Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
The playoff race continues to be hotly contested as all but 6 teams are still alive, though some are hanging on by threads.
With just three games remaining for every team, a few more playoff spots could be decided this week.
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.
Seahawks over Rams
The last time these two teams played, the Rams somehow won 9-3, but I expect a very different result this week.
This should be an easy win for the Seahawks this week.
Dolphins over Jets
This is a Saturday night game between two division rivals. The Dolphins need a win to stay alive in the division race and I think they will get it.
I just don’t see Bryce Petty and the rest of the Jets doing much in prime time.
Packers over Bears
Just when you think the Packers might be done as a contender, they rattle off three straight wins and are right back in the NFC North race.
The Packers hot streak should continue against a bad Bears team.
Texans over Jaguars
This should be the worst game of the week by far. There is no redeeming value in this matchup whatsoever.
With that being said, the Texans should win, but nobody will care.
Bills over Browns
The Browns march to a winless season will continue when they travel up north to play the Bills.
The Bills playoff hopes are in grave danger at this point, but they should keep their hopes alive for one more week.
Ravens over Eagles
Carson Wentz has thrown seven interceptions in the last four games, which is not good when you’re playing a team with a top defense like the Ravens.
I doubt this game will be very close as the Ravens stay above .500 on the season.
Chiefs over Titans
All of a sudden, the Chiefs are in full control of the AFC West after sweeping their season series against the Raiders.
The Titans are also in their division hunt, but they also play in a weaker division. The game should be close, but the Chiefs will take it at home.
Giants over Lions
The Giants are the only team to beat the Cowboys so far this season and they have done it twice now. I think the worst-case scenario for Cowboys fans might be seeing the Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs.
With that being said, I think the Giants will take the win at home and make the NFC North race a little more interesting by handing the Lions a loss.
Vikings over Colts
Both of these teams are in need of a win to stay relevant, but I see the Vikings winning easily. Their defense is still killer and Andrew Luck has looked really shaky recently.
Bengals over Steelers
The Bengals have played fantastic football over the past two weeks and they have a home game against their big division rival this week.
This should be a tough game, but the Bengals will narrowly pull it out.
Cardinals over Saints
Both of these teams are technically still alive for the playoffs, but it would take minor miracles at this point.
The Cardinals aren’t bad, they have just been a victim of poor special teams play. I think they will pick up a win this week.
Falcons over 49ers
If this game isn’t decided by more than 20 points, I will be shocked. There is a large disparity in talent here and it should show pretty well.
Patriots over Broncos
The Patriots took care of business Sunday night against a team that normally gives them a lot of trouble. This week, they play a team which has showed potential to still be a contender, but doesn’t seem to have enough to make a run this year.
The Patriots should win and clinch the AFC East this week.
Raiders over Chargers
The Raiders need a win this week to keep their hopes of a division title alive. The Chargers are in complete tatters right now and I don’t see a way the Raiders lose this week.
Buccaneers over Cowboys
The Cowboys are 2-23 on third-down conversions the last two weeks and Dak Prescott has looked shaky the last couple weeks.
This does not spell good things for the Cowboys, especially this week where they meet a young and promising Buccaneers team which has won five in a row.
I am going with the upset pick because I feel like the Buccaneers defense will cause the Cowboys a lot of trouble.
Redskins over Panthers
The Redskins are just outside of the playoff picture right now, but they still have a chance if they can keep winning. I think they will do just that as the Panthers defense will get burned for big yards again.
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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