Colin Cowherd's 'Blazin' 5' NFL picks is one of the best segments on all of Fox Sports, and arguably the most highly anticipated weekly installment in sports television.
Colin gives his five best NFL gambling picks for the upcoming week every Friday at 1 pm ET/10 am PT during the NFL season and has been touted as one of the winningest commentators in all of media.
After going 45-33-2 on his Blazin' 5 in 2018, concluded 2019 with a record of 42-41-3 (Colin made a bonus pick in Week 15).
Week 17 – December 27th
Miami 27, New England 24: Colin LOSES on Patriots -16.5
Los Angeles Chargers 21, Kansas City 31: Colin LOSES on Chargers +8.5
Cleveland 23, Cincinnati 33: Colin LOSES on Browns -3
San Francisco 26, Seattle 21: Colin LOSES on Seahawks +3.5
Philadelphia 34, Giants 17: Colin LOSES on Giants +4
Week 17 Record: 0-5
Blazin’ 5 Record: 42-41-3
(No video segment in Week 17, information provided by the writer, not Colin Cowherd)
Dolphins at Patriots (SPREAD: NE -16.5)
New England still needs one more victory to clinch a bye in playoffs, as the Chiefs are just a game back of the Patriots and holding onto a potential tie-breaker for the no. 2 seed from a Week 14 victory at Foxboro. Both Kansas City and New England play in the 1pm ET time slot, so it's not like the Patriots will be resting starters depending on the outcome of the Chiefs game had the starts of both games been staggered. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 43-0 in Week 2 in a game Josh Rosen started. Dolphins are 4-4 since starting the season 0-7.
Colin's Pick: New England -16.5 LOST
Chargers at Chiefs (SPREAD: KC -8.5)
The Chiefs would grab the number 2 seed and a bye in the AFC playoffs with a victory over the Chargers AND a Dolphins upset win over the Patriots. The Chiefs have locked up the AFC West division but could drop to the no. 4 seed in the AFC with a loss AND a Texans victory over the Titans (Texans own tiebreaker after beating Chiefs in Week 6). Week 17 could be the final game for Philip Rivers in a Chargers uniform. The Chargers have announced that star offensive lineman Russell Okung will NOT play.
Colin's Pick: Los Angeles +8.5 LOST
Browns at Bengals (SPREAD: CLE -3.0)
The Bengals have already locked up the no. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft, so any perceived threat to tank the final game is already voided. Could be Freddie Kitchens' final game as head coach of the Browns. Despite being limited in practice this week, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are expected to play (Landry has reportedly been playing with a fractured vertebrae for the entire season). Game will likely be quarterback Andy Dalton's final game as a Bengal in a home sendoff before they draft LSU QB Joe Burrow no. 1 overall. Teams played in Week 14 (Dalton started at QB), and Browns won 27-19.
Colin's Pick: Cleveland -3 LOST
49ers at Seahawks (SPREAD: SF -3.5)
Arguably the biggest game of the regular season considering the winner takes takes home the NFC West division, and the loser gets knocked down to the no. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs to become a road team in the Wild Card round. San Francisco would clinch the no. 1 seed in the NFC with a victory, while Seattle needs a win AND losses by the Saints [ vs. Panthers] AND Packers [vs. Lions] on Sunday. Seattle's two leading rushers Chris Carson (1,230 yards) and Rashaad Penny (370 yards) are out for the year, so Marshawn Lynch will attempt coming out of retirement to save Seattle's third ranked rushing attack. Jadeveon Clowney says he's playing in Week 17. Seattle won their Week 11 matchup at San Francisco in overtime, 27-21."
Colin's Pick: Seattle +3.5 LOST
Eagles at Giants (SPREAD: PHI -4.0)
Eagles capture the NFC East with a win, but will be knocked out with a loss in New York and a Dallas victory at home over Washington. Giants have not made any commitments to Pat Shurmur in what could be his last game as Giants head coach. There will be no final swan song for Eli Manning, as Daniel Jones will start coming off a five touchdown and no interception game versus the Redskins in Week 16. Superstar Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will NOT play in the game after suffering broken ribs last week, and wideouts Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are still out as well. Saquon Barkley will start at running back for New York.
Colin's Pick: New York +4 LOST
Week 16 – December 20th
Baltimore 31, Cleveland 15: Colin WINS on Ravens -9
Cincinnati 35, Miami 38: Colin WINS on Dolphins +1
Pittsburgh 10, New York 16: Colin WINS on Jets +3
Dallas 9, Philadelphia 17: Colin LOSES on Cowboys -2
Kansas City 26, Chicago 6: Colin WINS on Chiefs -6
Week 16 Record: 4-1
Blazin’ 5 Record: 42-36-3
Ravens at Browns (SPREAD: BAL -9.0)
"I'm going to take Baltimore. We talk a lot about Baltimore's offense but their defense has been absolutely sensational since Marcus Peters arrived. During their 10-game winning streak they're first, second, or third in virtually everything, including quarterback hits per game. Baker Mayfield has looked very gun shy the last 6 weeks and he's tired of getting hit. Cleveland is a team that allows you to run the football; they're allowing 135 yards on the ground this year. The last time they played Marcus Peters didn't play and they were still trying to define their offense. Nick Chubb was unbelievable in that game, too. Moral of the story? September is not December and I like Baltimore to win going away, 33-20, and I think it could potentially be worse than that."
Colin's Pick: Ravens (-9) WON
Bengals at Dolphins (SPREAD: CIN -1.0)
"I really like Miami here, it's close to a PICK 'EM or Miami +1. Miami is at home on a holiday weekend and I don't think Cincinnati is very well-coached. Miami on the other hand is not great but they ARE well-coached. After their disastrous start Brian Flores was trying to figure out their personnel and in their last 7 games they're 3-4. And In their last 10 games against the spread they're 7-3. Since Week 9, Ryan Fitzpatrick has twice as many touchdown passes than interceptions and he's completing 63% of this throws. Fitzpatrick is a gamer, he's tough, and he can move. I think Miami wins this game and this is one of the rare times I love a team who is considered a bad football team. I'm taking the Dolphins to win 24-20."
Colin's Pick: Dolphins (+1) WON
Steelers at Jets (SPREAD: PIT -3.0)
"I like the Jets +3. Everyone sold their Jets stock after Sam Darnold's 'ghost' comments against New England, but Darnold is -- even in losses -- actually playing very well. Since Week 9, Darnold has a 62% completion percentage, 12 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, a 95 passer rating, and two rushing touchdowns. And that's with the worst offensive line in football, Darnold is not the issue. I love the Steelers' front seven, but in the four games that Devlin Hodges has played in this year he's got more interceptions than touchdowns. Pittsburgh only gives you one offensive touchdown a week with this guy, and the Jets are fairly healthy and have been impressive at home. Pittsburgh has been exposed as a totally limited offense. I'm taking the Jets to win outright, 26-23."
Colin's Pick: Jets (+3) WON
Cowboys at Eagles (SPREAD: DAL -2.0)
"I'm taking Dallas -2. I like the number here, if it was -3.5 I'd probably stay away. Carson Wentz is having a much better year than everyone says, but Philadelphia just can't beat you over the top. The last couple weeks against below average teams, their defense can't take the ball away and that's what worries me. If you just let Dak do his little comeback patterns and let Zeke run the ball, Dallas could dominate time of possession. The last couple weeks defensively, Philadelphia has been awful. Dallas is 5-0 when they run for over 172 yards, and Ezekiel Elliott has OWNED the Eagles' defensive front. I love Fletcher Cox but he hasn't had a great year by his standards, and the Cowboys offensive line is finally healthy. The entire Dallas staff gets fired if they don't win this game and there is unbelievable urgency. I think Prescott's injury actually forces Dak to not get cute and run the football. I think Dallas wins by a touchdown here."
Colin's Pick: Cowboys (-2) LOST
Chiefs at Bears (SPREAD: KC -6.0)
“I'll easily swallow the points here and take Kansas City -6. What is Chicago playing for? Kansas City has sneakily become the second hottest team in the league after Baltimore. The last four games, they're 4-0, and 4-0 against the spread. We talk about the offense but since their bye in Week 12 their defense has been really good. Since Week 12, their defense is number one in fewest points allowed, and fifth in fewest yards allowed. The Bears can win games but in their last 10 games against the spread, they're 2-8. Their games are ugly and the game has to be played a certain way for Chicago to win. I didn't think the Chiefs were very good situationally against the Patriots but they still went into New England and won. Now they go in Chicago and face a choppy Bears team who is not as good as New England and is not playing for anything. I like Kansas City to win 30-21."
