As we reach the halfway mark of the season, five teams have already matched or surpassed their 2010 win totals (DET, SF, BUF, CIN, CAR). The Cowboys still have a way to go before matching their 2010 win total, but our pick 'em panel is optimistic that the Cowboys will take a step in that direction this week.
The league remains as tight as ever, with 58 of 116 games so far decided by 7 points or fewer, the 3rd most in NFL history through Week 8 (62-'99; 60-'83). This doesn't making picking the winners for the weekend games any easier.
And every time you think you have a surefire stat to help you make your picks, that stat seems to backfire. Case in point, entering last weekend, teams coming off a bye were 3-9. But in last week's games, they were 5-1. Go figure.
After the break, find out which teams we're picking to win this weekend.
Here are our week 9, 2011 picks: