NFL Week 14: Sunday Games Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 1:00 PM (Bills +6.5, O/U: 44.5)

 The Bills have a pretty good defense and that stadium has forced the Patriots into close games.  Jackson is too dynamic, however.  Take the Ravens to cover in the under, Ravens 27-20.

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Falcons -3.5, O/U: 47.5)

 The Panthers dealt their team a coaching change before the end of the season and before they were officially eliminated from the playoffs, hopefully it changes the attitude of the team as well.  You don’t know which Falcons team you’ll get but they did spank the Panthers in their house a few weeks ago.  Take the Panthers to cover in the win, in the over, Panthers 27-24.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 1:00 PM (Browns -6.5, O/U: 42.5)

The Bengals are struggling so much that they threw Dalton back in under center.  The move seemed to have worked as they won their first game of the season handedly against the Jets.  The Browns couldn’t stop the Duck last week and for a defense that is supposed to be a top 10 defense on paper, they got embarrassed.  Take the Bengals to cover in the loss, in the under, Browns 20-14.

Denver Broncos @ Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, 1:00 PM (Texans -9.5, O/U: 43.5)

  The Broncos have been in almost all of their losses this year and without solid quarterback play.  Their defense has been the workhorse given that the offense sputters most of their drives.  Watson has been outstanding this year even while dealing with a cleat to the eye earlier this year.  Carlos Hyde is quietly having a career year while sharing the workload with Duke.  Hyde has never cracked the 1,000 yard mark and is poised to do so in 2019.  Take the Texans to cover in the over, Texans 31-20.

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, 1:00 PM (Vikings -11.5, O/U: 44.5)

Take the Vikings to cover in the over, Vikings 31-17.

Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, 1:00 PM (Buccs -3.5, O/U: 47.5)

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

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Jets -5.5, O/U: 46.5)

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

San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Saints -1.5, O/U: 45.5)

 Take the 49ers to cover in the win, in the under, 49ers 23-20.

Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 1:00 PM (Packers -13.5, O/U: 42.5)

Take the Packers to cover in the over, Packers 31-17.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field, 4:05 PM (Jaguars +3.5, O/U: 42.5)

 Take the Jaguars to cover in the win, in the under, Jaguars 21-17.

Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, 4:25 PM (Patriots -3.5, O/U: 49.5)

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

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, 4:25 PM (Cardinals +2.5, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Steelers to cover in the over, Steelers 27-24.

Tennessee Titans @ Oakland Raiders, Oakland Coliseum, 4:25 PM (Raiders +3.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Raiders to cover in the over, Raiders 27-24.

Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 8:20 PM, NBC (Rams -1.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Seahawks to cover in the over, Seahawks 31-28.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • Baltimore @ Buffalo – Baltimore (-6)
  • Cincinnati @ Cleveland – Browns (-7.5)
  • Denver @ Houston – Houston (-8.5)
  • Kansas City @ New England – New England (-3.5)
  • Pittsburgh @ Arizona – Pittsburgh (-2.5)

NFL Week 13: Monday Night Football Pick & Prediction

Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, 8:15 PM, ESPN (Seahawks -2.5, O/U: 48.5)

The Vikings are on a tear since Cousins retrained himself on how to throw the ball. They are 6-1 in their last 7 games and Cousins is averaging 289 yards/game and 2.5 TD’s/game. With just 3 picks on the year, he’s only thrown 1 in that 7 game stretch (18/1 during the last 7 games). Dalvin Cook broke 1,000 in their last game and is now averaging 92.5 yards per game rushing with another 455 yards receiving (41 yards/game) for roughly 133 yards from scrimmage per game. Cook is still on the heels of McCaffrey in terms of scrimmage yards (1,472 to McCaffrey’s 1,811). The Vikes defense is still holding in the top 5 in many categories however they are middle of the road in sacks and turnovers created.

The Seahawks are starting to climb the ranks in turnovers but are still having trouble getting to the quarterback, but have improved a bit since bringing Clowney on board a few weeks ago. Russell Wilson is still playing top notch ball behind center and still has an amazing 24/3 TD to pick ratio. Carson was slowed last week after their bye week when they played in Philly. Carson had just 26 yards after averaging 85+ yards per game before the bye. Wilson will more than likely crack the 3,000 yard mark tonight as well as Lockett and Carson have really good chances at cracking the 1,000 yard mark (receiving & rushing) as well.

Take the Seahawks to cover in prime time at home, in the over, Seahawks 28-24.

