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

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