The week nine schedule in the sportsbook will force a lot of teams with 3-4, 3-5, and 4-4 records to change their identities and make forward movements in the standings.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders
This game is going to be an uphill battle for the Eagles. Philadelphia backup quarterback Nick Foles (who replaced number-one signal caller Michael Vick earlier in the season) is not healthy enough to be given the reins to coach Chip Kelly’s offense. The Eagles are likely to be saddled with third-stringer Matt Barkley once again. This should give the Raiders a big advantage, but then again, the Raiders rarely seem to make the most of good fortune these days.
Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys
This is a game in which one should expect the Dallas Cowboys to be very angry. The Cowboys had the Detroit Lions beaten, but a holding penalty on third down in the final 80 seconds of regulation gave Detroit 40 extra seconds to work with. The Lions pulled off an improbable touchdown drive to stun Dallas, and now the Cowboys know that at 4-4, they have not been able to distance themselves from the rest of a bad NFC East Division. The Cowboys should be able to run roughshod over a listless Minnesota team that is scrambling for answers in the midst of a lost season
.Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
This game is a must for both sides. Baltimore and Cleveland know that if they are to have any chance of catching up with Cincinnati in the AFC North, they will have to pull through in week nine. The Ravens are coming off a bye week and will have an advantage for that reason, but Cleveland played Kansas City well and tough in week eight and should think that it has the tools to win this game on defense.
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