Colin's Pick: Chiefs (-6) WON
Week 15 – December 13th
Seattle 30, Carolina 24: Colin PUSHES on Seahawks -6.
Chicago 13, Green Bay 21: Colin LOSES on Bears +4.5
Houston 24, Tennessee 21: Colin WINS on Texans +3.5
Jacksonville 20, Oakland 16: Colin LOSES on Raiders -6.5
Los Angeles Rams 21, Dallas 44: Colin LOSES on Rams -1
[Bonus Pick] Buffalo 17, Pittsburgh 10: Colin WINS on Bills +2
Week 15 Record: 2-3-1
Blazin’ 5 Record: 38-35-3
Blazin' 5: Colin Cowherd Gives His Five Best NFL Bets For Week 15 (December 13th) (Full Segment at Bottom of Page)
Colin's 2019 Blazin' 5 Record Through 14 Weeks: 36-32-2 (Last week 4-1)
Seahawks at Panthers (SPREAD: SEA -6)
"I'm taking Seattle -6. They're an excellent road team and I'm picking the Seahawks to win by more than six. I'm told that Ron Rivera's firing did not go over well in the locker room and I think David Tepper made a mistake on that and will pay the price. Don't worry about the road with Seattle, Russell Wilson has been a better road quarterback than home quarterback. On the road he's completing 70% of his throws and has put up a 103 passer rating. Here's the thing that would scare you if you're a Carolina fan -- Seattle's defense has 29 takeaways, that's third best in the NFL. Carolina gives it away more than almost anyone else in the NFL and turnovers will be a factor. Seattle wins 28-20."
Colin's Pick: Seahawks (-6) PUSH
Bears at Packers (SPREAD: GB -4.5)
"I'm going to take the Bears +4.5. Do you know that Green Bay, even with that great record, has been OUTGAINED this year? Mitch Trubisky has limitations but since Week 10 Matt Nagy and the staff have figured out what works and what doesn't. He's up to a 66% completion percentage, a passer rating in the mid-90's, and he's run for a couple touchdowns. The Bears defense the last two years versus Green Bay has only given up 17 points per game against Aaron Rodgers. I like the coach for the Bears and the defense for the Bears; bet the number here. It's too many points to give the Bears. I'm going to take Green Bay to win at Lambeau on a late field goal, 24-23."
Colin's Pick: Bears (+4.5) LOST
Texans at Titans (SPREAD: TEN -3.5)
"I'm going to take the Texans +3.5. I have a rule -- one NFL team every week is humiliated and just has their doors blown off. As long as that team has a good quarterback, take them the following week when most fans bail on them. The Texans are fine. Are they inconsistent? Oh, God, yes. Are they bad? Oh, NO. Following a loss this year they're 4-0, averaging over 28 a game, and rushing for over 130 yards per game. Their offense is ranked 9th overall in the NFL and they are all over the map, but this is a MUST-WIN for them. I like Tennessee and we're going nuts on Ryan Tannehill but I'm taking the Texans to win 27-26."
Colin's Pick: Texans (+3.5) WON
Jaguars at Raiders (SPREAD: OAK -6.5)
"I'm taking the Raiders -6.5. I think the Jaguars have already quit on their head coach Doug Marrone and the minute they traded Jalen Ramsey it didn't play well in that locker room. Not only are the Jaguars losing but they're losing against the spread and not even tackling well anymore. On the road they're atrocious, and don't forget that this is the last game for the Raiders in Oakland. This is going to be a team who wants to celebrate and this is going to be a very big game. It's a celebration of Oakland and the Raiders, and this team is going to come out with their hair on fire and play a great game. I'm picking Raiders 33, Jaguars 23 in a game that won't feel close."
Colin's Pick: Raiders (-6.5) LOST
Rams at Cowboys (SPREAD: LAR -1.0)
“I like the Rams -1 and basically for one reason -- when veteran defensive coordinators, Wade Phillips: Rams, face a young newbie, Kellen Moore: 31, it's been a mismatch. It's not the better teams beating Dallas, it's the most veteran defensive coordinators OWNING Kellen Moore. The Rams are a very good road team and are 5-1, while the Cowboys have lost four of five. The offense for the Rams has turned it around. Since Jalen Ramsey has arrived in Week 7, the Rams lead the NFL in sacks and are third for least fewest yards allowed. I'm picking the Rams to win 28-23.
Colin's Pick: Rams (-1) LOST
Bills at Steelers (SPREAD: PIT -2.0)
I'm taking Buffalo +2 at Pittsburgh. These teams are very similar: excellent coaching staffs and most of the talent on defense, but I get a significantly better quarterback with the Bills and I get points. This 'Duck' guy on Pittsburgh is an adorable story, I mean the guy won the Alabama state duck calling contest, but Pittsburgh's offense since Week 10 is atrocious. The Bills defense has held their opponents to 21 points or less in 11 of their 13 games, and that includes playing teams like the Patriots and Ravens. This defense for Buffalo is exceptional and this offense for Pittsburgh is a mess. Bills win 24-13."
Colin's Pick: Bills (+2) WON
Week 14 – December 6th
Baltimore 24, Buffalo 17: Colin WINS on Ravens -6.
Cincinnati 19, Cleveland 27: Colin WINS on Browns -7.5
Denver 38, Houston 24: Colin WINS on Broncos +8.5
Kansas City 23, New England 16: Colin WINS on Chiefs +3.5
Pittsburgh 23, Arizona 17: Colin LOSES on Cardinals +2.5
Week 14 Record: 4-1
Blazin’ 5 Record: 36-32-2
Ravens at Bills (SPREAD: BAL -6)
"I LOVE Baltimore -6. I don't care if this game is in Buffalo, Lamar Jackson has 14 touchdowns and 3 picks on the road this year; he's been a GREAT road QB. Baltimore is a great 'early' team and has a 151-79 edge on opponents in the first half. What does that mean? It means Josh Allen is going to be playing from behind. He's still young and in terms of accuracy, he's still hit and miss. Buffalo is coming off their biggest win of the DECADE last week against Dallas and they're a young team who will pull back. Baltimore won last week against San Francisco but they don't think they played particularly well. They're still fighting for that number one seed and I like the Ravens to win comfortably, 30-20."
Colin's Pick: Ravens (-6) WON
Bengals at Browns (SPREAD: CLE -7.5)
"I'll take the Browns -7.5. Freddie Kitchens gets exposed when he faces a Pete Carroll, Sean McVay, Bill Belichick, or a Mike Tomlin, but this week he faces Zac Taylor and there is no big coaching advantage. However, there is a HUGE personnel advantage. Cleveland has a very good defensive front with or without Myles Garrett. The Bengals have a BAD offensive line, and the Browns defense is top 5 or top 6 in a lot of categories. Kitchens and his staff are coaching for their lives; Cincinnati's is in tact. Baker Mayfield has played the Bengals well in the past and I'll take the Browns to win 32-23 and COVER."
Colin's Pick: Browns (-7.5) WON
Broncos at Texans (SPREAD: HOU -8.5)
"I LOVE this pick, I'll take Denver +8.5. The Texans, like the Bills, are coming off one of their biggest wins of the decade and people are freaking out saying the Texans are AMAZING. No they're NOT, they're an average team that have a ridiculous wide receiving corps and a brilliant young quarterback who makes plays. The Texans look like they're playing flag football half of the time. Do you trust Houston? I trust Vic Fangio and Denver. After a lousy 0-4 start, they're 4-4 and are a tough out. Fangio could be coaching for his job. Denver's defense is ranked number one in the red zone, they're the number five ranked passing defense, and they force you into FIELD GOALS instead of touchdowns, and that's why I like the points here. Drew Lock had a good first start and looks pretty fun. Broncos COVER, I'll take the points, and Houston wins 27-23."
Colin's Pick: Broncos (+8.5) WON
Chiefs at Patriots (SPREAD: NE -3.5)
"People always love New England because of what they see in their rear-view mirror but I'm going to take Kansas City and the points. The Chiefs and Andy Reid have won 2 of 3 against New England in the regular season and have been money; scoring 41 points a game in those contests. On the road Kansas City is 4-1 this year. New England is a limited offense that cannot win a shootout; they have to win low scoring games like their win versus Dallas. As Lamar Jackson is exciting us, and as Jimmy Garoppolo is so handsome, and blah, blah, blah; HAS ANYONE LOOKED AT MAHOMES' STATS THIS YEAR?? He's got a 108 passer rating, 65% completions, and a 20/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Kansas City is not a pop-gun offense and this isn't going to be a 17-10 game. Kansas City is going to WIN this game. Take the points, Chiefs 28, Patriots 23."
