Predicting Week 2 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to the Cowan Corner for another week of predictions for the upcoming slate of NFL games.

The opening week of the season featured some exciting games, but most games were decided by multiple scores. Now we move on to Week 2 where 1-0 teams will look to stay unbeaten and 0-1 teams will look to get on track.

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

Bengals over Texans

Neither of these teams had a particular good opening week as the Bengals were shutout by division rival Baltimore and the Texans got blown out at home by the Jaguars.

Deshaun Watson will get his first career NFL start on Thursday night, taking over for Tom Savage who looked terrible in Week 1.

I have the Bengals favored here due to playing at home and due to the experience advantage Dalton’s offense has over the younger Texans offensive group.

Ravens over Browns

The Browns actually looked decent with DeShone Kizer at quarterback and could finally be turning the corner after nearly beating the Steelers on Sunday.

However, they are still far from success and the top-notch defense of the Ravens should shut them down this week.

Panthers over Bills

Both of these teams enter the game with a record of 1-0, but the Bills looked like the much less impressive team after beating the lowly Jets by just nine points.

Cam Newton and the Panthers shouldn’t have too much trouble beating the Bills in their home opener to improve to 2-0.

Cardinals over Colts

The Colts were undoubtedly the worst-looking team in the NFL in Week 1 after they lost to the Rams by 37 points.

While Scott Tolzien’s days as the starter at quarterback are numbered, I don’t think Jacoby Brissett will do much better filling in.

The Cardinals don’t have a particularly good offense with David Johnson down for several months, but their defense will carry them to a win.

Titans over Jaguars

This game could prove to be a very important one down the line for the AFC South.

The Jaguars looked great against the Texans in Week 1, but it will be interesting to see how they do against a competent offensive unit.

I think this game will be close, but the Titans have enough of an edge to come away with the victory on the road.

Chiefs over Eagles

The Chiefs were one of the surprises of Week 1 with their offense dominating the normally strong Patriots defense.

I think the Chiefs can be expected to have a similarly high-octane game against the Eagles and should pick up an easy win in their home opener.

Patriots over Saints

The Patriots suffered a surprising loss to begin the season due in part to mounting injuries on both sides of the ball.

However, teams coached by Bill Belichick don’t tend to start 0-2 and with a week to pull everything together I expect a Patriots win here to get back on track.

Vikings over Steelers

The Steelers won to open the season against the Browns, but it was a deceiving win where they were slightly outplayed but benefited from a blocked punt for a touchdown early.

The Vikings have an incredibly strong defense which I think will lead them to an upset win in Pittsburgh.

Buccaneers over Bears

This will be the Buccaneers season opener after the events of Hurricane Irma delayed their game against the Dolphins.

While the Bears played a close game against the Falcons to open the season, I think they are still not quite there as a team while the Buccaneers seemed poised for success so I will go with them.

Chargers over Dolphins

The Dolphins are the other team having their season opener a week later than everyone else.

The Chargers looked pretty good opening the season and came a blocked field goal away from going to overtime against the Broncos.

I think the Chargers should be able to beat out the Dolphins in their home opener to begin their new run in Los Angeles strong.

Raiders over Jets

The Raiders are a good up-and-coming team while the Jets might be the worst team in football this season.

This is probably the easiest prediction for me to make this week. No way the Raiders lose here.

Broncos over Cowboys

This should be a close game between two playoff contenders, but I will give the Broncos an edge here on the strength of their defense.

The Cowboys looked good in Week 1, but I think their defense benefited from playing a weak Giants defense. The Broncos are only slightly better on offense, but should still be able to get more going against them.

Rams over Redskins

This game was a difficult one, mainly because it is difficult to say how good the Rams actually are.

While they did dominate the Colts last week, it may have more to do with the incompetence of the Colts than anything.

Regardless, the Redskins didn’t look very good in the opening week and the Rams have the advantage of playing at home so I will go with them.

Seahawks over 49ers

The 49ers seem like a mostly hopeless team that will be lucky to win five games while the Seahawks lost a close game to the Packers on the road.

I think this game will be fairly one-sided with the Seahawks winning in front of their home fans.

Falcons over Packers

This should be a very entertaining game between two of the top teams in the NFC. I could honestly see it going either way and it seems like it could be an exciting, high-scoring affair.

I feel like these teams are very even, but I will give the Falcons a slight edge at home.

Lions over Giants

The Giants offense looked pretty bad in Week 1 and while the Lions aren’t exactly known for their defense, I think something similar will happen here.

