In an unexpected battle of backup quarterbacks, Josh McCown guided the Chicago Bears to a 27-20 win over the Green Bay Packers Monday night. Green Bay played most of the game without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a shoulder injury early in the game. (Chicago starter Jay Cutler was injured during a Week 7 loss to the Washington Redskins.)

McCown’s heroics (272 pass yards, two touchdowns) dealt a blow to our hosts in the SiriusXM Pigskin Pick’Em game: Of the 65 hosts and experts to make a pick for the Monday night game, just Ryan Sampson from the SiriusXM Hits 1 Morning Mashup correctly guessed a Chicago win.

Perhaps Sampson and Mike Ditka should star in a reprisal of Bill Swerski’s Superfans.

Sampson is still well back of the leaders, though. Dr. Roto maintained his spot at the top despite an underwhelming 7-6 week. Through nine weeks, he is 93-40, good enough for a two-game lead:

The top five through Week 9:

  1. Dr. Roto (93-40)
  2. Lance Medow (92-41)
  3. Bill Lekas (90-43)
  4. Doria Biddle (89-44)
  5. Jay Thomas (89-44)

Other notable SiriusXM hosts after Week 9:

Not one host managed to correctly predict both Dolphins and Jets wins – 11 hosts picked Miami over Cincinnati, and six took New York at home against New Orleans – and just four – Al Skop, Grant Random, Jeff Mans and Jonathan Aberman – correctly predicted both the Eagles and Browns’ wins.

Coincidentally, Mans and Random had the best single-week performances, going 10-3. Mans is now 85-48, and Random is 81-52.

Back to Skop, he also correctly picked the Jets’ win over the Saints, but was one of only a handful of hosts to take the Buffalo Bills to top the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Steve Phillips (Mad Dog Sports Radio) and Pete Pistone (SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), who were both in the top five after last week, each went 6-7. They are now in a four-way tie for sixth at 88-45.

SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Bruce Murray was one of the lowest scorers of the week, picking five of the 13 games correctly. His winners: The Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

Every host correctly picked the Seattle win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and just one – Keith Roth – missed on the Cowboys’ win over the Minnesota Vikings.

For complete standings, visit the Pigskin Pick’em host grid. There’s also still time to sign up and play alongside your favorite SiriusXM personalities.

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