TAMPA BAY- There are several key games as playoff position battles really heat up during week nine. Eight teams with at least five wins will play against each, making this one of the best weeks on the NFL schedule. This week will certainly separate the elite from the very good teams. The game of the week will be played at Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers take on the Saints.
Game of the Week
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) vs. New Orleans Saints (5-2) 8:20 p.m. NBC
The 2020 season started out as a train wreck for the Saints. Since then, they are on fire and looking to win the division. Saints receiver Michael Thomas will play this week after recovering from an ankle injury. The Buccaneers will have their new receiver playing this week as they welcome one of the NFL’s best all-time receivers, Antonio Brown. Tom Brady now has Brown, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Ronald Jones, Robert Gronkowski, and O.J. Howard on the offense. That’s a pro-bowl caliber offense that’s unfair to play against. However, the Saints feature the team with more balance.
It’s always fun when Brady faces off against Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. This should be one of the most entertaining primetime games in NFL history.
Saints 38 Buccaneers 27
Buffalo Bills (5-2) vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-1) 1:00 p.m. Fox
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, receiver D.K. Metcalf, receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Chris Carson face Bills quarterback Josh Allen, receiver Stephon Diggs, receiver John Brown, and running back Devin Singletary.
Normally it would be a game of two defenses making it all happen but this should be an offensive game. This should be a close finish.
Seattle Seahawks 35 Buffalo Bills 32
Other key games
Indianapolis Colts (5-2) vs. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) 1:00 p.m. CBS
Get ready for a defensive gem! It’s time to turn back the clocks to old school football that featured shut down defenses. That’s exactly what football fans will get in this showdown in the capital of Indiana.
The Colts feature the second-best defense in the NFL while the Ravens feature the sixth-best defense. It is rare to expect a game that could result in less than 40 total points but this may be the one.
Baltimore Ravens 17 Indianapolis Colts 7
Tennessee Titans (5-2) vs. Chicago Bears (5-3) 1:00 p.m. Fox
How about the Chicago Bears return to playoff form? This is what happens when you find your answer at quarterback. Will Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles add another defining win to his outstanding career resume or will the Titans prove to be too much for Chicago to handle?
Titans 21 Bears 17