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Bing Predicts NFL Week 9

  • Bing Predicts NFL Week 9

    The NFL season is officially crossing its midpoint, and we have new faces in new places as Tuesday’s trade deadline saw some last-minute action. Notable names such as Demaryius Thomas (Houston), Golden Tate (Philadelphia), Dante Fowler (LA Rams), and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Washington) have found themselves in new homes as general managers look to solidify their squads for the back half of the 2018 regular season campaign.

    There are fewer games as six teams—Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and the New York Giants—have their byes, but Week 9 has the makings to be the most exciting, action-packed week in an already unbelievable season.

    Pittsburgh and Baltimore renew their AFC North rivalry; the surging Steelers look for revenge after dropping the first meeting of the season between these two playoff hopefuls. Atlanta and Washington, as well as Seattle and the Los Angeles Chargers, also have matchups with major playoff implications, but everything is likely to be overshadowed by these two highly-anticipated affairs:

    —Rams @ Saints: This is the best the NFC has to offer. These two teams feel a class above everyone in the conference, and this has potential playoff preview written all over it.  

    —Packers @ Patriots: A battle of the great ones, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have only faced off once before. This is a quarterback-driven league, and we get to watch two of the best to have ever played the position battle it out under the lights.

    Guiding you through every game is Bing Predicts, which leverages search, social, and historical statistics to forecast the week’s winners and losers. Read on for Week 9 predictions.

    ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Oakland Raiders (1-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-7)

    Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers

    Game time: Thursday, Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Oakland Raiders lead series 7-6

    On Halloween week, there is no good way to dress this game up—these are two of the worst teams in the NFL playing in a largely meaningless primetime bout that many outside of the Bay Area couldn’t care less about. If for no other reason than fantasy football implications, the public will tune in as this Northern California rivalry is renewed.

    The San Francisco 49ers look to halt a league-worst, six-game losing streak, and the depleted Oakland Raiders may be the best opponent for them to achieve that goal. The Niners are favored on Thursday night despite relinquishing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead to another of the NFL’s worst teams, the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona’s only two wins this season have been at the expense of the 49ers.

    In an equally embarrassing collapse, the Raiders watched a fourth quarter lead disappear and allowed 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.   

    Of the 784 primetime games in league history played on Nov. 1 or later, no two teams have combined for a lower winning percentage. Tune in if you dare.


     

  • Bing Predicts: San Francisco 49ers

    Bing Predicts Winner: San Francisco 49ers (69% chance)

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  • Detroit Lions (3-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)

    Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Minnesota Vikings lead series 72-39-2

    The NFC North remains wide open: Any one of its four teams could hold the division’s top spot after Week 9 is said and done. The Detroit Lions travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this Sunday for the first of their two division meetings this season.

    The Vikings were overmatched last Sunday night in a rematch of the Minneapolis Miracle. One of the league’s most talented and consistent receivers this season, Adam Thielen, uncharacteristically coughed up the ball (his first lost fumble of the season) as Minnesota was on the cusp of scoring and extending its lead. The New Orleans Saints turned the fumble into a touchdown drive and never looked back in a 30-20 victory.

    The Lions also dropped their contest last week, halting their two-game winning streak. Detroit was dominated 28-14 by the Seattle Seahawks, and the game felt even more lopsided than the point margin. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dismantled the Lions’ secondary on just 17 pass attempts (14-of-17 for 248 yards, three touchdowns, and a perfect passer rating). Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford had a passer rating under 100.

    The Lions have won three of their last four over the Vikings, but are big underdogs this week.

  • Bing Predicts: Minnesota Vikings

    Bing Predicts Winner: Minnesota Vikings (67% chance)

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-4)

    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers lead series 27-22

    Since the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers met back in September, it has been a tale of two different seasons for the AFC North rivals. The Ravens bested the Steelers, 26-14 in Week 4, but have lost three of their last four and have fallen to third place in the division. The Steelers have strung together three consecutive wins since the loss to Baltimore and currently sit alone in first place.

    Pittsburgh easily handled the Cleveland Browns 33-18 on Sunday behind running back James Conner’s 146 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving, and two touchdowns. The Browns have since parted ways with head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

    The Ravens gave up 36 points in a loss to the red-hot Carolina Panthers, yet remain the league’s #1 defense. That stout D will need to be firing on all cylinders when they welcome in the NFL’s #2 passing offense. Prior to the Week 4 loss, Pittsburgh had won the previous three matchups between the two but are underdogs as they enter Sunday’s contest.  


     

  • Bing Predicts: Baltimore Ravens

    Bing Predicts Winner: Baltimore Ravens (55% chance)

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  • New York Jets (3-5) @ Miami Dolphins (4-4)

    New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: New York Jets lead series 54-51-1

    It is almost always a foregone conclusion who will sit atop the AFC East at regular season’s end. The Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets have just one division title each during the Tom Brady era. The other 14—not including the 2001 season when Brady did not start the season, but won the Super Bowl—have all gone to the Patriots. So yet again, this division battle appears to be a fight to keep each team’s Wild Card hopes alive.

    The Dolphins, after a 3-0 start, have lost four of their last five, including a 42-23 beatdown by the Houston Texans last Thursday. Miami’s defense gave up five passing touchdowns on only 20 Deshaun Watson attempts.

    The Jets fell to an NFC North opponent for the second-straight week, this time 24-10 to the Chicago Bears. This matchup marks the first of three-consecutive games against division opponents and is being touted as a “must-win” by players in the New York locker room.

    It remains unknown if Miami’s starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill will make his return, or if Brock Osweiler will start for the fourth-straight week. Regardless of who is under center for the Dolphins, the Jets need to focus on what they can control, including pre-snap penalties. New York had five false starts in last week’s loss.

  • Bing Predicts: Miami Dolphins

    Bing Predicts Winner: Miami Dolphins (63% chance)

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  • Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) @ Cleveland Browns (2-5-1)

    Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Kansas City Chiefs lead series 12-11-2

    This contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns features one team who appears to have everything figured out at the season’s midpoint and one team who suffers from an extreme identity crisis. Their records indicate which is which.

    Despite showing some signs of promise this season, a regressing Browns team has parted ways with both head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley after Sunday’s 33-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jackson was a staggering 3-36-1 in his tenure with the team. Gregg Williams, previously the defensive coordinator, will now serve as interim head coach.

    The Chiefs, who currently hold the best record in the AFC, are heavy road favorites over the reeling Browns. Patrick Mahomes II, who threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-23 victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday, remains the front-runner for NFL MVP. Mahomes leads the NFL in passing yards, touchdown passes, and is top-five in passer rating.

     

  • Bing Predicts: Kansas City Chiefs

    Bing Predicts Winner: Kansas City Chiefs (78% chance)

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