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AFC and NFC South Previews: Week 9

These are the AFC and NFC South previews for week 9 in the NFL

 

New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

Drew Brees leads his 6-1 Saints into MetLife Stadium to face the 4-4 New York Jets. The Saints have had their typical, high impact offense, type of year. Drew Brees already has 19 TDs and 2290 yards. The Saints seem to be on a mission with their Head Coach Sean Payton back in the saddle. The Jets have been up and down this year, but are currently a surprising 4-4 team. Their biggest issue is they don’t seem to have an identity. One week Chris Ivory has 30+ carries and a big game, the next week he gets 5-6 carries. They need to be more consistent to beat the high scoring Saints. Can they?

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

The Falcons have been 1 of the biggest disappointments in the league. Matt Ryan has not played consistent without his normally dependable targets in Roddy White and Julio Jones. They come into this game 2-5 and will essentially be done with a loss this week on the road. The Panthers on the other hand have been playing well lately and it has been led by their defense that is only allowing 13.7 point per game this year. Cam Newton has been smiling a lot for the 4-3 Panthers and he needs to keep mentally stable and establish his presence as the leader of that team. Can Carolina put the nail in Atlanta’s coffin?

Tennessee Titans at St. Louis Rams

After a much needed bye, the 3-4 Titans fly into St. Louis to face their old coach, Jeff Fisher and the 3-5 Rams. Starting QB Jake Locker is said to be looking much better coming out of the bye that he did going in when he was recovering from a hip injury. The injury was supposed to keep him out anywhere from 4-8 week, but Locker surprisingly started 2 week ago after just 3 weeks. The Rams put up a great effort against the Seahawks last week, but came up a yard short after getting stopped at the 1 yard line on downs. They hope to bounce back and for that to happen, Kellen Clemons HAS to play better.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks

Speaking of Seattle, after struggling last week to take out the Rams, the 7-1 Seahawks go home to welcome the still winless 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have already admitted that they have probably let their rookie starting QB Mike Glennon throw too much. He has averaged about 45 attempts per start and they rather have him around 30-35. Probably is, without star RB Doug Martin, they are stuck with rookie Mike James running the ball. I fully expect Seattle to play their usual hard hitting style, which they do very well at home, and to win this one pretty easily.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Sunday Night Game)

If you saw this game on the schedule at the start of the year, it would probably be picked for game of the week. However, with the 2-5 start for Houston, it now seems like a game that they must win to keep their playoffs chances alive. The Texans have questions at QB. And because of injuries, they also have questions at RB. They have to turn things around pretty fast to get back into the thick of things. The Colts have played well against good teams this year, handing the Seahawks and the Broncos their only losses of the year. Now they have to avoid a letdown against a hungry division rival on Sunday Night Football.

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