Colin's Pick: Chiefs (+3.5) WON
Steelers at Cardinals (SPREAD: PIT -2.5)
“You're going to think I'm nuts on this one but I'm going to take Arizona +2.5. I'm always concerned about NFL teams that are involved in hugely emotional games and Pittsburgh was just in a wildly emotional game in Cleveland and will pull back. I don't love Mike Tomlin as a road favorite out West. Since Week 8 Pittsburgh can't score; they're 24th, 25th, or 26th in every offensive stat that matters. They're on a third quarterback and since Week 8 are averaging 18 points a game. Every week the NFL has a game you have to throw away, and just throw away that Rams-Cardinals game last week. Kyler Murray is giving you 65% completions as a rookie, 95 passer rating, and he's a very good quarterback who just had an awful game. Pittsburgh has a nice defense but offers NOTHING offensively. I'm going with the UPSET, Cardinals 24, Steelers 20."
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+2.5) LOST
Week 13 – November 27th: Thanksgiving
San Francisco 17, Baltimore 20: Colin LOSES on RAVENS -5.5
Washington 29, Carolina 21: Colin LOSES on PANTHERS -9.5
Philadelphia 31, Miami 37: Colin WINS on DOLPHINS +9.5
Los Angeles Rams 34, Arizona 7: Colin LOSES on CARDINALS +3
Oakland 9, Kansas City 40: Colin LOSES on RAIDERS +9.5
Week 13 Record: 1-4
Blazin' 5 Record: 32-31-2
49ers at Ravens (SPREAD: BAL -5.5)
"I'm taking the Ravens at home. The rest of the league is playing catch up to them offensively right now and it reminds me of the Panthers when the league didn't know how to defend Cam Newton. They're 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 games and blowing GOOD teams out. As good as San Francisco is, they have struggled against mobile quarterbacks. Russell Wilson beat them and Kyler Murray gave them trouble twice. Since Week 8, the Niners are only 27th against the run and I think this could get ugly. I think San Francisco will keep it close but the score will be deceiving. I'll take the Ravens to win 31-24, after the Niners score a late touchdown."
Colin's Pick: Ravens (-5.5) LOST
Redskins at Panthers (SPREAD: CAR -9.5)
"I hate laying big numbers but I'm going to take Carolina -9.5. Veteran head coach, a lot of good players, and they still have an outside shot at a Wild Card spot and they are playing for something. Washington is playing for nothing and I think this is the worst offense I have seen in 5 or 6 years. They won last week but Dwayne Haskins completed only 44% of his throws. They are a MESS and are last in almost everything offensively. They've got nothing to play for, they allow a ton of sacks, and the Panthers are second in the league in sacks. Carolina is a less ferocious version of San Francisco. They get after you and Washington is in BIG TROUBLE. Panthers win easily, 33-20."
Colin's Pick: Panthers (-9.5) LOST
Eagles at Dolphins (SPREAD: PHI -9.5)
"I'm going to bet the number here. I really like the Miami story and they're doing the best job of tanking that they can [possibly do. They play very hard and never quit. I'm taking Miami +9.5 against a traveling Philadelphia team. Philly can't even win at home and they're not going to win on the road convincingly. This is a numbers game. The Eagles are a broken team that are decimated by injuries. They're near the bottom of almost everything offensively since Week 7. Not only are they struggling to score points, but they're also giving the ball away -- 20 giveaways this year. Miami got off to that horrible start, but Miami is 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games. They're back home, they're actually healthy, and they have a ton of fight. Eagles win, but I'm taking the 9.5 with Miami."
Colin's Pick: Dolphins (+9.5) WON
Rams at Cardinals (SPREAD: LAR-3.0)
"Arizona off a bye, at home, and getting a field goal? I think Arizona is going to WIN this game and I'm taking the Cardinals +3. Arizona had fairly low expectations this year -- rookie quarterback and rookie head coach, so despite their record, their locker room is very positive right now. Arizona has exceeded expectations. The Rams thought Super Bowl and as of Monday night they are DONE with that, and that locker room is not good. What are these teams playing for? Cardinals are coming off a bye, getting healthy, and with a good locker room. After starting 3-0, the Rams are a 3-5 football team. Kyler Murray is getting better. Since Week 5, Murray has 10 touchdowns, one interception, and a 105 passer rating. I hated the Cardinals' offensive line coming into the season, but it's significantly better than the Rams offensive line right now. I think the Cardinals win 27-26."
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+3.0) LOST
Raiders at Chiefs (SPREAD: KC -9.5)
“I'm going to take the 9.5 with the Raiders. You know my rule. Good teams, with good players, who are playing for something -- after they get destroyed they come back with a bounce back week. It's my bounce back theory. The Raiders still have a good chance to make the playoffs. Oakland was humiliated against the Jets and they're going to button that puppy up and give Kansas City everything they can handle this weekend. The Chiefs defense has struggled the last few weeks and I get one of the better offensive lines in the NFL with Oakland. Give Jon Gruden credit -- they run the football and their offensive line is better. Kansas City is at home and is going to win this game, but that Kansas City defense I just don't trust. I'm picking Chiefs 30, Raiders 27."
Colin's Pick: Raiders (+9.5) LOST
Week 12 - November 22nd
Broncos 3, Bills 20: Colin LOSES Broncos +3.5
Giants 14, Bears 19: Colin WINS on Giants +6
Raiders 3, Jets 34: Colin LOSES on Raiders -3
Seahawks 17, Eagles 9: Colin WINS on Seahawks +1.5
Cowboys 9, Patriots 13: Colin WINS on Cowboys +6.5
Week 12 Record: 3-2
Blazin' 5 Record: 31-27-2
Broncos at Bills (SPREAD: BUF -3.5)
"I'll take the Broncos +3.5. I like the number here in a game that will be low scoring and 3.5 is a lot of points. Denver got off to that bad 0-4 start and we all sold their stock, but now they're a pretty good football team. Their defense has 19 sacks since Week 6 which is tied for third in the NFL. Their defense is Top 7 in all the categories that matter, and head coach Vic Fangio knows what he's doing. Denver is 3-3 in their last 6 games and have the number two ranked red zone defense in those six games as well, meaning they're going to force you into FIELD GOALS and not touchdowns. Even if they don't win, I think the smart side is betting the number. This is one of my favorites picks and I'm going to go Broncos with an upset, 23-21."
Colin's Pick: Broncos (+3.5) LOST
Giants at Bears (SPREAD: CHI -6)
"I don't like the Giants here, I LOVE the Giants here. Since Week 8, Daniel Jones has 9 touchdowns, one interception, and a 107 passer rating. Jones is playing pretty good football right now. The Giants are coming off a bye, and the Bears look like a broken football team and broken locker room to me. Anybody even notice Khalil Mack anymore? I think he said 'I'M OUT FOR THE YEAR AND NOT GIVING MY BEST'. The Giants off a bye and facing the worst offensive in the league? I'm picking the upset and taking New York and the points, 27-24, Giants win straight up."
Colin's Pick: Giants (+6) WON
Raiders at Jets (SPREAD: OAK -3.0)
"LOVE the Raiders in this game, I'll take Oakland -3. Big offensive line advantage for the Raiders, who might have the best offensive line in the league, while the Jets have one of the worst. Sam Darnold is always running for his life and it will be no different this week. The Raiders have had the toughest travel schedule in the NFL, have won 5 of their last 7 games, and on the road they are averaging more yards per play than any offense in the league. They have been ROAD WARRIORS. Yards per play is a huge Vegas stat and the sharps and the wiseguys love it. Oakland is also second in the NFL in sacks allowed and don't let you get to Derek Carr, which is why his efficiency is so high. This will be a field position game and the Jets tend to have more turnovers. I like Oakland winning here, 28-23."
Colin's Pick: Raiders (-3) LOST
Seahawks at Eagles (SPREAD: PHI -1.5)
"I'm going to take the points here. Seattle is coming off a bye and the last 6 times they have come off a bye, they've gone 5-1. That's the best record in the NFL the last 6 years, and that's called a Hall of Fame coach getting an extra week to prepare. Philadelphia lost Desean Jackson and has no perimeter speed. Seattle is a different team since they went and got Jadeveon Clowney and Josh Gordon. Russell Wilson is the MVP and is number one in everything that matters. Seattle has rushed for 100 yards in all but one of their games, and that's how the road team takes the crowd out of it when the offense is picking up first downs and keeping the ball away from Carson Wentz. Seattle wins 26-23, and I'll take the Seahawks and the 1.5."
