NFL Week 12: Thursday Night Game Pick & Prediction

Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, 8:20 PM, FOX/NFLN (Texans -3.5, O/U: 46.5)

The fight for the top of the AFC South is on tonight. Both teams come into this one 6-4 with the Titans on their heels at 5-5 and the Jags within striking distance at 4-6.

The Colts won the first meeting between the 2 at home which came off of a bye. Brissett threw over 300 yards and for 4 TD’s in the game. He has since slowed a bit while also going down during the Steelers game that next week, missing the dolphins game and had a mediocre game last week against the Jags. Marlon Mack went off last week to supplement Brissett as he only has 14 carries but for 109 yards and a touchdown, averaging over 7 yards per carry.

The Texans are coming off a week that saw them get blown out on the road against a red hot Ravens team who covets the top rated offense. The Texans were seen as a team that was going to get into a shootout with Lamar Jackson but they were duds. They’ve found their identity however with Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde splitting carries and keeping the balance of the offense while Watson finds those opportunities for chunk plays down field that can cut the field in half with 40-50 yard completions.

Short week tends to favor the home team and with the extra motivation after getting drubbed on the road, the Texans have the motivation despite how well the Colts have played on the road. Take the Texans to cover in the over, Texans 27-21.

NFL Week 10: Monday Night Football Pick & Prediction

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 8:15 PM, ESPN (49ers -6, O/U: 46.5)

Russell Wilson will continue his road to the Super Bowl amidst an MVP race while having the Seahawks in prime position to take over the NFC West with a win against the 49ers tonight. Wilson has been the main reason this team is still 7-2 with his abilities to create more time for broken plays and his pinpoint accuracy when scrambling despite being a half a foot or more shorter than most all of the linemen on the field directly in front of him. He boasts a ridiculous 68% completions while only throwing 1 pick for the 22 TD’s he has under his belt to pair with his 2,505 yards. Locket has been his top and clear favorite receiver who has 59 catches for 767 yards and 6 TD’s. Rookie stud DK Metcalf has been a real surprise being second on the team in receiving (29 catches, 525 yards and 5 TD’s). The offense has a running game that can help exploit defenses again as Chris Carson has piled up 764 yards on 175 carries while also adding 3 scores. Every game has seemed like a shootout though given that the defense isn’t what it used to be even with Bobby Wagner leading the way.

Jimmy G is coming into this one missing his top receiver George Kittle as he is listed out for his knee injury that made him leave last Thursday’s game early before returning noticeably in pain. The 49ers will rely on rookie Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin to absorb the targets given to Kittle in spite of the fact that their combined season targets (48) still don’t add up to the 57 Kittle saw. The 49ers will more than likely turn the offensive focus to the run game that helped them early on in the season with the 3 headed monster of Breida/Coleman/Mostert. Breida leads the tandem with 99 carries for 524 yards but Coleman leads in rushing scores with 5 and Mostert leads them all in average yards per rush (5.58). Combined they have rushed the ball 237 time for 1,186 yards (5 yards per carry) and 7 TD’s. The defense has been the turnaround story of the year as they only generated 2 interceptions all of 2018 and this year they have a combined 10 interceptions with 2 of them being returned for TD’s. Nick Bosa has been a monster, providing an outside rush similar to his brothers and the best in the league, recording 7 sacks and a forced fumble.

This will be an excellent game to watch as we see a back-alley brawl between the top 2 NFC West teams. The difference maker is Kittle not being available for this one and the fact that Wilson and the Seahawks travel very well and have proven themselves big time road warriors over the years. Take the Seahawks to cover and win outright in the under, Seahawks 24-20.

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NFL Week 10: Sunday Games Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 Picks

Arizona Cardinals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, 1:00 PM (Buccs -4.5, O/U: 52.5)

Take the Cardinals to cover in the win, in the under, Cardinals 24-20.

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Saints -14, O/U: 51.5)

Take the Saints to cover in the over, Saints 31-16.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM (Bengals +10, O/U: 44.5)

Take the Ravens to cover in the over, Ravens 35-17.

Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 1:00 PM (Browns -3, O/U: 40.5)

Take the Bills to cover in the over, Bills 21-17.

