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2010 NFL Week 9 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 9 box scores and stats included

By Joel Beall - Whatifsports.com
Updated: November 4th, 2010

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Game of the Week: Giants at Seahawks

The perceived parity of professional football has been a shared sentiment of observers for years. However, even by NFL standards, the equilibrium that's currently the NFC is astounding. Eleven of the sixteen teams are leading their respective divisions or sit just a game behind in the win column. The defending champion Saints have five wins to their credit, but sit 3rd in the NFC South. The Packers look like a Super Bowl contender one week and a team that will be sitting home in January the next. And heaven help any misguided soul that undertakes the ill-advised endeavor of fathoming the NFC West.

Despite this symmetry, there is one team that appears to be a cut above as we reach the halfway point of the season. At 5-2, the New York Giants seem to have a stranglehold on the NFC. Most would quickly highlight the defense as the catalyst for this preeminence, as the Giants are holding opponents to 177.9 yards through the air and 85.4 yards on the ground (both which are tops in the conference). The G-Men are also first in sacks (24), second in fumbles (9), and stifling signal callers to a 75.5 rating.

Yet while the defensive unit has been dominant, the offense has been no slouch. Although Brandon Jacobs' discontent nearly derailed the rushing game, the Giants have subdued the volatile running back's vitriol, as Jacobs and starter Ahmad Bradshaw have averaged 145.4 yards per game, best in the NFC. The New York aerial attack has been just as efficient, as Eli Manning's 14 TDs are tied for second-best in the conference. Manning has been aided by the emergence of second-year wideout Hakeem Nicks, who has racked up eight scores in just seven games.

But all is not well in New York. The team just lost the services of sackmaster Mathias Kiwanuka for the rest of the season. Shaun O'Hara, the Pro Bowl center and heart of the offense line, is battling a foot injury. And coming out of the Bye, the team faces the arduous task of traveling to Seattle to take on the upstart Seahawks.

In just eight weeks, Pete Carroll has revitalized a franchise that ruled the wild NFC West from 2001-2007 but faulted the past two seasons. And while a 4-3 record might not signal a return to excellence, it is an indication on progress of a team that many expected to finish in the cellar of the division.

While the brand of football has been anything but pretty, the Seahawks have found success by adhering to the old adage of defending their home turf. Seattle is 3-0 on the year in the friendly confines of Qwest Field, a stadium designed to promote and enhance crowd noise. Outside of the Emerald City, the Seahawks are a meager 1-3.

Even more astonishing is who the Seahawks are employing to complete this mission. A quick glance of the Seattle roster indicates one composed of castoffs, has-beens, and rookies. The poster child for this motley crew is wide receiver Mike Williams. Yes, that Mike Williams, a former top-10 pick who fizzled in Detroit and had not registered an NFL catch since 2007. Yet through the first Seattle's first seven games, Williams is the team's top receiver, garnering 33 receptions for 375 yards and a touchdown. With departed Deion Branch now out of the picture, Williams' production should continue to prosper.

So who does the WhatIfSports engine like in this week's battle between divisional leaders? According to the simulation, the Giants come out on top 85-percent of the time, with an average score of 25-11. For the rest of this week's predictions, check below:

NFL Week 9
MatchupWin%Avg Score
Arizona Cardinals28.217Boxscore
@ Minnesota Vikings71.825Simulate Game
Dallas Cowboys32.219Boxscore
@ Green Bay Packers67.825Simulate Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers35.621Boxscore
@ Atlanta Falcons64.425Simulate Game
Indianapolis Colts37.716Boxscore
@ Philadelphia Eagles62.320Simulate Game
Miami Dolphins42.119Boxscore
@ Baltimore Ravens57.921Simulate Game
Kansas City Chiefs58.823Boxscore
@ Oakland Raiders41.220Simulate Game
New Orleans Saints63.819Boxscore
@ Carolina Panthers36.215Simulate Game
New England Patriots78.125Boxscore
@ Cleveland Browns21.916Simulate Game
New York Giants85.025Boxscore
@ Seattle Seahawks15.011Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers85.434Boxscore
@ Houston Texans14.622Simulate Game
New York Jets85.725Boxscore
@ Detroit Lions14.312Simulate Game
Chicago Bears87.527Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bills12.513Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers88.327Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bengals11.713Simulate Game

Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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