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The Cowboys and Eagles battle for first place in the NFC East is the highlight matchup of week 9’s NFL slate. Here’s a breakdown of all 13 games:

Kansas City Chiefs (42.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (-6)
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The Chiefs are coming in off of a bye and were a winner in their last road outing in Washington. The inconsistent Jaguars were blown out at Tennessee last week. With plenty of empty seats in Jacksonville, the Chiefs should be able to hang around in this AFC matchup.

Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (43)
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The Ravens were able to snap their three-game losing streak against Denver last week. Now, the club will look to avenge their week 5 home defeat to the Bengals. With a one-game deficit in the AFC North, Baltimore can’t afford another loss to Cincinnati. The Ravens are likely to step up and hand Cincinnati its third home setback of the year.

Houston Texans (48) at Indianapolis Colts (-9)
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Houston is on pace for its first winning season and are in the playoff chase in the AFC. The undefeated Colts are just 1-2 against the spread at home in 2009. While Indy will take control of the AFC South with a win, the gritty Texans should keep the final margin under a touchdown.

Washington Redskins (42) at Atlanta Falcons (-10)
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The Redskins have had two weeks to get ready for this game after a bye. Despite a 2-5 record, Washington has enough talent to compete with most teams in the league. Atlanta could be a little flat after a Monday night showdown in New Orleans. The Redskins may use their solid defense to keep this one close.

Green Bay Packers (-9.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (44)
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Despite another frustrating loss to Brett Favre, the 4-3 Packers are still in the middle of the NFC playoff race. An opportunity to face the league’s only remaining winless team gives Green Bay a good chance to rebound. With rookie Bucs QB Josh Freeman likely to face some struggles in his first NFL start, the Packers will unload some of their frustrations out against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals (44.5) at Chicago Bears (-3)
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The defending NFC champions are a perfect 3-0 on the road this season while the Bears haven’t dropped a game at home in 2009. The Cardinals lead their division while Chicago is tied for second in the much tougher NFC North. With a sense of urgency, the Bears should step up against Arizona.

Miami Dolphins (47) at New England Patriots (-10.5)
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Miami stunned the Patriots in New England a year ago with their “wildcat” rushing attack. While the Patriots won’t be surprised this time around, the Dolphins should be able to do enough damage to keep this one close in a critical game for Miami.

Carolina Panthers (51) at New Orleans Saints (-14)
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The Panthers showed some pride in last week’s upset win at Arizona. At 3-4, their playoff hopes will be on the line against New Orleans. While the Saints have too many weapons to lose this one, New Orleans will be flat enough after a Monday night game for the Panthers to cover in this NFC South matchup.

Detroit Lions (43.5) at Seattle Seahawks (-10)
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After losing to the previously winless Rams at home a week ago, the young Lions are still learning what it takes to win. Despite a 2-5 start, Seattle is still alive in the mediocre NFC West. With a knack for blowing out weak teams at home, the Seahawks roll in this one.

Tennessee Titans (40.5) at San Francisco 49ers (-5.5)
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Vince Young delivered a solid effort in his first start of the year last week to finally get the Titans into the victory column. The 49ers have dropped a pair of road games at Houston and Indianapolis by a combined total of just seven points. While Young will face a tougher time this week, the Titans have enough new life to give the 49ers a game on Sunday.

San Diego Chargers (47.5) at New York Giants (-3)
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The Chargers are 4-0 against losing teams this year but are 0-3 against winning squads. After three straight defeats, New York appears due for a big day. Against a San Diego club that usually doesn’t fare well on the east coast, the Giants gain a much needed win in this interconference affair.

Dallas Cowboys (47.5) at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
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In week 17 last year, the Eagles crushed Dallas in Philadelphia in a battle to reach the playoffs. While both teams have some momentum entering this year’s rematch, the Eagles seem to have the edge again at home in this NFC East showdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at Denver Broncos (39)
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The Steelers are 0-3 against the spread on the road this year with defeats to Chicago and Cincinnati. Denver will be a little angry after tasting defeat for the first time this season last week at Baltimore. In front of a fired up home crowd, the Broncos will deliver their best shot to the champs on Monday night.

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