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 1:00 PM (Bears -4, O/U: 40.5)

Take the Bears to cover in the over, Bears 24-13.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, 1:00 PM (Titans +6, O/U: 50.5)

Take the Chiefs to cover in the under, Chiefs 28-20.

New York Giants @ New York Jets, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Jets +3, O/U: 44.5)

Take the Jets to cover but the Giants to win, in the under, Giants 21-20.

Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 1:00 PM (Packers -4.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Panthers to cover but the Packers to win, in the over, Packers 27-24.

Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 4:05 PM (Colts -10, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Dolphins to cover but the Colts to win, in the under, Colts 17-10.

Los Angeles Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, 4:25 PM (Steelers +4.5, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Rams to cover in the over, Rams 28-17.

Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 8:20 PM, NBC (Cowboys -3.5, O/U: 49.5)

Take the Cowboys to cover in the over, Cowboys 28-24.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • Carolina at Green Bay – Carolina (+4.5)
  • NY Giants at NY Jets – NY Jets (+3)
  • Arizona at Tampa Bay – Arizona (+5)
  • LA Rams at Pittsburgh – LA Rams (-4)
  • Seattle at San Francisco – San Francisco (-6.5)

NFL Week 9: Monday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, 8:15 PM, ESPN (Giants +6.5, O/U: 48.5)

The Cowboys are coming off a huge win against divisional foes, the Eagles and are rejuvenated a bit with their bye week last week. Coming in fresh against a Giants team that is on a 4 game slide after some tough games against the Vikings, Patriots, Cardinals and Lions, the Giants look for momentum as they inch closer to their week 11 bye. Daniel Jones has looked rough in most of his starts with exception to week 3 and last week, in which last week he was 28/41 for 322 yards, 4 TD’s and zero picks. Barkley started the year hot, averaging over 10 yards until his high ankle sprain, has been average in the last 2 starts averaging less than 70 yards in both games. The Giants need to find him the ball more as he only has 3 scores (2 rushing, 1 receiving). Dak seems to be on a similar streak as he started off hot but as he’s played tougher teams (Saints, Packers and Eagles), he’s looked mediocre. In those 3 games, he has completed 67% of his passes for 925 yards but for only 3 TD’s and 5 picks. Those teams are a combined 19-7 while In his other 4 starts against teams with losing records (5-28), he’s completed 83% of his passes for 1,198 yards, 9 TD’s and 2 picks. Better teams means he’s just your run of the mill, middle of the pack starter but against weaker teams, he looks like an all-star. Take the Cowboys to win and cover handedly in the over, Cowboys 31-19.

NFL Week 9: Thursday Night Football Pick & Prediction

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium. 8:20 PM, FOX/NFLN (Cardinals +10, O/U: 43.5)

Jimmy G and Nicky B are taking a red hot 8-0 show on the road to Arizona. The Cardinals are ripe for the picking as Vegas gave a super juicy line to a banged up Cardinals offense. Kyler has wheels but can they help him avoid a surging Bosa? It’s a similar line (given the 3 point swap for being home) to the Saints line last week and we saw how that went with a less dangerous defense. Take the 49ers to cover in the over, 49ers 31-17.

NFL Week 9: Thursday Night Football Pick & Prediction

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium. 8:20 PM, FOX/NFLN (Cardinals +10, O/U: 43.5)

Jimmy G and Nicky B are taking a red hot 8-0 show on the road to Arizona. The Cardinals are ripe for the picking as Vegas gave a super juicy line to a banged up Cardinals offense. Kyler has wheels but can they help him avoid a surging Bosa? It’s a similar line (given the 3 point swap for being home) to the Saints line last week and we saw how that went with a less dangerous defense. Take the 49ers to cover in the over, 49ers 31-17.

NFL Week 8: Monday Night Football Pick & Prediction

Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, 8:15 PM, ESPN (Steelers -14, O/U: 43.5)

The Dolphins traded away another key piece of their team this morning as they traded away Kenyon Drake for a 6th round pick that can turn into a 5th round pick if conditions are met. Ballage and Walton will be the backs behind the lines tonight. Fitzpatrick has been fiery for the Fins and has kept them in games with the equally ugly Redskins and within 10 of the Bills. Some guys play hard for primetime games especially if they are unsure of their roster status for the next season.