The Giants have a good defense, but it can’t carry them to victory every time out. I see the Lions winning this one to close out the 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 1: 10-5

Overall: 10-5

Predicting Week 1 of the NFL season

Hello and welcome back to the Cowan Corner picks column where I run down the slate of NFL games for the week and tell you who I think will win.

For those of you who might be new to the column, I finished last season with an overall record 163-102-2 including a 7-4 record in the playoffs.

The start of the 2017 NFL season is finally here with plenty of interesting matchups to kick off the campaign. Without further ado, let’s get into the picks beginning with the Thursday night game.

Patriots over Chiefs

The last time these two teams met in the regular season, the Chiefs dominated in a 41-14 win. The Patriots then rebounded and went on to win the Super Bowl while the Chiefs missed the playoffs entirely.

Coming off of their fifth Super Bowl win together, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will be opening the season in front of a lively and very receptive crowd.

Even without Julian Edelman, I’m expecting a decisive Patriots win here to kick off their season.

Bills over Jets

This game has the potential to be the least interesting of any of the noon games for the opening week.

Both defenses are solid, but the Bills have a clear edge due to the playmaking abilities of LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor. I’m not expecting much to happen for the Jets with Josh McCown under center so I will go with the Bills.

Falcons over Bears

The Falcons endured one of the most heartbreaking losses in NFL history at the Super Bowl in February when they blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots.

However, they will return to the field five months later with all of their key pieces back and should be able to put together another solid run. The Falcons will definitely be one of the teams to beat in the NFC this season and I don’t see them having much trouble with the Bears.

Bengals over Ravens

I see both of these teams as being on fairly equal footing at the moment which seems pretty normal in the AFC North.

I would give the slight edge to the Bengals given they are playing at home and AJ Green has also historically dominated the Ravens.

Green will likely be key for the Bengals in this game and should make enough big plays for them to come out ahead.

Steelers over Browns

Now we go from a game between two equal teams to a one-sided game in a historically one-sided rivalry.

It will be interesting to see how DeShone Kizer does in his debut for the Browns, but I can’t see them beating the Steelers here, especially not with No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett missing in action due to an injury at a practice this week.

Lions over Cardinals

The Cardinals go into this game as the slight favorite, but I think the Lions will pull this one out.

Carson Palmer is a major question mark for the Cardinals at this stage in his career while Matthew Stafford has been a consistent top passer for the past several seasons.

I think the difference between Stafford and Palmer from a skill standpoint will be enough to bring the Lions to a win.

Texans over Jaguars

The Texans have won their last six games against the Jaguars and enter this season with a scary defense thanks to JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney both being healthy this season.

The Texans are going to be a handful on defense for just about any team and especially against a historically underachieving team like the Jaguars.

Titans over Raiders

This has the potential to be one of the most interesting games of the week as two young, up-and-coming teams face off.

Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr are two of the best young quarterbacks in the league and both teams are solid on both sides of the ball.

I’m expecting this game to be close, but I think the Titans will have a slight edge playing at home.

Redskins over Eagles

I went back and forth with this prediction a few times and I’m still not 100 percent confident in my choice here.

I think Kirk Cousins is much better at quarterback than Carson Wentz at this point and the Redskins will have some home field advantage.

I think that will be enough to get them a win.

Rams over Colts

Nothing says top-quality NFL action like Scott Tolzien versus Jared Goff in Week 1. In all seriousness, this game could be very ugly as neither offense is exactly known for their effectiveness.

The Rams have a better defense and Tolzien’s poor performances in past starts should be a good indication of how this game will go.

Packers over Seahawks

These two teams have had some great games against each other in past season and this year’s game should be no different.

The Seahawks defense will be tough as ever this year, but Aaron Rodgers should be able to do enough against them to pick up a win for the Green Bay faithful to start the season.

Panthers over 49ers

The Panthers went from Super Bowl runner-up in 2015 to missing the playoffs entirely last season.

They will definitely be looking to return to form this season and will begin the year against the rebuilding 49ers.

The 49ers aren’t expecting to win much this season and this week will be the first of many losses.

Cowboys over Giants

The Cowboys are expecting big things this season after the rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led them a 13-3 record in 2016.

Elliott will have to serve a six-game suspension, but due to the timing of the decision will be allowed to play this opening week game.

I expect Elliott to be a difference maker as the Cowboys begin the year with a big win over their rival.

Vikings over Saints

Adrian Peterson’s first game as a Saint will fittingly enough be against his former team, the Vikings. However, while the Saints always have a potent offense, I think the defense of the Vikings will be enough to lead them to victory in the first of the two Monday night games this week.