Colin's Pick: Seahawks (+1.5) WON
Cowboys at Patriots (SPREAD: NE -6.5)
“Mohamed Sanu is out and this is Julian Edelman, 42-year-old Tom Brady, and CROSS YOUR FINGERS. I'm taking Dallas and 6.5. Folks, even if New England wins, this is not a shootout game. It's going to be low scoring and 6.5 points is a TON of points in a game I think could be 24-20. The Patriots defense has come back down to earth since Week 8 because they're playing quarterbacks who can actually play. They're 31st in rushing yards allowed, 11th in total yards allowed, and 12th in points allowed per game, and the Cowboys are averaging over 32 points since Week 9, which is Top 3 in the NFL. New England has no vertical threat. This will be a low scoring game and I'm going to call for the Cowboys to score a touchdown late, win straight up, and cover EASILY, 32-23."
Colin's Pick: Dallas (+6.5) WON
Week 11 - November 15th
Houston 7, Baltimore 41: Cowherd LOSES on Texans +4
Denver 23, Minnesota 27: Cowherd WINS on Broncos +10.5
New York Jets 34, Washington 17: Cowherd WINS on Jets +2
Arizona 26, San Francisco 36: Cowherd PUSHES on Cardinals +10
Chiefs 24, Chargers 17 (Mexico City): Cowherd LOSES on Chargers +4
Week 11 Record: 2-2-1
Blazin' 5 Record: 28-25-2
Texans at Ravens (SPREAD: BAL -4.0)
"I'll take Houston +4 in Baltimore. Deshaun Watson for his career in November is 4-0 and his completion percentage is in the mid-70's. It's been the best month of his career. Only Russell Wilson this year has accounted for more touchdowns than Deshaun. The Texans finally have a Pro Bowl left tackle and a real offensive line and they can really run the ball. Houston is a Top 5 team in total offense, rushing yards, and red zone percentage. I'm taking the number here and the upset, 28-26."
Colin's Pick: Texans (+4) LOST
Broncos at Vikings (SPREAD: MIN -10.5)
"I'm betting the number and Denver +10.5 is the side to take here. Minnesota is coming off the big Sunday Night win versus Dallas and they don't win those games ever. The Vikings will pull back and this will be a low scoring game. Denver head coach Vic Fangio is one of the better defensive guys in the league and he knows Mike Zimmer well. The Broncos defense ranks Top 4 in fewest yards, fewest passing yards, and red zone touchdown percentage, which is amazing when you consider how bad their offense is and how much their defense is on the field all game. Denver is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games and 4 of their last 5 opponents they have held under 20 points. You don't like Denver's record (3-6) but they are NOT a terrible team. They are a REAL team and with a backup quarterback they beat Cleveland. They've lost three games as the clock expired and the Chicago loss was horrible officiating. This will be a very competitive game and Denver will ugly it up. I'll take the Vikings to win 26-20, but the Broncos to COVER."
Colin's Pick: Broncos (+10.5) WON
Jets at Redskins (SPREAD: WSH -2.0)
"I'll take the Jets +2. The Redskins might have the worst offense ever. They haven't scored a touchdown in a MONTH. They're last in the NFL in scoring and have scored 9 or fewer points in five games. They're now on a rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, who probably shouldn't even be playing. What is their offense now without fired smart-minded offensive coach Jay Gruden keeping it afloat? They're last in almost every offensive category and are 0-4 at home. The Jets announced this week that Adam Gase will remain the coach for next year which means Jets players will want to put good stuff on tape for Gase. Gase isn't going anywhere so don't think you can screw off and get a new coach. Watch the players play hard. Jets win this football game 27-23."
Colin's Pick: Jets (+2) WON
Cardinals at 49ers (SPREAD: SF -10.0)
"Like it? I LOVE IT. I'll take Arizona +10. Is anyone else watching these Cardinals games besides people who live in Phoenix? You think the Raiders are the big shock of the league but the Cardinals are a REAL football team and they're getting ten. The 49ers are still banged up with some of their weapons on the perimeter, and the Cardinals are 5-1 against the spread their last 6 games. Arizona has won 8 of the last 9 meetings and always play San Francisco tough. Arizona is a lot better than we think and Jimmy Garoppolo is coming off a bad game and doesn't have a lot of his weapons -- George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders are banged up. The first game they played was not a mirage. I think the 49ers win but the Cardinals cover, 27-20 San Francisco."
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+10) PUSH
Chiefs vs. Chargers (SPREAD: SF KC -4) *Game being played in Mexico City*
“LOVE the Chargers getting 4 here. This game is being played in Mexico City, altitude 7,200 feet, and the Chargers went to Colorado to train... Kansas City didn't. They aren't happy with the league having to play this game and said they're going to stay in Kansas City. They're going to be sucking air by the second quarter. Philip Rivers is making mistakes a rookie makes in two minutes drills and drives me crazy, but he leads the NFL in passing yards and they have excellent weapons, a good tight end, and can really run the football. That Chiefs defense can't get people off the field. Kansas City can't stop the run and is allowing the most rushing yards in the NFL. The Chargers absolutely still believe they can make the playoffs and Anthony Lynn has to win games here -- jobs are on the line. I'm taking the Chargers to upset Kansas City 28-27."
Colin's Pick: Chargers (+4) LOST
Week 10 - November 8th
Giants 27, Jets 34: Cowherd WINS on Jets +3
Cardinals 27 at Bucs 30: Colin WINS on Cardinals +5
Panthers 16, Packers 24: Colin LOSES on Panthers +4.5
Rams 12, Steelers 17: Colin LOSES on Rams -4
Seahawks 27 at 49ers 24: Colin LOSES on 49ers -6.5
Week 10 Record: 2-3
Blazin' 5 Record: 26-23-1
Giants vs. Jets (SPREAD: NYG -3.0)
"This is a 'bet the number' game. It's two bad teams playing in the same stadium, so why wouldn't you take the Jets and the points?? The Giants are on a five game losing streak and Daniel Jones has lost all his confidence. Don't go crazy on Sam Darnold, he was 27 of 39 last week and had one ugly pick but he MOVED THE BALL. He doesn't feel bad about himself and played pretty well last week except a terrible pick. Since Week 5 the Giants are a mess and are last in everything, including points allowed and yards per play. They've allowed 30+ points in five games this year and only Tampa has allowed more. The Giants lead the NFL in turnovers, it's terrible! I get a field goal, the better quarterback, no home-field advantage, and the Giants can't stop anybody. I'll take the Jets to win, 30-24."
Colin's Pick: Jets (+3) WON
Cardinals at Buccaneers (SPREAD: TB -5.0)
"Like it? I LOVE IT. Arizona +5. I think Arizona is the better team and played a really, really tough schedule. They're 3-5-1, but all of their losses are against teams currently .500 or better. Arizona is a tough out, and despite having a rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and bad offensive line, they have the fewest turnovers in the NFL at four. That's less than New England! Kyler doesn't have a pick in his last 172 pass attempts, the longest active streak in the NFL. Tampa has the worst pass defense in the league. They've have a brutal schedule where they've been on the road all month, and I get Arizona with ten days rest. I think Arizona wins, 28-26."
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+5) WON
Panthers at Packers (SPREAD: GB -4.5)
"You know how I feel about Carolina. Green Bay is good but flawed. Carolina, similarly is good and average at quarterback but I get 4.5 points. I like the number and I'm taking Carolina. Carolina leads the NFL with 34 sacks. You saw what the Chargers defense did to the Green Bay offensive line, right? Carolina is going to get pressure. The Packers have the youngest defense in the NFL and has dropped off from its impressive start. They're giving up over 26 points a game the past six games, including 410 yards allowed on average. It's been EXPOSED. It's good and opportunistic but it's not special. Kyle Allen has been exceptional in the red zone because he has Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, and two good receivers. This is too many points and I think the Panthers COVER. I give Green Bay a close win, but I'll take Carolina and points ALL DAY."
