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NFL Week 9 viewer's guide

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Last year's rookie sensation -- Cam Newton -- faces one of this year's rookie phenoms -- Robert Griffin III -- on a throwback Sunday in our nation's capital. The Dallas Cowboys will try to end the Atlanta Falcons' unbeaten run on Sunday night. Two surprising early season contenders -- the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts -- square off at Lucas Oil Stadium. Plus, AFC and NFC powerhouses meet at MetLife Stadium.

    • Denver at Cincinnati

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Fresh off a demolition of the Saints, the Broncos are in prime position to take control of their division. The opportunity is there against a Bengals team that has lost three straight. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Broncos victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Jermaine Gresham is clearly in a position to succeed against the visiting Broncos. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 'Madden NFL 13:' Broncos' Thomas gets an update
      » Are Broncos really Super Bowl contenders?
      » Bengals coach singles out Dalton, Maualuga
      » Manning has Broncos offense humming
      » Broncos among AFC's elite
    • On Twitter:

      #DENvsCIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Baltimore at Cleveland

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Ravens are coming off a bye, and with time for Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed to heal, plus plenty of sessions for coordinator Dean Pees to get it together, don't be surprised if the Ravens fixed their defensive issues. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Ravens victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      With Joe Haden back in action, it might not be wise to start Torrey Smith on your fantasy team. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Suggs: Lewis loss is 'catastrophic'
      » Suggs ready to ignite Ravens defense
      » Jim Brown praises Richardson
      » Reed questions NFL's integrity
      » ATL picks: Majority likes Browns
    • On Twitter:

      #BALvsCLE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Arizona at Green Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      This physical Arizona team can get after quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cover with authority and throw the Packers off their game. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Jermichael Finley's disappointing 2012 season should continue against a stout Cardinals defense. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 'Sound FX': Matthews makes his mark
      » Rodgers concerned with run game
      » Saturday: 'We know where our bread is buttered'
      » Jennings tweets that surgery is successful
      » Pack back on track
    • On Twitter:

      #AZvsGB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Buffalo at Houston

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Fresh off wrist surgery, defensive end Mario Williams emerges from the bye ready to face his old team in his old home. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Texans victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      With some quality tight ends on bye weeks, Owen Daniels is an attractive option for your starting lineup. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Majority like Texans
      » Don't mess with Watt
      » Rosenthal: Watt is MVP favorite
      » Power rankings: Texans just behind unbeaten Falcons
      » Texans' Phillips wants another shot at Pack
    • On Twitter:

      #BUFvsHOU
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Miami at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      It's amazing this is even considered a marquee game. Before the season, no one would've thought that. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Dolphins victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Andrew Luck has been an absolute fantasy star on his home field, and that success could continue against the Dolphins. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Playoff picture: Where do 'Fins, Colts sit?
      » 'Sound FX': Bush walks the talk
      » Philbin: Huge test next week
      » Why has Tannehill been so successful?
      » Luck winning more with less than Manning had
    • On Twitter:

      #MIAvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Detroit at Jacksonville

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Mike Thomas Bowl ... is that a thing? But the fact that the Lions just acquired Thomas from the Jaguars on the week these two teams play each other is worth noting. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Lions victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Mikel Leshoure hasn't been all that productive, but might be worth a roll of the dice against the Jaguars. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Lions move up 10 spots
      » Top 10 all-time greatest Lions
      » 'A Football Life': Spielman's rise to the top
      » 'A Football Life': Finding Spielman's purpose
      » Jennings joins 'NFL Fantasy Live'
    • On Twitter:

      #DETvsJAC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Chicago at Tennessee

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If Chris Johnson truly is back, he'll need to bring it Sunday. As for the Bears, they must keep winning to maintain their division lead over the Packers. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Chris Johnson has been productive in recent weeks, but that could all come crashing to an end against the latest incarnation of the Monsters of the Midway. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Majority like Bears
      » Hasselbeck: I should throw to Cook more
      » NFL Fan's Ultimate Roadtrip hits Chicago
      » Bears chasing pick six record
      » Photos: Cheerleaders in action during Week 8
    • On Twitter:

      #CHIvsTEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Carolina at Washington

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      This contest features Cam Newton and his off-the-charts potential on one side, and must-see Robert Griffin III on the other. That transcends records. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Redskins victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Alfred Morris struggled in Week 8 against the Steelers, but should be an attractive option for your fantasy football team's starting lineup in Week 9. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Fair to compare RG3 to Newton?
      » RG3: Cam and I 'totally different'
      » Redskins receivers showcase butterfingers
      » Stick a fork in the Panthers
      » Redskins to debut throwback unis
    • On Twitter:

      #CARvsWAS
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tampa Bay at Oakland

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A matchup of two potentially relevant teams. Tough to write off either one at this point, despite what preseason perceptions might have been. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Buccaneers victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Josh Freeman has been a statistical monster in recent weeks and that trend could continue against the Raiders. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Majority like Buccaneers
      » Power rankings: Bucs get a boost
      » Bucs' trade of Talib surprises many
      » Will longer trade deadline inspire more trades?
      » Best sights and sounds of Bucs' TNF win
    • On Twitter:

      #TBvsOAK
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Minnesota at Seattle

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      This is winnable for both teams, and with the playoff picture getting foggy, both need it. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Christian Ponder's statistical roller-coaster ride could take a big dip in Seattle. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Seahawks
      » The NFL Season: Northwest passage
      » Frazier won't bench struggling Ponder
      » Peterson sits down with L.T.
      » Carroll scoffs at idea of collegians beating pros
    • On Twitter:

      #MINvsSEA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Pittsburgh at New York

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Two of the NFL's marquee teams. Two of the game's most entertaining quarterbacks. There is so much intrigue in so many places. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      While Ben Roethlisberger could thrive, don't expect Eli Manning to have a big game against the Steelers. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL picks: Majority takes Giants
      » How good are the Giants?
      » Dwyer validating Steelers' faith in him
      » Big Ben: 2004 QBs maybe best 'draft class of all time'
      » Pepsi Anthem: McCoy 'All In' (A Giants Anthem)
    • On Twitter:

      #PITvsNYG
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Dallas at Atlanta

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      For an undefeated team, the Falcons sure have a lot of doubters. If this Sunday night spot against a Cowboys team that always draws a massive audience doesn't convince 'em, nothing will. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Sit Julio Jones. Wait, are you crazy? Well, with the Cowboys in town this might be a good week to find another receiver to take Jones' place. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » When will the Falcons lose?
      » Who reigns supreme in NFC?
      » NFL.com Power Poll: Falcons are No. 1
      » Who's to blame for Cowboys' struggles?
      » Rich Eisen Podcast: Emmitt Smith talks Cowboys
    • On Twitter:

      #DALvsATL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Philadelphia at New Orleans

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      In the standings, this won't be the most consequential game of the weekend. Far from it. But the wide-ranging ramifications could reach far beyond this week. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Eagles victory. See more expert predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      If you have either DeSean Jackson or Jeremy Maclin on your fantasy team, you must start them against the leaky Saints defense. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Eagles, Saints flying south
      » Vick: 'I gotta get my swag back'
      » Is Vick playing for his job Monday night?
      » 'Sound FX': Shady shines in losing effort
      » Schein: How to fix Eagles
    • On Twitter:

      #PHIvsNO
    • Watch: Game Preview

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