Broncos over Chargers

The first week of the season concludes with the Broncos hosting the Chargers and I’m expecting an easy win for the Broncos.

The Broncos still have a top-tier defense this season and Trevor Siemian did a solid job of stepping into the starting role last season. I think the Chargers just don’t have the personnel to match up with the Broncos 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.

Predicting the Super Bowl

The biggest day on the NFL calendar will finally arrive Sunday as the Atlanta Falcons will hope to finish off their long-awaited championship run against a Patriots team led by a quarterback hoping to make history.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s Super Bowl matchup with my thoughts on how the game will go.

Falcons over Patriots

 

The Falcons certainly seemed like a long shot to be in this position going into the season. While the Falcons offense has certainly been something to fear, their defense has always been looked at as a major flaw.

While their defense is still a bit of an issue sometimes, that unit has been able to make some key plays when it has mattered and the offense has been stellar as ever with the addition of Mohammed Sanu and Tevin Coleman improving an already impressive unit.

The Patriots, meanwhile, were also one of the top-scoring offenses in the NFL this season despite missing quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season due to suspension.

The Patriots also allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season, though that statistic is slightly misleading because the Patriots never really played a top defense, especially not one on the level of the Falcons.

Early speculation has this potentially being the highest scoring Super Bowl of all time given the teams involved, but I could also see both defense putting in solid efforts.

This is a game I could see going either way and I would not be surprised to see a Patriots win, but I just don’t know how the Patriots will be able to slow down the Falcons.

The Falcons have five different dangerous weapons on the field at any given moment and you can’t focus on one without opening up another.

I think the Falcons complete their remarkable season by bringing a Super Bowl win to Atlanta for the first time and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will have to wait at least a little longer for a fifth ring.

Falcons 31, Patriots 27

Conference Championship: 2-0

Playoffs: 7-3

Overall: 163-101-2

Predicting the conference championships of the NFL playoffs

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

We are down to the final four teams as we have four really good to great offenses and no great defenses remaining in the hunt, which is rather unusual.

This means we could be set for a high-scoring slate of games Sunday as the teams fight to make the final push to the Super Bowl.

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

Falcons over Packers

The Packers enter this game on an eight-game winning streak and just knocked off the No. 1 seed Dallas Cowboys.

The Falcons have had a fantastic year on the offensive side of the ball and were able to easily beat the Seahawks on Sunday.

Aaron Rodgers is playing on another level right now and is unquestionably the best quarterback in football, but I think Matt Ryan has more weapons around him.

I think this will be a very exciting shootout and the Falcons will do just enough to win at home.

Patriots over Steelers

The Steelers are on a nine-game winning streak of their own, but they face a Patriots team which has won eight straight games and just dropped 34 points on one of the best defenses in the NFL.

This game has the potential to be close, but I think the Patriots will be motivated to win at all costs and should be able to do so fairly easily.

This should set up an interesting matchup between the Falcons and Patriots in the Super Bowl.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back in two weeks for Super Bowl predictions and analysis of the week that was in football.

Divisional Round: 3-1

Overall: 161-101-2

Predicting the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs

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

Home teams won every game in the wild-card round which is pretty unusual, but means we are left with eight teams and all of them are division champions.

This week, the field gets cut to four as the top seeds in both conferences return to action after their byes.

Without further ado, let’s get into the picks.

Falcons over Seahawks

This could be a very interesting contest to start out the week as the Falcons have the best offense in football this season and the Seahawks are still one of the top defenses around.

I see this being a close game, but I think the Falcons have the clear edge at home and should be able to outscore the Seahawks and advance to the NFC championship.

Patriots over Texans

Now, we’ve gone from a game which could go either way to a game with a very obvious conclusion.

I don’t see any way the Texans can beat the Patriots in Foxborough even with their stellar defense. I could see this game being the big blowout of the weekend.

Chiefs over Steelers

I think the Sunday games were the most difficult ones for me to pick and that includes this matchup.

I could honestly see it going either way, but I think Ben Roethlisberger being slightly hobbled will have an effect on this game.

The Chiefs defense should be after Roethlisberger all game and the offense should do just enough to win.

Packers over Cowboys

I debated this pick for a while and I really think the Packers are better. The Packers have been the hottest team in football in the second half of the season and while the Cowboys had a good season overall, they also benefited from a weak schedule.