The Steelers get impressive young QB, Mason Rudolph back from his concussion suffered a few weeks ago. He’ll be licking his chops as he doesn’t have to face Minkah Fitzpatrick as they had pulled him away from the Dolphins in a trade. The Dolphins give up an average of 35.2 points per game which could give a moral boost for a team who only scores 20.5 points on average per game. James Conner still has yet to pick up steam and JuJu Smith-Schuster has had a very slow start to his first year as the guy on the outside. The Steelers defense is starting to pick up the pace as they have come up with 15 takeaways, 8 of them picks. Look for them to turn up the pressure on a weak Dolphins offense.

Take the Steelers to cover in the over, Steelers 31-13.

NFL Week 8: Thursday Night Football Pick & Prediction

Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, 8:20 PM, FOX/NFLN (Vikings -16.5, O/U: 41.5)

The Redskins have been a mess with the only bright spot being a win against the lowly Dolphins. Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum gets the nod in a welcoming back to Minnesota to a place where he nearly took the Vikes to a super bowl birth just a few short years ago when he led them to an 11-3 record. Peterson and Thompson are both dealing with injuries so the Redskins will be relying heavily on Keenum. Kirk Cousins has seen a resurgence after his last prime time appearance. After being called out and apologizing to Adam Thielen, Cousins has thrown for at least 300 yards and have at least a 135 passer rating or better in three straight games, which makes him the first NFL quarterback to do so in history. The offense is firing on all cylinders these days as Cook has 5 games over 100 rushing yards and is right behind CMC in many statistical categories and Diggs has enjoyed 3 straight 100+ yard games after a slow start due to Cousins. This one is bound to get ugly. Take the Vikings to cover in the under, Vikings 31-10.

NFL Week 7: Sunday Games Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Giants -4, O/U: 50.5)

The Cardinals leaky defense gets Patrick Peterson back this week. Murray has had a solid start to the season even with a weak offensive line. 2-3-1 is a better than expected outcome given a rookie QB and rookie head coach. The Giants get their star running back, Saquon Barkley, back and just in time as the team is only 1 game out of 1st in the NFC East. Daniel Jones will be able to have a more balanced game behind him so that he can get back on track. Take the Giants to cover in the under, Giants 27-20.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:00 PM (Colts -1.5, O/U: 47.5)

The Texans take their top 10 offense into Indy in a battle against a division rival for the top of the AFC South. The Texans also boast the leagues best redzone offense, converting 72% of their trips into TD’s. The Colts are a middle of the road team offensively and rarely make mistakes but are not great in the redzone and also one of the league’s worst defensively in the redzone. Both teams are careful with the ball, the Colts are one of the best teams in not turning the ball over. Expect a close one. Take the Texans to cover in the win, in the over, Texans 27-24.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM (Bengals +4.5, O/U: 44.5)

The Jaguars lose one of the key parts of their defense, a shutdown corner in Ramsey. Their pass defense was middle of the road with him, I can’t imagine it will get better but the rush defense holds them strong as they’ve held on to the a top 10 spot in redzone defense, allowing less than half of the trips to end up in the endzone. Minshew is holding strong, completing 64% of his throw and keeping turnovers to a minimum (TD’s and 2 picks). The Bengals bring the worst redzone offense into this matchup as their run game still hasn’t gotten off the ground. Mixon hasn’t cracked 300 yards yet and the line has allowed 22 sacks, 3rd worst in the league. Still no Green and talks of trade create doubt in the locker room about the confidence in the team, especially being 0-6. Take the Jaguars to cover in the under, Jaguars 23-17.

Los Angeles Rams @ Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Falcons +4, O/U: 54.5)

The Rams have been on a surprising 3 game slide. During the stretch, Goof has been slumping, throwing just 3 TD’s and 4 picks. Last week he couldn’t crack 100 yards passing. The rushing game is slacking immensely as they’ve slid out of the top 5 in most offensive categories. The Rams were in the bottom half of the league in pass defense and went out to grab Jalen Ramsey to improve that. The Falcons bring to the plate, the 2nd best passing offense in the game to test the Rams newly acquired corner. The rushing game hasn’t been there for the dirty birds, in which they’ve had to rely heavily on Matty Ice. The Falcons however, bring the worst or one of the worst defenses in the league which the Rams may recover on them. Take the Falcons to cover but the Rams to win, in the over, Rams 30-27.