Colin's Pick: Panthers (+4.5) LOST
Rams at Steelers (SPREAD: LAR -4.0)
"This is another bet I LOVE. I'll take the Rams -4. Sean McVay has had his way with the weaker AFC. Outside of Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl he's 10-0. The Rams are coming off a bye and their offensive line is a little healthier. Since the acquisition of Jalen Ramsey the Rams have been a Top 5 defense in the NFL. Jared Goff's November numbers the last few years are all-time stuff. The Rams are on a two-game winning streak and held both of their opponents to just 10 points each. The Steelers are struggling on a backup running back and Mason Rudolph has a popgun arm. I'll like the Rams to win, 28-20, and I'm swallowing the four points.
Colin's Pick: Rams (-4) LOST
Seahawks at 49ers (SPREAD: SF -6.5)
“I may be from Seattle, but I like the 49ers -6.5. The Seahawks defense is Bobby Wagner and Bondo. Seattle's defense is near the bottom of the league in total defense and pass defense. They've become incredibly Russell Wilson dependent and that's why I'd make him my MVP. The 49ers defense is ranked number one in total defense, pass defense, and red zone defense. They're also getting BOTH their tackles back, Joe Staley and Mike Mcglinchey, and also their FULLBACK to lead their running game. 49ers will win by more than a touchdown, 31-23."
Colin's Pick: 49ers (-6.5) LOST
Week 9 - November 1st
Colts 24, Steelers 26. Cowherd LOSES on Indianapolis -1.5
Lions 24, Raiders 31: Cowherd WINS on Oakland -2.5
Browns 19, Broncos: Cowherd LOSES on Cleveland- 3.5
Packers 11, Chargers 26: Cowherd LOSES on Green Bay -3.5
Patriots 20, Ravens 37: Cowherd LOSES on New England -3
Week 9 Record: 1-4
Blazin' 5 Record: 24-20-1
Colts at Steelers (SPREAD: IND -1.5)
"I'm going to take the Colts -1.5 here. There's a real sense of urgency to win this competitive AFC South division now. Steelers running back James Conner has not been able to practice for the Steelers, so now they won't be able to run the ball and they already have an incredibly limited passing offense. Pittsburgh is ranked 28th in the league in total offense. The Colts used to be an Andrew Luck story but now they're a defensive story. Their defense in October was fifth in points allowed, eighth in sacks, and tied for fifth in third down percentage. They're a very well-coached team on a three-game winning streak and their defense is playing excellent football. I think the Colts go on the road and beat the Steelers 26-23."
Colin's Pick: Colts (-1.5) LOST
Lions at Raiders (SPREAD: OAK -2.5)
"Oakland has not played at home for a long time, so Oakland and that fan base are going to be CRAZY. Matt Stafford is reportedly sick with a cold right now and is not going full strength in practice, and Detroit is beat up physically. Think about Oakland's schedule; Bears in London, at Houston, at Indy, at Green Bay; they're the most traveled geographically in the league and yet here they are, a pretty damn good football team. All I have to give up is less than a field goal? The Lions are great in the first quarter but are dreadful for the rest of the game. They're 22nd in second quarter scoring, 20th in third quarter scoring, and 28th in fourth quarter scoring. Derek Carr has been on fire the last month and has been in a grove with Jon Gruden. The Raiders will win by a touchdown, 31-24.
Colin's Pick: Raiders (-2.5) WON
Browns at Broncos (SPREAD: CLE -3.5)
"This is one of my bets of the year. I'm taking Cleveland to blow out the Broncos. Take the Browns -3.5. Denver has nothing to play for and they're starting a quarterback, Brandon Allen, who has never taken an NFL snap before. This is one of the worst offensive lines in the league and maybe has the worst left tackle in the NFL. Cleveland's defense is as healthy as it has been all year. The Broncos have allowed 27 sacks, which is in the bottom six of the league, while the Browns are top six in sacks. This is a pop gun Broncos offense with a backup quarterback now. Nick Chubb will take the pressure off Baker and Cleveland will run the football and dominate Denver. Browns win 33-10 in an utter blowout."
Colin's Pick: Browns (-3.5) LOST
Packers at Chargers (SPREAD: GB -3.5)
"This will literally be a home game for the Packers and they are suggesting that it will be the most lopsided road crowd in the Chargers' brief history in Los Angeles, with EIGHTY PERCENT of the fans pulling for the Packers. I'll take Green Bay -3.5. In years past if I got Philip Rivers, a home team, and over 3 points you would always take the Chargers but their offensive line is weak, they can't run the ball, and Rivers is an older and unathletic quarterback. They struggle to get consistent yards. Green Bay has their best defense and running game in years and now gets Davante Adams back. Rodgers the last two weeks without him has been absolutely on fire and leads the league in TD/INT ratio and passer rating. I like the Packers to win this game 27-23. I think the Chargers will make a game of it but I'm going to swallow the 3.5 now that Davante Adams is back."
Colin's Pick: Packers (-3.5) LOST
Patriots at Ravens (SPREAD: NE -3)
“I'm going to take the Patriots here, don't overthink this. Baltimore's big win is Seattle and I'm not sure how good Seattle is; they're like a football length away from battling for fourth place in their division. Baltimore is a good team but they're not a special team. Lamar Jackson is fun and can run like crazy but New England controls the football and the middle of the field with Sanu, Edelman, and Jakobi Meyers. New England's defense is first in EVERYTHING. New England has a 21-game winning streak against first or second-year quarterbacks. It's going to be in Baltimore and will be crazy but don't outthink the room here. Young quarterback against a great defense, and now with Mohamed Sanu? The Patriots offense will have more of an identity now and this will be easy three points to swallow. I'm taking New England 30, Baltimore 23."
Colin's Pick: Patriots (-3.0) LOST
Week 8 - October 25th
Giants 26, Falcons 31: Cowherd WINS on NYG +6.5
Broncos 13, Colts 15: Cowherd LOSES on Colts -4.5
Jets 15, Jaguars 29: Cowherd LOSES on Jets +6.5
Panthers 13, 49ers: 51: Cowherd LOSES on Panthers +6
Raiders 24, Texans 27: Cowherd LOSES on Texans -7
Week 8 Record: 1-4
Blazin' 5 Record: 23-16-1
Giants at Lions (SPREAD: DET -6.5)
"This is an easy one. Giants +6.5. The Lions were really tasty early but did you know in the last three weeks the players stopped listening? Their defense the last three weeks is last in the league in total defense. They just traded a popular safety to Seattle this week and it did not sit well in the locker room. The Lions running back, Kerryon Johnson, was just put on the IR this week. This is going to be a Stafford-led offense, a defense that is regressing, and I get 6.5 points against a Giants team that, let's be honest, Daniel Jones won't face pressure because Detroit doesn't get to the quarterback. Don't sell the Giants yet, this will be an upset winner, Giants 27, Lions 26."
Colin's Pick: Giants (+6.5) WON
Broncos at Colts (SPREAD: IND -4.5)
"Colts -4.5? Like it, I LOVE IT. Indianapolis is healthier, not just physically but emotionally. Joe Flacco was just sacked 8 times, there's arguing in the locker room, that first round left tackle was a bust, John Elway is under pressure, and they just traded away Emmanuel Sanders. How do you think that sits in a locker room with a bad team to just trade away your best offensive player?? Jacoby Brissett is good, folks; he's big, he's strong, and he doesn't make mistakes. The Colts are well-run, buttoned-up, and in their last 16 games they're 13-3. They're healthier, they don't make mistakes, and they're in a dogfight right now playing every week with absolute urgency. Indy by a touchdown, Colts 27, Broncos 20."
Colin's Pick: Colts (-4.5) LOST
Jets at Jaguars (SPREAD: JAX -6.5)
"You know my rule, don't overreact. A team with talent that gets humiliated on Thursday Night Football or Sunday Night Football always bounces back. Gardner Minshew is fun and they love him on Twitter, but the last two weeks he's been exposed. He's completed under 50% of his throws, 1 touchdown, 1 pick, and a passer rating under 69 the last two games. He's a small guy, drafted later, with an average arm, and he's been exposed. Adam Gase is coaching for his job. I listened to Sam Darnold all week and they're in a very good mindset. They played like crap last week, were humiliated, and they don't want you to think that's who they are. They get Herndon the tight end back finally this week. They're ready to roll and I think the Jets go down to Jacksonville -- it's not hot there right now and the weather won't expose them -- and win 28-24 over the Jaguars."