NFL Week 13: Sunday Games Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

 

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, 1:00 PM (Steelers +2.5, O/U: 39.5)

The Browns are riding a three game winning streak and are back in the hunt for the division. Baker Mayfield, who’s play has been questionable all year long has thrown 7 TD’s and just 1 pick during the winning streak and OBJ finally snaps the 8 game TD drought last week. Steelers are banged up at the skills positions (Conner & Smith-Schuster are questionable). Hodges Will start after getting the team going last week after a poor start against a bad Bengals team. Even without Garrett, the Browns defense is solid and especially if Conner is listed as out. Take the Browns to cover in the over, Browns 24-20.

Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Giants +6.5, O/U: 43.5)

The Packers come into this game losing 2 of the last 3 (both losses on the road) and really looked bad in LA and San Fran after ripping off 7 wins in their first 8 games. The 49ers defense looked alive and held Rodgers to 104 yards despite completing 20 passes. The third down parts of those games were not great for the Packers. Given that the Packers have been fine on the road versus bad teams, they should bounce back in New York. The Giants also had troubles on third down last week (1 for 12) against a struggling Bears team, and still, narrowly lost. Barkley has been having a hard time getting out of the gates in most games this year and the struggles have just continued throughout each week. Daniel Jones had an amazing game against the Jets before the teams bye week but came out flat last week on the road, post bye week. The Positives he can build off of, are that he went consecutive starts without throwing a pick for the first time in his career and in those last 2 games, he has 6 TD’s. Take the Packers to cover in the over, Packers 31-17.

New York Jets @ Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM (Bengals +3.5, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Jets to cover in the under, Jets 17-10.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, 1:00 PM (Dolphins +10.5, O/U: 44.5)

Take the Eagles to cover in the under, Eagles 24-13.

San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, 1:00 PM (Ravens -5.5, O/U: 45.5)

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville Jaguars, TIAA Bank Field, 1:00 PM (Jaguars +2.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Buccs to cover in the over, Buccs 27-23.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:00 PM (Colts -1.5, O/U: 41.5)

Take the Colts to cover in the over, Colts 24-20.

Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, 1:00 PM (Panthers -10.5, O/U: 39.5)

Take the Redskins to cover but in the loss, in the under, Panthers 21-14.

Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, 4:05 PM (Cardinals +3.5, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Cardinals to cover in the under, Cardinals 21-17.

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, 4:25 PM (Chiefs -11.5, O/U: 49.5)

Take the Raiders to cover in the loss, in the over, Chiefs 31-24.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 4:25 PM (Broncos +3.5, O/U: 38.5)

Take the Chargers to cover in the over, Chargers 24-20.

New England Patriots @ Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, 8:20 PM, NBC (Texans +3.5, O/U: 46.5)

Take the Patriots to cover in the under, Patriots 24-20.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • San Francisco at Baltimore – Baltimore (-5.5)
  • Washington at Carolina – Carolina (-9.5)
  • Oakland at Kansas City – Oakland (+9.5)
  • Philadelphia at Miami – Miami (+9.5)
  • LA Rams at Arizona – Arizona (+3)

NFL Week 13: Thanksgiving Games Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions, Ford Field, 12:30 PM, FOX (Lions +5.5, O/U: 37.5)

Mitchell Trubisky has had a extremely rough season and has dealt with much criticism of his play (or lack thereof). Last week he stepped up a bit from his own grave and threw for a score and ran for another while also posting his first 250 yard passing game for the first time in 4 weeks. He’s been the handcuff of the offense that has above average offensive talent at most positions. The generational defense that the Bears have, have kept them in nearly every game (7 of their 11 games), as 7 of their 11 game decisions (win or lose), have been within 1 score or less.

The Lions will be without Stafford for the 4th straight game and they will actually turn to 3rd stringer, David Blough, as Jeff Driskel will back him up as he’s been having hamstring issues all week. Not having Kerryon Johnson has been a big loss for this offense, losing Stafford was icing on the cake. The Lions defense can also get at the quarterback with the likes of Devon Kennard and Trey Flowers, who have 6 and 5 sacks respectfully. The rest of the defense has produced 12 sacks but have not had much success in turning over the ball through the air, with just 15 takeaways, 4 by way of interceptions.

Get your Thanksgiving naps in early, for this one, you can afford to miss. Take the Bears to cover in the under, Bears 20-13.

Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 4:30 PM, CBS (Cowboys -6.5, O/U: 47.5)

The Bills caught people by a bit of a surprise as they come into this matchup 8-3 and holding on to 2nd in the AFC East, vying for a playoff spot via a wildcard slot. Sure they’ve played and beat the Dolphins twice but signature games were at home against the Pats, losing by only 6 and beating the Titans on the road (who usually paly tough at home), losing a close one (by a field goal) in Cleveland against their tough defense, and last week at home against a surprisingly resilient Broncos team. Allen could play better but his grit gives this team juice to keep fighting. The tandem of Gore and Singletary has produced over 1,000 yards and 4 TD’s combined on the ground while Allen adds another 350+ yards and 7 additional rushing scores. Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson have combined for 11 sacks on a defense that gets after the quarterback a lot (33 team sacks). Tre’Davious White leads the team in picks with 4 but the team only has caused 13 turnovers.

