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We’ve gotten to the midway point of the NFL season and a lot of storylines are starting to unfold. Justin Blackmon’s inability to not smoke ganja, the Buc’s mutiny on Greg Schiano, and the rampant plague of injuries taking place. Well be covering all of these stories this coming week, but for now let’s try to go on a happier note into week 9 with some NFL gambling picks.

Game 1:

Kansas City -4.  With Jeff Tuel starting at quarterback for the injured E.J. Manuel, things don’t look promising this afternoon for the men of Orchard Park. The Chiefs (8-0) secondary will have a field day with the undrafted rookie out of Washington State University. It does get better on the offensive side where the middle of the road Bills front four will have to deal with one of the hottest running back in the game right now in Jamaal Charles. This one could get blown wide open by the 4th quarter.

Colts -1.  With both teams coming off a bye, this isn’t an argument of freshness, it’s an argument of talent and the Colts win that category. With Arian Foster and Ben Tate listed as questionable (Foster is a true game time decision) the Texans are going to have to rely on quarterback Case Keenum to throw the ball a decent amount. This will be quite the challenge for a guy with a subpar receiving core that consists of a 32 year old Andre Johnson (who has yet to score a touchdown this year) and rookie DeAndre Hopkins who has been incredible streaky this year. Not to mention, the Colts secondary did a pretty good job of shutting down Peyton Manning (all things considered). The Colts offense will struggle a bit with the loss of Reggie Wayne, but T.Y. Hilton has the potential to go on a complete breakout second half. Even if Trent Richardson continues his subpar runs, you still expect Andrew Luck to lead this team to a nice victory.

Pit +6. The storied Pittsburgh Steelers have looked to be back to their old ways. Since coming off their week 5 bye, The Steelers are 2-1, beating the Jets and Ravens, while losing to the Raiders. This team has picked it up in all aspects of the ball. The addition of LeVeon Bell to the offense added a huge dimension that the Steelers lacked previously, A RUN GAME. The defense, specifically the secondary, has also been playing better, shutting down Joe Flacco, Geno Smith, and Terrele Pryor. Facing a struggling New England Patriots team, the Steelers have the opportunity to win this game outright. Either way, this one should be close until the very end.

Packers/Bears Over 50.5. Two banged up, but powerful offense facing each other on Monday Night Football has shootout written all over it. With the late possibility of James Jones playing for the Packers, expect this score to possibly go even higher than 60 points.

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