NFL Week 9 picks

I can’t remember the last time the Bills were the favorite to win a divisional game. This week’s matchup with the Jets is huge in more ways than one.

There’s the statistical aspect — keeping us on top of the AFC East and sinking the Jets to 4-4 — and the more important psychological one: another shot to legitimize ourselves as contenders by beating a quality opponent in a game we should win.

The Bengals and Giants aren’t bad teams, but we should have won both games. The big boys in this league take care of business when they need to. A win today would be a statement, especially against a team that is committed to running the ball — something the Bills haven’t always shown they can stop.

I love the White Out this week; it shows the team is acknowledging the importance of this game. The Bills are a 2.5-point favorite, and I say they stay perfect at home. I can’t wait to see the look on Rex Ryan’s face.

BUFFALO (-2.5) over Jets

Atlanta (-6.5) over INDIANAPOLIS

Tampa Bay (+8) over NEW ORLEANS

HOUSTON (-10.5) over Cleveland

KANSAS CITY (-4) over Miami*

San Francisco (-4) over WASHINGTON

DALLAS (-11) over Seattle

Denver (+7) over OAKLAND

Cincinnati (+3) over TENNESSEE

St. Louis (+3) over ARIZONA

NEW ENGLAND (-9) over Giants

Green Bay (-5.5) over SAN DIEGO

PITTSBURGH (-3) over Baltimore

Chicago (+7.5) over PHILADELPHIA

Standings will be updated if the Buffalo News gets Week 9 picks on its website. I’m 58-53-4.

BILLS (-6) over Washington
Bills 23-0. Win
TENNESSEE (-8.5) over Indianapolis
Titans 27-10. Win
Jacksonville (+9 1/2) over HOUSTON
Texans 24-20. Loss
Minnesota (+3 1/2) over CAROLINA
Vikings 24-20. Win
New Orleans (-13) over ST. LOUIS
Rams 31-21. Loss
Arizona (+13) over BALTIMORE
Ravens 30-27. Win
GIANTS (-10) over Miami
Giants 20-17. Loss
Detroit (-3) over DENVER
Lions 45-10. Win
New England (-3) over PITTSBURGH
Steelers 25-17. Loss
SAN FRANCISCO (-8.5) over Cleveland
49ers 20-10. Win
Cincinnati (-3) over SEATTLE*
Bengals 34-12. Win
Dallas (+3.5) over PHILADELPHIA
Eagles 34-7. Loss
KANSAS CITY (+3.5) over San Diego
Chiefs 23-20 (OT). Win
8-5
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