Colin's Pick: Jets (+6.5) LOST
Panthers at 49ers (SPREAD: SF -6.0)
"This is my favorite bet of the week, I don't like it, I LOVE IT. I'll take Carolina +6. There's a reason San Fran went out and got Emmanuel Sanders; they're all beat up and really young at wide receiver. Sanders has only been there a week; what are they going to do with him? This Carolina defense blitzes fewer than any defense in the NFL, yet they lead the league in sacks. What does that tell you? This is a great defense, with an excellent defensive coach, who gets to the quarterback without bringing extra pressure. Kyle Allen is not great but he doesn't make any mistakes. Since 1991, he's right up there with Tom Brady as most passes to begin his career without a pick. Kyle Shanahan just went to Denver to beat the team who fired his dad and I think San Francisco comes down emotionally just a smidge. I don't know if Carolina wins, but I'm taking the points. I'll take San Francisco to win by a point but I'll take the 6.
Colin's Pick: Panthers (+6) LOST
Raiders at Texans (SPREAD: HOU -7.0)
“In Oakland's three losses they've been blown out and I don't know if Josh Jacobs, their running back I like a lot, is going to play. Oakland doesn't pressure the quarterback and Deshaun Watson is 7-0 when he is sacked 1 or fewer times. I get an incredibly comfortable Deshaun here. Houston is now a very solid running team and they're eighth in the NFL in rushing. Carlos Hyde has been very good, Duke Johnson can catch it, and this is not all Deshaun Watson now. He's got star receivers, he's got a pass catching back, Carlos Hyde, and an upgraded offensive line. Since Khalil Mack left the Raiders, they're last in the NFL in sacks. They do some things well offensively, but they don't get after the quarterback. I'm taking Houston to win and cover, 31-21."
Colin's Pick: Texans (-7) LOST
WEEK 7 - October 18th
Rams 37, Falcons 10: Cowherd WINS on LAR -2.5
Texans 23, Colts 30: Cowherd WINS on IND -1
Cardinals 27. Giants 21: Cowherd LOSES on NYG -3
Ravens 37, Seahawks 10: Cowherd WINS on BAL +3
Cowboys 37, Eagles 10: Cowherd LOSES on PHI +2.5
Week 7 Record: 3-2
Blazin' 5 Record: 22-12-1
Rams at Falcons (SPREAD: LAR -2.5)
"I'll take the Rams -2.5. Adding Jalen Ramsey buoys a locker room and I think Atlanta has quit.Jared Goff is fine when he's comfortable and Atlanta's defense makes EVERYONE comfortable They're a terrible defense who is last in sacks and 29th in takeaways. The Rams are a team who is playing for something and there is some urgency here. They can't lose with San Francisco and Seattle playing so well and I think that Atlanta locker room has bailed, the coach will be gone soon, and the season is over. Love the number, I'm picking the Rams to win 28-21."
Colin's Pick: Rams (-2.5) WON
Texans at Colts (SPREAD: IND -1.0)
"Like it? I absolutely LOVE the Colts at -1. All byes are not created equal. I like well-run and smartly coached teams off a bye who take bigger advantage of it like Bill Belichick and Andy Reid. Frank Reich is an excellent coach. Jacoby Brissett is 3-0 vs. Houston with a passer rating close to 100. Brisset has only been sacked six times this year, second fewest in the NFL. He will have time to throw and a semblance of a running game at home coming off a bye. The Colts are the least penalized team in the NFL and are structurally the closest thing to New England in the league. They don't make mistakes, they run the ball, and protect their quarterback. Darius Leonard also returns this week. I love the Colts in this game, I'm picking Colts 28, Texans 24."
Colin's Pick: Colts (-1) WON
Cardinals at Giants (SPREAD: NYG -3.0)
"This is one of my picks of the year, I'm taking the Giants -3. Arizona won last week but they were DOMINATED and pushed around the field. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram return this week, and when Daniel Jones has a running game and time to throw he completes over 60% of his passes and they're 2-0. Arizona's defense is a problem and they're 29th or 30th in everything. Jones will be comfortable and at home. I get a warm weather dome team going out to the chilly northeast and the Cardinals have never been a great east coast travel team. This will be one of the blowouts of the weekend, I'm picking Giants 36, Cardinals 24."
Colin's Pick: Giants (-3) LOST
Ravens at Seahawks (SPREAD: SEA -3.0)
"May be counterintuitive but I'm going Baltimore +3 on this one. I have some fears for Russell Wilson winning the game because he's a magician, but Baltimore is sneaky. They are number one in rushing yards, number one in time of possession, and number one in total offense. Translation? Keep Russell off the field. Seattle has played three games at home this year and have been outscored by 4 points. They came within a football's length of losing to the Rams at home, they barely beat Cincinnati at home, and they were at times dominated by the Saints. I like Seattle, but this year they have had to depend on turnovers, which never last, and they got lucky last week vs. the Browns. Baltimore has a bye coming up and this is going to feel big for them. The Harbaughs have animosity with Pete Carroll. I'm picking an upset, Ravens 24, Seahawks 20."
Colin's Pick: Ravens (+3) WON
Eagles at Cowboys (SPREAD: PHI -2.5)
“The Eagles have won 6 of the last 9 games at Dallas and I think they match up very well against Dallas. The Cowboys' offensive line is beat up and I love the Eagles' defensive front. The Eagles' issue is secondary but Jalen Mills is coming back and Ronald Darby, who is special, DID practice this week. I have a rule in this league; when talented teams are HUMILIATED they almost always bounce back, and Philadelphia was humiliated last week. Eagles are 16-7 when Carson Wentz doesn't have a pick and here's what the Cowboys don't do: They don't intercept it and Byron Jones is not healthy. I'm taking the points and I think Philly wins straight up by a touchdown, Eagles 27, Cowboys 20."
Colin's Pick: Eagles (+2.5) LOST
WEEK 6 - October 11th
Seahawks 32, Browns 28: Cowherd LOSES on CLE +2
Saints 13, Jaguars 6: Cowherd LOSES on JAX -2
Falcons 33, Cardinals 34: Cowherd LOSES on ATL -2.5
Titans 0, Broncos 16: Cowherd LOSES on TEN +2
Cowboys 22, Jets 24: Cowherd WINS on NYJ +7
Week 6 Record: 1-4
Blazin' 5 Record: 19-10-1
Seahawks at Browns (SPREAD: SEA -2.0)
"Eighty percent of the public is on the Seahawks, but I'll take Cleveland +2. Cleveland is a young team and young teams and young people are more of an emotional rollercoaster. They lose, they win, they lose, they win, they lose, and I think they win this week. Cleveland does a lot of things very well. Defensively -- they're tied for sixth in sacks, passing yard allowed they're seventh, and third down percentage allowed they're fifth. This is an excellent Browns defense who gets two of their three best corners back this week and that allows them to add more pressure. Pete Carroll is a great coach but you can throw the ball on this Seattle defense. Outside of Bobby Wagner, this defense is 'learning their way'. This is an easy one for me and I'm going against the public, Cleveland wins 26-24.
Colin's Pick: Browns (+2.0) LOST
Saints at Jaguars (SPREAD: JAX -2.0)
"LOVE the Jaguars -2. We keep asking the Saints to be in these wild and emotional games with a backup quarterback. That puts stress on a franchise. I like New Orleans a lot but this is the best Jacksonville offense in the franchise's history. Gardner Minshew doesn't turn the ball over, they're averaging 400 yards a game, and Leonard Fournette has arrived, baby! He is third in rushing yards. I think Jacksonville comes home and I think there's a natural letdown for the Saints who have been in these wildly dramatic games. I'll take Jacksonville to win by a field goal, 26-23."
Colin's Pick: Jaguars (-2) LOST
Falcons at Cardinals (SPREAD: ATL -2.5)
"I'm taking Atlanta -2.5. Atlanta isn't playing well but here is the thing: Don't fall in love with Arizona's win over Cincinnati. Cincinnati is inches better than Miami. Last week the Bengals didn't have AJ Green or John Ross and their offensive line is the worst in the league. It was a pop gun high school offense and made the Arizona defense look like world beaters. Atlanta has way better personnel and Arizona's defense is not good. They're bottom 3 or 4 in the NFL in points allowed, yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed; that defense is lousy. Kyler Murray is a great athlete but he's been sacked 21 times, that's how bad Arizona's offensive line is. Matt Ryan is still averaging 330 yards passing a game. I think Atlanta wins 28-23."
