Predicting Week 14 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

With four weeks remaining on the schedule, only one playoff spot has been officially clinched, but up to three more tickets could be punched this week depending on what happens.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Chiefs over Raiders

The last time these two teams met, the Chiefs won 26-10 in Oakland. A win by the Chiefs would shake up the playoff picture as the Chiefs would be the division leader based on the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker.

I think this will happen thanks to a strong Chiefs defense and a hot Kansas City crowd.

Bills over Steelers

The weather forecast for this game in Buffalo indicates the potential for snow and that tends to favor run-heavy offenses.

The Bills have one of the best run offense in the NFL so I will go with them here.

Titans over Broncos

Both teams could use a win this week to stay in their division races. Trevor Siemian could be back for the Broncos this week, but if he isn’t I think the Broncos will be in trouble against a rested Titans team.

I will go with the home team, but I think the game will be fairly close.

Redskins over Eagles

The Redskins currently sit a half-game out of a wild card spot and could really use a win this week against a division rival.

The Eagles seem to have quit on this season after another poor performance Sunday and I see that trend continuing.

Dolphins over Cardinals

The Dolphins looked like potential contenders until they got decimated by Baltimore Sunday. Their season isn’t over quite yet, but they will need to keep winning to have any chance at a wild card.

Chargers over Panthers

Both of these teams are done in the playoff race and this game means nothing in the grand scheme of things. I do think the Panthers look horrid right now and Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon should tear their defense apart.

Bengals over Browns

As of this writing, Robert Griffin III should be getting the start for the Browns and I expect it to mean absolutely nothing to the result of this game.

In all seriousness, the Browns are terrible no matter who their quarterback is and the Bengals showed last week that they can still play well without AJ Green.

Lions over Bears

Who would’ve thought the Lions would have a multi-game division lead in the NFC North in December? The Lions have been a big surprise this season and keep finding ways to win.

One of the four games they have lost so far was to this Bears team, but I don’t see that happening again.

Colts over Texans

The winner of this game would have the inside track to the AFC South title as both teams are tied at the top of the division with the Titans entering this week and both teams also hold tiebreakers over the Titans.

I wouldn’t call either of these team’s good, but the Colts have at least shown a capacity to perform well as of late while the Texans can’t seem to find any sort of offensive rhythm.

Vikings over Jaguars

Blake Bortles has more pick-six’s thrown in his career than he does career wins in his career. The Jaguars are playing a tough defense which has a habit of scoring defensive touchdowns. This spells doom for Bortles and the Jaguars this week.

Jets over 49ers

We all knew the 49ers were terrible, but it says a lot about how bad they are that they got dominated by the Bears last week.

I don’t know if the 49ers will win another game this season, but I think they will suffer yet another bad loss this week.

Buccaneers over Saints

The Buccaneers are tied with the Falcons at the top of the NFC South entering this week, but tiebreakers have them as the final wild card team.

They need a win this week and shouldn’t find it too difficult to beat a struggling Saints squad.

Falcons over Rams

On the other side, the Falcons could also use a win and they have the fortune of playing the absolutely unwatchable Rams.

I still have no idea how Jeff Fisher still has a job in the NFL, let alone how he got a two-year contract extension.

Seahawks over Packers

The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West this week with a win and an Arizona loss.

These two teams have played some very interesting and competitive games over the last several seasons and this one should be no different. I see the Seahawks getting one step closer to a division title here.

Cowboys over Giants

The Cowboys are already in the playoffs, but a win this week will officially clinch the NFC East for them.

The Giants are the only team to beat them so far this season, but the Cowboys are clicking on all cylinders right now and the Giants have too many flaws for me to believe in them winning.

Ravens over Patriots

Finally, the Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a win and a Dolphins loss. I am actually going with the slight upset here because the Ravens always seem to do well against the Patriots.

I also think the loss of Rob Gronkowski will greatly affect how effective the Patriots offense can be when they’re not playing a horrible team like the Rams.

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 13: 8-7

Overall: 118-72-2

Predicting Week 13 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

The NFL season enters its homestretch this week as five weeks remain in the regular season and the last NFL teams have their bye week.

