Free NFL Picks For Today 1/9/2022
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Colts at Jaguars—Jacksonville has longed been eliminated from the playoffs. Colts with a win clinch a playoff spot. A loss and they need help to get in. Indianapolis has a defensive tackle out along with a safety and corner. Jags without their starting tight end, left tackle and center on offense. A starting safety is out.
Jacksonville has lost eight straight following their 50-10 road defeat at New England Patriots. Jaguars have failed to cover seven straight. Past three games Jaguars allowing 375 yards with 5.4 yards per rush along with 6.9 yards per pass attempt. They have produced little pressure on the quarterback.
Indianapolis has won six of seven prior to their 23-20 home loss to Las Vegas. Colts trending well on the ground in their past three games with 158 yards rushing and 4.8 yards per carry. That is an area where they will exploit the Jaguars and it will set up big plays in the passing game.
Indianapolis have put together an impressive turnaround after a poor start and don’t see them spitting out the bit here. They go all out. Colts have covered ten straight on the road against bottom feeder teams that have won less than 20% of their games. Play Indianapolis -15.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Bengals at Browns—Cleveland has been eliminated from the playoffs. Bengals have clinched AFC North and cannot earn top seed in AFC. A two seed and home field in the Divisional Round is available with a win and help. Bengals will be without Starting quarterback Burrow and running back Joe Mixon.
Two starters on the offensive line are out and a tight end questionable. On defense three starting defensive lineman out and one questionable. They will be without a starting linebacker and safety. Case Keenum gets the start for the Browns for an injured Baker Mayfield. Rest of his offense healthy. On defense they are without a defensive tackle and corner. Both safeties questionable.
Cincinnati has won three straight following their 34-31 home win to Kansas City Chiefs. Joe Burrow will rest his sore knee as they host a Wildcard playoff next week. Starting is Brandon Allen who has seen mop up duty this season. Allen in his time in Denver averaged 6.1 yards per pass attempt and completing 46.4%.
Last year he had five touchdowns and four picks in relief of Burrow last year. Keenum has more to work with than Allen here. Plus, Case Keenum is motivated to make a case as a backup in the league next season. Play Cleveland -5.
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Bears at Vikings—Both teams eliminated from the playoffs with each head coach questionable about returning next season. Bears are without quarterback Justin Fields so Andy Dalton gets the start. On defense they are without a starting tackle with a nose tackle, linebacker and corner questionable.
Kirk Cousins will start but without Adam Thielen. Rest of the offense healthy. On defense Minnesota without a linebacker with a defensive tackle doubtful. Chicago has won two straight after their 29-3 home win to New York Giants. Bears defense past three games have allowed 226 yards with 4.3 yards per play.
Vikings have lost four of six following their 37-10 road defeat to Green Bay Packers. Vikings had to utilize a backup with Cousins with COVID. Minnesota defense has allowed 28 or greater points in six of their past seven games. Andy Dalton motivated to land a spot in the league next season. Their defense in the better form. Play Chicago +4.
Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Steelers at Ravens—Bad weather in forecast. Both teams need to win to have any hope of a playoff spot. They each need the Jaguars to beat the Colts in their scenarios. Lamar Jackson is out for the Ravens. They have a left guard questionable.
On defense a starting corner is out but the secondary has been decimated with injuries to previous starters and backups. Pittsburgh has a starting tackle doubtful but healthy everywhere else. Pittsburgh comes off the 26-14 home win to Cleveland Browns on Monday Night.
Issue for the Steelers have been the play of their defense on the road. Past four road games they have allowed 36 or greater points. Baltimore has lost five straight following their 20-19 home defeat to LA Rams. Past three games Ravens defense allowing 431 yards with 349 passing, 76.8% completion rate for 9.4 yards per pass attempt. Play Pittsburgh and Baltimore over 41.
Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Titans at Texans—Tennessee can clinch the number one seed with a win and Texans eliminated. Titans are without their nose tackle. Texans have a wide receiver questionable and a safety out. Tennessee has won three of four following their 34-3 home win to Miami Dolphins.