Colin's Pick: Falcons (-2.5) LOST
Titans at Broncos (SPREAD: DEN -2.0)
"When Tennessee runs the football, they win, and they're going to run the football here. The Titans are a limited team but they're a clean team and they don't turn the ball over. The Titans have one turnover all year and Marcus Mariota doesn't have any. The next fewest turnovers are the Cardinals with four. The Titans have a +6 turnover differential and Mariota is one of only three quarterbacks in the NFL with at least seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Tennessee is not a great team but they're well-coached, smart, have good line play, and don't make many mistakes. Flacco is the better quarterback in this game but he's more mistake-prone and the weather is going to be bad. I bet on Tennessee a lot, and there are weekends where I'm not sure they're not one of the top two or three best teams in the league. I think they go to Denver and win outright, 22-20."
Colin's Pick: Titans (+2) LOST
Cowboys at Jets (SPREAD: DAL -7.0)
“This line was -8.5 and now it's down to 7. The Jets are the right side to be on here, take the Jets +7. I was told Adam Gase had so little confidence in his third string quarterback that he just hid the playbook. He said what was the point and was not going to unveil their secrets, tricks, and explosive plays with their third string quarterback who can't pull that stuff off. Dallas really only has one half of film to really look at on Sam Darnold. Don't forget the Jets led Buffalo, a very good team, 16-0 in the first game. The Jets are averaging 22 points a game with Sam Darnold starting, and average 11 without him. Darnold completely doubles this offense. The Cowboys are not playing well right now, the offensive line is banged up, receivers aren't totally healthy, and I think Dallas wins the game but I'm betting a number here. Cowboys win 27-24, but I'll take the 7 and the Jets."
Colin's Pick: Jets (+7) WON
WEEK 5 - October 4th
Bears 21, Raiders 24: Cowherd LOSES on CHI 4.5
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23: Cowherd WINS on ARI +3
Bucs 24, Saints 31: Cowherd WINS on NO -3
Vikings 28, Giants 10: Cowherd WINS on MIN -4.5
Packers 34, Cowboys 24: Cowherd WINS on GB +3.5
Week 5 Record: 4-1
Blazin' 5 Record: 18-6-1
Bears at Raiders (SPREAD: CHI -4.5)
"I’m taking Chicago, the favorite in London. The better organization will travel better than a chaotic one if you have to go to Europe. I don’t believe the Bears going to a backup quarterback is a true ‘back up’. Chase Daniel is as good as Mitch Trubisky and I don’t think it’s worth more than half a point. The Bears defense is second or third in every meaningful category. The Raiders have 18 sacks since the beginning of last year and 17 of those were from Khalil Mack. Yes, the Bears can be limited at quarterback, but they’re tied for the NFL’s best turnover differential and don’t make a lot of mistakes. I’ll take the Bears to win and cover, 29-23.”
Colin's Pick: Bears (-4.5) LOST
Cardinals at Bengals (SPREAD: CIN -3.0)
"I’m taking Arizona to win their first game with Kyler Murray. Cincinnati’s two dynamic perimeter players, A.J. Green and John Ross are out, they don’t have a dynamic quarterback, so where are they getting dynamic playmakers?? The Bengals can’t do anything; they can’t score, they can’t rush, and they’re bad in the red zone. Arizona has issues but they’ve got a playmaker in Kyler, a creative head coach, and Larry Fitzgerald. In a low scoring game with two bad teams, at least I have guys on Arizona’s side that can make plays. Cincinnati is 2-13 in their last 15 games and is awful with no hope. I’m taking the Cardinals with the upset, 26-24.”
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+3) WON
Bucs at Saints (SPREAD: NO -3)
"Tampa Bay is so amazing! NO, they’re not, they’re a losing franchise that had a good Sunday vs. the Rams. The Saints have been a winning franchise for 15 years. I’m going to take the Saints at home. The bottom line in betting is you take the team who you think is going to win. I think New Orleans is a better football team. The line between the Bucs and Saints is 3. Are you telling me the only difference is the Superdome? You think these teams are even?? Because that’s what a 3-point spread says. NONSENSE. They’re 15-2 at home the last three years and outside a bad officiating call they could be 16-1. I think New Orleans wins 30-23.”
Colin's Pick: Saints (-3) WON
Vikings at Giants (SPREAD: MIN -4.5)
“I’m taking the favorite, Minnesota. I wrote down the 10 best players in this game and the Vikings had nine of them. This is a personnel mismatch. Minnesota was embarrassed last week, and good coaches with good rosters who were embarrassed always bounce back. Kirk Cousins the last two years following a loss is actually pretty good. He’s not good in primetime, but the week after he loses in primetime he has 12 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Giants haven’t won three straight games in three years.I don’t think Cousins is greatbut he’s as good as a rookie quarterback. It’s not a primetime game and Kirk can hide a little. I’m saying 30-23, Minnesota.”
Colin's Pick: Vikings (-4.5) WON
Packers at Cowboys (SPREAD: DAL -3.5)
“I’m taking the points here; this one feels really obvious. I get a significantly better quarterback and I get over a field goal. The Packers defense ranks top 3 in yards allowed, they’re 4th in takeaways, and 7th in scoring.What is the Cowboys offense??Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over so they will never give Dak and Zeke a short field. The whole world watched Green Bay get pushed around last week against Philadelphia and I think it’s an urgent game for the Packers. I think Green Bay wins outright, 27-26.
Colin's Pick: Packers (+3.5) WON
WEEK 4 - September 27th
Titans 24, Falcons 10: Cowherd WINS on TEN +3.5
Browns 40, Ravens 25: Cowherd LOSES on BAL -7
Raiders 31, Colts 24: Cowherd WINS on OAK +6.5
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10: Cowherd LOSES on ARI +5.5
Cowboys 10, Saints 12: Cowherd WINS on NO +2.5
Week 4 Record: 3-2
Blazin' 5 Record: 14-5-1
Titans at Falcons (SPREAD: ATL -3.5)
"I’m going take Tennessee plus 3.5. Don’t bail on Tennessee, they’re the most Jekyll and Hyde team in the NFL. Atlanta has been really troublesome – Matt Ryan leads the NFL with six interceptions after throwing seven all of last year. They’re also tied with the Browns with the most penalties in the league; they’re a mess. They have the third worst third down defense, which means Ryan sits around for long stretches on the sidelines. Tennessee has a good coach, a good offensive line, and is plus four in turnover differential. They’ve finished 9-7 the last three years and are just inconsistent because Marcus Mariota is inconsistent. I’m calling for an upset, Tennessee wins 27-24.”
Colin's Pick: Tennessee (+3.5) WON
Browns at Ravens (SPREAD: BAL -7.0)
"I generally don’t like laying a touchdown but I’m taking Baltimore minus seven here. Cleveland has been the poster boy for inefficiency. Leads the NFL in penalties, Baker Mayfield is second in the NFL in interceptions, and they’re converting just 28% of third down attempts with all those talented players. Baltimore is the opposite; they have a lower ceiling but are completely efficient and are the only team in the NFL without a turnover. Points, yards, and rushing – FIRST, FIRST, FIRST. The Ravens never put Lamar Jackson in positions to fail and I think the Browns continually put Baker into positions to fail. Im predicting the Ravens to win 29-17 and COVER.”
Colin's Pick: Baltimore (-7) LOST
Raiders at Colts (SPREAD: IND -6.5)
"I’m going to go against the public here and taking the Raiders plus six and a half. The Raiders have done some things well -- they’re running the football, their offensive line is better, and they’ve got a really skilled wide receiving corps. Here’s the problem with Indianapolis so far; they’ve won but BARELY, and their defense has been really underwhelming. They're 28th in red zone defense and 28th in third down defense. I think the Raiders are going to convert a lot of third downs in this game and keep it close. I think it’s a 27-26 game either way but I’m taking the Raiders and 6.5 points.”
Colin's Pick: Raiders (+6.5) WON
Seahawks at Cardinals (SPREAD: SEA -5.5)
“This game is always close. Seattle had a 2-1 statistical edge on New Orleans and got CRUSHED. They’re not converting enough, and are allowing almost 27 points a game. They just can’t put teams away. Say what you want about Arizona, but they’ve played real teams (Detroit, Baltimore, Carolina) and are staying in all these games. Arizona is a very interesting story and they're getting better and better every week. I think it’s 24-23 Seahawks in a very ugly game. Seattle will lead most of it but I think Kyler Murray comes back and gets a backdoor cover.”