December is a month where games are played in colder temperatures around the league and it will be interesting to see which teams perform as the pressure to make the playoffs intensify.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Cowboys over Vikings

The Cowboys franchise-record 10-game winning streak is on the line in this game and I see it continuing this week.

I just don’t see the Vikings scoring enough to beat out the well-oiled machine that is the Cowboys’ offensive unit.

Falcons over Chiefs

This has potential to be a high-paced explosive game between two playoff contenders. I think the Chiefs defense is overrated and Matt Ryan should be able to burn them for enough scores to get the win.

Lions over Saints

The Lions hold sole possession of first place in the NFC North, which is not something I thought I would be writing in December.

Regardless, this will likely be like almost every Lions win this season where they trail for the entire game before finding some way to pull it out.

Patriots over Rams

There is absolutely no chance the Rams will win against the Patriots on the road. If I were Jeff Fisher, I might start working on my resume with the way this season has gone for his team.

Broncos over Jaguars

The Broncos currently sit outside of the AFC playoff picture due to tiebreakers and need a win this week to get back on track.

Luckily for them, they play the Jaguars who are the NFL’s resident punching bag.

Packers over Texans

The Packers finally showed some life Monday night with a win over the Eagles, but are still not a playoff team.

They play the Texans who are only a potential playoff team because of the division they play in. I will take the Packers at home this week.

Eagles over Bengals

AJ Green is expected to return this season, but he will not be suiting up for the Bengals this week and their offense will be heavily affected by it.

This might end up being a close game, but I will go with the Eagles here.

Dolphins over Ravens

Since 1978, nine teams have made the playoffs after a 1-4 start. The Dolphins are in position to be the tenth after a six-game winning streak has them currently as the sixth-seed in the AFC.

They play on the road this week, but the Ravens have yet to impress me in any of their wins and so I will go with the Dolphins to continue their streak.

Bears over 49ers

This is what the whole season has been leading towards, folks. Two struggling franchises meet to determine who will make the second overall pick in the 2017 draft after Cleveland inevitably whiffs on the first overall pick.

I guess I will take the Bears since they play at home and have at least shown life as of late.

Raiders over Bills

I cannot figure out if the Bills are good or not, but I know for certain that the Raiders are good and that makes my pick in this game pretty easy.

Giants over Steelers

Everyone keeps saying the Cowboys are the best team in the NFC, but the Giants are quietly lurking just two games back in the division and already have a win over Dallas.

The Giants will need a win to keep pace in the division and I think they will do it here.

Redskins over Cardinals

The Cardinals do have homefield advantage, but they are in rough shape. On the other hand, the Redskins have looked good the last couple of weeks and are playing on a few extra days rest.

Chargers over Buccaneers

The Buccaneers surprised a lot of people the past couple weeks with their wins over the Chiefs and the Seahawks, but I think their run ends here.

The Chargers are not a playoff team, but they are still good and should do enough to pick up the win here.

Seahawks over Panthers

The Panthers season is basically over at this point, but they have a chance to make a final stand in Seattle.

The Panthers did win the last time the two teams met here, but I see the result going the other way this time around.

Jets over Colts

The only winner here is those who enjoy watching bad football. I will go with the Jets because they are the home team and will otherwise ignore this game entirely.

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 12: 13-3

Overall: 110-65-2

Predicting Week 12 of the NFL season

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.

Week 11: 11-3

Overall: 97-62-2

Predicting Week 11 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

We’ve got 14 games on the docket for this week and there are some frankly odd pairings coming up.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Panthers over Saints

Both of these teams lost in heartbreaking fashion last week and a loss by either will likely eliminate them from the playoff discussion.

I think the Panthers will pull it out at home and keep their slim hopes for a playoff spot alive.

Steelers over Browns

The sad, slow march to 0-16 for the Browns continues. There’s not much else to say about this game other than it could be a bloodbath in favor of the Steelers.

Cowboys over Ravens

Dak Prescott is officially the Cowboys starting quarterback going forward. Before anyone gets too excited about how the rookie has played through the first nine games of his career, fans should keep in mind that the Cowboys have played the easiest schedule in the NFL so far this season.

It will be interesting to see how he plays against actual playoff teams.

Lions over Jaguars

The Lions jumped into first place in the NFC North on their week off thanks to the continued decline of the Packers and Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars can’t seem to do anything right as their team is a total mess right now.

