Paul’s pigskin prognostications week 9

Last week: 11-3 78-40 on the season.

Now onto this weeks slippery slope.

NY Jets @ Buffalo: A little of the luster is off the Bills after losing 2 of the last 3. The Jets on the other hand have been more up and down than the stock market. All things considered the Bills at home in the friendly confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium makes the difference. Bills 24 Jets 17

Detroit @ Chicago: The Lions have been meek as lambs all season long, don’t look for things to improve against a Bears squad finally getting consistency out of the mecurial Kyle Orton. Bears 24 Lions 6

Jacksonville @ Cincinnati: The Bengals season is already a lost cause, the Jags are seeking to garner some momentum for a run at a playoff berth and with games against winless teams the next two weeks this is a spot that Jack Del Rio’s crew can ill afford a slip up. Jags 23 Bengals 20

Baltimore @ Cleveland: The Browns are slowly making strides towards being the squad that many had as a chic pick in the preseason to make a big splash this season. Baltimore however is getting their legs underneath them offensively and the Browns offense is not a good matchup against a stingy Ravens defense. Baltimore 19 Browns 17

Green Bay @ Tennessee: The Titans just keep finding a way to win, Green Bay still seeks consistency on both sides of the ball in the post Favre era. In spite of a short week I see the Titans continuing their streak for another week. Titans 24 Packers 21

Tampa Bay @ Kansas City: On the surface this would seem like a slam dunk for the Bucs. But Arrowhead is an awfully tough place to play and I think Tyler Thigpen will parlay the solid performance last week against the Jets into my upset special of the week. Chiefs 26 Bucs 21

Arizona @ St.Louis: The Rams have played much better over the last few weeks. This however is the most consistent Cardinal teams since Terry Metcalf era and Kurt Warner and company will have too many weapons for the Rams to contend with. Cardinals 31 Rams 23

Houston @ Minnesota: One of the most intriguing matchups of the weeks is a classic contrast of the irresistible force of the potent Texans offense against the immovable object of the solid Vikings defense. The difference in this one though is the suspension of two Vikings tackles for using masking substances to hide potential evidence of steroid use. Not only does this create a distraction, losing two offensive linement can be kryptonite for a offense that already struggles. Texans 20 Vikings 13

Miami @ Denver: The Broncos seek to get back on track after having two weeks to think about the beatdown administered by the Patriots on MNF. This is bad news for the Dolphins who will be hard pressed to match the emotional pitch of last weeks effort against the Bills. Broncos 30 Dolphins 19

Atlanta @ Oakland: The Raiders are stuggling mightily while the Falcons continue to be a pleasant surprise. When push comes to shove the Falcons running game will be too much for the dysfunctional Raiduhs to overcome. Falcons 27 raiders 21

Dallas @ NY Giants: The Cowboys are sill without Tony Romo and Brad Johnson is not getting the job done. Going up against the leagues most aggressive defense is not a good recipe for an aging immobile signal caller with a weak arm in the windswept landscape of the Jersey meadowlands as the Giants tap another potnetial nail into the Cowboys coffin.. Giants 28 Cowboys 13

Philadelphia @ Seattle; Another week of Seneca Wallace is probably more than Seahawk fan can stomach. Look for that indigestion to ignight with the surging Eagles in twon. Eagles 31 Seahawks 17

New england 2 Indianapolis: Well this one will not have the luster that recent meeting between these former division rivals but it is no less important, especially for the Colts who must get a win here to avoid falling any further behind. Colts 27 Pats 20

Pittsbugh @ Washington: Skins need this one to keep pace with the Giants. If Clinton Portis continues his tear and Jason Campbell continues his improvement they get it against a banged up Steeler squad. Skins 28 Steelers 20