By Sam Cowan
Welcome back for another week of NFL prognostication at the Cowan Corner.
Week 3 of the NFL season was my most successful yet this year with a 12-4 record and I’m back to see if I can repeat that performance this week.
Without further ado, let’s get to Week 4 starting with an interesting Thursday night encounter.
Ravens over Steelers
Prior to the Roethlisberger injury, I would have taken the Steelers without question. Now, I think the Ravens run defense is too good and Michael Vick is not the type of passer who can take advantage of a bad Baltimore pass defense.
The Ravens will take a very physical division game here.
Jets over Dolphins
No home-field advantage in this game as both teams travel to London.
The Dolphins just got stomped by the Bills and are the clear weak link in the AFC East this season. The Jets will win here on the back of their stellar defense.
Bengals over Chiefs
This has potential to be a trap game for the Bengals with the Seahawks coming to town next week. However, I don’t see a loss here because the Bengals are better on both ends of the ball.
Colts over Jaguars
What is wrong with the Colts this season?
The Colts needed a late rally to beat the lowly Titans on Sunday and Andrew Luck has turned into a turnover machine.
Despite that, the Colts will continue to benefit from playing in the worst division in football with a win against the struggling Jaguars on Sunday.
Bills over Giants
I predict Eli Manning to throw his first pick of the season in front of the raucous Buffalo crowd and the Bills defense to smother the Giants all day.
Panthers over Buccaneers
The Panthers will continue their undefeated season as Cam Newton continues to carry this team on his back.
On the other side, the Buccaneers will lose their 11th straight home game stretching back to 2013. The Buccaneers have not won a home game since Dec 8, 2013
Falcons over Texans
Meanwhile, the Falcons will keep pace with the Panthers with a win here against a Texans team without an identity.
JJ Watt may be the best player in the NFL, but not even he can help this team right now.
Eagles over Redskins
The NFC East is anyone’s to win right now with the injury to Tony Romo. I think the Eagles take this one only because they are much less of a mess then the Redskins right now.
Raiders over Bears
Maybe getting blown out by the Bengals in Week 1 was exactly what the Raiders needed. The Raiders have followed that loss with wins against the Ravens and Browns and now get the chance to play arguably the worst team in football.
Look on the bright side, Bears fan. You’ve got a great shot at the No. 1 overall pick and the NFL Draft is coming back to Chicago next year.
Chargers over Browns
I don’t know what to think of the Chargers this season. They looked like a team on a mission against the Lions, played very competitively against the Bengals two weeks ago and then got blown out by the Vikings on Sunday.
I still feel confident picking the Chargers because they are back at home and the Browns are going nowhere this season.
Packers over 49ers
Vegas has the Packers as 9.5-point favorites and I think that might be a little generous. This game will probably be over by the third quarter as the massive mismatch at quarterback will allow the Packers to dominate.
Cardinals over Rams
The NFC West is a two-team race this year and the Cardinals hold the early edge. I think they maintain that edge with a convincing win at home against the Rams.
Broncos over Vikings
Even after blowing out the Chargers, I can’t pick the Vikings over the Broncos here. The Broncos defense is way too solid and Peyton Manning is still among the top-tier quarterbacks in the league.
Saints over Cowboys
Even if Drew Brees doesn’t play, I still think the Saints take this game. The Cowboys are a one-dimensional team without Romo and Dez Bryant and Luke McCown actually looked pretty competent against the Panthers on Sunday.
Seahawk over Lions
The Lions will continue their winless ways on Monday night against a game Seahawks team. The one solace they can take is that they might score unlike the Bears.
With that, another picks column comes to an end. Join me next week for more thoughts and analysis of the week that was and the week that will be in the NFL
Week 3: 12-4