spread: Ravens -4.0 (over/under 44.0)

A legit under-the-radar good game between two AFC contenders. Led by Lamar Jackson’s continued excellence, the Ravens are 5-1 on the season and averaging nearly 30 points. They’ve recently added reinforcements in that of Yannick Ngakoue and Dez Bryant, both of whom should suit up in this game. 

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For Philip Rivers and the Colts, it’s more about their elite-level defense. Rivers has struggled (seven touchdowns, six interceptions) in his first season in Indy. Despite this, the Colts are 4-2 on the campaign. That’s primarily because they rank fourth in scoring defense. Unfortunately, I don’t expect their offense to keep up with Lamar and Co. 

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NFL Week 9 predictions: Ravens 27, Colts 23

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Lions-Vikings point spread: Vikings -2.0 (over/under 55.0)

Two teams going in completely opposite trajectories. Just not what we’d expect. Heck Minnesota has already traded a Pro Bowl defender while the Lions have acquired one of their own. Winners of two consecutive games, Detroit sits at 3-3 on the season and is hopeful it can contend moving forward. 

Related: If you’re a fan of the Vikings, check out #SKOL rumors, rankings, and news here.

There’s no such false hope in Minneapolis. The Vikings find themselves at 1-5 and in last place in the NFC North. Their previously stout defense is giving up 32 points per game. Kirk Cousins has thrown 10 interceptions in six games. Unfortunately for the Lions, none of that will matter here. Minnesota is more talented. It is playing at home. Take Mike Zimmer’s squad in a narrow contest. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Vikings 31, Lions 28

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Bears-Titans point spread: Titans -6.5 (over/under 46.5)

Another matchup between two surprising teams, this game likely won’t be as close as these teams’ records suggest. Chicago is coming off an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Its offense is averaging a mere 19.7 points per game. Even one of the game’s best defenses won’t be able to prop the Bears up moving forward. 

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On the other hand, these Titans are 5-1 on the season and averaging north of 31 points per game. Ryan Tannehill (15 touchdowns, two interceptions) is playing at an MVP level. Derrick Henry has picked it up where he left off last season as the NFL rushing champion. Playing at home in Nashville, the Titans will win this one going away. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Titans 28, Bears 13

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Panthers-Chiefs point spread: Chiefs -10.0 (over/under 50.5)

It’s somewhat interesting to look at. The defending champion Chiefs find themselves at 6-1 on the season and are averaging more than three points per game than they did last season. Despite this, the competitive nature of the AFC has some believing that they are not overwhelming favorites to repeat as conference champs. That’s a joke. Patrick Mahomes remains an elite quarterback. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is among the NFL’s top rushers. Kansas City ranks in the top 10 in scoring defense. 

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What am I getting at here? Despite an impressive early-season showing, the Panthers don’t stand much of a chance in this one. Their unproven defense will be eaten apart. Meanwhile, an impressive Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t have the weapons to compete with Mahomes and Co. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Chiefs 35, Panthers 17

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, Fox

Seahawks-Bills point spread: Seahawks -1.5 (over/under 55.5)

This should be an entertaining and high-scoring game. Seattle heads into Week 9 averaging a league-best 33.8 points per game. Russell Wilson, despite his three-interception performance in Week 7, is an MVP candidate. On the other hand, the Seahawks are also giving up nearly 29 points per game. 

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The situation is equally as interesting in Buffalo. After boasting a top-10 scoring defense last season, the Bills are yielding north of 25 points per game. It’s not a great look for defensive-minded head coach Sean McDermott. The good news? Buffalo’s offense has allowed the team to start 5-2. In what should be a good game, I am going to go with the home team in a narrow Bills win. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Bills 31, Seahawks 28

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons

Time/station: 1:00 PM EST, CBS

Broncos-Falcons point spread: Falcons -3.5 (over/under 47.0)

Two teams pretty much playing out the string this season. Denver had high hopes for young quarterback Drew Lock heading into his sophomore season. He’s responded by throwing a measly one touchdown and four interceptions in four starts. That’s about as ugly as it gets. It also has Denver at 2-4 and ranked in the bottom five in the NFL in scoring. 