I think the big difference here will be in the quarterback play because while Dak Prescott has had a decent rookie year, he doesn’t come close to comparing to Aaron Rodgers right now.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL playoff picks and analysis of the week that was in football.

Wild Card: 2-2

Overall: 158-100-2

Predicting the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs

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

12 teams remain in the hunt for a Super Bowl this season and this week that number will be cut down to eight.

Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s picks starting with the two Saturday games.

Texans over Raiders

This has the potential to be one of the ugliest playoff games in recent memory. Both of these defenses are nothing to sneeze at, but considering Brock Osweiler and Connor Cook will likely be the starting quarterbacks, the defenses will look even better than usual.

This has the look of a 13-10 game and I give the edge to the Texans because their defense has actually played really well in the absence of JJ Watt.

Seahawks over Lions

The Lions sputtered out at the end of the regular season, losing their last three games including a game against the Packers for the division title.

Now, they have to travel to Seattle to play a Seahawks team which isn’t quite as good as past years, but still could be a force to be reckoned with at home.

The Seahawks have missed safety Earl Thomas III the last couple weeks, but I don’t think it will affect them much this week.

Dolphins over Steelers

A lot of people seem to be just handing this game to the Steelers, but I am going the opposite way.

The Dolphins destroyed the Steelers the last time they played and I don’t think the Steelers will be able to slow down Jay Ajayi, who has had a phenomenal sophomore season.

I also don’t think Matt Moore is that much of a downgrade for the Dolphins at quarterback so they should be fine there as well.

Giants over Packers

Here we go. This is by far the best matchup this weekend and should be quite the interesting contest.

The Packers are reportedly the bettor’s favorite to win the Super Bowl right now, but I think the Giants are better even playing on the road.

The Packers have won six straight, but only two of those wins came against teams above .500 so it’s not like they’ve been dominating top competition.

I think the Giants defense is built well for the cold weather and they should thrive here to set up a third game with the Cowboys in the divisional round.

That does it for this week’s picks. Check back next week for more NFL playoff picks and analysis of the week that was in football.

Week 16: 10-6

Overall: 156-98-2

Predicting Week 17 of the NFL season

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

The final week of the NFL season is upon us and all but two of the playoff spots have been clinched, though the exact seeding in each conference is not locked in yet.

With all 16 games being played on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how the final playoff picture works out.

Bengals over Ravens

Neither of these teams has anything to play for, but it should still be a competitive division game.

These two teams always seem to play each other close, but I will give the edge to the Bengals playing at home.

Texans over Titans

The season-ending injury to Marcus Mariota killed any chance of the Titans making a playoff run and this game now means nothing for either team.

I will go with the Texans because I can’t see Matt Cassel doing much against their stout defense.

Buccaneers over Panthers

The Buccaneers need about eight different things to go their way this week to make the playoffs including needing a tie between the Redskins and Giants. Something tells me that won’s happen, but they will at least get one more win to close out the season.

Colts over Jaguars

Neither of these teams has had a good year and this game means absolutely nothing. I will say the Colts should win because the Jaguars are bad.

Patriots over Dolphins

The Patriots should easily get the No. 1 seed with Derek Carr out for the Raiders. This game does matter for the Patriots so I think they will take care of business.

Vikings over Bears

The Bears were expected to be terrible, but the Vikings have been truly disappointing after a hot start to the year.

After Matt Barkley’s five-interception performance last week, I don’t give the Bears much of a chance this week.

Bills over Jets

The Bills made the right move in disposing of Rex Ryan who has not been good the last few years as head coach.

I think they will do fairly well this week against a poor Jets team.

Cowboys over Eagles

This will be an unpopular opinion, but I think Tony Romo should start this game. The Cowboys have already clinched homefield advantage and it would be good to get Romo reps in case of the worst-case scenario.

Either way, I think the Cowboys will win this one pretty handily.

Steelers over Browns

The Browns actually have a credible chance due to the Steelers resting Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this week.

However, I think the Steelers backups will still be able to win this game at home.

Falcons over Saints

This is yet another game which doesn’t mean anything for either team. I will take the playoff bound Falcons to win at home despite the best efforts of Drew Brees who has had a phenomenal season.

Redskins over Giants

The Redskins can guarantee a wild-card berth with a win while the Giants are locked into the five-seed.

The Redskins should win at home with their season on the line.

Cardinals over Rams

The Rams are just awful to watch and I can’t ever choose them to win no matter who they play.

Broncos over Raiders

I really feel for Raiders fans. Not only is the team moving away from Oakland where they have a loyal following, but the injury to Derek Carr pretty much ended any chance they had of making a Super Bowl run this season.

