Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
This week’s column was slightly delayed, but it’s here just in time for the trio of Thanksgiving games as all 16 teams are in action this week.
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.
Lions over Vikings
The winner of this game will move into first place in the NFC North. I think the Lions will take it behind their strong offense doing just enough to get past the stellar defense of the Vikings.
Cowboys over Redskins
Both of these teams enter this game on hot streaks, but one of those streaks must come to an end.
This could be a must-win for the Redskins to win the division, but the Cowboys have too many weapons for me to pick against them.
I will go with the Cowboys in what should be a fun shootout.
Steelers over Colts
The Colts are playing without Andrew Luck and aren’t very good with him out there anyway. Enough said.
Titans over Bears
After a disappointing performance in Indianapolis Sunday, the Titans need a win to bounce back and stay in the playoff picture.
Luckily, they play a terrible Bears team this week so a win should not be a problem.
Bills over Jaguars
The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999 and they have a slim shot this season, but they will need to keep winning to have a shot.
They should take care of business this week against the Jaguars.
Ravens over Bengals
The Bengals will be missing AJ Green in this game and that will hurt as Green has played great against the Ravens throughout his career.
With all the injuries mounted against them, I don’t see the Bengals standing much of a chance here.
Falcons over Cardinals
It’s the battle of the birds this weekend and I will go with the Falcons because of their bevy of offensive weapons.
A loss this week will likely dash the Cardinals playoff hopes, but I don’t think they have enough to get the win.
Giants over Browns
The Giants have quietly won five games in a row to stay right behind Dallas in the NFC East and they should extend it to six this week against the Browns.
The march to 0-16 continues!
Saints over Rams
Jared Goff made his first career start on Sunday and was given absolutely nothing to do as the Rams’ offense looked as stagnant as ever.
This week, they play a team with a potent offense and they won’t be able to keep up.
Dolphins over 49ers
The Dolphins have suddenly won four in a row after a 1-4 start to the season. They get the benefit of playing the bottom-tier 49ers this week so anticipate a fifth win in a row this week.
Chargers over Texans
The Chargers’ playoff hopes are basically dead at this point, but there is still a sliver of hope. The Texans are currently leading their division, but I still think the worst team in the AFC West is better than the best team in the AFC South.
Seahawks over Buccaneers
The Seahawks have really started clicking since their tie against Arizona and look like the team to beat in the NFC.
They should continue their winning ways with a win in Tampa this week.
Raiders over Panthers
The Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002 and they are now one win away from achieving that with six games to go.
Luckily for Raiders fans, I don’t think they will have to wait long for this ninth win Derek Carr should be able to burn the Carolina defense this week.
Patriots over Jets
The Jets have traditionally been the Patriots’ punching bag during the Brady-Belichick era and this week should be no different.
I also expect Fitzpatrick to throw at least two picks this week.
Broncos over Chiefs
These two teams are right behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West and one of them has to win.
I will go with the home team, but I could see this going either way.
Eagles over Packers
The Packers are an absolute mess right now and it is clear they will need to make some big changes in the offseason to get back on track.
The Eagles will benefit from those problems this week as they should pick up the win.
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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