Hello and welcome back to the Cowan Corner for another week of predictions for the upcoming slate of NFL games.
Week 5 is where bye weeks begin for NFL teams as the Saints, Dolphins, Broncos and Falcons all got a week off.
However, that still leaves 14 games on the schedule to be picked so without further ado, let’s get into this week’s selections.
Patriots over Buccaneers
The Patriots have the worst defense in football so far this year by a wide margin as their defense is on pace to allow over 500 points.
To put that into perspective, no Bill Belichick team has ever given up more than 350 points in a single season.
The Patriots need to find some defensive rhythm and the Buccaneers might be the team to help with that as they haven’t exactly lit the world on fire so far. I will go with the Patriots to pick up the win at home.
Bengals over Bills
The Bills have been on fire the last two weeks with wins over the Broncos and the Falcons, but their win over the Falcons should be taken with a grain of salt because the Falcons were playing without Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu for the entire second half.
I’m predicting a let-down for the Bills this week as the Bengals carry on their momentum from a blowout win over the Browns last week.
Jets over Browns
The Browns are arguably the worst team in football and even playing at home against the Jets, I can’t bring myself to pick them.
On the bright side for Browns fans, a loss this week will continue their path towards the No. 1 overall pick. Who knows, they might actually draft a quarterback that the franchise desperately needs.
Lions over Panthers
The Lions aren’t getting much attention so far this year, but they might be one of the best teams in the NFC.
This should be an interesting game, but I expect the Lions to pick up a win in front of their home fans at Ford Field.
Colts over 49ers
The Colts actually looked somewhat competent in the first half against the Seahawks before things fell apart in the second half.
However, while the Colts are far from a complete team, they are at least better than the 49ers so I will pick the Colts.
Titans over Dolphins
The status of Marcus Mariota is in doubt and it probably won’t be known until Sunday, but the Titans are still better than the Dolphins even if Matt Cassel starts.
I mean if you get shut out by the Saints, it says a lot about how bad your team is and the Dolphins definitely fit that bill.
Chargers over Giants
Two of the four remaining winless teams in the NFL square off in this game and one of them has to win, right?
I’ll go with the Chargers because they actually have consistent playmakers on offense unlike the Giants.
Eagles over Cardinals
There are three good teams in the NFC East and the Eagles seem like they may be the best among them. I think the Eagles will continue their early momentum this week when they take on a Cardinals team which has not looked good early in the year.
Raiders over Ravens
The Ravens have been ravaged by injuries so far this season and their lack of an offensive identity has caused them to fall short of expectations so far.
The Raiders really need a win to get back on track after two straight losses and I think they will have no problem beating the Ravens here.
Rams over Seahawks
Look out, the Rams are not only exciting to watch, but they’re a bonafide playoff contender.
This game could prove very important down the line in the NFC West and I expect the Rams to get to 4-1 with a big win here.
Packers over Cowboys
This should be one of the more exciting games of the week and it’s one I could honestly see going either way.
However, I think the Cowboys will take another loss at home this week as the Packers are a clear step better than them.
Texans over Chiefs
The Chiefs enter this game as the only undefeated team left this season, but I see them taking their first loss this week.
I think it will be a close game, but if Deshaun Watson plays like he did the first two weeks, the Texans should be able to win this game.
Bears over Vikings
The loss of Dalvin Cook from a torn ACL has put a massive damper on the Vikings playoff hopes and it’s hard to see them winning consistently with the offense they now have.
Mitch Trubisky will be making his debut for the Bears in this game and, while he is not a proven commodity yet, he performed well in the preseason and combined with the potent running attack of the Bears should be able to pick up a win in his NFL debut.
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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