Houston had their two game win streak snapped in a 23-7 road defeat at San Francisco 49ers. Past two home games Texans offense has produced 437 yards on the Chargers and 380 on the Seahawks. Quarterback Davis Mills in those home games threw for 254 on the Chargers and 331 on the Seattle. Other home games included 310 yards on the Rams and 312 on the Patriots. Play Tennessee and Houston over 42.5.
Washington vs. New York Giants NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Washington at Giants—Both teams eliminated from the playoffs. Starters healthy for Washington. On defense they are without a defensive end and corner. Giants are without quarterbacks Jones and Glennon. It is Jake Fromm at quarterback for New York. They are without receive Toney and a right guard questionable.
Football Team has lost four straight following their 20-16 home defeat to Philadelphia Eagles. Past three games Washington offense producing only 268 yards with 188 passing for 5.7 yards per pass attempt giving up 3.3 sacks a game.
Defense is horrid form in this period by allowing 448 yards, 4.5 yards per rush along with 294 passing for 9.4 yards per pass attempt. Best unit on the field is the Giants defense. With the current for of the Football Team can’t lay a touchdown on the road. Play New York +7.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Packers at Lions—Green Bay has clinched the top seed in the NFC and have nothing to play for. Detroit is eliminated from the playoffs. Green Bay right tackle out and left tackle questionable. Running back Aaron Jones questionable. On defense the Packers have a defensive end out and linebacker questionable. Goff is questionable for the Lions as are a receiver, tight end, guard and tackle.
On defense the Lions have a defensive end and linebacker questionable. Green Bay has won five straight following their 37-10 home win to Green Bay. Lions have lost two straight following their 51-29 road defeat at Seattle. Lions have covered five of seven. Detroit has shown competitiveness all season long covering 10 of 16.
The Packers offensive tackles health a major concern here for Aaron Rodgers. If both tackles can’t play Green Bay has to be careful with Rodgers. Play Detroit +3.
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New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Jets at Bills—New York eliminated from the playoffs. Buffalo has clinched a playoff spot. They clinch the AFC East with a win or Patriot’s loss. Buffalo is without wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Jets starters are healthy.
Jets have lost four of five following their 28-24 home defeat to Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were able to generate 374 yards on the Buccaneers defense. Buffalo has won three straight after their 29-15 home win to Atlanta Falcons. Recent home games by the Bills against playoff eliminated teams saw wins by 14 to Atlanta, 17 to Carolina, 15 to Miami, 40 to Houston and 22 to Jacksonville.
In their first meeting the Bills pounded the Jets on the road 45-17 gaining 489 yards. New York defense 29th on third down. Bills offense fourth on third down and defense second. Offense ninth in the red zone and defense fifth. Play Buffalo -16.5.
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Patriots at Dolphins—New England has clinched a playoff spot. They win the AFC East title with a win and Bills loss or tie. Miami is eliminated from the playoffs. Patriots running back Damien Harris questionable as is receiver Meyers. A left tackle and center questionable.
On defense the Patriots are without a linebacker and corner with a defensive tackle questionable. New England broke a two game losing streak following their 50-10 home win to Jacksonville Jaguars. Patriots defense past three games holding teams to 318 yards with 6.2 yards per pass attempt.
Miami had their seven game sin streak snapped in a 34-3 road defeat at Tennessee. Dolphins defense past three games allowing 233 yards with 105 passing for 5.1 yards per pass attempt. Bills figure to blowout the Jets. If that is the case the Patriots in game could pull starters. They play at the same time. Play Miami +6.
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Saints at Falcons—Atlanta is eliminated from the playoffs. New Orleans can clinch a playoff berth with a win and 49ers loss. Saints are without their left tackle and right tackle questionable. On defense they have a defensive end questionable. Falcons have a tight end and guard questionable. A defensive end is out.
