Predicting Week 8 of the NFL season

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.

Week 7: 8-6-1

Overall: 60-46-1

 

Predicting Week 7 of the NFL season

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

Overall: 52-40

Predicting Week 6 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for a slightly-delayed week of NFL picks and predictions.

It’s been a busy week so let’s just get straight into the picks beginning with a division matchup on Thursday night.

Broncos over Chargers

It would have been hard to believe a few months ago, but the Broncos need Trevor Siemien back as soon as possible.

The Broncos struggled last week against a Falcons team which has played remarkably better than anyone expected. However, I am still picking the Broncos this week because the Chargers keep finding ways to blow games.

Bills over 49ers

A lot of people, including myself, wrote the Bills off after their 0-2 start to the season, but they are now 3-2 and seem like a legitimate playoff team.

They will extend their current winning streak to four games against a bad 49ers team.

Eagles over Redskins

The Eagles fell from the ranks of undefeated teams last week and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw the first pick of his NFL career in the game.

However, they should get back on track with a win on the road against the Redskins.

Titans over Browns

The Browns just have no luck on their side this season with quarterbacks dropping left and right.

It looks like Cody Kessler will be in action this week after suffering a rib injury, but Browns fans have to be concerned about their inability to keep quarterbacks on the field.

Giants over Ravens

Two weeks ago, I said the Ravens 3-0 start was entirely a product of the teams they played and two weeks later they are 3-2. Last week, they lost at home to an average-at-best Redskins team which furthered my point.

I expect their slide to continue on the road against the Giants.

Panthers over Saints

Cam Newton will be back in action for the Panthers this week and surely the Panthers are not as bad as their 1-4 start would have us believe, right?

I guess we will find out this week because, if they lose, their window will have already closed.

Bears over Jaguars

It says a lot about Jay Cutler’s Bears tenure when Brian Hoyer notably outperforms him.

I think Hoyer will do enough to beat a bad Jaguars team this week.

Rams over Lions

Both of these teams have been hot-and-cold all season so it is really hard to get a read on this game.

I will take the Rams and their solid defense to win this week.

Steelers over Dolphins

I see absolutely no way the Dolphins can win this game. Enough said.

Patriots over Bengals

This is Tom Brady’s first home game of the season and the crowd should be absolutely electric.

The Bengals will be going all-out after a disappointing display in Dallas last week, but the Patriots will get the win.

Raiders over Chiefs

The Raiders seem to have finally put all the pieces together and look like a top-10 team right now.

I also don’t trust the Chiefs right now, which makes my choice an easy one.

Seahawks over Falcons

The Falcons are a surprisingly good team this year and are actually 3-0 on the road to start the season.

However, they travel to Seattle this week, which is always a tough place to win and I think the hot streak of the Falcons will end here.

Cowboys over Packers

The Cowboys will have a tough decision when Tony Romo returns from injury considering how well Dak Prescott has handled himself at quarterback.

This week, I think the combo of Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot will be too much for the Packers to handle.

Texans over Colts

The Colts are just not a good team and I will take the Texans even without JJ Watt.

Cardinals over Jets

The Jets seemed like a contender this season, but they have gotten off to a disappointing 1-4 start. The loss of Eric Decker to a shoulder injury for the rest of the season will likely spell the end of their season.

The Cardinals will benefit from this as they will pick up the win and move back to .500.

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 5: 7-7

Overall: 44-33

Predicting Week 5 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

Last week, I ended my streak of picking the Thursday night games incorrectly and was able to put together a solid week. Hopefully, we can keep the good fortune going this week as fourteen more games will be played.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Cardinals over 49ers

Both teams enter this Thursday night game with a 1-3 record and I am truly surprised by the Cardinals slip this season.

Carson Palmer will likely be out for this game, but I think backup Drew Stanton will do well enough to get the win here.

Patriots over Browns

This game marks the return of Tom Brady and there is no way I am taking a team quarterbacked by Cody Kessler over a returning Brady.

Eagles over Lions

Carson Wentz has been superb through the first three games of his NFL career and he will play a bad Lions team here. The Eagles should have no trouble getting to 4-0 here.

Colts over Bears

Both of these teams look like they are among the worst in the NFL this season. In a battle of the worst, I guess I will take Andrew Luck over Jay Cutler.

Titans over Dolphins

Both of these teams have shown brief flashes of solid play and now this may be a must-win game for both. I think the Titans have a little more promise in them so I am going with them.

Ravens over Redskins

I called the Ravens loss to the Raiders last week due partially to their weak schedule in the weeks prior. Now, I still think they are not that good, but they are playing a Redskins team with a bad defense and I will go with them to win on the road.

Vikings over Texans

The Vikings defense has been incredible thus far and could be enough to make the Vikings a viable Super Bowl team.

I expect them to take care of business again this week against the Texans as they remain undefeated.

Steelers over Jets

This could be a do-or-die game for the Jets who find themselves with a 1-3 record despite some preseason promise.

Unfortunately for Jets fans, the Steelers are too good for the Jets to really match up.

Broncos over Falcons

Trevor Siemian is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. However, Paxton Lynch looked just as good in replacing him so I will still go with the Broncos.

This game could be a good indicator of how good the Falcons actually are after their 3-1 start though.

Bengals over Cowboys

This game will be an interesting one, but I will go with the experience of the Bengals over the youth of the Cowboys.

Rams over Bills

After a disastrous start to the year against the 49ers, the Rams have rattled off three straight wins and Case Keenum seems to have found his footing at quarterback, as weird as that is to type.

I think this is a coin flip game, but I will go with the Rams at home.

Raiders over Chargers

The Raiders need to keep winning to keep pace with the Broncos and they are going up against a Chargers team which keeps finding new ways to blow games. I like those odds.

Packers over Giants

The Packers are coming off a bye week and the Giants are playing on six days rest. That combined with the fact that the Packers just seem like a better team are what has me going with Green Bay this week.

Panthers over Buccaneers

The question is, do I think Derek Anderson can win in prime time with Cam Newton likely out with a concussion. I think the answer will be yes against a poor Buccaneers defense.

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 4: 9-6

Overall: 37-26