2014 Week 9 NFL Picks: 5* Cardinals -1, 4* Chiefs -9 #freenflpicks #nflpick

[Cardinals/COWBOYS] Losing Romo in the biggest upset of the year spells trouble for a Cowboys team facing a streaking Cardinals team that is 4-1 ATS in their last five games.  6-1 SU in their last seven games, the time is now for the Cardinals to turn their 0-5 record ATS in their last five games in Dallas.   The Cowboys will suffer the same fate of so many this year against the #1 ranked Cardinals rush defense.

[Jets/CHIEFS] It is hard to resist a CHIEFS team that is 4-1 ATS in their last five games in outscoring their opponents by over 14 points per game.  With a balanced offense, it is the defense that is allowing less than 307 yards per game, including only 195.7 passing yards per game.  Arrowhead will too large a hill to climb for a visiting Jets team that is powering only 16 points per game in their last five games.

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  1. WINNER – Cardinals 28, Cowboys 17 – Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes and the Arizona Cardinals took advantage of Tony Romo’s absence in recording a 28-17 win over the reeling Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. With Romo held out after sustaining two small fractures in his back during Monday’s overtime loss to Washington, the Cowboys’ offense wasn’t the same with backup Brandon Weeden at the controls. Dallas (6-3) mustered a meager 266 total yards and didn’t produce an offensive touchdown until Dez Bryant’s 3- yard touchdown grab from Weeden with 1:08 remaining. Weeden completed just 18-of-33 passes for 183 yards and tossed a pair of interceptions, while Bryant — shadowed by Patrick Peterson for most of the game — didn’t register a catch until the late TD drive. The Cardinals’ third-ranked run defense also limited DeMarco Murray to 79 yards on 19 carries, the first time the star running back was held under 100 in nine outings this season. Palmer shook off an early interception that Tyler Patmon returned 58 yards for a touchdown to finish 22-of-34 for 249 yards for the NFC-leading Cardinals (7-1), who ended a string of 14 consecutive regular-season losses in Dallas and are off to their best eight-game start since 1974. Andre Ellington totaled 95 rushing yards on 21 attempts in the win, while adding 39 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.

  2. WINNER – Jets 10, Chiefs 24 – Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Kansas City Chiefs handed the New York Jets their eighth straight defeat with a 24-10 victory. Smith completed 21-of-31 passes for 199 yards for the Chiefs (5-3), who have won three in a row. Jamaal Charles carried 20 times for 78 yards and a score for Kansas City. Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano each caught a touchdown pass from Smith. Michael Vick connected on 21-of-28 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown in his first start as a member of the Jets (1-8), who have lost eight in a row for the first time since opening 0-8 in 1996. He left the game briefly in the fourth quarter after taking a hard hit and slamming his head on the ground. Geno Smith had been New York’s starting quarterback in all 24 games since he was drafted in the second round of last year’s draft. He was benched last week against the Bills after throwing three interceptions in the first quarter and inactive this week with a shoulder injury, with Jets head coach Rex Ryan making the switch to Vick on Monday. Ryan said after Sunday’s loss that Vick will start next week against Pittsburgh. Percy Harvin caught 11 passes for 129 yards in his second game as a Jet. Eric Decker hauled in nine passes for 63 yards and a score.

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