Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.
With two weeks remaining, only four playoff spots have been clinched, but there are quite a few races which could be decided by what happens this week.
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks
Giants over Eagles
The Giants need to win out to have a shot at the division title, but can also guarantee a wild-card spot with one more win.
The Eagles have looked bad the past couple weeks and there are now lots of questions about how good Carson Wentz actually is. I think the Giants take this one easily.
Dolphins over Bills
The Dolphins clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Denver loss this week. The Bills, meanwhile, are hanging on by a thread as rumors continue to swirl about Rex Ryan’s job security.
I will take the more consistent Dolphins here.
Patriots over Jets
The Patriots have already clinched the AFC East, but still need to wok for the No. 1 seed.
Luckily for them, the Jets are horrid and just gave up 31 points to a Dolphins team led by Matt Moore.
Titans over Jaguars
This is a must-win game for the Titans and they should take care of business this week fresh off big wins over the Broncos and Chiefs.
Packers over Vikings
The Packers were left for dead after starting the season 4-6 and now they’ve rattled off four straight wins. They enter this week as the current sixth seed with a tiebreaker over the Buccaneers, who are also 8-6.
The Vikings are trending in the complete opposite direction having lost five of their last seven. The Vikings disappointing season will continue as the Packers win in Lambeau.
Chargers over Browns
Philip Rivers has thrown 18 interceptions this season which is impressive considering how hard it is to throw interceptions in today’s league with rules favoring receivers so heavily.
Despite Rivers’ terrible play the last couple weeks, he plays the Browns this week so his team will pick up a win.
Redskins over Bears
The Redskins will need a lot of help to make it into the playoffs with their current 7-6-1 record.
They will help themselves this week with a win over the lowly Bears.
Falcons over Panthers
A win this week and a Buccaneers loss will give the Falcons a division title. I see them getting half of the equation figured out with a win over the Panthers here.
Expect Julio Jones to have another big game after burning the Panthers for over 300 receiving yards last game.
Raiders over Colts
The Raiders benefited last week from the Chiefs losing to the Titans and now control the AFC West.
They will get one step closer to a division title by dominating the hapless Colts.
Buccaneers over Saints
The Buccaneers should win easily against the Saints in a battle of an explosive offense taking on a stout defense. I see the defense winning the day here.
Seahawks over Cardinals
Hopefully this game is more exciting than the sleep-inducing tie these two teams had last time they met.
The Seahawks should win easily as the Cardinals season is already over.
Rams over 49ers
In theory, one of these teams has to win. Both have been absolutely awful all season and don’t seem to have very bright futures.
I guess the Rams will win because their defense should be able to completely shut down the 49ers.
Bengals over Texans
The Texans finally benched Brock Osweiler last week after months of poor play. Now, they need Tom Savage to perform well as they compete for the AFC South.
However, I don’t think he will play well enough as the Bengals win here.
Ravens over Steelers
A win by the Steelers would clinch the AFC North title for them. However, I don’t see that happening this week as the Ravens strong defense should be able to hold off the Steelers.
Chiefs over Broncos
The Chiefs are a tough team to beat at home and I see them coming to play in order to stay alive for the AFC West title.
The Broncos are the latest team which has gone from Super Bowl champion to not even being in the playoffs.
Cowboys over Lions
This game could have a large impact on the NFC playoff picture with both teams competing for division titles.
This should be a close game, but I think the Cowboys are just the better team.
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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