Albert Breer went 9-4 with his predictions in Week 8 and is now 74-43 for the season. How will he fare in Week 9? His picks are below, with home teams listed second:
I have to think Rob Ryan was pretty embarrassed by his defense's listless effort in Philadelphia. So my guess is his group will be ready to embarrass the listless Seattle offense.
Brian Cushing told me the Houston defense now goes "into every game thinking we should win." This week, that's certainly the case.
There's some level of concern within the Falcons because they are: a) coming off the bye and b) facing a winless team. With the "letdown radar" up, Atlanta takes care of business.
This could be a pothole for K.C., on a short week and coming off a big win. But the Dolphins are so psychologically battered, it's hard to see them winning at Arrowhead.
For now, I'm gonna give New Orleans a mulligan for the egg it laid in St. Louis last week, and give the Saints a win they have to have against a tough Tampa team.
Can the Niners score a fourth win in 1 p.m. games played in the Eastern time zone? With John Beck up against that San Francisco defense, yes, they can.
In January, again, these teams will be close as can be. Now? Injuries to Woodley, Farrior, Smith and Harrison take their toll. So John Harbaugh scores his first sweep of Pittsburgh.
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