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 1:00 PM (Bills -17, O/U: 41.5)

Take the Bills to cover in the under, Bills 27-9.

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions, Ford Field, 1:00 PM (Lions +2.5, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Lions to cover in the win, in the under, Lions 23-20.

Oakland Raiders @ Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 1:00 PM (Packers -5.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Packers to cover in the over, Packers 27-21.

San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, 1:00 PM (Redskins +10, O/U: 39.5)

Take the 49ers to cover in the over, 49ers 31-16.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, 4:05 PM (Titans -3, O/U: 42.5)

Take the Chargers to cover in the over, Chargers 27-20.

Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, 4:25 PM (Seahawks -3, O/U: 49.5)

Take the Seahawks to cover in the over, Seahawks 31-24.

New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 4:25 PM (Bears -4, O/U: 37.5)

Take the Saints to cover but the Bears to win in the over, Bears 21-20.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 8:20 PM, NBC (Cowboys -3, O/U: 49.5)

Take the Eagles to cover and win in the over, Eagles 27-24.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • LA Rams at Atlanta – LA Rams (-2.5)
  • Houston at Indianapolis – Indianapolis (-1)
  • Arizona at NY Giants – NY Giants (-3)
  • Baltimore at Seattle – Baltimore (+3)
  • Philadelphia at Dallas – Philadelphia (+2.5)

NFL Week 6: Monday Night Football Pick & Prediction

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 8:15 PM, ESPN (Packers -3.5, O/U: 46.5)

The Lions are coming off an early bye week in time to head to Green Bay with 2 weeks to prepare for the new look Packers offense. The Lions have been slow out of the gate as they’ve had some tough matchups early on and faired pretty well, especially in the Chiefs game. Even so, they’re middle of the road in most team statistical categories. The Lions defense however has stepped up to the plate this year ranking 10th in points allowed and in the top half of the league in turnovers caused and stingy in the redzone only allowing 8 TD’s in 16 trips (50%). Stafford has protected the ball well early and has looked fairly sharp (62.4% completions, 1,122 yards, 9TD’s and only 2 picks. Stafford’s line has done well protecting him as well, better than in years past as he’s only been sacked 7 times and has been able to conduct 2 4th quarter comebacks with 1 game winning drive in his 4 games. They need to get Kerryon Johnson going however as he’s only rushed for 264 yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry and only 1 rushing TD.

The Packers are coming off another emotional win in Dallas as they move back home for a divisional rival game against an always tough Lions team who have had the better of the Pack in recent years. The Packers have quietly kept in the top half of the league on offense and only recently picked up the rushing game with the explosive performance given by Aaron Jones last week that culminated in 4 TD’s. The one aspect that the Packers have been killing teams is their redzone conversions. They rank 6th with 13 TD’s on 19 trips (68.4%). Rodgers is shockingly outside of the top 10 in passing due to a slow start and having an actual rushing game to utilize more. He’s protective as always with the ball with a 6TD to 1 pick ratio. Aaron Jones may only be averaging 60 yards a game but he’s making the most of his carries averaging 4 yards per carry and more than a 4th of them gaining key first downs but the shocking stat is his league leading 8 TD’s. Davante Adams is supposedly out a few weeks with a turf toe injury so that means more opportunities coming to the rest of the receiver depth like Valdes-Scantling, Allison, Graham, Lewis. The defense bounced back after a disappointing loss to the Eagles who took Green Bay’s rush defense to the woodshed in front of their own fans. It hasn’t negated the fact that they are still a top 10 defense. They are tied for 3rd in the league with 11 turnovers (7 off picks), and top 10 in sacks with 15.

Packers home field advantage is unlike 99% of the league where Vegas gives them a 4 point advantage instead of the traditional 3. Take the Packers to cover in the over, Packers 27-23.

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