Throughout the 2021 NFL season, NFL Network analysts will provide one bold prediction heading into each week's slate of games (see the full Week 9 schedule).
Marc Ross: The drama in Green Bay has seemingly been nonstop since the moment the Packers lost last year's NFC Championship Game. Stepping into the spotlight now, with Aaron Rodgers on the reserve/COVID-19 list, is second-year quarterback Jordan Love. In his first career start, Love will show the world why the Packers traded up to draft him in Round 1 last year by throwing for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in an upset victory over Kansas City.
Joe Thomas: No Jameis Winston, no problem! The New Orleans Saints will pound the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday behind a balanced effort. Trevor Siemian throws for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while the aggressive defense holds Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense to 10 points.
Brian Baldinger: It took the Philadelphia Eagles eight weeks, but they finally found their identity on both offense and defense last week in their win over Detroit. This week against the Chargers, the Eagles continue to emphasize a strong, powerful run game featuring a four-man committee including Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell and Jalen Hurts, behind a healthy offensive line. Defensively, the Eagles will stymie the Chargers' offense by playing more man defense and pressuring Justin Herbert by attacking the line of scrimmage with linebackers and/or safeties.
Full NFL Week 9 schedule
Thursday, November 4
Sunday, November 7
- Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
- Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
- New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
- Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
- Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (4:05 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX)
- Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX)
- Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC)
Monday, November 8
- Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN)