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

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Saints -10.5, O/U: 46.5)

Take the Saints to cover in the under, Saints 28-17.

Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 1:00 PM (Bills -4.5, O/: 37.5)

Take the Bills to cover in the over, Bills 24-17.

Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, 1:00 PM (Redskins +4.5, O/U: 40.5)

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

Miami Dolphins @ Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 1:00 PM (Browns -10.5, O/U: 45.5)

Take the Dolphins to cover in the loss, in the under, Browns 21-13.

New York Giants @ Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 1:00 PM (Bears -6.5, O/U: 40.5)

Take the Giants to cover in the loss, in the under, Bears 20-17.

Oakland Raiders @ New York Jets, MetLife Stadium 1:00 PM (Jets +3.5, O/U: 45.5)

Take the Raiders to cover in the over, Raiders 28-20.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM (Bengals +6.5, O/U: 37.5)

Take the Steelers to cover in the over, Steelers 23-13.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Falcons -3.5, O/U: 51.5)

Take the Falcons to cover in the over, Falcons 31-27.

Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, 1:00 PM (Eagles -1.5, O/U: 46.5)

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

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, 4:05 PM (Titans -3.5, O/U: 41.5)

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

Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, 4:25 PM (Patriots -5.5, O/U: 44.5)

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

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 8:20 PM (49ers -3.5, O/U: 47.5)

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

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • Denver at Buffalo – Denver (+3.5)
  • NY Giants at Chicago – NY Giants (+6)
  • Oakland at NY Jets – Oakland (-3)
  • Dallas at New England – Dallas (+6.5)
  • Seattle at Philadelphia – Seattle (+1.5)

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 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.

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

Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, 1:00 PM (Bengals -3, O/U: 46.5)

The Cardinals have looked choppy at times through games, mostly in the first half but have seemingly come out in the second half and putting things together on offense. The Bengals are going to be without Green and Ross on the outside and thus basically have no weapons. Both teams have bad offensive lines but Murray has the ability to move out of the pocket and still has Kirk and Fitzgerald to throw to. Take the Cardinals to cover and win outright, in the under, Cardinals 24-17.

Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, 1:00 PM (Texans -4, O/U: 49.5)

No one can explain why the Falcons aren’t performing well with the personnel they have. Quinn seems to be on the hotseat given the weak start by the club. Their redzone figures are horrendous and their running game is non-existent which is why Ryan has thrown for over 300 yards in all 4 games. The Falcons have also committed the most penalties in the league. The Texans are coming off a bad loss to a backup quarterback at home. The Texans couldn’t move the ball and Watson was sacked 6 times which brings the season total to 18 times sacked in 4 games. Watson has taken care of the ball while completing 65% of his passes with 6 TD’s and 1 pick. The defense has been pretty good, ranking 10th in least points allowed while also forcing 8 fumbles, recovering 8 fumbles and snagging 13 sacks. Take the Texans to cover in the win and in the over, 28-23.

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, 1:00 PM (Steelers +3, O/U: 43.5)

The Ravens are coming off of 2 losses where Jackson has looked more human. He’s thrown for 596 yards for 7 TD’s and zero picks against the Dolphins and Cardinals but in the last 2 games against the Chiefs and Browns (better defenses) he’s thrown for 517 yards, 3 TD’s and 2 picks. They are still scoring (top ranked offense) but are allowing big time yardage on defense (bottom 3rd in the league on defese). The Steelers have been bottom 3rd in the league on offense as it’s evident that missing Ben, Bell and Brown have significantly hurt. Conner woke up a bit against the Bengals however it didn’t blow anyone away. The defense has kept the Steelers in 2 of 3 of their losses even though they’ve even been middle of the road compared to the rest of the league. Take the Ravens to cover in the over, Ravens 28-17.

Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium, 1:00 PM (Titans -3.5, O/U: 39.5)

The Bills Defense has really stepped up this season. They’re 5th in the league in least points allowed and 2nd in yards allowed. They’re passing has been middle of the road but the rushing duo of Gore and Singletary has been top 5 in most rushing categories. Allen has been shacky to start the season, with only having 3 TD’s against 6 picks. The Titans are an up and down team offensively, very inconsistent. The one consistent that has been very evident is that Mariota has thrown for 7 TD’s and zero picks. The offense has been pretty efficient, ranking 25 in yards but 13 in points scored. The defense is also ranked in the top half of the league. The one thing the Bills can do is make offenses make mistakes or stall their drives. Take the Bills to win outright and cover in the under, Bills 21-17.