Colin's Pick: Cardinals (+5.5) LOST
Cowboys at Saints (SPREAD: DAL -2.5)
“This is a gift. I get 2.5 points with New Orleans who could be the BETTER team, playing at home, and with the superior coach. Teddy Bridgewater is 13-6 in his last 19 starts and is pretty good. Alvin Kamara has six TD’s his past five home games and is REALLY good. The Saints only have three turnovers all year and the Saints pass rush has 9 sacks. This is a Sunday night game so New Orleans fans can lubricate all day, and it will be the loudest crowd of the year. I’m taking the Saints to win outright 28-27.”
Colin's Pick: Saints (+2.5) WON
Week 3 - September 20th
Ravens 28, Chiefs 33: Cowherd PUSHES on KC -5
Lions 27, Eagles 24: Cowherd WINS on DET +6
Giants, 32, Bucs 31: Cowherd WINS on NYG +6
Steelers 20, 49ers 24: Cowherd WINS on PIT +6.5
Browns 20, Browns 13: Cowherd WINS on LAR -3
Week 3 Record: 4-0-1
Blazin' 5 Record: 11-3-1
Ravens at Chiefs (SPREAD: KC -5)
"I'm betting the number here, I'm going to take Kansas City -5. Baltimore's offensive line and running game is good enough to control the clock and win but I like the number here. I get the best offense, the most creative play-designer in Andy Reid, and Arrowhead is a tough place to play. I'm predicting Chiefs 30, Ravens 23."
Colin’s Pick: Chiefs (-5) PUSH
Lions at Eagles (SPREAD: PHIL -6)
"I'm going to take Detroit +6 in a potential upset here. Philadelphia had to cancel practice this week, and their timing was already not good against Atlanta. Alshon Jeffery and Desean Jackson have been hurt, and they've also had defensive injuries. This is a talented Eagles team that is playing a Detroit team that has covered four of its last six games. We look at the Lions as a mess, but when they lose, they lose close. I'm going to take the six points. I'm predicting Eagles 27, Lions 23, but this will be closer than you think."
Colin Pick: Lions (+6) WON
Giants at Bucs (SPREAD: TB -6)
"I like the Giants getting the points and I like an outright win for the Giants. Daniel Jones is going to give this team an energy boost and I think this team had gotten very stale. Daniel was absolutely terrific in the preseason. The Giants are 0-2 but they have put up 420 total yards per game and are moving the ball. The Bucs are adrift and have scored 20 or fewer points in five of their last six games and are one of four teams yet to have over 300 yards in a game. I'm taking Giants 24, Bucs 23.
Colin’s Pick: Giants (+6) WON
Steelers at 49ers (SPREAD: SF -6.5)
“The Steelers are getting 6.5 points, that is way too many. The 49ers are incredibly young, which means they looked great last week and could come crashing down. Pittsburgh without Ben Big is 10-6 the last 16 games he hasn't played, that's a playoff team. Charlie Batch had a winning record, Dennis Dixon, Landry Jones, Michael Vick... This is a must-win game for the Steelers. I think it's Niners 27, Steelers 26, but that's way too many points to give the significantly better offensive line and the desperate team.
Colin’s Pick: Steelers (+6.5) WON
Rams at Browns (SPREAD: LAR -3)
"Cleveland's 'Did Not Practice' list this week looked like the third floor of a hospital. Baker Mayfield has been sacked eight times and the weakness of this team is the offensive line... Aaron Donald has yet to get a sack and is going to get spicy. The Browns have the most penalties and penalty yards in the league. Mayfield has been great versus Cincinnati, but beyond that with his porous offensive line, he's a 5-8 quarterback with 22 touchdowns and 18 picks. Sean McVay might be the best coach in the NFL and Freddie Kitchens might not even be a good coach; this is a coaching mismatch. I'm taking the Rams to win and cover, 33-24.
Colin's Pick: Rams (-3) WON
Week 2 - September 13
Seahawks 28, Steelers 26: Cowherd LOSES on PIT -3.5
Bills 28, Giants 14: Cowherd WINS on BUF -2
Bears 16, Broncos 14: Cowherd WINS on DEN +2.5
Saints 9, Rams 27: Cowherd WINS on LAR -2.5
Eagles 20, Falcons 24: Cowherd WINS on ATL +2
Week 2 Record: 4-1
Blazin' 5 Record: 7-3
“When you are a competent team and you are humiliated on national TV, you will rebound very quickly. Pittsburgh was humiliated; They'll play great and they're at home. Seattle on the other hand gave up 418 yards to Andy Dalton and the Bengals who have one of the worst offensive lines in football. And they didn't have AJ Green. I'm taking the Steelers here and swallow the points, 28-21"
Colin’s Pick: Steelers (-3.5) LOST
"Buffalo's coaching staff is fantastic. It's very rare when you have a great coaching staff and a losing record. Giants Pat Shurmur is a good coordinator but I don't think he's a good head coach. What was New York's defense last week? That was embarrassing. Plus, are we sure that Eli Manning is better than Josh Allen right now?" I'm gonna swallow the points here and take Buffalo to win, 28-23."
Colin Pick: Bills (-2) WON
“Broncos head coach Vic Fangio was Chicago's defensive coordinator. He faced Mitch Trubisky every day at practice. He knows what he can do and he knows what he can't do. The Broncos haven't started 0-2 since 1999. They are 51-8-2 in home games since 1970. Also, Mitch Trubisky struggles the most when he's on the road. I'm gonna take the points and Broncos with the upset, 24-20."
Colin’s Pick: Broncos (+2.5) WON
"New Orleans' reputation is amazing, but they are 0-6 against the spread in the last six games. Bettors are betting them like they're the Saints from week 3 of last year. Their last 6 to 7 games have shown they're not the same football team. Deshaun Watson ate them alive. Last year the Saints lost to the Rams at home without Cooper Kupp and very little production from Todd Gurley. They're both back, and Jared Goff is a different quarterback at home. I like this number here. I'm betting the number. I think it could be competitive but -2, -2.5, Rams win 31-26."
Colin’s Pick: Rams (-2.5) WON
"I like Philadelphia a lot but they're not going 16-0. Last year, Matt Ryan was a better quarterback at home. Atlanta has also upgraded at offensive coordinator. Also a very good defensive lineman, Malik Jackson of the Eagles is out for the year. I love Carson Wentz but he struggles away from Philly. He's 8-12 on the road. His completion percentage plummets and his passer rating is in the mid-80s. Philadelphia is the better team but Atlanta was humiliated week 1. I'm going to take the upset here. Falcons win 27-24."
Colin's Pick: Falcons (+2) WON
Week 1 - September 6th
Rams 30, Panthers 27: Cowherd WINS on LAR -1.5
Falcons, 12, Vikings 28: Cowherd LOSES on ATL +4
Colts 24, Chargers 30: Cowherd WINS on IND +6.5
Steelers 3, Patriots 33: Cowherd LOSES on PIT +6
Texans 28, Saints 30: Cowherd WINS on HOU +7
Week 1 Record: 3-2
Blazin' 5 Record: 3-2
Rams at Panthers (SPREAD: LA -1.5)
“I’m taking Rams over Panthers 28-24. The Rams have great personnel and just beat people up last year. People talk about the Todd Gurley injury last year but it was the Cooper Kupp injury that slowed the offense down.“
Colin’s Pick: Los Angeles (-1.5) WON
Falcons at Vikings (SPREAD: Vikings -4)
"Matt Ryan is still a Top 10 quarterback and Kirk Cousins has not shown me I can trust him in these big games. The Falcons improved their offensive line in the draft and are healthy on defense after cluster injuries last season. I’m taking the points and Atlanta to win 27-26.”
Colin Pick: Atlanta (+4) LOST
Colts at Chargers (SPREAD: Chargers -6.5)
“No Andrew Luck but I like the offensive line, like the infrastructure, like the coach, like the GM, and like their corners. Derwin James is out for the Chargers, their offensive line is the fourth worst in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, Russell Okune won’t play, and they won’t have Melvin Gordon. I think the Colts win 28-27.”
Colin’s Pick: Indianapolis (+6.5) WON
Steelers at Patriots (SPREAD: Patriots -6)
“New England has not been a good September team and had a weird camp. I think they’re going to be disjointed offensively early in the season and I think this is going to be a very low scoring game. I like the number, but I’m going with an upset, Steelers 27, Patriots 23."
Colin’s Pick: Steelers (+6) LOST
Texans at Saints (SPREAD: Saints -7)
“I think Houston has better players and is a better football team. They were better on the road last year, and has a dynamic quarterback who now has an elite left tackle. I think the Texans win it outright 24-20.”
Colin's Pick: Houston (+7) WON