By Peter King
November 03, 2011

NFL Week 9
Last week: 10-3 (.769); Season: 81-35 (.698)
Sunday, Nov. 6
1 p.m. ET (CBS) New York Jets (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (5-2)
Might be wrong about this, but I don't sense the bye week did anything to calm the roiling waters at wideout for the Jets. Santonio Holmes is an unhappy camper, and I wouldn't want my quarterback entering a potential season-turning game as this one thinking not about getting the ball to the open man, but about getting the ball to one man -- Holmes. On the other side of the field, the don't-worry-be-happy Bills have a quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has completed 78, 70 and 78 percent of his throws the last three weeks to pass-catchers who are legitimately just happy to be here.
1 p.m. ET (FOX) Seattle Seahawks (2-5) at Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
Tarvaris Jackson starts for Seattle. I don't think it matters much. But Sean Lee out for a while at linebacker for Dallas? That matters -- if the 'Hawks can get Marshawn Lynch going.
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Miami Dolphins (0-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
I'm stunned by Kansas City's resurgence without three of its top five (arguably) players -- Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles. Judging from the game the other night, the other two Most Important Players are Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, and I say they'll make life very difficult for the soon-to-be 0-8 Luck contenders.
1 p.m. ET (FOX) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3) at New Orleans Saints (5-3)
The Saints will come out angry, after suffering a legit beatdown at the hands of the winless Rams last week. Drew Brees doesn't look like he can ever be angry, but just watch. On cue from Sean Payton, Brees will have another intergalactic day.
1 p.m. ET (CBS) Cleveland Browns (3-4) at Houston Texans (5-3)
Andre Johnson hurt his hamstring Oct. 2 against Pittsburgh. The team said at the time he'd either be out a few days or three or four weeks. This is the fifth week without Johnson being back to normal, and it looks iffy whether he'll play. Why is there no panic in the Houston streets? Because the Texans have learned to play well without Johnson. With him starting, they've averaged 27 points a game this year; without him starting, they've averaged 25.
1 p.m. ET (FOX) San Francisco 49ers (6-1) at Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Niners move to 4-0 in Eastern Time this year (really, truly amazing, if you ask me) for one big reason: Washington cannot protect the quarterback.
1 p.m. ET (FOX) Atlanta Falcons (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (0-8)
I'm flashing forward to Super Bowl week in Indy. I can see myself at St. Elmo's one night that week, and I can envision fielding more questions about what the top-draft-pick-holding Colts should do about Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck than about the two Super Bowl combatants.
4:05 p.m. ET (CBS) Denver Broncos (2-5) at Oakland Raiders (4-3)
I think Carson Palmer comes out so fired up, and Hue Jackson figures a way to saddle Palmer up with six or eight pass plays he likes and has mastered over the bye week and this week. Plus Palmer's got T.J. Houshmandzadeh, his old security blanket ("We've been working together for almost a decade," Palmer said this week), in uniform to carry him through some rough patches with new receivers.
4:05 p.m. ET (CBS) Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-3)
No knock on the Bengals. Just the realization that their hold on playoff contention is still tenuous, and the Titans, playing at home, will match their defensive intensity if not quality of rotation. Matt Hasselbeck realizes Chris Johnson's been kidnapped and been replaced by some fraud with JOHNSON stitched on the back of his jersey. What to do, what to do. This becomes a passing day for Tennessee.
4:15 p.m. ET (FOX) New York Giants (5-2) at New England Patriots (5-2)
I still find it so hard to fathom that, in the last game these two teams played, David Tyree's historic Velcro Catch turned out to be the last reception of his career. Has nothing to do with this game, of course; I just thought you'd like to know. Re: Sunday in Foxboro, I like Eli Manning's ability to duel Tom Brady fair and square, but he's down so many receivers that it doesn't seem like enough of a fair fight for the G-Men.
4:15 p.m. ET (FOX) Green Bay Packers (7-0) at San Diego Chargers (4-3)
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, the Chargers find a way to steal one from the last unbeaten team in football. My reasoning: San Diego will run the ball well and hold Aaron Rodgers to eight or nine possessions. In the last four games, the Pack has allowed 138 rushing yards per game, and the Chargers have rushed for 130 yards a game. Mike Tolbert, this is your moment.
4:15 p.m. ET (FOX) St. Louis Rams (1-6) at Arizona Cardinals (1-6)
Now I wouldn't say this, but I'm sure there are some who'd rather watch the four-hour Kim and Kris Nuptials on rerun than three hours of Rams-Cards live. Maybe even some males.
8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) Baltimore Ravens (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
"We're taking 53 men to the Apocalypse, and we ain't bringing flowers," Terrell Suggs said this week. What I would suggest they bring is pass-rush cleats. Big Ben will fill the air with footballs again. He's on pace to throw 568 passes this year, 62 more than he ever has in a season, and there's no reason for Mike Tomlin to go to Rashard Mendenhall against the Ravens front.
Monday, Nov. 7
8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) Chicago Bears (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Just two weeks after it seemed they were out of the playoff race for the year, the Eagles move to within a game of first in the NFC East. Look for Trent Cole's and Jason Babin's eyes to get very wide just before gametime. Sack night at the Linc.

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