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London, 1:00 PM (Raiders +6, O/U: 40.5)

Take the Bears to win but the Raiders cover in the under, Bears 20-17.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, 1:00 PM (Panthers -3, O/U: 40.5)

Take the Jaguars to cover in the win in the over, Jags 24-21.

Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Giants +6, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Vikings to win but the Giants to cover in the over, Vikings 27-24.

New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, 1:00 PM (Redskins +16, O/U: 41.5)

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

New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, 1:00 PM (Eagles -14, O/U: 43.5)

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Saints -3, O/U: 47.5)

Take the Saints to cover in the under, Saints 27-20.

Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers, StubHub Center, 4:05 PM (Chargers -5.5, O/U: 44.5)

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

Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 4:25 PM (Cowboys -3.5, O/U: 46.5)

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

Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, 8:20 PM, NBC (Chiefs -10.5, O/U: 55.5)

Take the Chiefs to cover in the over, Chiefs 35-23.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • Arizona at Cincinnati – Arizona (+3)
  • Tampa Bay at New Orleans – New Orleans (-3)
  • Minnesota at NY Giants – Minnesota (-4.5)
  • Chicago at Oakland – Chicago (-4.5)
  • Green Bay at Dallas – Green Bay (+3.5)

NFL Week 4: Sunday Games Picks & Predictions with Colin Cowherd’s Balzin’ 5

Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans, NRG Stadium, 1:00 PM (Texans -5.5, O/U: 47.5)

Allen gets his second start but against an always hungry defense. The Texans have been in fairly close games all season so far due to the lack of running game which gives the offense an overall inconsistency despite the excellent passing game. With all the weapons Allen has, expect the Panthers to keep it close. Take the Texans to win but the Panthers to cover in the over, Texans 27-24.

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, 1:00 PM (Ravens -7.5, O/U: 46.5)

The Browns are struggling mightily to score only averaging 16 points per game. Baker looks to have regressed with additional weapons while only completing 56.9% of his passes. The Ravens have had an offensive output unlike ever seen in this organization. They’ve averaged 36.7 points and went toe to toe with the supreme offense of the Chiefs last week in a close losing effort. Lamar Jackson has completed 63% of his passes for 863 yards, 7 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Take the Ravens to cover in the win, in the over, Ravens 31-20.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Detroit Lions, Ford Field, 1:00 PM (Lions +7, O/U: 54.5)

The Chiefs have been one of the top offensive teams in the league since week 1 of last year. This year they are averaging 33.6 points and even without Tyreek Hill the last 2 weeks. Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, Demarcus Robinsons and newly signed LeSean McCoy have all stepped up when needed. The Lions are a scrappy team who surprisingly lead the NFC North while beating a road tough Chargers and upsetting a championship team in the Eagles in their house. They come home to try their hands at another upset. Stafford has been efficient but the running game with Kerryon Johnson has been lacking which takes a dimension away from this team. Take the Chiefs to cover in the under, Chiefs 31-21.

Los Angeles Chargers @ Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, 1:00 PM (Dolphins +14, O/U: 44.5)

The Chargers are always a tough road team. They’ve missed key players and especially on defense with Derwin James. Phillip Rivers has been exceptional and especially with top target Keenan Allen, expect that to continue with Fitzpatrick now a Steeler. The Dolphins handed the keys to Rosen last week and given how bad the defense was and the many drops his receivers had, overshadowed the good things he did. Expect him to have a his best outing of the season today. Take the Chargers to cover in the under, Chargers 34-17.

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 1:00 PM (Bills +7, O/U: 41.5)

The Patriots defense has started out very strong, probably the strongest any Pats defense have ever started by blowing out the Steelers, Dolphins and the Jets, only allowing 17 points. Brady has completed 68% of his throws for 911 yards, 7 TD’s and zero picks. The rushing game hasn’t really been there but it hasn’t been needed with how efficient Brady has been. The Bills have been scrappy and impressive with wins against the Jets and Giants on the road and beating the Bengals in a close one at home. You should rarely if ever bet against Bill Belichick and the Pats even though this one will be tough for them. Take the Patriots to cover in the under, Patriots 27-17.