Titans over Colts

The Titans are averaging 39 points per game over their last three games and are facing one of the worst defenses in the NFL this week.

Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

Bengals over Bills

This is another game where a loss could potentially mean the end of playoff dreams for the loser.

I will go with the Bengals playing at home this week.

Chiefs over Buccaneers

The Chiefs keep finding ways to come from behind and win games. This will be an important game for them to win as they try to keep pace with the Broncos and Raiders.

Giants over Bears

Reports came out this week that the Bears locker room has given up on Jay Cutler. In other news, the world is round and water is wet.

Vikings over Cardinals

I am calling this week as the one where the Vikings finally get things back on track after losing four in a row since their bye week.

They have a lot of issue, but so do the Cardinals so I will take the Vikings here.

Dolphins over Rams

Man, I am so glad we have football in Los Angeles again, especially with a quality team like the Rams.

In all seriousness, the Rams might be the worst team in football to watch right now, but we will get to see if No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff can change that when he makes his first career start this week.

Patriots over 49ers

I don’t know why the Patriots didn’t hand the ball to LeGarrette Blount on the goal line against the Seahawks Sunday night.

Regardless, this game should be over by halftime considering the disparity between the skills of these two teams.

Seahawks over Eagles

The Seahawks offense looked pretty good last week against the Patriots. The Eagles are no slouch on defense, but the Seahawks should do enough to win.

Redskins over Packers

The Packers are not good at all and their game last week against the Titans proved that as they looked overmatched for the most part.

The Redskins offense should demolish the Packers in this matchup.

Raiders over Texans

The Raiders are coming off a bye and are looking to stay on top of their division this week. They will be a playing a Texans team which is not very good.

I will take the team that actually seems like they have something going for them.

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 10: 7-7

Overall: 86-59-2

Predicting Week 10 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

The halfway point of the NFL season is officially behind us and the playoff picture is still very muddled as most of the field remains alive. The next few weeks will be important in separating the haves from the have-nots.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Ravens over Browns

The Browns are looking more and more like an 0-16 team with each passing week. I think they will continue their inevitable march to a winless season with another loss here on Thursday night.

Packers over Titans

If the Packers lose this game, it could be the final nail in the coffin for head coach Mike McCarthy as the team has not performed well at all this season.

I think the Packers will do well enough this week for McCarthy to keep his job for now.

Redskins over Vikings

I think the Vikings’ slide into mediocrity will continue this week as they face a Redskins team coming off of a bye week.

Buccaneers over Bears

Neither of these teams is any good and this should be a game worth skipping. I will go with the Buccaneers because they are 0-4 at home this season, but have to get a home win at some point this season, right?

Chiefs over Panthers

The Panthers won on Sunday, but did so in a very sloppy game against the Rams that left me unimpressed.

This week, they go against the very capable Chiefs and I can’t seem them picking up the win here.

Falcons over Eagles

Carson Wentz has not looked good the past couple weeks and the Eagles have really fallen off after a 3-0 start to the year.

In the battle of the birds, I will take the Falcons who look like a major playoff contender.

Jets over Rams

The Rams really just need to put Jared Goff out on the field at this point. They have no chance of making the playoffs at this point so they may as well give the rookie some starting time instead of wheeling Case Keenum out there every week.

Saints over Broncos

I think the Saints can burn the Broncos defense for enough points where they can win this game. The Broncos really need a solid running game to be looked at as a serious contender.

Texans over Jaguars

The Texans are in firm control of their division despite losing JJ Watt early on and one major reason for that is they get to play against their fellow AFC South teams.

This is another game against a division opponent for them and one they should easily win.

Chargers over Dolphins

Despite some inexplicable collapses early in the season, the Chargers are hanging around and a win here will get them back to .500.

The Dolphins are currently at .500, but I see them losing here on the road against a better Chargers team.

Cowboys over Steelers

The Cowboys roll continues as they have the best record in the NFC and have two exciting young rookies in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.

I think they will continue on that roll against a Steelers team which has been weakened by injuries.

Cardinals over 49ers

The 49ers fired head coach Jim Tomsula after one 5-11 year. The question will be if Chip Kelly will be next on the chopping block after a worse season.

