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.
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