Oakland Raiders @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:00 PM (Colts -6.5, O/U: 46.5)

The Raiders have looked ok to start off the season. Sure they had a bad week against the Vikings but they held the Chiefs scoreless in 3 of 4 quarters the week before and beat the Broncos in week 1. Josh Jacobs has looked like an offensive rookie of the year candidate averaging 5 yards per carry. Carr has completed 73% of his passes but has 4 TD’s and 3 picks. The Colts have kept all games under a touchdown and have won 2 of them. Brissett has also completed over 70% of his passes and Marlon Mack has averaged 4.9 yards per rush on 61 carries for 299 yards. Both teams have allowed 70+ points in the first 3 weeks but the Colts have faced one team that is mediocre at best on offense where the Raiders have faced a top team in the Chiefs and held them to 28. Take the Colts to win but the Raiders to cover in the under, Colts 21-20.

Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1:00 PM (Falcons -3.5, O/U: 46.5)

Tennessee has been inconsistent as a team since drafting Mariota and having him lead this team. The one thing Mariota has done well is not throwing picks. What has helped him do that is the rushing game with Derrick Henry and Mariota’s own legs. The Falcons have been shockingly average given the big names on this offense. The rushing game has been non existent and the big performances by Julio Jones to nab 4 reception TD’s and 2 for Hooper and Ridley, to be 1-2 with 2 road games and barely coming away with a win against an Eagles team who lost their 2 top receivers in the opening quarter at home is concerning for their defense and if they can hold an average Mariota. Titans defense can be stout but I expect the better quarterback to be more careful with the ball and start to turn it around. Take the Falcons to cover in the over, Falcons 31-17

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants, MetLife Stadium, 1:00 PM (Giants -3, O/U: 48.5)

The Redskins are choppy but hang in games for some reason. Keenan is a never give up guy and is very fiery. Keenan has completed 69% of his passes despite having a big name but we may see a big name emerging for them, Terry McLaurin who has 16 catches for 257 yards and 3 scores. Chris Thompson has been amazing out of the backfield with 16 catches and 195 yards as the second leading receiver on the team. Danny Dimes has breathed life into this team but it came at the expense of losing Saquon Barkley for at least 1-2 months with a severe sprain of his ankle. Evan Engram has been their top receiver, surprisingly. Given the Barkley injury, expect this one to be close.  Big late injury report has McLaurin out for the game as well. Take the Giants to cover in the under, Giants 24-13.

Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, 4:05 PM (Cardinals +5, O/U: 47.5)

The Seahawks defense hasn’t been anywhere close to what they had been but Wilson has bailed them out with big time consistency, completing 71% of his passes for 901 yards and 7 TD’s with zero picks. Tyler Lockett has been the main target while D.K. Metcalf has emerged as another favorite target. Chris Carson has been a bruiser of a back but relatively ineffective. The Cardinals have played tough to start the season marking a tie against the Lions, going toe to toe with the Ravens and losing by less than a touchdown and suffered mightily against the Panthers at home. The defense hasn’t been great and they start slow in the first half, being outscored but have outscored opponents in the second half as you saw against the Lions. Take the Seahawks to cover in the over, Seahawks 27-21.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 4:05 PM (Rams -9, O/U: 48.5)

Jameis Winston has been highly inconsistent only completing 60% of his passes while tossing 5 TD’s and 4 picks. Ronald Jones has been a bright spot of the offense, emerging as their top back averaging 5.29 yards per carry but is not used as much as he should be given they’re often behind in games. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin have been Winston’s top receivers. A big win against the Panthers makes you question their power but their losses haven’t been terrible. The Rams are looking as powerful as ever and Cooper Kupp being back shows how much Goff missed him while catching a team best 23 passes while seeing the teams best 31 targets for a team best 267 yards and a team best 2 reception TD’s. Cooks and Woods are right behind him and are virtually seeing the same amount of targets. The duo of Gurley and Brown have been powerful and effective in mixing it up, keeping defenses on their toes. Take the Rams to cover in the over, Rams 34-23.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Denver Broncos, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 4:25 PM (Broncos -2.5, O/U: 37.5)