Patriots over Seahawks

The Patriots have been on a roll since Tom Brady’s return from suspension. This should be a close game, but I think the Patriots will continue their current four-game winning streak with another one here.

Bengals over Giants

This has potential to be a shootout on Monday night and could honestly go either way. I think Bengals will do just enough to win here.

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 8: 10-3

Overall: 79-52-2

Predicting Week 9 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

There’s nothing quite as annoying as watching your favorite team finish a game with a tie. It’s even more annoying when you have to wake up early just to watch the game because it’s being played in London or having to stay up late because it’s a night game.

However, this has been the case the last two weeks as the Seahawks-Cardinals night game Oct. 23 and the Bengals-Redskins London game Sunday gave us our first ties in back-to-back weeks since 1997.

Maybe we’ll see another tie this week just to make my overall picks record slightly more disjointed.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks as we once again have six teams on byes resulting in 13 games for the week.

Falcons over Buccaneers

The Falcons have been one of the more exciting teams to casually follow this season because of their explosive offense.

I will be picking them against a Buccaneers team that just lost at home to a Raiders team which set the single-game record for penalties.

Ravens over Steelers

As of this writing, Ben Roethlisberger will not be playing for the Steelers on Sunday. The Ravens are not a good team, but I will take them against Landry Jones.

Cowboys over Browns

The Browns just can’t catch a break. Last week, they blew a 13-point halftime lead against the Jets and this week they play one of the best teams in the NFC.

Suffice to say, it will not be a fun week for Browns fans. Unless the Indians win the World Series, in which case, they won’t care.

Chiefs over Jaguars

The Chiefs, Raiders and Broncos are currently in a tight race for the AFC West. The Chiefs will need to win games like this to keep pace with the other two.

Dolphins over Jets

Neither of these teams are very good, but one of them has to win, right?

Eagles over Giants

The Cowboys have a comfortable lead in the NFC East right now, but both of these teams still have a chance to catch them.

I will take the Eagles and their very good defense to prevail here.

Vikings over Lions

The Vikings have not looked like the same team since their bye week as they have dropped two games in a row.

Luckily, they should get back on track against a Lions team which stays in games, but struggles to beat more capable teams.

Panthers over Rams

The Panthers proved they are not quite dead in the water yet after beating up on the Cardinals. They should pick up their third win of the season this week against the Rams

Perhaps the most interesting part of this game will be the possibility of Jared Goff seeing the field for the first time in his NFL career if Case Keenum turns in another lackluster performance.

Saints over 49ers

This will not be a game many people outside New Orleans or San Francisco will focus on with neither team going anywhere.

I think the Saints will win, primarily because of how poor the 49ers roster is right now.

Chargers over Titans

I will probably regret this pick on Sunday when the Chargers find some way to blow a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.

However, I will risk it because the Chargers are really not that bad. They just need to work on playing for a whole 60 minutes.

Packers over Colts

Both of these teams have major issues to work out, but the Colts have a lot more issues.

Also, Aaron Rodgers is significantly better than Andrew Luck so I think the Packers will come away with the easy win.

Raiders over Broncos

This is a major opportunity for the Raiders to prove they are a real threat in the AFC and claim control in their division.

I think they will come through against a Broncos team which will lack much of a ground game with several running backs injured.

Seahawks over Bills

This is a weird Monday night matchup. With that being said, I think the Seahawks are the better team and will come away with 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.

Week 8: 9-3-1

Overall: 69-49-2

Predicting Week 8 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

This week is one of the smallest for the NFL this season as six teams are on bye weeks which means there are only 13 games to choose from.

Without further ado, let’s head into this week’s picks.

Titans over Jaguars

Oh boy, this one will not be fun to watch. Both of these teams are members of the dreadful AFC South division and a win here could play a major factor for either team considering 9-7 will be good enough for a division title.

I will take the Titans because they have better weapons at their disposal this season.

Bengals over Redskins

This is the third and final London game of the season and it pits Jay Gruden against the team he was the offensive coordinator of for several years.

The Redskins will likely be without Josh Norman, who suffered a concussion Sunday, and that means AJ Green should have a field day against a weak Redskins secondary.

Chiefs over Colts

The Colts are bad in just about every position but quarterback and even that position makes poor decisions sometimes.