New Orleans has won three of four following their 18-10 home win to Carolina Panthers. Saints defense in their past three games holding opponents to 246 yards with 3.8 yards per rush along with 4.5 yards per pass attempt. Taysom Hill is healthy and will start. Hill is completing 56.8% of his throws for 7 yards per pass attempt and a threat to run.
Atlanta comes off the 29-15 road defeat at Buffalo Bills. Falcons offense in trending poorly past three games averaging only 264 yards, 3.3 yards per rush along with 196 passing. They have struggled in this period protecting the quarterback giving up 3.7 sacks. Saints have averaged 4.7 sacks in this three game period. Play Atlanta and New Orleans under 40.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Seahawks at Cardinals—Seattle has been eliminated from the playoffs. Arizona has clinched a playoff berth and can win the NFC West with a win plus Rams loss. Seahawks right guard questionable. On defense a tackle, linebacker and safety out. Arizona running back James Connor questionable and wide receiver Moore out.
On defense their left defensive end out and right end questionable. A corner is out. Seattle broke their two game losing steak following their 51-29 home victory to Detroit Lions. Seahawks past three games running for 171 yards for 6.1 yards per rush. Arizona broke a three game losing streak with their 25-22 road win at Dallas.
Cardinals offense past three games averaging 391 yards with 4.9 yards per rush and 270 passing yardage. But Arizona has lost and failed to cover four straight at home. Play Seattle +5.5.
San Francisco 49ers vs. LA Rams NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
49ers at Rams—LA has clinched a playoff spot and can with NFC West with win or Cardinals loss. San Francisco can clinch a playoff berth with a win or Saints loss. Rams starters all healthy. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo questionable with a thumb but is expected to start. Their left tackle is questionable.
On defense they have two linebackers and safety questionable. San Francisco has won six of eight following their 23-7 home win to Houston Texans. 49ers defense past three games holding opponents to 258 yards. On offense they are averaging 400 yards, 4.7 yards per rush along with 260 passing for 9.5 yards per pass attempt.
LA carries a five game win streak with their 20-19 road win at Baltimore Ravens. Rams offense at home moves the football for 380 yards with 286 passing for 7.7 yards per pass attempt. Play LA Rams and San Francisco over 44.5.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Panthers at Buccaneers—Carolina has been eliminated from the playoffs. Tampa Bay has won the NFC North. They sit with the three seed and can earn the two seed with a win and Rams loss. Carolina has a wide receiver questionable. On defense a tackle questionable and corner out. Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones out with their center questionable.
On defense they are without a linebacker and corner doubtful. Carolina has lost six straight following their 18-10 road defeat at New Orleans Saints. Panthers defense has allowed 27 or greater points in five straight prior to facing the Saints with Taysom Hill at quarterback.
Tampa Bay has won six of seven following their 28-24 road win at New York Jets. They pounded the Panthers on the road two weeks ago 32-6. A two seed is motivating to play for as that means a home game if they reach the Divisional Round. Play Tampa Bay -9.
LA Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Pick Prediction 1/9/2022
Chargers at Raiders—LAC win or tie and they clinch a playoff berth. Raiders must win to earn a playoff spot. Las Vegas can back in with a Colts and Steelers loss. Running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller both questionable. On defense they have a defensive tackle and corner questionable.
Chargers offense healthy and on defense a linebacker is questionable. Chargers broke a two game losing streak following their 34-13 home win to an illness and injury riddled Denver Broncos team. LA defense on the road has surrendering 417 yards with 298 passing for 8.8 yards per pass attempt. Las Vegas has won three straight after their 23-20 road win at Indianapolis Colts.
Raiders defensive form good in their past three games by allowing 218 yards with 3.5 yards per rush and 5.4 yards per pass attempt. Chargers secondary is a concern. LA qualifies with a tie with so a kneel down in the final two minutes of the ten minute overtime is in play if they have the ball and the Raiders are out of time outs. Play Las Vegas +3.
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