Khalil Mack will need to put up monster numbers for the Raiders to make any moves in the playoffs and I just don’t see it happening with Matt McGloin taking over under center.

Chiefs over Chargers

The Chiefs benefited the most from the Carr injury as they win the AFC West with a win and a Raiders loss.

I see that happening as the Chiefs jump into the No. 2 seed in the AFC.

Seahawks over 49ers

This should be a fairly lopsided game with a clear difference in skill between the two squads.

The Seahawks should win fairly easily by my estimation.

Lions over Packers

This game is for the NFC North and will determine the final playoff team for the season.

The Packers have been on a big hot streak, but I think the Lions will throw the kitchen sink at them in an attempt to win. I think it will be close, but the Lions will surprise many by winning the game and the division.

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 16: 8-8

Overall: 146-92-2

Predicting Week 16 of the NFL season

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.

Week 15: 10-6

Overall: 138-84-2

Predicting Week 15 of the NFL season

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

The playoff race continues to be hotly contested as all but 6 teams are still alive, though some are hanging on by threads.

With just three games remaining for every team, a few more playoff spots could be decided this week.

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

Seahawks over Rams

The last time these two teams played, the Rams somehow won 9-3, but I expect a very different result this week.

This should be an easy win for the Seahawks this week.

Dolphins over Jets

This is a Saturday night game between two division rivals. The Dolphins need a win to stay alive in the division race and I think they will get it.

I just don’t see Bryce Petty and the rest of the Jets doing much in prime time.

Packers over Bears

Just when you think the Packers might be done as a contender, they rattle off three straight wins and are right back in the NFC North race.

The Packers hot streak should continue against a bad Bears team.

Texans over Jaguars

This should be the worst game of the week by far. There is no redeeming value in this matchup whatsoever.

With that being said, the Texans should win, but nobody will care.

Bills over Browns

The Browns march to a winless season will continue when they travel up north to play the Bills.

The Bills playoff hopes are in grave danger at this point, but they should keep their hopes alive for one more week.

Ravens over Eagles

Carson Wentz has thrown seven interceptions in the last four games, which is not good when you’re playing a team with a top defense like the Ravens.

I doubt this game will be very close as the Ravens stay above .500 on the season.

Chiefs over Titans

All of a sudden, the Chiefs are in full control of the AFC West after sweeping their season series against the Raiders.

The Titans are also in their division hunt, but they also play in a weaker division. The game should be close, but the Chiefs will take it at home.

Giants over Lions

The Giants are the only team to beat the Cowboys so far this season and they have done it twice now. I think the worst-case scenario for Cowboys fans might be seeing the Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs.

With that being said, I think the Giants will take the win at home and make the NFC North race a little more interesting by handing the Lions a loss.

Vikings over Colts

Both of these teams are in need of a win to stay relevant, but I see the Vikings winning easily. Their defense is still killer and Andrew Luck has looked really shaky recently.

Bengals over Steelers

The Bengals have played fantastic football over the past two weeks and they have a home game against their big division rival this week.

This should be a tough game, but the Bengals will narrowly pull it out.

Cardinals over Saints

Both of these teams are technically still alive for the playoffs, but it would take minor miracles at this point.

The Cardinals aren’t bad, they have just been a victim of poor special teams play. I think they will pick up a win this week.

Falcons over 49ers

If this game isn’t decided by more than 20 points, I will be shocked. There is a large disparity in talent here and it should show pretty well.

Patriots over Broncos

The Patriots took care of business Sunday night against a team that normally gives them a lot of trouble. This week, they play a team which has showed potential to still be a contender, but doesn’t seem to have enough to make a run this year.

The Patriots should win and clinch the AFC East this week.

Raiders over Chargers

The Raiders need a win this week to keep their hopes of a division title alive. The Chargers are in complete tatters right now and I don’t see a way the Raiders lose this week.

Buccaneers over Cowboys

The Cowboys are 2-23 on third-down conversions the last two weeks and Dak Prescott has looked shaky the last couple weeks.

This does not spell good things for the Cowboys, especially this week where they meet a young and promising Buccaneers team which has won five in a row.

I am going with the upset pick because I feel like the Buccaneers defense will cause the Cowboys a lot of trouble.

Redskins over Panthers

The Redskins are just outside of the playoff picture right now, but they still have a chance if they can keep winning. I think they will do just that as the Panthers defense will get burned for big yards again.

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 14: 10-6

Overall: 128-78-2

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