This is a game against a bad team, which means Andy Reid and the Chiefs are pretty much guaranteed to win.

Raiders over Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have sneaked back into the division race after starting the year 1-3, but this week they go up against a good Raiders team.

The Raiders are actually 4-0 on the road this year and I think they will make it 5-0 this week.

Seahawks over Saints

Last week, the Seahawks and Cardinals played in one of the most dreadful games I can remember viewing. The horrible display was capped off by both kickers missing chip-shot field goals in overtime to end the game in a tie.

Surely, the Seahawks offense can’t look any worse than it did against the Cardinals, right?

Lions over Texans

The Lions have been surprisingly fun to watch this year and their offensive is explosive enough where they can never be counted out of games.

The Texans have sorely missed JJ Watt this season and I think Brock Osweiler’s poor quarterback play will continue here.

Jets over Browns

On Sunday the Browns tied the NFL record for most different players to throw a pass in a single season at six. That record is shared with the 1984 and 1987 Bears.

The amazing thing is they still have nine games left to go and they could potentially blow the record out of the water.

Patriots over Bills

The last time these two division rivals met, the Bills won 16-0, but the Patriots were still without Brady and started an injured Jacoby Brissett in his place.

Now, Brady is back and the Patriots should be going full force to avenge the loss and take complete control of the division.

Panthers over Cardinals

For as good as the Cardinals defense looked against the Seahawks Sunday night, their offense and special teams looked downright terrible.

Now, they face a Panthers team which is coming off a bye and needs to start winning to have any shot whatsoever at the playoffs.

Broncos over Chargers

The Chargers scored a surprising Thursday night win the last time these two teams met, but I see things ending differently here.

The Broncos will be the hosts this team and should be able to handle the Chargers this week.

Falcons over Packers

Something is still wrong with the Packers, but nobody knows exactly what. I will go with the Falcons here because I think their high-octane offense will overpower the defense of the Packers.

Cowboys over Eagles

Two rookie quarterbacks face off when these division rivals meet this Sunday night. I think this one will be close, but the Cowboys look like the better team overall so I will go with them.

Vikings over Bears

It says a lot about the Vikings offense when they were the beneficiary of four turnovers by their defense and they still only had 10 points last week.

The good news for the Vikings is they play a bad Bears team this week and should get right back to winning.

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 7: 8-6-1

Overall: 60-46-1


Predicting Week 7 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

Last week got off to a poor start as my Thursday night record continues to get worse and I whiffed on several early games, but I rallied back in the evening and finished a respectable 8-7.

We’ll see if I can get another week above .500 this week and, with that, let’s head into the picks.

Packers over Bears

Brian Hoyer has more passing yards than Aaron Rodgers through the first six weeks of the season. I’m not exactly sure what this means other than the Packers might be trouble going forward.

However, I still expect the Packers to come out victorious against a bad division rival.

Giants over Rams

Case Keenum has done surprisingly well so far this season after a disastrous start to the season. However, the Giants defense should do well enough shutting them down as NFL defenses continue to stack the box against Todd Gurley.

This should be an interesting game, but the Giants will win.

Chiefs over Saints

Which version of the Chiefs will show up this week? Will it be the team that got absolutely humiliated by the Steelers or the team that shut down the up-and-coming Raiders?

I am banking on the latter with this pick mainly because Andy Reid specializes in beating bad teams and not much else.

Titans over Colts

The Titans might be the best overall team in the AFC South which is a little scary considering how bad they were for the past couple seasons.

A win here could go a long way towards a division title and I’m picking them to get the home victory.

Vikings over Eagles

The Vikings are coming off a bye and their top-notch defense should play as well as ever. It should be a low-scoring affair because the Eagles defense is no slouch, but I will go with Minnesota regardless.

Bengals over Browns

Hue Jackson returns to Cincinnati to face his former team. The Browns are still winless, but the Bengals need a win after losing four of their last five.

Redskins over Lions

The Redskins have quietly won four in a row after dropping their first two games of the season. I don’t really see the win streak lasting too much longer, but I see them getting to at least five this week.

Raiders over Jaguars

Both of these teams are built around a young, talented nucleus, but the Raiders are the team which is turning that formula into success right now.

The Raiders are the easy choice in this game and I will take advantage of that easy choice.

