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AP staff NFL preview and predictions for Week 9

The Chiefs host the Packers during Sunday’s late games — but we’re picking all of Week 9’s NFL matchups.

Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Week 9 of the NFL season kicks off with the New York Jets (2-5) on the road against the Indianapolis Colts (3-5) on Thursday Night Football.

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) will host the Green Bay Packers (7-1) during Sunday’s late games. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The Chiefs are favored to win by 7.5 points. according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) will travel to the Big Apple to play the New York Giants (2-6) and the Dallas Cowboys (6-1) will host the Denver Broncos (4-4). Both games will be played during Sunday’s early schedule. The late games will include the Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) on the road to face the Philadelphia Eagles (3-5).

Other games of interest in the early slate include an AFC North matchup in which the Cleveland Browns (4-4) will travel across the state to play the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). Another matchup will feature the Carolina Panthers (4-4) hosting the New England Patriots (4-4).

The other late game will have Arizona Cardinals (7-1) in northern California to play the San Francisco 49ers (3-4).

Sunday Night Football will feature a big matchup: the Los Angeles Rams (7-1) playing host to the Tennessee Titans (6-2). Then on Monday Night Football, there’s a storied NFC North rivalry: the Chicago Bears (3-5) against the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) from Heinz Field.

14 games will be played in Week 8. The Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Football Team will all have their bye weeks.

Here are our picks for this weekend’s games. Be sure to cast your vote, too!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 76-44-2

Poll

Which team wins Jets (2-5) at Colts (3-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Jets
    (62 votes)
  • 78%
    Colts
    (233 votes)
295 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Raiders (5-2) at Giants (2-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Raiders
    (228 votes)
  • 46%
    Giants
    (202 votes)
430 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Texans (1-7) at Dolphins (1-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Texans
    (70 votes)
  • 83%
    Dolphins
    (345 votes)
415 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bills (5-2) at Jaguars (1-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Bills
    (386 votes)
  • 7%
    Jaguars
    (31 votes)
417 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Browns (4-4) at Bengals (5-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Browns
    (90 votes)
  • 77%
    Bengals
    (311 votes)
401 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Broncos (4-4) at Cowboys (6-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Broncos
    (17 votes)
  • 95%
    Cowboys
    (397 votes)
414 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Falcons (3-4) at Saints (5-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Falcons
    (67 votes)
  • 83%
    Saints
    (334 votes)
401 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Patriots (4-4) at Panthers (4-4)?

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  • 73%
    Patriots
    (297 votes)
  • 26%
    Panthers
    (109 votes)
406 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Vikings (3-4) at Ravens (5-2)?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Vikings
    (94 votes)
  • 76%
    Ravens
    (302 votes)
396 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Chargers (4-3) at Eagles (3-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Chargers
    (260 votes)
  • 34%
    Eagles
    (138 votes)
398 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Cardinals (7-1) at 49ers (3-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Cardinals
    (306 votes)
  • 20%
    49ers
    (81 votes)
387 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Titans (6-2) at Rams (7-1)?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Titans
    (34 votes)
  • 91%
    Rams
    (361 votes)
395 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bears (3-5) at Steelers (4-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Bears
    (99 votes)
  • 74%
    Steelers
    (290 votes)
389 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 8-7-1
Week 2 picks 10-6-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 10-6-0
Week 5 picks 11-5-0
Week 6 picks 9-4-1
Week 7 picks 10-3-0
Week 8 picks 8-7-0
Total 76-44-2

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 1 Kramer Sansone 79 37 0 0.6810
2 2 Stephen Serda 80 42 0 0.6557
3 9 Matt Stagner 70 38 0 0.6481
4 3 Jared Sapp 79 43 0 0.6475
5 3 Bryan Stewart 77 45 0 0.6311
5 3 Pete Sweeney 77 45 0 0.6311
7 3 Talon Graff 76 46 0 0.6230
8 7 Ron Kopp Jr. 75 47 0 0.6148
8 7 Ethan Willinger 75 47 0 0.6148
10 12 John Dixon 73 49 0 0.5984
11 12 Rocky Magaña 72 50 0 0.5902
12 11 Mark Gunnels 53 37 0 0.5889
13 10 Kristian Gumminger 16 12 0 0.5714

In Week 8, Matt Stagner led the staff with an 11-4 record on his head-to-head picks, followed by Jared Sapp at 9-6-0. Against the spread, John Dixon’s selections led the way at 11-4-0, while Matt’s came in at 10-5-0. Pete Sweeney and Jared both went 11-4-0 on their over/under picks, followed by Ron Kopp at 9-6-0. Overall, Matt finished 29-16-0 to lead the staff, with Jared right behind at 28-17-0.

Among 328 Tallysight experts, Matt’s straight-up picks ranked fourth in Week 8. John came in third against the spread, while Matt was 20th. Pete and Jared ranked fifth and sixth in over/under. Overall, Matt was ranked fourth — while Jared came in 18th.