Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
It’s been an up-and-down year for me so far with the picks, but I see quite a few games this week that I am very confident about.
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.
Bengals over Dolphins
I am currently 0-3 picking Thursday night games this season, but I feel pretty certain about this one.
The Dolphins have been very hit-and-miss so far this season and I feel like the Bengals will pull out all the stops to avoid a dangerous 1-3 start.
Colts over Jaguars
The AFC South is in very rough shape right now. The Jaguars are on pace for another sub-.500 season, the Texans will be without the best defensive player in the NFL and both the Colts and Titans feel extremely erratic and untrustworthy so far this season.
I could see the winner of this division being 9-7 at best. With that being said, I think the Colts are better and need to win games like this to have a shot at the playoffs.
Texans over Titans
Now we move on to the other half of the division. It is unclear exactly how much the loss of JJ Watt will affect the Houston defensive unit.
However, I still expect a Texans win here at home to maintain control of the division, especially after being embarrassed last Thursday against the Patriots.
Redskins over Browns
There’s still some life in the Redskins after beating the Giants last week. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the Browns.
Just think, the Browns could have had Carson Wentz as the quarterback of the future, but decided Robert Griffin III was a better option. Now, they still don’t have a quarterback and Wentz is tearing it up in Philadelphia.
Seahawks over Jets
Just when you think the Seahawks may not be as good as people thought, they blow the doors off the 49ers.
On the other hand, the Jets can’t really be trusted with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center which was made even more evident by his incredible six-pick performance on Sunday.
Patriots over Bills
This pick is being made under the assumption that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starter Sunday. Even if he’s not, the Patriots will still find a way to win because Bill Belichick has consistently owned Buffalo.
Panthers over Falcons
Who would have thought the Falcons would be the team above .500 coming into this game? Unfortunately for Falcons fans, it won’t last long because the Panthers have the clear advantage in this game on both sides of the ball.
Raiders over Ravens
Do not let the Ravens 3-0 record fool you. They have played the Bills, Browns and Jaguars to open up the season and have won each of those games against weak opponents by less than a touchdown.
I am going with the Raiders to get the slight upset on the road here based on the weak schedule Baltimore has gotten so far.
Lions over Bears
Do I have to pick a winner here? This game will go a long way towards determining who finishes third in the NFC North this season.
I will pick against the Bears since they might be the worst team in football right now.
Broncos over Buccaneers
Trevor Siemian has proven he belongs as a starter in the NFL and he should have no problem cutting through a Buccaneers defense that just gave up 37 points to the Rams.
Cardinals over Rams
I guess the Cardinals aren’t as good as we thought they were after getting blown out by Buffalo Sunday. I still expect them to get back on track here against the Rams.
Chargers over Saints
It says a lot about the Chargers that two of their best players are out for the season with torn ACLs and they still nearly beat the Colts Sunday.
I think they will torch a bad Saints defense here and improve to 2-2 as the Saints remain winless thus far.
Cowboys over 49ers
Rookie Dak Prescott has given Cowboys fans plenty to be excited about even as Tony Romo continues to stay on the sidelines with various injuries.
The Cowboys will have more to be happy about this week when they win and improve to 3-1 on the season.
Steelers over Chiefs
This should be an interesting game to watch, especially with the return of Jamaal Charles to the field for the Chiefs.
I expect a close game, but the Steelers will edge it out.
Vikings over Giants
It’s a bit of a cliche in sports that defense wins championships. The Vikings will put that to the test this season as their stellar defense will have to carry the load with Adrian Peterson out for the year and Sam Bradford playing quarterback.
Time will tell if that is a formula which can work this season, but I expect it to continue to work here as they improve to 4-0.
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.
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