Bills over Dolphins

The Bills are another team on a winning streak after a rough start to the season and I also see their streak getting up to five games with a win here on the road.

Ravens over Jets

Both of these teams are on a major downward decline at the moment. I still don’t think the Ravens are any good, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is self-destructing with the Jets and that won’t change any time soon.

Buccaneers over 49ers

Man, it’s a good thing the 49ers decided to make Colin Kaepernick their starter last week. If Blaine Gabbert was the starter, they probably would have scored 13 points instead of 16.

In all honesty, the 49ers are terrible no matter who is under center, but it doesn’t help when Kaepernick has shown major regression over the past several seasons.

Falcons over Chargers

The Falcons should be 5-1 right now were it not for a blatant missed call last week against Seattle. As it is, the Falcons have continued to look impressive on offense and should be able to burn the Chargers pretty easily on Sunday.

Patriots over Steelers

The Steelers just lost to the Dolphins by 15 points and will be missing Ben Roethlisberger this week.

Rob Gronkowski should tear the poor Steelers secondary apart.

Seahawks over Cardinals

The Cardinals are back at .500, but their last two wins have come against the 49ers and the Jets so it’s not like they have set the world on fire.

I think the Seahawks are just the better team and should win here on Sunday night.

Broncos over Texans

The week wraps up with Brock Osweiler playing against his former team. Unfortunately for the Texans, Osweiler has not been worth the $72 million investment and it should be an easy win for the Broncos this week.

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 6: 8-7

Overall: 52-40

Predicting Week 6 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for a slightly-delayed week of NFL picks and predictions.

It’s been a busy week so let’s just get straight into the picks beginning with a division matchup on Thursday night.

Broncos over Chargers

It would have been hard to believe a few months ago, but the Broncos need Trevor Siemien back as soon as possible.

The Broncos struggled last week against a Falcons team which has played remarkably better than anyone expected. However, I am still picking the Broncos this week because the Chargers keep finding ways to blow games.

Bills over 49ers

A lot of people, including myself, wrote the Bills off after their 0-2 start to the season, but they are now 3-2 and seem like a legitimate playoff team.

They will extend their current winning streak to four games against a bad 49ers team.

Eagles over Redskins

The Eagles fell from the ranks of undefeated teams last week and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw the first pick of his NFL career in the game.

However, they should get back on track with a win on the road against the Redskins.

Titans over Browns

The Browns just have no luck on their side this season with quarterbacks dropping left and right.

It looks like Cody Kessler will be in action this week after suffering a rib injury, but Browns fans have to be concerned about their inability to keep quarterbacks on the field.

Giants over Ravens

Two weeks ago, I said the Ravens 3-0 start was entirely a product of the teams they played and two weeks later they are 3-2. Last week, they lost at home to an average-at-best Redskins team which furthered my point.

I expect their slide to continue on the road against the Giants.

Panthers over Saints

Cam Newton will be back in action for the Panthers this week and surely the Panthers are not as bad as their 1-4 start would have us believe, right?

I guess we will find out this week because, if they lose, their window will have already closed.

Bears over Jaguars

It says a lot about Jay Cutler’s Bears tenure when Brian Hoyer notably outperforms him.

I think Hoyer will do enough to beat a bad Jaguars team this week.

Rams over Lions

Both of these teams have been hot-and-cold all season so it is really hard to get a read on this game.

I will take the Rams and their solid defense to win this week.

Steelers over Dolphins

I see absolutely no way the Dolphins can win this game. Enough said.

Patriots over Bengals

This is Tom Brady’s first home game of the season and the crowd should be absolutely electric.

The Bengals will be going all-out after a disappointing display in Dallas last week, but the Patriots will get the win.

Raiders over Chiefs

The Raiders seem to have finally put all the pieces together and look like a top-10 team right now.

I also don’t trust the Chiefs right now, which makes my choice an easy one.

Seahawks over Falcons

The Falcons are a surprisingly good team this year and are actually 3-0 on the road to start the season.

However, they travel to Seattle this week, which is always a tough place to win and I think the hot streak of the Falcons will end here.

Cowboys over Packers

The Cowboys will have a tough decision when Tony Romo returns from injury considering how well Dak Prescott has handled himself at quarterback.

