Week 9 of the NFL is here! Which games can you catch on Foxtel? Josh has you covered!The halfway point of the NFL season is finally here and man did it go quick. Week 9 features some great games but unfortunately no blockbusters, with only one clash (Chicago v Green Bay on MNF) hosting two teams with winning records. There arem however, some great divisional matchups like Atlanta v Carolina, Baltimore v Cleveland and the SNF showdown between the Colts and the Texans which is previewed below. AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Games are now starting at 5:00AM AEST and 8:30AM AEST due to changes in the time zone in the US. It also means the MNF and SNF matchups now start at 12:30PM AEST. As always, don’t forget to check out the best NFL TV Guide in Australia right here. For those who can’t watch the Fox Sports game, ESPN has a radio channel (211) which streams the other games and highlights.
New Orleans Saints @ New York JetsWhen and Where: Monday November 4, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports (via Foxtel), 5:00AM AEST Last week I was silly enough to give the Jets a chance against Cincinnati and in typical Jets fashion they let me and their fans down. This week I give them zero chance to win this one. Drew Brees & Co will be too strong. Yes, the Jets can stop the run but if Andy Dalton (who just threw for 0 TDs and 3 INTs against Miami) can throw five touchdowns on this Jets secondary then Brees can probably throw 15 touchdowns (okay, 15 touchdowns is way out of the question). But I still expect Brees to target the struggling Dee Milliner and throw some long bombs to outstanding rookie Kenny Stills. Rob Ryan has this Saints defense looking superb, even without Victor Butler, and the unit is far better than anyone suspected. I expect Rob to step it up even harder against his brother Rex, so don't expect much from a struggling Jets offense. Expect a lot of pressure on rookie quarterback Geno Smith -- he struggled big time against the ferocious Bengals pass rush last week. Watch out for: Saints DE Cameron Jordon has recorded six sacks and two fumbles so far this season. He will be assigned to put as much pressure as humanly possible on Smith. He should have a great game. Final word and prediction: The Saints should be too much for the Jets, but you never know what Rex Ryan can conjure up after a massive loss. Still, I just can't pick against Brees and the Saints here. Saints 41 - Jets 7.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland BrownsWhen and Where: Monday November 4, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports (via Foxtel) 8:30 AM AEST Despite starting their third quarterback in eight weeks and trading first round draft pick Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns still put up a gallant fight against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs last week. A late comeback was not out of the question thanks to big plays from superstar receiver Josh Gordon on the back of consistent play by a very underrated defense. Baltimore, fresh of the bye, still has a long way to go to establish its identity on offense. Are they a run-first team with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce or are they a pass-first team with Joe Flacco? This team doesn't seem to know what it is doing and is only a fraction offensively of what we saw in the postseason last year. The last time these two met it was an absolute snoozer, with a 14-6 win to Baltimore. I expect a similar scoreline with both teams' stout defenses containing the two often stagnant offenses. Some big plays on offense are possible with wideouts Gordon and Torrey Smith's dynamic playmaking abilities, but don't count on it. Watch out for: WR Josh Gordon. As you can tell I am a big fan (I've already mentioned him twice) but since he came off that suspension, no player in the NFL has had more targets or touchdowns on throws of at least 15 yards downfield. His potential is enormous. Final word and prediction: This will be a very ugly game for three or so quarters but the last quarter should pan out to be quite explosive. I say the Ravens have the edge at quarterback to get the job done. Ravens win it 17-14.
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston TexansWhen and Where: Monday November 4, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX Coverage: LIVE on ESPN, 12:15 PM AEST Before the season started I bet many circled this game on their calendars as a key divisional match. My oh my things change quickly in the NFL. The Houston Texans are no longer the AFC South powerhouse everyone predicted and the Colts are looking quite safe high up with a 5-2 record. Both teams will be fresh off the bye, helping them with some key injuries on offense and defense. The Houston offense is a mess thanks to quarterback Matt Schaub's horrible decision making in the first half of the season. Backs Foster and Tate are trying their best with many injuries, but it's just not working. DE JJ Watt and that defense can only carry a team so far. They need something, anything. Case Keenum played okay in his debut but he is definitely not the answer. As for the Colts, well with wins over Seattle, San Francisco and Denver they are looking pretty good. The loss of veteran WR Reggie Wayne is massive and how the offense responds in their first game without him will go along way to show how good this team really is. The Colts defense has improved marginally thanks to some toughness in the secondary, alongside the play of my my pick for defensive MVP: Robert Mathis. Watch out for: WR T.Y Hilton. Someone has to fill the void that Wayne has vacated. T.Y is already one of the great young receivers in the NFL and this is his time to truly step up on the world stage. Final word and prediction: The Colts offense may struggle against this tough defense without Wayne but Keenum will likely struggle even more against the Colts secondary. I'll take the Colts 31 - 17. How will these games end up? Let us know in the comments or in the US Sport Down Under Forums.