Playbook picks: Bucs not ready to overtake Falcons

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris instilled confidence in his team by stating he thinks the Bucs are the best in the NFC. Consider the “Playbook” analysts unconvinced. Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann and Brian Baldinger all predict the Falcons will knock off the Buccaneers in a crucial NFC South showdown.

All three experts also see the Ravens handing the Dolphins their first road loss of the season.

For those of you who feed off conflict, there is still plenty of that among our prognosticators. Sharpe is going with the Raiders this week, while Theismann and Baldinger picked the Chiefs. Baldinger is on his own in siding with the Chargers over the Texans.

Without further ado, take a look at all of their Week 9 picks:

NFC Playbook: Friday 6 p.m. ET

Buccaneers at Falcons
Sharpe: Falcons
Theismann: Falcons
Baldinger: Falcons

Jets at Lions
Sharpe: Lions
Theismann: Jets
Baldinger: Jets

Cardinals at Vikings
Sharpe: Vikings
Theismann: Vikings
Baldinger: Vikings

Saints at Panthers
Sharpe: Saints
Theismann: Saints
Baldinger: Saints

Giants at Seahawks
Sharpe: Giants
Theismann: Giants
Baldinger: Seahawks

Cowboys at Packers
Sharpe: Cowboys
Theismann: Packers
Baldinger: Packers

Colts at Eagles
Sharpe: Eagles
Theismann: Colts
Baldinger: Colts

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Chargers at Texans
Sharpe: Texans
Theismann: Texans
Baldinger: Chargers

Chiefs at Raiders
Sharpe: Raiders
Theismann: Chiefs
Baldinger: Chiefs

Bears at Bills
Sharpe: Bears
Theismann: Bills
Baldinger: Bears

Steelers at Bengals
Sharpe: Steelers
Theismann: Steelers
Baldinger: Steelers

Patriots at Browns
Sharpe: Patriots
Theismann: Patriots
Baldinger: Patriots

Dolphins at Ravens
Sharpe: Ravens
Theismann: Ravens
Baldinger: Ravens

Playbook” combines Xs-and-Os analysis of each NFL game with roundtable debates on the NFL’s hottest topics. For more information, check out NFL Network’s broadcast schedule.

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