This week, I think the combo of Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot will be too much for the Packers to handle.

Texans over Colts

The Colts are just not a good team and I will take the Texans even without JJ Watt.

Cardinals over Jets

The Jets seemed like a contender this season, but they have gotten off to a disappointing 1-4 start. The loss of Eric Decker to a shoulder injury for the rest of the season will likely spell the end of their season.

The Cardinals will benefit from this as they will pick up the win and move back to .500.

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 5: 7-7

Overall: 44-33

Predicting Week 4 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to The Cowan Corner for another week of NFL picks and predictions.

It’s been an up-and-down year for me so far with the picks, but I see quite a few games this week that I am very confident about.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks.

Bengals over Dolphins

I am currently 0-3 picking Thursday night games this season, but I feel pretty certain about this one.

The Dolphins have been very hit-and-miss so far this season and I feel like the Bengals will pull out all the stops to avoid a dangerous 1-3 start.

Colts over Jaguars

The AFC South is in very rough shape right now. The Jaguars are on pace for another sub-.500 season, the Texans will be without the best defensive player in the NFL and both the Colts and Titans feel extremely erratic and untrustworthy so far this season.

I could see the winner of this division being 9-7 at best. With that being said, I think the Colts are better and need to win games like this to have a shot at the playoffs.

Texans over Titans

Now we move on to the other half of the division. It is unclear exactly how much the loss of JJ Watt will affect the Houston defensive unit.

However, I still expect a Texans win here at home to maintain control of the division, especially after being embarrassed last Thursday against the Patriots.

Redskins over Browns

There’s still some life in the Redskins after beating the Giants last week. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the Browns.

Just think, the Browns could have had Carson Wentz as the quarterback of the future, but decided Robert Griffin III was  a better option. Now, they still don’t have a quarterback and Wentz is tearing it up in Philadelphia.

Seahawks over Jets

Just when you think the Seahawks may not be as good as people thought, they blow the doors off the 49ers.

On the other hand, the Jets can’t really be trusted with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center which was made even more evident by his incredible six-pick performance on Sunday.

Patriots over Bills

This pick is being made under the assumption that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starter Sunday. Even if he’s not, the Patriots will still find a way to win because Bill Belichick has consistently owned Buffalo.

Panthers over Falcons

Who would have thought the Falcons would be the team above .500 coming into this game? Unfortunately for Falcons fans, it won’t last long because the Panthers have the clear advantage in this game on both sides of the ball.

Raiders over Ravens

Do not let the Ravens 3-0 record fool you. They have played the Bills, Browns and Jaguars to open up the season and have won each of those games against weak opponents by less than a touchdown.

I am going with the Raiders to get the slight upset on the road here based on the weak schedule Baltimore has gotten so far.

Lions over Bears

Do I have to pick a winner here? This game will go a long way towards determining who finishes third in the NFC North this season.

I will pick against the Bears since they might be the worst team in football right now.

Broncos over Buccaneers

Trevor Siemian has proven he belongs as a starter in the NFL and he should have no problem cutting through a Buccaneers defense that just gave up 37 points to the Rams.

Cardinals over Rams

I guess the Cardinals aren’t as good as we thought they were after getting blown out by Buffalo Sunday. I still expect them to get back on track here against the Rams.

Chargers over Saints

It says a lot about the Chargers that two of their best players are out for the season with torn ACLs and they still nearly beat the Colts Sunday.

I think they will torch a bad Saints defense here and improve to 2-2 as the Saints remain winless thus far.

Cowboys over 49ers

Rookie Dak Prescott has given Cowboys fans plenty to be excited about even as Tony Romo continues to stay on the sidelines with various injuries.

The Cowboys will have more to be happy about this week when they win and improve to 3-1 on the season.

Steelers over Chiefs

This should be an interesting game to watch, especially with the return of Jamaal Charles to the field for the Chiefs.

I expect a close game, but the Steelers will edge it out.

Vikings over Giants

It’s a bit of a cliche in sports that defense wins championships. The Vikings will put that to the test this season as their stellar defense will have to carry the load with Adrian Peterson out for the year and Sam Bradford playing quarterback.

Time will tell if that is a formula which can work this season, but I expect it to continue to work here as they improve to 4-0.

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 3: 7-9

Overall: 28-20