Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
Last week got off to a poor start as my Thursday night record continues to get worse and I whiffed on several early games, but I rallied back in the evening and finished a respectable 8-7.
We’ll see if I can get another week above .500 this week and, with that, let’s head into the picks.
Packers over Bears
Brian Hoyer has more passing yards than Aaron Rodgers through the first six weeks of the season. I’m not exactly sure what this means other than the Packers might be trouble going forward.
However, I still expect the Packers to come out victorious against a bad division rival.
Giants over Rams
Case Keenum has done surprisingly well so far this season after a disastrous start to the season. However, the Giants defense should do well enough shutting them down as NFL defenses continue to stack the box against Todd Gurley.
This should be an interesting game, but the Giants will win.
Chiefs over Saints
Which version of the Chiefs will show up this week? Will it be the team that got absolutely humiliated by the Steelers or the team that shut down the up-and-coming Raiders?
I am banking on the latter with this pick mainly because Andy Reid specializes in beating bad teams and not much else.
Titans over Colts
The Titans might be the best overall team in the AFC South which is a little scary considering how bad they were for the past couple seasons.
A win here could go a long way towards a division title and I’m picking them to get the home victory.
Vikings over Eagles
The Vikings are coming off a bye and their top-notch defense should play as well as ever. It should be a low-scoring affair because the Eagles defense is no slouch, but I will go with Minnesota regardless.
Bengals over Browns
Hue Jackson returns to Cincinnati to face his former team. The Browns are still winless, but the Bengals need a win after losing four of their last five.
Redskins over Lions
The Redskins have quietly won four in a row after dropping their first two games of the season. I don’t really see the win streak lasting too much longer, but I see them getting to at least five this week.
Raiders over Jaguars
Both of these teams are built around a young, talented nucleus, but the Raiders are the team which is turning that formula into success right now.
The Raiders are the easy choice in this game and I will take advantage of that easy choice.
Bills over Dolphins
The Bills are another team on a winning streak after a rough start to the season and I also see their streak getting up to five games with a win here on the road.
Ravens over Jets
Both of these teams are on a major downward decline at the moment. I still don’t think the Ravens are any good, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is self-destructing with the Jets and that won’t change any time soon.
Buccaneers over 49ers
Man, it’s a good thing the 49ers decided to make Colin Kaepernick their starter last week. If Blaine Gabbert was the starter, they probably would have scored 13 points instead of 16.
In all honesty, the 49ers are terrible no matter who is under center, but it doesn’t help when Kaepernick has shown major regression over the past several seasons.
Falcons over Chargers
The Falcons should be 5-1 right now were it not for a blatant missed call last week against Seattle. As it is, the Falcons have continued to look impressive on offense and should be able to burn the Chargers pretty easily on Sunday.
Patriots over Steelers
The Steelers just lost to the Dolphins by 15 points and will be missing Ben Roethlisberger this week.
Rob Gronkowski should tear the poor Steelers secondary apart.
Seahawks over Cardinals
The Cardinals are back at .500, but their last two wins have come against the 49ers and the Jets so it’s not like they have set the world on fire.
I think the Seahawks are just the better team and should win here on Sunday night.
Broncos over Texans
The week wraps up with Brock Osweiler playing against his former team. Unfortunately for the Texans, Osweiler has not been worth the $72 million investment and it should be an easy win for the Broncos this week.
That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL picks and analysis of the week that was in football.
Week 6: 8-7