Hello and welcome back to the Cowan Corner for another week of predictions for the upcoming slate of NFL games.
Week 3 of the NFL season is usually when teams start to show their true colors as contenders pull away from the pack, bad teams get further in the dump and mediocre teams stay in their mediocrity.
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.
Rams over 49ers
This doesn’t seem like the type of game that will bring in huge ratings for the NFL Thursday night. While the game is between conference foes, neither is very much fun to watch.
That being said, while the 49ers came close to beating the Seahawks last week they just do not have the talent to win consistently.
I see the Rams picking up the win here on the road to get back above .500.
Ravens over Jaguars
The first of the London games is here as the Ravens and Jaguars will play this one at Wembley Stadium.
Unfortunately for the London fans, this one might be a bit of a blowout as I don’t think the Ravens will have much trouble dispatching the Jaguars.
While both defense in this game are good, the Ravens actually have a competent offense to back that up.
Broncos over Bills
Trevor Siemian is leading the NFL in touchdown passes. That’s a sentence I never thought I would write, but here we are.
The Broncos dominated the Cowboys last week and I don’t think they will have much trouble in defeating a bad Bills team this week.
Steelers over Bears
The Bears just finished getting destroyed by the Buccaneers and I don’t see them doing that much against the Steelers this week.
The Steelers haven’t exactly had a tough schedule so far, but they should be 3-0 after this game.
Falcons over Lions
The Falcons looked every bit like a Super Bowl contender with their win over the Packers Sunday night. The Lions might provide a tough challenge with their offense, but I still see the Falcons coming out on top.
Browns over Colts
Neither of these teams are very good, let’s make that clear right now. However, the Browns have shown signs of improvement in the first two weeks and might actually have a legitimate quarterback now.
The Colts looked better with Jacoby Brissett under center, but still haven’t shown me anything which makes me think think they can win without Andrew Luck.
Buccaneers over Vikings
The Buccaneers came out hot in their delayed season opener last week and could be competition for the Falcons in the NFC South.
Vegas has this game at even odds at the time of writing and I could see it going either way. I think the Buccaneers will win a close game with their offense.
Patriots over Texans
The Patriots are heavy favorites in this game and for good reason. I don’t see a scenario where the Texans win here because of how severely they’re outmatched across the board.
DeShaun Watson has looked good thus far in his NFL career, but he’s not going to be able to keep up with Tom Brady.
Dolphins over Jets
The Jets are probably the worst team in the NFL this season and it’s highly questionable if they’ll be able to win a game.
That being said, I don’t see that win coming this week as they play a very capable Dolphins team.
Eagles over Giants
A major question this week by sports writers has been, “What is wrong with the Giants?” My question is, “What did everyone see in the Giants to begin with?”
The Giants have a strong defense, but their offense was bad last year and has remained bad this year. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best wide receivers in football, but one star player does not an offense make.
The Eagles look pretty good so far this season and should be able to pick up an easy win over the Giants.
Saints over Panthers
The Panthers are 2-0 going into this game, but they didn’t look great in their wins over the mediocre 49ers and Bills.
Add to that the loss of tight end Greg Olsen to injury and I think the Saints are going to pick up their first win of the season here.
Titans over Seahawks
The Seahawks have seemingly fallen apart on offense after mustering just nine points against the Packers and 12 against the 49ers to start the season.
Meanwhile, the Titans put on a crushing performance in the second half of their game against the Jaguars and seem like the new favorite to win their division.
I feel like this game will be close, but the Titans will win in front of their home fans.
Packers over Bengals
The Bengals offense has looked like a shell of its former self in the first two games and things won’t look too much better this week at Green Bay.
The Bengals season isn’t completely lost at this point, but I will be on the verge of being lost after another defeat this week.
Chiefs over Chargers
The Chiefs have been incredibly entertaining the first two weeks of the season with dynamic players like Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill lighting up the field and the stat sheet.
The Chargers lost two close games to start the season and I think another close loss will be coming their way this week.
Raiders over Redskins
The Raiders have been an extremely entertaining team for the past two seasons and seem poised this year to contend with stars like Derek Carr and Khalil Mack leading the way.
I think they run their record to 3-0 this week with a win in Washington.
Cowboys over Cardinals
The Cowboys are coming off a bad loss to the Broncos, but I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say it was more about the Broncos being good than them being bad.
The Cardinals needed overtime to beat a bad Colts team and that should tell you all you need to know about this matchup. I have the Cowboys winning easily.
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 2: 12-4