The Jags new found quarterback Gardner Minshew has taken the world and the meme world by storm. He’s come out firing and efficiently while also using his legs when in need. He’s been so good that Jalen Ramsey now doesn’t want to be traded. Minshew has completed 73.9% of his passes for 692 yards and 5 TD’s and just 1 pick. Fournette has been good enough when used but Minshew has 80 yards on 11 carries. DJ Chark and Chris Conley have been the top air targets with both averaging at least 16+ yards per catch, which is astounding. The Broncos thought the savior to their offensive troubles was the signing of Joe Flacco, who is trying to stave off retirement. they’ve played tough teams to start the year and have lost to them all but they weren’t terribly bad losses. He’s completed 69% of his passes but low yardage (773) and only 2 TD’s with 2 picks. Courtland Sutton has been his top target but has yet to reach the endzone while Emmanuel Sanders is showing he still has it being the second favorite target and 2 scores. With all of the big time players on this defense and defensive front, they are without a sack, which is a big deal! Take the Jaguars to cover in the win, in the over, Jaguars 24-21.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 4:25 PM (Bears -1, O/U: 38.5)

The Vikings have been an up and down team so far this year, beating 2 teams that are also inconsistent and tough. It almost seems like the Vikings don’t want Cousins to throw the ball given his inconsistencies, completing only 59% of his passes for 3 TD’s and 2 picks. Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison have been the real leaders of this offense with over 500 yards combined, both averaging over 5 yards per carry and 5 TD’s. The Bears offense has been stagnant and also don’t fully trust Trubisky throwing the ball. The best quote about him was from the Packers Tramon Williams who said the key to their planning on defense was making Trubisky play quarterback. If that doesn’t scare you about your QB situation, I don’t know what will. Take the Bears to win in the under, Bears 20-17.

Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 8:20 PM (Saints +3, O/U: 48.5)

Dak has been unbelievable to start the year, completing 75% of his passes for 920 yards, 9 TD’s and 2 picks.  He’s playing for a contract so expect him to be at the top of his game against a banged up Saints defense.  Zeke has been averaging over 5 yards per carry. Cooper, Gallup and Cobb have been going nuts on the offense and have seen many targets because it’s just too tough to cover all of them.  Bridgewater shocked everyone in the Seattle game with the win but he didn’t look great.  Going against a much tougher defense will expose him greatly.  Take the Cowboys to cover in the over, Cowboys 31-24.

Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5:

  • Tennessee at Atlanta – Tennessee (+3.5)
  • Cleveland at Baltimore – Baltimore (-7)
  • Oakland at Indianapolis – Oakland (+6.5)
  • Seattle at Arizona – Arizona (+5.5)
  • Dallas at New Orleans – New Orleans (+2.5)

NFL Week 3: Sunday Picks, Predictions & Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5

Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:00 PM, CBS (Colts -1.5, O/U: 47.5)

Brissett is off to a great start even though he’s only thrown for 336 yards but he has completed 64% of his passes with 5 TD’s and only 1 pick. TY has been his biggest target, nearly racking up half of those passing yards and 3 of those TD’s. TY is listed as questionable but it’s the Colts’ first home game without Luck so expect that crowd to be very supportive of a 1-1 team looking to beat a solid Falcons team to move above .500. The Falcons looked horrible in Minnesota and barely held off a very banged up Eagles team at home. With essentially no running game, they’ve had to heavily rely on Matty-Ice very early on and he’s been up and down. Ryan has completed 67% of his passes but is 1:1 on the TD/INT ratio (5/5). Take the Colts to cover in the win, in the under, Colts 23-20.

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, 1:00 PM, CBS (Chiefs -5.5, O/U: 52.5)

You can’t crown Lamar Jackson just yet. He’s taken it to the weak Dolphins and barely pushed past the lacking Cardinals. He’s played well, completing 72% of his passes for 596 yards, 7 TD’s and no picks. He’s going to go pass for pass with Mahomes but Mahomes has better weapons. It might not have looked like it but the Chiefs struggled 3 out of 4 quarters against the Raiders. A massive record breaking 2nd quarter pushed Patrick and the Chiefs to a lead they would hold the rest of the game. Back at home, the Chiefs will look to assert their explosiveness again. Take the Chiefs to cover in the win, in the over, Chiefs 34-24.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Buffalo Bills, New Era Field, 1:00 PM, CBS (Bills -6, O/U: 43.5)

I don’t know what to make of the Bengals. Dalton has over 700 yards, 4TD’s/1 INT and completed 66% of his passes. The running game has lacked severely which only has 54 yards between their 2 backs. John Ross has emerged as the top target in Green’s absence. A close lose to the Seahawks on the road but a bad loss at home vs the 49ers has everyone wondering who they really are. The Bills will be without stud rookie running back Devin Singletary. Josh Allen has been grinding through the first 2 games, not playing stellar but efficient enough to win both games on the road. The Bills Mafia will be in full hysteria over a 2-0 start. Take the Bills to win but the Bengals to cover in the under, Bills 20-17.

Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field, 1:00 PM, FOX (Packers -7.5, O/U: 43.5)

The Broncos have had a rough start to the season after an opening night loss to the Raiders and a heartbreaking loss to the Bears last week. Flacco has looked every bit as mediocre as his time in Baltimore but have had good support from the running game with the surprise leading rusher being Royce Freeman. The defense has not been able to record a sack even with star Von Miller. The Packers are off to a fast start even though the first game was very rocky for the new offense but to start 2-0 against a very good Bears and Vikings defenses is a huge start. A big issue with the offense is the sacks allowed and the pressure Rodgers has seen early on. They’ve allowed 7 sacks for negative 55 yards which has contributed to being 7/27 on 3rd downs and 9 three and out drives. The defense has proven how much their improved and that’s really what has helped them stay in games as they continue to get in sync with the new offense. Take the Packers to cover in the win, in the over, Packers 30-21.

Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, 1:00 PM, FOX (Eagles -5.5, O/U: 45.5)

The Lions are coming off a hard fought win against the Chargers at home. Stafford has been very efficient early on as Kerryon Johnson has a slower start to the season than he would like. Stafford has been hooking up with Golladay and rookie tight end sensation TJ Hockenson (even though he only had 1 catch on 3 targets for only 7 yards in week 2). The defense is off to a fast start with 6 sacks and 2 picks. The Eagles are really banged up, so banged up that they had to cancel practice and just do a walk through during the week. No Desean Jackson, Jordan Mailata, or Corey Clement after last weeks rash of injuries. Still banged up but at least probable or questionable to play is Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert. All of whom were injured, most in the 1st quarter of last weeks game. Wentz has been rusty to start and even took a few shots that fans were hoping he’d be ok from but with fast starts with Jackson, Ertz and Agholor, it’s only a matter of time until he is on fire, so long as he can stay healthy. Take the Lions to cover in the win, in the under, Lions 23-21.

Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, 1:00 PM, FOX (Cowboys -22, O/U: 46.5)

In my opinion, no analysis is going to persuade you in this one. Take the Cowboys to cover and in the under, Cowboys 30-10.

New York Jets @ New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, 1:00 PM, CBS (Patriots -21, O/U: 43.5)

I have a similar feeling about the Jets as I do the Dolphins except the Jets have Le’Veon Bell. Like my prediction with the Pats/Dolphins last week, expect the Pats to run up the score on a divisional foe. With Belichick, the uglier the score, the better. Take the Patriots to cover and in the over, Patriots 35-13.

Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, 1:00 PM, FOX (Vikings -9, O/U: 43.5)

Take the Raiders to cover but the Vikings to win in the over, Vikings 27-20.

Carolina Panthers @ Arizona Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, 4:05 PM, FOX (Cardinals -2.5, O/U: 44.5)

Take the Cardinals to cover in the under, Cardinals 23-20.

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, 4:05 PM, FOX (Buccs -6, O/U: 47.5)

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

Houston Texans @ Los Angeles Chargers, StubHub Center, 4:25 PM, CBS (Chargers -3 O/U: 49.5)

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

New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, 4:25 PM, CBS (Seahawks -4.5, O/U: 45.5)

Take the Seahawks to cover in the under, Seahawks 27-17.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 4:25 PM, CBS (49ers -6.5, O/U: 44.5)

Take the 49ers to win but the Steelers to cover in the under, 49ers 27-21.

Los Angeles Rams @ Cleveland Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, 8:20 PM, NBC (Browns +3, O/U: 47.5)

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

Colin Cowherd’s Blazing 5:

  • Baltimore at Kansas City – Kansas City (-5)
  • Detroit at Philadelphia – Detroit (+6)
  • NY Giants at Tampa Bay – NY Giants (+6)
  • Pittsburgh at San Francisco – Pittsburgh (+6.5)
  • LA Rams at Cleveland – LA Rams (-3.5)