The Cowboys are coming off a tough loss to the Patriots but to hold Brady to just 13 points is a small victory as it greatly frustrated him in the postgame interviews. Dak is having an exceptional year, already over 3,400 yards with 21 TD’s. Zeke has nearing the 1,000 yard mark and could cross it with a solid game today. He also adds 7 scores to the stat sheet while his impressive backup, Tony Pollard, has kept the rushing yards average high in his limited duty (4.67 yards per carry). The 2 headed monster on the outside of the offense Cooper/Gallup, have benefited from Dak’s play as they seem to be racing each other for the first guy to cross 1,000 yards receiving as Cooper has racked up 886 yards and 7 scores while Gallup has tallied 733 yards and 3 scores. Sprinkle in Cobb (581 yards, 3 scores) and you could get pretty damn close to having 3 receivers with 1,000 yards. Their defense also likes to gobble up quarterbacks with their 27.5 sacks with Robert Quinn leading the way with 9.5 on his own. The one caveat is that most of the quarterbacks they’ve faced have been pocket passers whereas Allen likes to move, frequently.

This will be a tough test for the Bills, certainly their toughest road game of the year. Pull up the TV to the table or take your dinner scraps into the den/living room, because this will be one you want to see. Take the Bills to cover in the loss, in the over, Cowboys 27-24.

New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 8:20 PM, NBC (Falcons +7.5, O/U: 48.5)

Who Dat Nation heads a few hours East for the Thanksgiving finale. Bridgewater kept them viable in the NFC South and Brees has kept that momentum going since his return as he started with 400 yards while throwing 2 TD’s and 2 picks in the first game and a quarter into the second game but has nearly 1,200 yards, with 9 TD’s and just 2 picks since coming back. Kamara has been splitting rushing duties with Murray and they’ve compiled a nice season already, combining for over 1,000 yards and 6 TD’s on the ground. Murray has freed up Kamara to do his thing in the passing game more this season as he’s had 60 catches for 421 yards and a score there as well, as he’s seen his targets tick upwards with Brees back. Michael Thomas is essentially their only receiver worthy of a look every single play and it’s shown on the stat sheet as he’s gained 124 targets, catching 104 of them for 1,242 yards and 6 TD’s. That’s usually a seasons worth for really good receivers and we’re only through week 12. The Defense has been huge this year as well with 30 sacks, lead by Cam Jordan (9.5 of his own) and Marcus Williams who has a team leading 4 picks. The impressive wins have already been racked up against the Texans, Seahawks (in Seattle), Cowboys, Bears (in Chicago) and Panthers and tonight they look to exact revenge from the loss the Falcons gave them just 3 weeks ago.

The Falcons are just 3-8 after coming into this season with playoff aspirations. Coach Dan Quinn was on the hotseat after dropping 6 straight after a 1-1 start but they are 2-1 since the bye week. One can make a case for the tough schedule as they played the likes of the Vikings, Eagles, Texans, Rams and Seahawks outside of their conference, in which they went 1-3 in those games. The turnaround was the bye week and coming out of the Saints game with a win. Matty Ice is nearing 3,000 yards and has 18TD’s to 10 picks. He has still stayed confident through all of this year as he’s completed 67% of his passes. The lack of a running attack has lopsided this offense and has put more pressure on Ryan to do more, which could explain some of the picks. Freeman, a once stud in the backfield, has severely dropped off the last few season as this year he only has 371 yards on 107 carries and still has yet to find the endzone on the ground. Julio Jones (64 catches for 950 yards & 4 TD’s), Calvin Ridley (50 catches for 699 yards & 6 TD’s) and Austin Hooper (56 catches for 608 yards & 6 TD’s) have given Ryan plenty to be thankful for as far as targets go. The defense has been ok at times but very lacking at other times. They have a few good pass rushers in Grady Jarrett (5.5 sacks), Vic Beasley (4 sacks) & Adrian Clayborn (4 sacks) but overall as a defense, their spotty.

Take the Saints to exact revenge and serve up the final loss of the day, in the over, Saints 31-20.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • San Francisco at Baltimore – Baltimore (-5.5)
  • Washington at Carolina – Carolina (-9.5)
  • Oakland at Kansas City – Oakland (+9.5)
  • Philadelphia at Miami – Miami (+9.5)
  • LA Rams at Arizona – Arizona (+3)

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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)