Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
This week is one of the smallest for the NFL this season as six teams are on bye weeks which means there are only 13 games to choose from.
Without further ado, let’s head into this week’s picks.
Titans over Jaguars
Oh boy, this one will not be fun to watch. Both of these teams are members of the dreadful AFC South division and a win here could play a major factor for either team considering 9-7 will be good enough for a division title.
I will take the Titans because they have better weapons at their disposal this season.
Bengals over Redskins
This is the third and final London game of the season and it pits Jay Gruden against the team he was the offensive coordinator of for several years.
The Redskins will likely be without Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion Sunday, and that means AJ Green should have a field day against a weak Redskins secondary.
Chiefs over Colts
The Colts are bad in just about every position but quarterback and even that position makes poor decisions sometimes.
This is a game against a bad team, which means Andy Reid and the Chiefs are pretty much guaranteed to win.
Raiders over Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have sneaked back into the division race after starting the year 1-3, but this week they go up against a good Raiders team.
The Raiders are actually 4-0 on the road this year and I think they will make it 5-0 this week.
Seahawks over Saints
Last week, the Seahawks and Cardinals played in one of the most dreadful games I can remember viewing. The horrible display was capped off by both kickers missing chip-shot field goals in overtime to end the game in a tie.
Surely, the Seahawks offense can’t look any worse than it did against the Cardinals, right?
Lions over Texans
The Lions have been surprisingly fun to watch this year and their offensive is explosive enough where they can never be counted out of games.
The Texans have sorely missed JJ Watt this season and I think Brock Osweiler’s poor quarterback play will continue here.
Jets over Browns
On Sunday the Browns tied the NFL record for most different players to throw a pass in a single season at six. That record is shared with the 1984 and 1987 Bears.
The amazing thing is they still have nine games left to go and they could potentially blow the record out of the water.
Patriots over Bills
The last time these two division rivals met, the Bills won 16-0, but the Patriots were still without Brady and started an injured Jacoby Brissett in his place.
Now, Brady is back and the Patriots should be going full force to avenge the loss and take complete control of the division.
Panthers over Cardinals
For as good as the Cardinals defense looked against the Seahawks Sunday night, their offense and special teams looked downright terrible.
Now, they face a Panthers team which is coming off a bye and needs to start winning to have any shot whatsoever at the playoffs.
Broncos over Chargers
The Chargers scored a surprising Thursday night win the last time these two teams met, but I see things ending differently here.
The Broncos will be the hosts this team and should be able to handle the Chargers this week.
Falcons over Packers
Something is still wrong with the Packers, but nobody knows exactly what. I will go with the Falcons here because I think their high-octane offense will overpower the defense of the Packers.
Cowboys over Eagles
Two rookie quarterbacks face off when these division rivals meet this Sunday night. I think this one will be close, but the Cowboys look like the better team overall so I will go with them.
Vikings over Bears
It says a lot about the Vikings offense when they were the beneficiary of four turnovers by their defense and they still only had 10 points last week.
The good news for the Vikings is they play a bad Bears team this week and should get right back to winning.
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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