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.
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