By Sam Cowan
I thought for sure my streak of correct Thursday night predictions would come to an end against the Steelers last week.
Then, Josh Scobee shanked a couple of field goals and the Ravens somehow clawed back to win as I improved to 4-0 on Thursdays.
That win was the beginning of another successful week of predictions at the Cowan Corner as I went 11-4 on the week. Now, I look to continue that run of good fortune with an interesting slate of games coming up.
Let’s start with the Thursday night game for this week.
Texans over Colts
Even if Andrew Luck plays, I don’t see a win here for the boys in blue. The AFC South is a wide-open race at the moment and I see the Texans picking up a key win at home here to bring themselves even with the Colts.
Bengals over Seahawks
This is the first real test for a Bengals team that looks as strong as any team in the Marvin Lewis era. The Seahawks are traveling cross-country on a short week and are coming off a game in which they needed a fumble on the one-yard line to beat the winless Lions.
I expect this game to be a comfortable Bengals win to put the Bengals at 5-0 for the first time since 1988.
Chiefs over Bears
The Chiefs 1-3 record is deceiving because those three losses were a heartbreaker to the Broncos, a loss in Lambeau Field to the Packers and a loss to the aforementioned Bengals.
Meanwhile, the Bears somehow beat a good-looking Raiders team on a last minute field goal. I’ll take the Chiefs here, mainly because Andy Reid is a master of beating bad teams.
Falcons over Redskins
Falcons will remain undefeated this season with an easy home win and the Redskins will lose to add more intrigue to the NFC East race.
Jaguars over Buccaneers
No one wins in this battle of bad Florida teams. I’ll take the Jaguars on the road because they have actually showed flashes of competence with a win over the Dolphins and an overtime loss to the Colts.
Saints over Eagles
Neither of these teams are very good, but I’ll take the Saints because they have a pretty good quarterback in Drew Brees. That’s more than the Eagles can say right now.
Ravens over Browns
Ravens are hard to beat at home and Josh McCown is not capable enough to beat them here.
Packers over Rams
I will say I was shocked that the Rams beat the Cardinals in Arizona. However, playing the Packers at home is a completely different animal.
Bill over Titans
I know the Bills just suffered an embarrassing loss at home to the Giants, but I also know that the Titans are not a good team.
On the bright side, Marcus Mariota still looks like a promising NFL quarterback.
Cardinals over Lions
The Lions winless woes will continue here against a motivated Cardinals team. The Lions will win at some point, just not this week.
Patriots over Cowboys
The Patriots have steamrolled everybody they’ve faced so far this season and the Cowboys will be no different. My question is if the Cowboys will win any games before Tony Romo returns to the field.
Broncos over Raiders
It’s Peyton Manning in a division game against a team who just lost to the Bears. Even in Oakland this was an easy decision for me to make.
Giants over 49ers
Man, if it weren’t for those terrible collapses in the first two games of the season, the Giants would be sitting pretty at the top of their division. As it is, I expect them to jump into sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a win on Sunday night.
Chargers over Steelers
To cap off Week 5 in the NFL, I expect Philip Rivers and the Chargers to easily handle the Steelers in a Monday night encounter which would have been much more interesting before the Ben Roethlisberger injury.
Come back next week for more discussion on the week that was and predictions on what is to come in the NFL.
Week 4: 11-4