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Larry Simpson, Lincoln Illinois. Tony Romo led a victory there in The guess here is no, although no one likes to make an unexpected, triumphant, he-doesn't-want-to-talk-about-it-but-he-does return like Big Ben. If he doesn't go, this important road matchup will be in the hands of Landry Jones. WEEKLY PICK'EM

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Don't get too excited. Can the Rams ' offensive line be trusted? Another of Week 9's challenging matchups to decode. Save for the fact that the Rams have won three close games with Gurley doing diddly poo in two of them.

His best performance from a total yardage standpoint came in a two-score loss. My hunch tells me Keenum will be closer to the dude we saw in Detroit 20 straight completions than the one we saw in London turnover fest. Yep, you can blame the Panthers ' much-destroyed secondary for that prediction. Of course, a yard game in Ramsville is like a UFO sighting. Nah, rarer than that. A healthier Packer secondary might make Andrew Luck hold on to the football a half-second longer -- which means he gets trampled again.

How often can Luck connect with T. If Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery come back, look out. Aaron Rodgers has been playing quite well the last two weeks. Luck could get hit a lot on Sunday like he always does these days. So backup QB Scott Tolzien better stay warm. And Indy were forced to go for some relief, there would be a little history worth repeating. In a playoff game between the Colts and Packers in , the Colts were down their top two quarterbacks including Johnny U , pushing fullback Tom Matte under center.

Don Shula made a play chart for his emergency QB on his wristband, so that Matte would know the play calls. And that's why you see the Drew Breeses and Tom Bradys of the world with the playbook on their wrist now. I know, I know -- you aren't excited.

The Chargers have won two out of three and -- as you probably have noticed -- have been in every game this year. The Chargers ' run defense is legit, though. Too legit to quit. Too legit for Corey Liuget. Wondering if Marcus Mariota will be able to work it downfield off play action. Tough game to call, but it could come down to Josh Lambo Both are for the first time since , with the winner getting a leg up until these two meet again in Week I would love to see Oakland win simply so I can move them up in the Power Rankings.

Fans think I've been way too hard on this team, yet all the narrow escapes and ridiculous amount of penalties can't be ignored. If Khalil Mack takes over like he did last season in Denver pummeling Brock Lobster just for fun over and over again , then Oakland wins. Think Michael Crabtree wins once in the red zone, but the Bronco corners will be up to the Cooper-Crabtree challenge.

It's a long road trip. Buffalo managed well when they journeyed to Los Angeles to play the Rams. LeSean McCoy was a freaking machine that day. He's been nursing a bad hammy and, frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing the Bills sitting him this game. Playing Seattle is physically challenging for any running back, but more importantly, Buffalo needs Shady for the back stretch when the schedule offers opportunity.

The Bills boast a fantastic turnover differential plus-eight , yet Russell Wilson has thrown only two picks in attempts. Coming off an emotional win , on a short week, can they handle their business against a weaker opponent? Of course, the Bucs are also on a short week -- and they just played five quarters on Sunday.

Remember this contest last year, when Atlanta, fighting for a wild-card spot, let Jameis Winston convert on third-and with his legs? That loss was the undoing of the Falcons ' season NFL Week 9 game picks: Broncos nip Raiders; Vikings lose again. Look, I love a tie as much as anybody, but I am genuinely worried we could see one for the third consecutive week.

Sometimes the sked doesn't break your way, man. How many times have you heard, or read, about the talent on the Jets ' defensive line? Please forgive the lack of confidence for the reeling Jaguars. The last time these two teams met, it took OT to settle the score.

Everyone waits to see whether or not Ben Roethlisberger will play. The Saints have an opportunity to pull even on the season, despite an awful start that saw them go in September.

Can the Panthers ' defense be trusted? Green Bay could have several players back healthy this week, including linebacker Clay Matthews and cornerback Quinten Rollins. Oooooooh, this is a sneaky-good game. Broncos at Raiders definitely qualifies as a big game.

Don't like the Bills ' chances. We're going to see how playoff-viable these Falcons are this Thursday night. The best of what college football has to offer. Building the perfect quarterback. Most vulnerable division champs. Draft class power rankings. NFL epilogue to epic college football moments. The Ohio River Offense.

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