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This might very well be the tonic a disastrous Falcons defense needs in Week 9. Here’s a unit that has blown leads three times within the final two minutes of games thus far this season. Don’t expect that to be the case come Sunday. Led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, the Falcons’ offense is going to be too much for Denver to overcome here.

NFL Week 9 predictions: Falcons 30, Broncos 17

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

Time/station: 4:05 PM EST, CBS

Raiders-Chargers point spread: Chargers -3.0 (over/under 56.0)

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is not a happy camper when it comes to his team’s performance on defense. At 3-3 on the season, Las Vegas is yielding an absurd 32.8 points per game. It is allowing a 99.7 quarterback rating and has recorded all of seven sacks in six games (miss Khalil Mack some?) 

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As for the Chargers, Justin Herbert continues to play out of his mind. He’s accounted for 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in five starts. Unfortunately, that five-game span has included just one win. Los Angeles has a way with losing close games. Expect that to, once again, be the case in Week 9. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Raiders 34, Chargers 28

Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals

Time/station: 4:25 PM EST, CBS

Dolphins-Cardinals point spread: Cardinals -6.0 (over/under 47.0)

The Josh Rosen Bowl? Yeah, not so much. Instead, Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be making his second consecutive start since replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The No. 5 pick will be doing so with his Dolphins at 3-3 and looking to remain very much alive in the AFC East picture. 

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The same thing can be said for second-year Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. He led Arizona to a dramatic Week 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks and is playing tremendous football. At 5-2 on the season, Arizona wants to keep pace with Seattle here. Expect it to take care of business. 

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NFL Week 9 predictions: Cardinals 35, Dolphins 24

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

Time/station: 4:25 PM EST, CBS

Steelers-Cowboys point spread: N/A

This one could get ugly relatively quickly. Led by the return of Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh boasts a perfect 6-0 record and is averaging nearly 31 points per game. Its defense also remains the best in the NFL having yielded an average of just under 20 points while amassing 26 sacks in six games. 

Related: If you’re a fan of the Cowboys, check out #DallasCowboys rumors, rankings, and news here.

It’s a completely different story for the reeling Cowboys. They have two wins on the season and are in the midst of some major drama. It led to Dallas moving on from three defensive starters late in October as that unit is giving up 34.7 points per game. Yeah, this won’t be close. 

NFL Week 9 predictions: Steelers 31, Cowboys 16

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Time/station: 8:20 PM EST, NBC

Saints-Buccaneers point spread: Buccaneers -4.0 (over/under 55.5)

Back in Week 1, New Orleans took out the Buccaneers, 34-23, in Tom Brady’s debut with Tampa Bay. It’s a game that saw Brady throw yet another pick-six as he struggled early in his Buccaneers career.

Things have changed big time since then. Tampa Bay has won five of six while the Saints are a mere 3-2 in the five games since. For his part, Brady has thrown 16 touchdowns against two interceptions since last meeting up with New Orleans. Expect his continued excellence to lead the Bucs to another win.

NFL Week 9 predictions: Buccaneers 28, Saints 24

New England Patriots at New York Jets

Time/station: 8:15 PM EST, ESPN

Patriots-Jets point spread: Patriots -7.0 (over/under 41.5)

The Patriots must find a way to get better on the offensive side of the ball. Their 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers back in Week 7 magnified this further. Unfortunately, Cam Newton continues to struggle under center and Julian Edelman is now sidelined with a knee injury.

None of that should matter Monday night against a Jets squad that’s averaging just 12 points per game. In what should be a low-scoring affair, take the road team here.

NFL Week 9 predictions: Patriots 17, Jets 13

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