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NFL week 9 game picks: Raiders tough call in Pittsburgh

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Each week the Raiders take another step toward being among the NFL elite. And each of the past three weeks, their match-up has gotten more difficult. They dominated the first two against the Chargers in San Diego and at home vs the Jets. This week they head to Pittsburgh to face the 4-4 Steelers, making for another tough call for the staff.

After three weeks without a winning record for the week, Tyler had a bounce back week, pulling in a 12-2 record. He did it by being the only one to pick the Raiders to beat the Jets and the Broncos to beat the Packers.

This week the picks between the Steelers and Raiders is pretty evenly split. It's currently 3-2 in favor of the Steelers prior to RDreamer's revelation.

The unanimous picks this week are the Bengals, Patriots, Saints, Jets, Falcons, and Broncos.

Here are this week's staff picks:

Week 9 Levi RDreamer Asher Jeff Marcus Tyler G
Week 8 total 10-4 10-4 6-6 9-5 9-5 12-2
Overall record 82-37 77-42 76-41 74-45 74-45 71-48
Cleveland at Cincinnati CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN CIN
Oakland at Pittsburgh PIT ??* PIT OAK PIT OAK
Green Bay at Carolina CAR
CAR
CAR
GB
CAR GB
Washington at New England NE NE
NE
NE
NE NE
Tennessee at New Orleans NO NO
NO
NO
NO NO
Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets NYJ NYJ
NYJ
NYJ
NYJ NYJ
St. Louis at Minnesota MIN MIN
MIN
MIN
STL MIN
Miami at Buffalo BUF MIA
BUF
MIA
BUF BUF
Atlanta at San Francisco ATL ATL
ATL
ATL
ATL ATL
N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay NYG NYG
TB
NYG
NYG TB
Denver at Indianapolis DEN DEN
DEN
DEN
DEN DEN
Philadelphia at Dallas PHI PHI
DAL
PHI
PHI PHI
Chicago at San Diego CHI CHI
SD
CHI
SD SD

*RDreamer's pick will be revealed in his Friday Forecast article.

The community had some strong performances this week, with two predictors -- Demnes, and RaidersINN -- matching Tyler's 12-2 best mark and several others coming in at 11-3. Not surprising every one of them picked the Raiders to win. No one who picked the Jets to win did better than 9-5.

2015 Week 8 Demnes RAIDERSINN Jstwin98 20crow hamsterWmca sly b* OAKRAIDER64 XAVIERRAIDER TOWNBIZZ25 CHAYRAIDER213 ryrivers Tyrants Hubris Killuminati Adds99 STATRAIDER
Week 8 Rank t-1st t-1st t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd t-3rd t-3rd t-3rd t-3rd t-3rd
Week 8 Record 12-2 12-2 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-3 11-3 10-4 10-4 10-4 10-4 10-4
Overall record 78-41 12-2 75-44 67-36 65-38 62-25 57-30 36-20 11-3 11-3 76-43 76-43 76-43 74-45 10-4
Overall Rank 1st 3rd t-2nd t-2nd t-2nd 4th

As usual, keep an eye out for Adds99's fan post if you would like to make picks for the week.