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NFL Picks, Week 9 2019: Healthy Packers should improve to 8-1

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Green Bay is stunningly healthy and on a roll. We’re not picking against the Packers this week.

NFL: OCT 27 Packers at Chiefs Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s week nine, and the Green Bay Packers are 7-1. Excited? If you’re a Packers fan, you should be, and the numbers suggest that you are.

This week’s Packers game is another battle with an AFC team, the third straight for Green Bay and a seemingly winnable matchup against a 3-5 team. But there are reasons for pause here, starting first and foremost with quarterback Philip Rivers. Like any great quarterback, Rivers is an equalizer, and the Chargers have some offensive weapons who can stretch even the best defense to the limits.

Keenan Allen is one of the league’s best wide receivers, while Hunter Henry is blossoming into a very good tight end. Then there are the running backs — Melvin Gordon remains a top all-around back, while Austin Ekeler is in the midst of a breakout season of his own.

But despite those challenges and the matchup issues presented by Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa, Acme Packing Company still feels good about the Packers’ chances. In fact, the Packers are a unanimous pick this week to win straight-up, with all 12 of APC’s writers going with the green and gold. Health is certainly a factor in these picks, as the entire Packers’ roster participated in practice all this week, an incredible feat for this time of year.

Here are a look at this week’s picks:

Week 9 Picks

Game Tex Jason Peter Jon M Jordan Kris Matub Paul Shawn Zach Mike Jon B Composite
Game Tex Jason Peter Jon M Jordan Kris Matub Paul Shawn Zach Mike Jon B Composite
SF @ ARI SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF*
HOU @ JAX HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU HOU JAX HOU HOU JAX JAX HOU
WAS @ BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF*
TEN @ CAR CAR CAR CAR TEN CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
MIN @ KC KC MIN KC KC KC MIN KC MIN MIN MIN KC KC KC
NYJ @ MIA NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ MIA NYJ NYJ
CHI @ PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI CHI PHI PHI CHI PHI PHI PHI PHI PHI
IND @ PIT IND IND PIT IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND IND
DET @ OAK DET OAK OAK DET OAK DET OAK DET DET DET DET OAK DET
TB @ SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA*
CLE @ DEN DEN CLE CLE CLE CLE DEN DEN DEN DEN CLE DEN CLE tie
GB @ LAC GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB GB*
NE @ BAL BAL NE NE NE BAL NE NE NE NE NE BAL NE NE
DAL @ NYG DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL*

Before moving on, we must acknowledge Jon Meerdink for a tremendous performance in week 8’s picks. Although every APC contributor who picked last week’s games was correct on at least 11 of the 15 games, Jon was the only one to end up perfect at 15-0. This also is the first time we can remember that an APC contributor picked every game correctly.

Congrats to Jon for a great week 8!