NFL Week 9 Game Picks: Saints inching towards a Wild Card spot?

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Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) checks off during the fourth quarter of the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos (7-0) at Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

For what feels like the 369th time since he left, Peyton Manning faces his former team in the Colts, this time in Indianapolis. The situation could not be more favorable for the Broncos; Indianapolis has been playing bad football on offense and a mediocre kind on defense. Gary Kubiak’s men are coming off a convincing win over the Packers, eliminating concerns about their offense and signal caller temporarily.

New York Giants (4-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)

After a high scoring game in New Orleans, the Giants stay in the Southeast as they visit Tampa Bay. The Bucs upset Atlanta last week and look to hang on in the competitive NFC South. Predictions for this game are hard to come by as both teams can be opportunistic on defense and great on offense, but lack consistency.

Atlanta Falcons (6-2) at San Francisco 49ers (2-6)

Two years ago, this was the last game at Candlestick Park and the franchises have swapped records this season it seems. The Falcons still boast .750 despite three horrible games in a row, while the 49ers plan to start Blaine Gabbert in a desperate attempt to field something reminiscent of an aerial attack. The Falcons can only beat themselves here, but they have proven capable of that throughout the years.

Sep 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) celebrates his interception in the end zone intended for Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

Welcome to the NFC East cellar where offenses fail to match high expectations and defenses step up. Dallas should win this one to stay in the conversation until Tony Romo returns, sweeping this series would go a long way towards winning the division as the Wild Card round is out of reach for both teams already.

Chicago Bears (2-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-6)

Why did this game not get flexed out? The Bears realize their issue at quarterback, and play an unexciting blend of dump-offs and short runs. San Diego has been up and down all season, but the latter entertains a comfortable lead. The season is already over in my eyes, and their best receiver Keenan Allen is out for the year. This game will not be enjoyable, so taking a nap before the Grizzlies-Clippers game sounds like a good plan.